Girona is a beautiful city located an hour away by car from Barcelona. You can also fly directly to the local airport with a low cost airline. It’s definitely worth visiting the city for its amazing architecture, history and food.
Girona is an impressive city to wonder around in: there are steep alleyways, porticoed streets and bustling squares. Throughout you will see the brightly painted façades of the houses. The colours of thee houses along the Onyar (the river that crosses the city) is one of the most emblematic images of the city.
Look at the artwork on this building. Simple but striking!
I enjoyed strolling around the city:
Lately the city has gained some awareness for being one of the locations for the Game of Thrones series. Yet, there’s far more to this place than that! There are more than 2000 years of history of this city, with its two fortified enclosures: the Força Vella and the Medieval Quarter. The Força Vella dates back to the Roman times, while the medieval extension of the city walls – resulting in the Medieval Quarter – was carried out during the 14th and 15th centuries. The highlights of Girona are rounded off by the impressive old Jewish Quarter with its beautiful streets.
The Cathedral is located at the heart of the Força Vella. Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, it includes a series of walls and spaces in different styles, from Romanesque (the cloister and Charlemagne tower) to its baroque façade and steps. Its most singular, striking feature is its large Gothic nave (15th-16th centuries) which, at a width of 23 metres, is the widest of its kind in the world.
I particularly liked the cloisters, which are cool and provide some respite from the hot sun!
It’s worth the visit!