Barcelona Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Barcelona is home to arguably Europe’s best football team Barcelona FC or Barca as they are popularly known.
  • Barcelona staged the 1992 Olympics accredited with being the first commercially successful Olympics.
  • Antoni Gaudi’s signature masterpiece the Sagrada Familia was begun in 1882 and STILL isn’t finished! Estimates for a completion date suggest 2026.
  • The National Geographic put Barcelona top of its list of World Beach Cities.
  • Barcelona is one of the most densely populated cities in Europe.

Barcelona Mini Guide

Barcelona is a seaport and industrial city on the northern Mediterranean coast.  It is Spain's second largest city after Madrid and is noted for its fascinating central avenue, the Ramblas with its bookstalls, flower stalls and caged birds for sale.

Barcelona is the capital of the Catalans, with its superb legacy of modern architecture, its business acumen and ambitious immigrants, its taste for design and its position as a major publishing centre in both Spanish and Catalan, Barcelona is a little New York - and in many ways the only really successful modern city in old Europe. 

Barcelona City

It is situated on a plain which gently descends to the sea, wrapped in an amphitheatre of hills and mountains that keeps its climate mild and protected from the north winds and tempered by the Mediterranean breeze.  Barcelona takes its festivals seriously and hosts different ones throughout the year; one of the best of which is the traditional Merce Festival. 

Barcelona is one of the most popular car rental locations in Spain. You may find that one of the most convenient places to pick up a vehicle is car hire Barcelona Airport, airport code BCN.

The city oozes style and sophistication and is among the coolest destinations in Europe for a weekend break. Stretched out across a plateau and surrounded by mountains, one of the best ways to see the city is to head for the hill on which the 1992 Olympic stadium and the Picasso museum were built.

From there, spectacular views can only get better by taking a cable car over Barcelona, which is the capital of the autonomous region of Catalonia in the north east of Spain.  As the capital of Catalonia, the government of the region has its seat there, and it is also a thriving economic hub with a large sea port and a mercantile tradition. A city of which one could never tire, Barcelona has everything including five miles of beaches along the Mediterranean coast and of course the famous football team who have had such great players as Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and now Lionel Messi.

Barcelona Beach

Mild, humid winters and warm dry summers give Barcelona a classic Mediterranean climate and with over sixty municipal parks which play host to art exhibitions and music concerts, this is a city which celebrates the joys of being outdoors.

Barcelona’s history predates even Rome and over 2,000 years of culture have made it a world class destination which attracts visitors from all over the world. Whether you want to see opera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu or dance the night away at the annual Sonar electronic festival, there is something for every taste in Barcelona.
The city itself is testimony to Barcelona’s love affair with the great arts and many of its buildings are world heritage sites. The modern architectural theme is best represented by the unforgettable work of Antoni Gaudi, whose most famous structure is the unfinished church of Sagrada Familia. His legacy of strange, skeletal buildings is evident wherever you go. Barcelona is one of the easiest cities to get around in Europe, and once you have arrived at the international airport you can hire a car or take the metro, tram and bus system which serve the city. Other ways of getting around include the motorised three-wheelers which are a fun if slightly impractical way to get around.

Barcelona Sagrada Familia

Best Irish Pubs in Barcelona:

Irish Pub in Barcelona


Rhino Rating

The Wild Rover Irish Pub

Carrer de Santa Mònica, 2, 08001 Barcelona, Spain


Michael Collins

Plaza Sagrada Familia, 4, 08013 Barcelona, Spain


Flaherty’s Irish Pub Barcelona

Plaza Joaquim Xirau, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain


The George Payne Irish Bar

Plaça d'Urquinaona, 5, 08010 Barcelona, Spain


Shenanigans Irish Pub Barcelona

Carrer del Marquès de Barberà, 11, 08001 RAVAL, Barcelona, Spain


Barcelona Irish Pubs

Latest Update from Barcelona:

27/04/12 - Why not leave the usual tourist activities behind and try something different? Ideas include a helicopter ride over the city, a scooter tour of the highlighst or walking tours of the sets of films such as 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' and 'Perfume'

03/02/13 - This year Barcelona is hosting Spain's version of the Passion Play, simple called The Passion. From the 3rd March until the 1st May, there'll be a daily performance of the play by the Great Theatre of La Passio; an event which dates back to the 16th century. It's such an important part of the city's religious life that roles are hereditary in many cases.

Car Hire Barcelona Customer Comments

08/03/2012 - Booking was easy and the price was very low. Unfortunately when we picked the car up in Barcelona, the assistant couldn't speak much English so it got very frustrating!

05/03/2012 - Good car, cheap price very good Rhinocarhire

03/03/2012 - Booked a 4 x 4 but found it wasn't necessary in Barcelona, had a little trouble with the car but the depot changed it for us when we took it back to them

03/03/2012 - Flew to Barcelona Girona not knowing how far it was to the city. Thank goodness for the hire car and the sat-nav option. Without Rhino, we'd still be looking for our hotel.

24/02/2012 - Have had so much trouble in the past with hire car but was very pleasantly surprised. Car was ready and waiting at the Barcelona office and was as promised when I booked it

22/02/2012 - Loved the Gaudi architecture, smooth and efficient service with the hire car - thank you

15/02/2012 - Tried walking around parts of Barcelona but soon realised why people hire cars. It was easier and cooler in our Rhino hire car, even with traffic

16/07/2011 - Just returned from five days in Barcelona with a couple of friends, we hired a car so we could see more of the action. Was brilliant! Got a good price on the car as well and had no trouble with it.

02/05/2011 - My wife and I stayed at the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona which was wonderful, although rather expensive. Had a very pleasant weeks break and look forward to returning again maybe next year.

Driving in Barcelona

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Car Hire Barcelona Customer Comments:

We wanted to spend our short break exploring the city and pre-booked a hire car with Rhino. Everything went to plan and the car was perfect for our needs. We saw a lot of Barcelona and it didn't cost much either.

B Carter - UK
29/03/2012 00:00 AM

Well done Rhino, your car hire does what it says on the tin!

Richard Price - UK
22/03/2012 00:00 AM

Great hire car, clean and well looked after. Will be back on your site next time Rhino!

R Bonero - Spain
17/03/2012 00:00 AM

El alquiler de coches era grande y de reserva por Internet era fácil

Raul - Spain
11/03/2012 00:00 AM

Found the Live Chat really useful as we had some unusual requests to make as my wife is disabled. Service excellent and the car came with all the extras we needed.

Mr Robson - UK
11/03/2012 00:00 AM

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Barcelona is Spain’s second biggest city and it covers a huge area. Even in the city, car hire is advisable as it’s often a long walk between the sights. You could use the public transport system but it’s often overcrowded and slow. can offer you car hire pick up within the city from as little as £14 per day.

You may find the stop-start nature of Barcelona traffic suits an automatic car best and for this reason we offer a number of automatic options. Whatever you decide, you know you’ll get a guaranteed unbeatable rate on car hire from our website so if you’ve booked your flight and accommodation, visit us next.

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