Best driving roads in Barcelona
To decide on the best driving roads in Barcelona you first must understand that Barcelona is a region as well as a city.
The region of Barcelona, together with Girona, Lleida and Tarragona make up the four regions of Catalunya in the North East of Spain.
Barcelona, of course is the capital of Catalunya and together with its adjoining, sister cities has a greater urban population of 4.6 million.
With this in mind we’ll concentrate on some of the great driving roads in or near to Barcelona city itself.
Firstly we must mention the road from Castelldefels to Sitges. This route, the “Comarca”, or C 31 follows the coast south from Castelldefels and offers a fantastic road-trip form Barcelona.
Normally this route can be covered in under an hour but at weekends and holidays it is so popular with bikers and people just looking for a diving tour it can get very busy.
Often, because it has only one lane going in either direction, the slightest “nose to tail” bump ends up causing hours of tail-backs.
If you’re looking for a road-trip of one day from Barcelona, however, then a circuit covering the C31 from Catelldefels to Sitges and then inland to Villafranca del Penedes or Igualada provides you with coastal and rural, inland driving before returning you to Barcelona via the motorways of the Vall de llobregat.
It makes a great driving tour from the city.
If you prefer to stay a little closer to town, the hills at the back of the city offer a real and very welcome surprise.
From the Barcelona suburb of Gràcia, within five minutes you can find yourself on La Rabassada.
This is a sinuous mountain-type road that winds up through the Park Natural de Collserola to the peaks of Tibidabo, and Collserola before passing through the historic village of Vallvidrera.
There are various “miradores” or look-out points along the route where you may stop and see Barcelona from above.
Whether you’re renting a car for your road trip, using your own vehicle or participating in a guided tour you will find the roads around the city to be some of the best driving roads in all of the Barcelona region.
The best driving roads in Barcelona
Should you not have a vehicle and if renting a car for your road-trip seems a bit over the top, you can join a guided, ecological tour like those provided by the company Tourisimo.
You will be guided up and out of the city, away from the heat, noise and chaos or the city streets to the peace of the hills of Collserola where you can see all of Barcelona from above.
On weekends all year, and weekdays in August, Tourisimo can even take you to the Torre de Collserola which is a telecommunications tower sitting high above the city.
At 560 meters above sea level the views of Barcelona and its surroundings from the tower’s observation deck are truly incredible.
So, you can have your road-trip by renting a car for one day or for a couple of hours or by going green, getting adventurous and taking Tourisimo guided tour, described as the “Hollywood hills” experience of Barcelona.
During this amazing excursion you’ll see Barcelona from above while enjoying a driving tour on some of the best driving roads in Barcelona region without the worry of getting lost or missing any of the best sights.
To find the best driving roads in Barcelona, you don’t have to go too far.