Girona: culture, history, gastronomy, museums and country houses
Girona is a charming city, surrounded by an exceptional rural environment where the farm houses that make up the small villages around it make this region special. Many of them have been transformed into country houses or cottages for tourist use and make them ideal for visiting the region and the city centre throughout the year.
This city, small by population and territory, but rich in quality of life, history and culture, makes it a place you can not miss if you are going to spend some days in one of its enchanting villages that surround it.
In it you will find the old town, the Rambla, the Jewish quarter, the Cathedral of Girona, the Arab Baths, the spectacular bridges of the Onyar river: the Pedra bridge, the Peixateries Velles bridge... You will also find a great cultural offering with theatres, museums, popular festivals, the Auditorium and also, as in the rest of the province, a large number of activities related to sport.
Girona considered an incredibly romantic town for a lot of people, where you can not stop walking around the streets of the old town. Its architecture of Gothic and Romanesque style delimited by the wall that formerly surrounded it, will not cease to amaze you. These streets became known worldwide through the Game of Thrones series, where the director found in this neighborhood the ideal setting for the sixth season of the series. In the middle of the same streets you will discover the Jewish quarter, one of the best preserved in Europe and where you can find the Jewish History Museum.
In the same area you will find the Cathedral of Girona. This emblematic building of the city is a compulsory stop, in fact when entering to Girona you will see its bell tower that stands out over the roofs of the old quarter.
La Rambla de Girona is one of the most popular places in the city and the main access to the old town. The small commerce and the bars placed along its route make it a good meeting place, which invites us to stop there and contemplate the movement of people walking or the great Baroque arches that support the houses to his backs and the passage of the pedestrians by his feet.
Sant Jordi's day is a good date to visit it, when people fill the streets and the books and roses are the best protagonists of the day.
What does the surroundings offer me?
Girona is surrounded by a large number of villages that are formed by different country houses, many of which were built between the 16th and 18th centuries. These villages will show you the most rural life in the territory, in a space set in time where churches and historical chapels rise with a bell tower. You can also visit Costa Brava and discover beaches and coves, for many people the best in Catalonia. The region reaches from the Cerdanya, next to France, to Tossa de Mar and Blanes on the southern part, and Portbou and Cadaqués along the northern part. Throughout the territory you will find a large number of towns that make this destination a unique place with an extraordinary environment.
What gastronomic offer can I find in Girona?
The gastronomic offer is very extensive, in fact here they can boast that one day they had the most innovative and breakthrough restaurant of the time, El Bulli, belonging to Ferran Adrià and Juli Soler, which was opened from 1962 to 2011 and marked a before and after in the restaurant business world. Currently, in the area of Girona there are 16 Michelin-starred restaurants, among them one of the most valued ones, such as El Celler de Can Roca, recognized internationally, with three stars and which has given even more projection to the territory.
Apart from these, here you will find a wide range of culinary offerings for all tastes, where the main protagonist is Mediterranean cuisine.
Culture and popular celebrations
Part of the heritage of the area are culture and festivals, museums, theatres, exhibitions, local festivities... Among the best known in the city, we can highlight the fairs of Sant Narcís and the Temps de Flors in Girona, but we can find local celebrations during the year in the region of Girona, each town has its own festivity and there is always something to highlight.
This wide range of activities offered in the Girona region makes it an ideal destination to spend your holidays with family, friends or your partner. In Girona or nearby you will find different holiday rentals which will give you the opportunity to live an unforgettable holiday.