Barcelona is regarded as Spain's most happening city by many. The capital of the autonomous Catalonia region boasts a splendid location on the Mediterranean, with a dazzling harbour, wide Blue Flag beaches and much beautification on account of the 1992 Olympic Games.
Barcelona is sophisticated and cosmopolitan and is chockfull with landmarks and attractions. Although city driving is tough, it resides in an area where there is lots of scope for heading out on daytrips and many motorhome sites within reach.
Everyone strolls the wide Las Ramblas avenue between Placa de Catalunya and the water. Loaded with street cafe's, shops and buskers, it is bustling day and night. Off to the east is the convoluted old town, with its flashy squares like Placa Reial, tapas bars and pensiones.
Las Ramblas is best photographed from atop the Columbus statue, near which is the modern Port Vell area. You can travel from here up to Montjuic via cable car for even better views and then check out the site of the 1992 Olympic Games. Barceloneta Beach goes the other way, behind which is a plethora of sights.
They include Antonio Gaudi's works, such as the monumental Sagrada Familia Cathedral (still not finished) and the eye-opening Park Guell. There are numerous other city sights, but avoid getting too caught up as there's a lot to see by motorhome.
While driving in town is a nightmare, the roads nearby can be a delight. Consider heading to the even better beaches of the Costa Brava to the north, or inland to Tibidabo for the wonderful Monestir de Montserrat.
Camping Tres Estrellas ,is one of the most popular motorhome parks near Barcelona, located just a few kilometres south at Gava. This huge site has plenty of space for large motorhomes, groups and families and boasts many activities. There are two swimming pools and restaurants and you can make use of their shuttle bus if you don't fancy driving to town.
Camping Masnou is just beyond the Barcelona periphery, where most of the motorhome sites are at. It doesn't have the facilities of some of the others, though there is a pool, shops and laundry, plus it is relatively close to the town.
Camping Barcelona located north, beyond Mataro, is nice and close to the sea while boasting excellent facilities for holidaymakers, be they couples, groups or families. There's a pool and supermarket on site along with WiFi and even a small farm and fun activities for kids.
Avoid driving in Barcelona as it is notoriously busy and hard enough by car, let alone a larger motorhome. In addition, parking is sparse, pricey and difficult to decipher, even for locals. Thankfully, Barcelona has an excellent public transport network, including an efficient metro, so save the driving for visiting other beaches and towns in the area.
- Speed limits in the city: 50kph.
- Speed limits on national roads: 100kph.
- Help number: 112