End of last August we spent three days in the Girona region about 100 km to the North of Barcelona as we heard so many times that it is really worth visiting. And definitely it was! Here is why:
Girona being the biggest city in the North with approximately 100,000 inhabitants has a beautiful historic city center. The city has a long lasting history being founded in the year 79 BC by the Romans and was given the name Gerunda.
When especially walking in the old Jewish quarter it seems as if time stood still. No wonder that the Cathedral of Girona and the grand stairways leading to it were chosen as a scenic setting for the sixth season of Game of Thrones. Next to the historic center a major highlight is the medieval city wall which is in such a good condition that you can still walk over it for more than one kilometer.
A great place for having dinner is the Plaça de la Independencia. The square is surrounded by buildings in neoclassical style. Under their arcades many restaurants can be found. It offer a local experience at evening time. The square commemorates the defenders of Girona against the Napoleonic troops in 1809.
How to get there from Barcelona
Girona can be reached easily by rental car or by fast train. By car you will need approximately 60 minutes. By high-speed train it only takes 30 minutes from Estació de Sants, Barcelona´s main station. There is a large variety of hotels available within the historic center or its outskirts, just a 15 minutes walk away.
What to do in Barcelona
Are you coming to Barcelona this year and you are looking for a historic walking tour? I recommend you the following private tours:
Gaudí & Barcelona Legends – During this two-hours walk the connection will be made from medieval Catalan history and legends to what inspired Gaudí and other modernist architects when designing the residential buildings along the grand boulevard of Passeig de Gracia. From street pavement to lamp posts – all have a story that will be told to you!
Explore hidden streets with a friend – Experience neighbourhoods off the beaten track and have a drink on a calm terrace. See Barcelona through the eyes of a local. This guided walk through El Born and the Gothic Quarter will let you discover more than the usual: buildings and squares you will not encounter so easily when strolling through the maze of little streets.
Both tours are offered with private guides by The Barcelona Feeling – Discover more than the usual!