There are countries that I'd just to love have a chance to traverse, almost from end to end, Spain being at the top of the list. Travelling by bus? Not a chance. Trains are good means of transportation, but I don't find them flexible enough to entertain the kind of journey I usually like to try. Well, the immediate choice that did pop on my mind automatically was a car hire in Spain
. I have a thing for long travels, but I'm a picky traveller. I love driving, don't like riding on the passenger's seat and I demand good music to accompany me through the roads. I had entertained the thought of driving all the way from the north of the country, down south to the rich Mauresque Andalucia. Barcelona has a special place in my traveller heart.
Ever since the first time I set foot on the city, taken by a friend to the wharves of Barceloneta and later to the day I laid eyes on my first Gaudi in living colour - and what delightful colour that was! - I became a Barna fan for life. The people seem a little strange and opaque to begin with, but the Catalonians are some of the most genuine people you will ever find in Spain. Once they get to know you, you'll be sure to have either made friends or someone who will ignore you, for life.I'm lucky enough to have a few good friends scattered around the globe, and having a guide other than a GPS for my Barcelona car hire
was perfect to truly get to know the city's inner secrets. I'll treasure the moment I was greeted by Sergi when I first visited him in his fine establishment and he had me try out some of his homemade wine.
Last time I was in Barcelona, it was Fall and the weather - far from nasty - wasn't prone to venturing into the surrounding beaches, but I've heart those are an inescapable feature for someone travelling to the city during the fair weather months. Therefore, I had to 'settle' for a more cultural-oriented journey that time. I visited the Barri Gotica - the Gothic neighbourhood - deep in Ciutat Vella (the Old City); got absolutely overwhelmed by the architecture on display in Eixample, where one can marvel at Gaudi's 'Sacred Family'; ended up by the Ramblas, after lingering a bit by the Plaza Catalunya's many fountains and statues.Now, if one is travelling during the Summer, Barcelona is more than attractive enough.
But why not schedule a trip that enables you to try a different and new beach every day? The balmy Mediterranean coast bathes some of the most beautiful and relaxing beaches in the entire continent, so you'll be sure to have plenty of options if you eventually decide yourself on driving your car hire to Malaga, all the way down to the south and deep into the rich and history steeped Andalucian region. Summer is coming fast, probably not fast enough for those that need some time out, but it's still wiser to start thinking about those holidays before it's too late! Availability is usually a problem when the hot weather has come, so it's better to grab the incredible deals Auto Europe has lined up for you if you book early!