Because we were in Barcelona for so long, we knew we wanted to take advantage of the time we had and visit some of the awesome towns around Barcelona.
One of the best things about Barcelona is how well connected it is, and you can easily take a train to any of the cities that we visited. However, we were feeling ambitious and honestly tired of public transit, so we decided to take matters into our own hands and rent a car for two days. This way we would be able to explore Eastern Spain on our own terms and make sure we saw everything we wanted to see.
We rented a car on Arguscarhire.com, which is the European Kayak.com, but exclusively for car rentals. We opted for the cheapest Automatic transmission car (because unfortunately, neither of us can drive a stick) and our rental was through OK Rent-a-Car. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT rent from Ok Rent-a-Car. They are the cheapest option and there is a reason for it. They charge an extra, non-refundable $25 when you pick up the car as “gas tax”, even if you return the car with a full tank, and they are out to scam you on every dollar that they can get. I wound up with a mysterious $230 charge on my credit card the day after we returned the car, which luckily Chase has removed since Ok Rent-a-Car never got back to them about the dispute. Thieves, I tell you!
Other than the scam artists at the rental location, we were really happy to have our own vehicle for a few days. We had a little Fiat 500, that even though it barely picked up steam going uphill, it was a great car for whipping around the country.
Our first road trip stop was the city of Girona, Spain, which is about an hour North of Barcelona. Girona is a very small, traditional Spanish town and best known for its amazing Cathedral in the center of the city. Recently, Girona has gotten a lot of it’s popularity because it was the sight of many scenes from Season 7 of Game of Thrones. SPOILER ALERT!: Remember the wildfire scene with Ceresi and the Septor? That was Girona!
Tossa de Mar
Another reason we wanted a car was to be able to go to some of the amazing beach towns outside of Barcelona. North of Barcelona is the Costa Brava coastline and it is a beautiful stretch of beaches and aqua blue water. We opted for the town of Tossa de Mar since it was on the way home from Girona and was easy to get to.
The beach here was rocky, which isn’t my favorite, but the water was so blue and so clear, the beach could’ve been concrete and I still would’ve been happy.
The second day we had the car was also the day that we were flying out of Barcelona. But since our flight was in the evening, we wanted to take advantage of our last day of vehicular freedom. The town of Sitges is located about 40 minutes South of Barcelona and is a cute little beach town with a lot of personality. The day that we visited also happened to be same day as Sitges’ annual Festival, which is a day filled with music and dancing, and then a huge parade with fireworks in the evening. We were really sad that we couldn’t stay to enjoy the festivities because everyone looked like they were having so much fun, but we still were able to enjoy a few beers and the incredible view of the coast.