Where to stay in Girona
Where Is Girona, Spain?
What Is Girona, Spain Known For?
A Quick Guide to Girona, Spain
- Catalan: A Latin derivative — is the co-official language of Girona, with Spanish being the second. Like other places in Catalonia, most restaurants are closed for siesta between roughly 4:00 in the afternoon and 8:00 in the evening.
- Historical Churches: Many historical churches stand out along the Girona landscape, most famously the 11th century Girona Cathedral or Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona, which is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Girona and contains the widest Gothic nave in the world, standing at 72 feet. The cathedral is both Romanesque and Gothic in style, and built into a hillside that sits at the top of an 86-step staircase from the street level. Other notable structures include Collegiate Church of Sant Feliu, Sant Pere de Galligants, and Monastery of Saint Daniel.
- Passeig de la Muralla: Passeig de la Muralla are old fortifications first built by the Romans in the 1st century BC, which have been rebuilt many times after that. Although it was designed to protect the city from invasion, Passeig de la Muralla was besieged 25 times by a multitude of cultural groups over its 2,000 year history. Translating to “City Walls Walkway,” this attraction can be traversed on top of the walls and Torre Gironella can be climbed for a panoramic view of the city.
- Jewish Quarter: Girona hosted a rich Jewish community that flourished between the 9th and 15th centuries, until after much persecution, they were given the choice of conversion or exile in 1492. Jewish Quarter, the medieval neighborhood that remains, is one of the best preserved in Europe. It can be a delight for the modern explorer due to its underground alleys and courtyards that had been created as a means of survival. Museu d’Història dels Jueus is in this neighborhood and offers a dizzyingly complete collection of artifacts relating to the community in its peak era, including an 11th century ritual bath, the original documents outlining the expulsion of Jews in 1492, and all manner of ephemera relating to religious rituals, family life, and education.
Popular Destinations Near Girona, Spain
- Costa Brava: Many locals and tourists alike flee the city on weekends and head less than an hour to the rocky 37-mile stretch of Mediterranean coast that is Costa Brava. Resort towns in the area include Blanes, Tossa de Mar, and Lloret de Mar.
- Girona Pyrenees: Made up of a cluster of small cities on the south side of the Pyrenees mountains in northeast Spain is Girona Pyrenees. Activities depend on time of year visited, but include skiing, hiking, or biking. Alp is the town with the bulk of the ski resorts while Castellfollit de la Roca is a historic town built on a cliff overlooking a steep canyon.
- Casa-Museu Castell Gala Dalí: In Púbol, 30 minutes from Girona, there is a well-preserved, 11th century castle turned into a museum about the life and work of Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala. Casa-Museu Castell Gala Dalí is one of three museums in the region focused on the artist. Dalí directed much of the restoration efforts when he purchased the castle as a gift for his wife in 1969 and put his surreal signature into the decorations. Gala is buried in a crypt on the grounds. The second of the three museums is the Dalí Theatre and Museum, located in Dalí’s hometown of Figueres, only 40 minutes north of Girona and 30 minutes north of the Púbol Castle, where a visit is designed to be a surreal experience in itself. Dalí is buried here in a crypt under the stage.
Best Neighborhoods in Girona, Spain
- Barri Vell: East of the Riu Onyar is Barri Vell, on the hill of the Capuchins and marked by narrow pedestrian cobblestone streets and bordered by the old city walls. Near the cathedrals you’ll find Rambla de la Llibertat, which runs parallel to the river and is lined with tourist-centered cafes, restaurants, shops, and craft stalls. For more to explore, check out Banys Arabs: the ruins of a 12th century Christian Romanesque public bathouse based on Islamic and Roman styles, situated around a large octagonal pool.
- Mercadal: Across from Barri Vell and the Riu Onyar via the Pont de Pedra bridge is a boisterous, contemporary commercial district called Mercadal that is also highly pedestrianized. Here you can venture the streets of Plaça Independencia, known as one of the busiest and most symmetrical squares in Girona, dating back to the earliest 19th century. It is lined with restaurants, cafes, and bars — most with outside seating that are lively at night.
- Devesa-Güell: Adjacent to the Mercadal district, Devesa-Güell is a more sedate neighborhood anchored by La Devesa Park, which comprises almost 50% of the neighborhood. The area is popular for walking or biking, and a weekly market that sells fresh produce, clothing, and crafts.
Home-types in Girona
Points of interests in Girona
- Pont de les Peixateries Velles: 680 vacation rentals
- Passeig arqueologic: 680 vacation rentals
- Capella de Sant Nicolau: 680 vacation rentals
- La Lleona: 680 vacation rentals
- Sant Daniel Monastery: 680 vacation rentals
- Banys Àrabs: 680 vacation rentals
- Museu d'Història dels Jueus: 680 vacation rentals
- Jardins dels Alemanys: 680 vacation rentals
- Masó House: 680 vacation rentals
- Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya-Girona: 680 vacation rentals