The hillside city of Girona is ideal for a quick day trip before you arrive at the sandy Costa Brava beaches, snowy Pyrenees or the magnificent city of Barcelona, all of which are an hour away by car. However, this little city deserves more than just a fleeting visit. Lose yourself in the labyrinth of old town lanes and discover its jewellery box of museums, galleries and gothic churches – all boasting a unique mix of architectural styles. In the evenings you can enjoy some of Spain’s most diverse nightlife and dining experiences, making Girona a delicious change from the typical Spanish seaside destinations.
Airline: Ryanair Flying from April 2020
Journey Time: 2hr 00m
Time Difference: UTC+1 (EET)
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Top 3 Picks
Whilst you are in Girona, make the most of your stay and check out our top 3 things to do and see!
Walk the City Walls
Give yourself some of the best views of the city – with the peaks of the Pyrenees in the distance – by taking a stroll along the old city walls. Part Roman and part 14th-century, the main wall is half a mile of spiral staircases, secret gardens and mysterious nooks. For the best views (and the best photos,) go exploring in the golden hour of early mornings or late afternoons.
Visit Rocambolesc Gelateria
For the most delicious and creative ice-cream and ice-lolly flavours you have ever eaten try Rocambolesc Gelateria. This culinary delight is the creation of Jordi Roca, once recognised as the World’s Best Pastry Chef and king of desserts at the three-Michelin star restaurant El Celler de Can Roca. There’s no surprise that this little Gelateria is a global phenomenon – with an abundance of seriously delicious flavours and combinations, you will just have to try them all!
Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, Girona Cathedral hosts an array of architectural influences and features, from Roman to Gothic and Baroque. Home to some of the most vivid stained-glassed windows and famous 90 steps, this architectural wonder is best experienced before 9am without the crowds. After enjoying the Cathedral’s exquisite interior, take a visit to its accompanying museum ‘Tapís de la Creació’, to find one of the few surviving examples of original needlework from the Bayeux Tapestry.
Girona hosts a wide array of festivals throughout the year, but the highlight is the Temps de Flors flower festival held every year in May. The event sees hundreds of floral artists come together to decorate various sites around the city.
Girona is Catalonia’s top cycling hub, attracting enthusiasts from all over the world due to its excellent bike routes.
Although small, the Girona region currently leads the global avant-garde gastronomic sector with 15 Michelin Star restaurants.
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