The province of Girona, a region rich in history and charm, is located between Barcelona and the Pyrenees Mountains, which divides France and Spain. This lovely province stretches from the inland farmlands to the Mediterranean sea. This area sees comparatively few foreign travelers apart from Costa Brava on the shore.
Girona is Spain’s oldest village, and only lately has it been getting the attention it deserves. In the old quarter known as Casco Viejo, you will find the ancient, elegant Jewish district called El Call. This district is one of Spain’s most well-preserved ancient villages. Costa Brava, on the other hand, meaning the Untamed Coast, is only a short drive away and stretches for miles with various rocky coves and small beaches. The luxurious turquoise water of the Mediterranean and white-washed fishing villages will make you watch in awe as you try to digest all of this area’s natural beauty.
You will find L’Emporda filled with plains of sumptuous rolling green hills and disseminated with medieval villages filled with old stone houses and small churches a little further inland.
Girona’s climate is pleasant year-round, making it a fabulous spot to visit just about anytime. However, the winters can be a bit crisp, and during mid-winter, many hotels and shops in the Emporda region close up. During the summer months, which extends from June to August, many Europeans, particularly those from Northern Europe, flock to Costa Brava to enjoy the sun. This is also when you will find hotel prices being the highest, and you will need to book well in advance to secure placement.
Here are the top things to do in Girona, Spain
- Stroll along the old walls (yes, you can get on there) for fantastic views of the town
- Enjoy the cafes, which are incredibly atmospheric at night
- The old narrow streets of the Jewish distrct are not to be missed.
- Don’t forget to check out Girona’s lively “Discoteca” club scene.
- You can also unwind and play Golf on all the phenomenal courses in the surroundings.
Top Places to see in Girona, Spain
The Old Town’s architecture is diverse and atmospheric, resulting from many invasions with many tight streets, a castle, and an impressive walled section.
- Catedral de Girona is a cathedral whose interior includes the widest Gothic center in the world. You will have the time of your life visiting Catedral de Girona.
- Cul de la lleona (female lion’s butt) is an unusual place worth visiting. As the myth says, you’ll only come back if you kiss the lion’s butt.
- Església de Sant Feliu is second church in the city. It is a suitable place for religious people.
Where to eat in Girona?
Many touristy cafes offer menu del dia for €10-13, even on Sundays in the ancient town. Areas with thick coverage of touristy cafes are: Rambla de la Lliberitat (near cathedrals); Plaça Independencia. However, try to dodge the restaurants at Rambla de la Llibertat. They are incredibly touristy, waiters are not good in English, and even if you do find menus in English, they are poorly translated. The meal you get can vary considerably from its menu description. Top places to eat includes: Le Bistrot, Pujada de Sant Domenec, Frankfurter König 1, Gran Muralla, Txalaka, and El Celler de Can Roca.