Girona - a year round mini escape

Girona

Girona, Spain is an hour away from larger city Barcelona and is packed with charm and attractiveness. The small size of this city makes for a very comfortable stay and a lot of activities and neighbouring gems are all in close proximity. Taking a leisurely stroll through the old town, visiting museums and historic buildings and eating the finest dishes are just some of the things that you can enjoy during your trip.

Spaniards from towns and cities close-by tend to visit Girona a few times throughout the year for a bike ride around town or to eat at their favourite restaurants. The secret with the cooking in this city is the organic nature of the ingredients and the high standards after Ferran Adría has put El Bulli on the world map. The 2013 best restaurant in the world El Celler de Can Roca has also been repeatedly mentioned in mainstream media throughout 2013. It is located in the neighbouring town of Taialà, on the outskirts of the city.

Girona can be enjoyed any time of the year - this lively city holds something in store to delight anyone. The towers of Sant Feliu and the Cathedral above the Sant Feliu Bridge across the Onyar River are absolutely beautiful. The Old Town is on the east bank of the river, with pedestrianised narrow streets surrounding the old city walls. We loved walking on the old city walls and making our way around town as it is one of the tallest standing points with views of the mountains, forests and country-side that surrounds Girona.

The "Rambla", running parallel to the river, contains many street cafes and touristic restaurants. It is here where you can pick up a map from the tourist office. All year round Girona is a great place to visit, we hope to visit in May for the Flower festival. For 10 days the city gets adorned with flowers and a programme of cultural events and commercial activities circulates through the old and new town. 

If you plan to stay overnight in the city, we recommend booking the palatial, rustic apartment rental Alemanys 5.  

View from the Badiu Apartment from Alemanys 5.

View from the Badiu Apartment from Alemanys 5.

Rocambolesc Gelateria is a unique ice cream parlour that simulates a candy factory out of a story, with several flavours in the tub or cone. Jordi Roca did us proud with this opening on Carrer de Santa Clara nº 50. 

Rocambolesc Gelateria is a unique ice cream parlour that simulates a candy factory out of a story, with several flavours in the tub or cone. Jordi Roca did us proud with this opening on Carrer de Santa Clara nº 50. 

Walking up the old city walls surrounding the city. The extension of the Roman walls during the medieval ages today enables visitors to stroll along this walkway. 

Walking up the old city walls surrounding the city. The extension of the Roman walls during the medieval ages today enables visitors to stroll along this walkway. 

Sardana dancing is a traditional Catalan Dance. The Sardana is a popular Catalan cultural dance and symbol of unity for the Catalan people. This was at the Plaça de la Independència. 

Sardana dancing is a traditional Catalan Dance. The Sardana is a popular Catalan cultural dance and symbol of unity for the Catalan people. This was at the Plaça de la Independència. 

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