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Explore the beauty of Barcelona in a motorhome rental
Barcelona is often regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Steeped in a vibrant history, some of the most magnificent churches you’ll ever see, and remarkable art, it’s a must-see for anyone traveling through Spain, or Europe. You can explore the deepest and most exciting parts of Barcelona simply by walking through it, but you’ll want a comfy and cozy camper van to return home to after a long day of adventuring through this breathtaking city. Find out why travelers always put Barcelona at the top of their lists.
Best times of year to explore Barcelona with a campervan hire
With a cozy motorhome, there’s really no bad time to see the beauty of Barcelona for yourself. It is also often hard to predict the weather because Barcelona sits on “the Wild Coast”. Despite that, Barcelona is known for its very pleasant Mediterranean climate year-round.
For those who enjoy warmer climates, June, July, and August (summer) are ideal, but also the busiest time of the year for the city. Days often reach 20-25 degrees, sometimes spiking in the 30s. For more flexible travelers, visiting in spring or winter is a great idea to avoid the mass of tourists. Just make sure you wrap up for the 5-10 degrees Celsius days through Winter, and keep a sweater and umbrella handy for Spring, when showers pass through over 16-20 degrees Celsius days.
Our top camping tips
Follow these tips to help you get the best out of your motorhome rental and your Spanish adventure.
- Check if your campsite has a curfew so that you aren’t locked out or can’t set up after hours
- Make sure you know when public transport ends for the night as these public vehicles may be close to none after a certain time.
- Keep a close eye on your pockets, and keep valuables safe— Barcelona is Europe's pickpocketing capital.
- Brush up on your Spanish basics, or make sure you can translate with your phone online if you can—some restaurants only offer menus in Spanish.
- Thanks to their national nap time, the “siesta”, meal times are generally: breakfast at 9 am, lunch at 2 pm, and dinner at 9 pm.
- Many shops stay open until much later than in other countries because of their midday napping hours.
Must see’s and top to-do’s in Barcelona
Thanks to its colorful history with many converging cultures crossing paths and even Barcelona is rich with distinct views, flavors, and sounds.
Art and culture lovers will marvel at the many remarkable collections, galleries and museums packed into the city. History buffs will have a field day exploring stunning architecture, memorable sites, and other points of interest. And almost anyone will have an unforgettable time reveling in the city's nightlife, eating at world-class restaurants, and roaming and relaxing throughout the many sandy beaches in the area.
Just save some time to explore the other stunning coastal city of Alicante in your campervan. But for now, here are our top picks you must see and do while you’re in Barcelona:
See the sights
Barcelona is home to some of the world's most gorgeous architecture, many of which were designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. You’ve probably already heard of his most famous structure, the landmark church La Sagrada Familia, but Guaid is also responsible for Casa Batilo, Park Güell, and Casa Mila—all extraordinary works of modern art.
Aside from Gaudi’s buildings, Barcelona has other exciting national treasures like the Parc del Laberint d’Horta, an eccentric garden that recreates those found in Greek mythology. Or La Rambla, a mile-long walking boulevard that sits in the heart of the city.
Eat the food
Barcelona is widely known for its distinct tapas culture and delicious fresh cuisine. From flavorful seafood dishes to deep-fried Spanish soul food and smaller sharing plates, the city will be a feast for your eyeballs.
Some of the best restaurants to check out in Barcelona include:
- CincSentits - classic Spanish dishes modernized
- La Taqueria - The city’s favorite Mexican street food restaurant
- Bacoa - a local institution and home to mouth-watering burgers
- Platja Ca la Nuri - Delectable seafood and hand-picked wines
- Lata-Berna - A favorite for creative tapas options and a great beer menu
Embrace the culture
A trip/viaje to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without visiting its cultural hot spots. Art lovers won’t want to miss checking out the Picasso Museum, located half an hour's drive from Barcelona Airport. It is home to a vast collection of the famed artist's greatest works (and admission is free on Sundays!)
If you love food and markets, you’ll also want to wander through La Boqueria, Barcelona’s oldest market with over 200 stands. Fill your tummies with a food symphony of delicious, freshly fried fishes, cured meats, olives, cheeses, bread, and all other things Mediterranean and tasty.
Take a Nap
No, seriously… Barcelona, much like the rest of Spain, basks in a daily ritual called the “siesta”, or afternoon nap. Many businesses are closed between 2-5 pm for this reason. So if you’re wandering around in the afternoon and wondering where everyone is, park yourself down somewhere and enjoy the city's quietest daytime hours.
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Can you park your campers anywhere in Spain?
In Spain, you can park your campervan/furgoneta/autocaravana anywhere, as long as the parking space is suitable and there's no sign banning the parking of large vehicles. If you need roadside assistance, just give us a call and our customer support team will be happy to assist.
At what time do I pick up my campervan?
You can pick up your campervans Barcelona at any time during opening hours. In some cases, companies offer after-hours pick-ups but may apply a surcharge. Please check the terms of each company for the hours that you can pick up your vehicle.
Do you deliver and pick up the vans to and from other locations?
Depending on your itinerary, you may be able to pick up your Barcelona motorhome rental in one location and drop it off in another. Simply check by searching for your ideal pick up and drop-off location through our website.
Do you offer one-way rentals?
Most companies offer one-way rentals, meaning you can take your campervan hire to Madrid or another destination in Spain. But you’ll need to clarify this with the camper van rental company you want to book from. Some companies also impose one-way hire fees. You can usually find this out under the “Rate includes” section of the companies' hire page.
What does a rental price include?
Your motorhome rental cost generally covers the campervan itself, and also outlines additional costs for insurance coverage and other extras you add on to your booking.
Is there a minimum age to get a campervan rental Barcelona?
In most cases, you need to be at least 21 years old to rent campervans in Barcelona. Please check this requirement with the specific motorhome rental company. Otherwise, you can find out this information by beginning the booking process, as all insurance options are usually outlined on the booking page.
Is there a minimum rental period?
Most rental companies require you to hire/alquiler for a minimum of one or two nights. You can verify this by checking directly on the company's page, or on the booking page when looking for the best Barcelona motorhome rental deals through GoSee.
Can I travel with pets?
Some motorhome Barcelona companies forbid pets from traveling in campervans, but most allow it. Double-check by reading the terms and conditions for the rental.
Which documents do I have to present at the vehicle pick up?
At bare minimum, you need to have your driver’s license (international license if required), a valid credit card to cover all costs of your Barcelona campervan hire booking, and your booking confirmation (either printed or on your phone). Any other documentation required will be stated in the booking confirmation.
Is renting an RV worth it?
Yes, getting a camper van hire Barcelona is a perfect choice if you want to have some excitement and epic experience while traveling at your own pace. It also gives you the 'at home' feeling when on a tour as motorhomes/autocaravanas/furgonetas are fully equipped with linen and bedding, kitchen, and general equipment. Check out GoSee's exclusive offers and find the perfect RV to kick off your Spain adventure.