Make the most of your visit at any time of the year, and if you can,visit more than once, because the city is very much alive and there may be a new thing that springs a surprise for you on each visit.
Photos: Ernie Teh
Nestled near the eastern coast of Spain, Girona is place with all the charms of a large city but without the crowds. It is a very “human-sized” city that will leave you walking around awestruck with all it has to offer – its streets, festivals, cultural activities, cafes & restaurants, facilities and events.Make the most of your visit at any time of the year, and if you can,visit more than once, because the city is very much alive and there may be a new thing that springs a surprise for you on each visit.
How to go:
Girona is located 98km northeast of Barcelona and can be reached by bus, train, or self-drive car. There is an airport close to the town with a wide range of connections on Ryanair. Bus to Girona stops at the centre of Barcelona, in Estació d’Autobusos Barcelona Nord (Barcelona’s main bus terminal).
Trains from Barcelona to Girona leaves approximately every hour from Barcelona Estació de Sants (with other stops at Passeig de Gràcia/ Aragó and Clot). The journey takes 1h20m from Girona to Barcelona Sants.
Both the Old Town and the New Town across the river are highly pedestrianized. A car is not only unnecessary in Girona, but also quite cumbersome. It should be noted that most of the streets in the Old Town have large cobblestones and steep stairs going up the hill upon which Girona was built. Walking in high heels or with rolling luggage is quite difficult at some points, so plan accordingly.