Slap bang in the north-eastern corner of Catalonia
Perfectly situated as a jumping-off point for the Costa Brava, Girona is a highly photogenic walled river city with an ancient heart that dates back to the Roman period. At the confluence of the rivers Ter and Onyar, there are many bridges to cross... and as many waterfront cafes to hang out in and take in a slice of Catalan style.
|Time zone:||GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||2 hours 15|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 14.7°C (24 hour average) (Data for Perpignan)
Rainfall: 831.6mm a year
Once a mosque and now a grand place of worship, the city’s main cathedral in the ancient quarter of the city is a beautiful example of Spanish gothic architecture.
Must eat at:
Stuff your wallet, starve yourself for days and then seek out El Bulli, the three Michelin starred gastrodome in nearby Roses. A word of warning – you’ll need to book well in advance.
Must be there for:
The remarkable ‘Dance of Death’, every Maundy Thursday in nearby Verges is a truly macabre but fascinating sight. Five luminous skeletal dancers perform in and around the crowds in the late evening. For the best views, head to the Plaza Mayor.
· Exploring the Pyrenees and southern France is easy if you use Girona as a base. Further south, Barcelona is just 1 hour 15 minutes away by train.
· Take the concrete bridge over the Onyar River and look at the width of the central span. Narrowing to just 25cms, it’s less than the width of a school ruler.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Spain