Hire your campervan in Barcelona
Barcelona is only the beginning; here's all you need to know about the city and its surroundings
Stretching from the Pyrenees and the French border to 40 kilometres east of Barcelona is the Costa Brava; the Iberian Peninsula’s northeastern coast. Costa Brava means ‘Wild Coast’ or ‘Rugged Coast’, and that’s exactly why it’s so beautiful. It’s a lush shoreline where mountains, limestone cliffs, sandy beaches, and once-fishing ports meet the gentle Mediterranean Sea.
To see the real rugged Catalonia, head to Iberia’s eastern border Cape Creus, where the Pyrenees crumble into the ocean. To get a feel for the idyllic Costa Brava as it once was, head to one of the last remaining fishing towns Llafranc.
Because the Mediterranean Sea is almost completely closed off by land, the sea doesn’t generate as much swell as the Atlantic. Though this means you won’t find deep ocean waves rolling towards land, East Iberia is by no means devoid of waves.
As a matter of fact, Barcelona has (occasionally barreling!) waves between the jetties of Barceloneta Beach from autumn to spring. It’s not the only noteworthy break in the area either. Take your van along the coast and hit the gorgeous cliffs of Garraf for a fun left and right beach break; surf and wind-boosted wave near the airport at El Prat; or try Barcelona’s longest wave Masnou.
Kiteboarders and windsurfers can set up camp at Sant Pere Pescador, where the Golf de Roses sea breeze blows a very constant side-onshore. Castelldefels is another great spot for pretty reliable winds, and it’s only half an hour’s drive from Barcelona.
Barcelona is perhaps the most architecturally quirky city in Iberia. Who hasn’t heard of Gaudí or Modernismo? Or the Sagrada Familia? The unique cityscape of Barcelona mixes with long and smooth boulevards, providing the perfect stomping ground for Barcelona’s many skaters and longboarders (the ones on wheels).
The abundance of little bars and cool parties to give the capital of Catalunya an extra dimension of cool. The cultural heart of the region knows how to pamper its visitors, too, with locals munching on tapas and sangria flowing freely. So, what to make of the city of Gaudí Barcelona is urban suave, bohemian cool, and Mediterranean hot!