There is no better way to start this post than with this fabulous video of Girona and the surrounding region, read on to discover why this is my kind of town (it’s actually a city but I wouldn’t want to correct Mr Sinatra!)
Girona is often visited on a day trip from Barcelona, it being just 38 minutes away by train. Both cities are fantastic but very different. Girona is a small city with character, very historic and its Old Town (Barri Vell) stands very much intact. This is now home to many bars, restaurants, museums and quirky shops and its main focal point, the substantial and imposing Cathedral.
To add to the flavour of the City a River runs through its heart, the bridges that cross it and the façade of houses that line it forming the pictures that most people associate with the City. This creates a natural divide between the old and “new”. The new side has picturesque plaza’s, the most pretty being Plaza Independencia, and squares, more bars and restaurants and is the place the wealthy locals go for their expensive shopping.
The surrounding area is green and rural, the splendid gardens behind the cathedral leading to the city walls, well worth a walk around, then into the miles of forest, cycling routes and natural trails that only finish at the Coast. Home to a number of professional cyclists and teams, the scenery around the city is truly spectacular.
Girona is also home to the celebrated restaurant, El Cellar Can Roca, now established as probably the very best in the world and it’s presence has led to the city becoming a gourmet delight with many restaurants in the city and the surrounding area receiving accolades and not just the most expensive. You can eat very well here at reasonable prices.
I loved it so much I got a place here 5 years ago and now split my time between Leeds and Girona, facilitated by the regular Ryanair flights that fly in and out of here every day, less than 2 hours to London (Luton and Stansted) and the South (Bristol and Bournemouth) and a touch over to Leeds, Manchester, East Midlands and Newcastle.
I urge you to visit, feel free to get in touch for flight and hotel advice, and while here, drop in for a coffee, my favourite is cortado, happy to act as a guide or point you in the right direction to make the most of your stay.
Chartered Accountant and Trip Advisor – Girona Destination Expert (!)