Girona reflects Catalonian days gone by, filled with a labyrinth of winding cobblestone alleyways, quaint cottages and architectural treasures. Set to a backdrop of the Pyrenees Mountains, it’s also one of Spain’s favourite foodie havens boasting scores of Michelin-star eateries throughout the city. Old and new collide in the medieval quarter and the much older Jewish quarter, both with their own charm and attractions.
Things to do in Girona
Rio Onyar curves lazily through Girona, lined with brightly coloured villas, shops and modern buildings on either side. You can walk for about three kilometres across the old city walls and then stroll past a myriad of Gothic and Romanesque buildings before visiting the historic Placa de la Catedral and its famous Tapestry of Creation. Just a few steps away, Museu d’Art showcases thousands of pieces of regional art, including ancient woodcarvings and sculptures by Rafael Masó i Valentí from the 1900s.
Shopping in Girona takes you across the centuries, with modern shops and chic boutiques on Carrer Emili Grahit selling everything from designer jewellery to international brand clothing and trendy decor. Make sure to save some time for exploring the historic centre along Carrer de la Barca for antiques, handmade crafts and local foods.
Many travellers visit Girona to indulge in local cuisine from old-world cafes, trendy bistros and posh restaurants. Avant-garde chefs concoct their newest creations and fusion-food delicacies featuring Catalan, Basque and Mediterranean recipes. Don’t leave the old-town without trying authentic Catalan cuisines such as escudella stew and Basque-country Txakoli sparkling wine.
Getting around Girona
Girona is pedestrian-friendly for the most part, especially on the cobblestone streets of the historic centre. Bicycles, taxis and intercity buses enable access to most Girona districts. To visit the larger province outside the city, you have the option of hiring a rental car or taking a bus or train.