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Driving to Barcelona

A Motorists guide to Barcelona - directions, parking and more

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Barcelona is one of Europeís top holiday destinations. Good weather, good food, and the magical architecture of Antoni Gaudi characterize this city in the north east of Spain.

The famous La Rambla promenade stretches from the centre of the city at the Placa de Catalunya all the way to the port. La Rambla is lined with restaurants, souvenir shops and street performers; it does cater to tourists however, therefore you will find cheaper meals and more authentic tapas bars elsewhere.

The three main districts are the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter), the Ribera, and the Raval. The Barri Gotic is particularly charming, with its narrow winding streets, Gothic architecture, and many buildings of interest such as the town hall and the Palau de la Generalitat, home to the Catalan government.

No trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit to La Sagrada Familia, the church designed by Gaudi that he never managed to finish. It is in a permanent state of construction therefore scaffolding covers parts of it, however its stunning design cannot be missed. The beautiful Parc Guell, a park on a hill with attractions inspired by Gaudi, also offers panoramic views over the city.

Food lovers will enjoy La Boqueria, a large and lively food market just off La Rambla. There are also many restaurants, bars and nightclubs along the waterfront; itís safe to say that with the array of cafes, market stalls, and eateries in Barcelona itís impossible to go hungry.

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Speed limits around Barcelona

Speed Limits

Motorway: 120 km/h
Dual Carriageway: 100 km/h
Rural: 90 km/h
Urban: 50 km/h

Distances from Barcelona to...

All of these places are within a few hours drive from Barcelona
PlaceDistance km (miles)
(Point to Point)

Valencia, Spain303 km (188 miles)

Marseille, France338 km (210 miles)

Bordeaux, France443 km (275 miles)

Nice, France490 km (304 miles)

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