Girona, a medieval city in Catalonia
Girona is the perfect day trip from Barcelona. It is a beautiful city in Catalonia, Spain, known for its medieval architecture and a must-visit if you’re craving an escape from the “big city” or just want to see something outside Barcelona.
How to get to Girona
Girona is located 62 miles northeast of Barcelona. It’s easy to get to by train from Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia, Plaça Catalunya or Sants stations. The normal journey takes 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes, while the high speed AVE train gets there in 38 minutes.
There is also a small airport there, so if your flight stops there instead of Barcelona airport, you might want to consider stopping there awhile before heading to Barcelona or before heading home.
Originally founded by Romans, it was then taken over by Moors and Franks and lastly, under the rule of Barcelona. All these different rulers and eras made Girona the beautiful and interesting place that it is.
If you visit Girona, here are some tips!
Actually, the main tip for Girona is just to make it here. The best way to enjoy Girona is just to walk around – you don’t need to plan anything specific. Its main attractions are its calm and its architecture. That being said, here are a few suggestions.
1. Visit Passeig de la Muralla – This is also known as the ‘Wall of Gerona.’ The city was a strategic location to defend the town from invaders. You can now walk all around the area and savor the amazing views. If there is one thing you need to see in Girona, this is it.
2. Browse the Jewish Quarter – Girona’s Jewish Quarter in Girona is said to be the best-preserved in Europe.
3. Reflect at the Girona Cathedral – The Girona Cathedral is known for its wide Gothic nave. It has a Baroque facade and a large staircase. You may also visit the museum which displays a number of artifacts.
4. Take a dip at the Banys Àrabs – Actually, you probably don’t want to dip more than your finger in these Moorish bath pools (the water looks as ancient as the walls). But Moorish baths are always worth a visit. They’re both mysterious and peaceful.
5. Go to the Film Museum – This was closed during my visit, but if you’re a movie lover, then you might appreciate a quick visit to the Film Museum in Girona. Did you know that Girona was used as a filming location for Game of Thrones? You’ll need to pay an entrance fee, but it might be worthwhile to roam around.
6. People watch at Plaça de la Independencia – This is a large square where you can enjoy the sights of old Catalan buildings. You can even relax at some cozy cafes and restaurants nearby. There are statues to meet in the middle of the square too.
7. See what’s in Rambla de la Libertad – Don’t miss Girona’s famous leisure spaces. You can just have a nice walk and possibly get some great stuff from the market. It’s the main commercial and entertainment point of the city.
Don’t forget to wear your most comfortable shoes! – Girona is a city designed for pedestrians. Note that there are few steep areas and your designer leather heels might not be able to make it!
While most tourists stop in Barcelona only, you’ll be able to say you’ve gotten to know a little more of Catalonia.
Girona has fewer tourists compared to Barcelona, so you’ll be able to relax. but it definitely has a special charm of its own.
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