My husband and I would like to rent a car for exploring Costa Brava for a few days, based around Begur. We'll be in Barcelona for almost a week in late May (staying in Eixample) before renting a car, and after Costa Brava we'll be taking the train to Paris (either from Barcelona or Figueres). I'm looking for advice on where to pick up/drop off a rental car in order to avoid stressful driving in the city. We have driven in Provence, Piedmont and Tuscany before so I'm not worried about driving around Costa Brava but driving in/out of big cities makes us a little more nervous (we had some interesting experiences driving out of Florence and Turin…)
I see a few options - any advice on what would be best is much appreciated!
1. Pick up and drop off car in Barcelona and take train from there to Paris. How tricky is it driving from/to the train station in Barcelona vs. the airport? If it is a lot easier to drive from/to the airport we would consider the extra hassle and cost of renting at the airport.
2. Pick up car in Barcelona and return in Figueres (at train station - same question about difficulty of driving to train station in Figueres), then take train from there to Paris.
3. Avoid driving out of Barcelona altogether by taking train somewhere closer to Begur to pick up car and return same place or in Figueres. Would this make sense? Where would be a good pick up location?