As the song says: “Girona love me, I love you, we love you all … Girona”. It is true that the combination of history, legends, gastronomy, activities and atmosphere will delight all who visits it. On this occasion, we offer a one day tour to our city, we hope you enjoy it as much as us.
First of all, we suggest that you park your car in the large free car park in the Devesa and forget about it the rest of the day. Remember to wear good shoes as we will walk the whole journey.
The first we will do is to kiss the ass of the lioness (cul de la lleona) in the Plaza of Sant Feliu. Legend sais that who kisses the lioness ass or never leave Girona or someday returns.
If you still haven’t had lunch, this place is a good place to do it. You can also continue walking the streets up to the Cathedral of Girona, worldwide known as the only cathedral with a single nave. In fact, at the time of construction, in the early eleventh century, the people of the time thought it would go down. The nave is Gothic and the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere of the interior is just amazing. The façade is Baroque and to access you have to climb a monumental staircase with approximately 100 steps. We invite you to count them because there is no way of knowing the exact number.
We continue our visit to the Arab baths, very close to the cathedral. Romanesque style, built in 1194, imitating the structure of the Muslim baths. In fact, there are 5 rooms rehabilitated in the twentieth century for the visitors.
Leaving the Arab baths, we took the opportunity to take a tour to the Jewish Quarter, visiting the archaeological tour beginning by climbing the stone steps in front of the bathrooms. It is a leisurely walk, with a peaceful surroundings. We will arrive at the gardens of the Germans and a little later the French Gardens, two spaces with a special charm. Precisely in the Garden of German we begin the journey through the remaining part of the Roman Wall. You can make a very long walk there and with wonderful views over the city. The towers of the wall are an ideal place to enjoy the stunning sunsets.
Once we finished the visit to the Roman wall we go down to La Rambla, a lively space, ideal to relax and have a drink or probably take the opportunity to eat at one of the many terraces you will find. With recovered strength, it is a good time to get lost in the maze of streets in the Old Town, of which the most famous are Ballesteries street, Força Street and Bonastruc ça Porta Street. With many buildings and monuments, all worth seeing, we recommend the Museum of History of the Jews and the Masó House (the best example of modernism in the city, recently restored). It is also a must see the Iron Bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel himself in 1876, and from where you can take pictures of postcard houses over Onyar river with the Cathedral. As you walk through the streets you can buy some xuxo to eat, it is the typical cake of Girona, is cream filling inside. And if you still have any energy left, you can take a walk in the Devesa, the green lung of the city and the runners preferred run space.
At this time it is likely dinner time. If you opt to do it in the city, you have to know that its cuisine is of the most extensive and excellent quality, including the world’s best restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca, but now its waiting list is about 8 months. Once you’ve eaten, if you wish to go for a drink there are numerous bars that prepare delicious cocktails and gin and tonics, many of them usually have live music, from jazz, rumba or concerts in small groups.
Finally, this pdf map of the city will be very useful for your visit.