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Girona and Costa Brava Tour with Hotel Pickup in Barcelona

1. Girona and Costa Brava Tour with Hotel Pickup in Barcelona

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Costa Brava on a full-day tour to Girona from Barcelona. Depart the Catalan capital for the city of Girona, where the remains of its Roman and medieval past make an interesting contrast to the present day city. Get lost in a maze of narrow streets, and venture into the best-preserved Jewish Ghetto in Europe. Admire the cathedral, home to the widest Gothic nave in the world. Marvel at the brightly colored houses on the banks of the Onyar River. Then, transfer to the breathtaking landscapes and villages of the Costa Brava, stopping at the medieval village of Pals en route. Stroll down cobblestone streets, and enjoy some of the best panoramas of the Mediterranean Sea whipped-up by the fierce Tramontana wind. Marvel at the fields and plains of Empordà extending to the horizon. Discover dramatic views of the Catalan coast, surrounded by green mountains, sheer cliffs, and small villages of whitewashed houses. Stop in the traditional fishing village of Calella De Palafrugell, and feel as if you have been transported back to yesteryear. Explore the pristine landscape of Calella, and discover the ancient pathways of the Caminos de Ronda. Once used by fishermen, watchmen and smugglers, these paths allow you to explore the virgin coast at your leisure, where you will discover popular beaches and inaccessible coves and cliffs. Take a dip in crystal clear water, surrounded by unspoiled nature.

Girona: Guided 2-Hour Walking Tour with food tasting

2. Girona: Guided 2-Hour Walking Tour with food tasting

Discover the ancient Roman and Medieval history of Girona on a guided tour of the city's highlights! Visit the Jewish Quarter, pass by the cathedral and meander the streets of the Old Town. Learn about the Cathedral from your local expert guide — one of the most important symbols of the city, together with the Basilica of Sant Feliu. Cross some of the most emblematic bridges, enjoying unique views of the colorful houses of the Onyar river. And get lost in the labyrinth of streets of the Old Town, discovering unique spots, corners, squares and streets while hearing some of the strangest legends and stories. Try, right in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, our two most famous delicacies: the xuixo, a pastry made of baked dough filled with custard, and ratafia, our most famous liquor made of 40 different herbs and green nut. So good! All of this, and a lot more, in this fantastic trip to the past, present and future of our city. Don’t miss it!

Girona: City Tour from Barcelona

3. Girona: City Tour from Barcelona

About ninety kilometers north of Barcelona reach the city of Girona. Its historical center or "barri vell" is one of the most evocative of Catalonia with monumental elements unique in Europe.  local guide you will pick you up with a car or private bus. Then be taken to Gerona either by the coastal road or the highway (your choice).  You will cross one of the bridges over the river Oñar and you will begin to walk the "Barri vell". Visit the church of Sant Feliu, the narrow streets, the Jewish quarter, the stunning cathedral of Santa Maria and enjoy the opportunity to do some shopping or eat at one of the restaurants.

Barcelona: Girona Game of Thrones Private Tour with Pickup

4. Barcelona: Girona Game of Thrones Private Tour with Pickup

Discover the locations where the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones" was filmed in Girona. Your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel or apartment in Barcelona to start your adventure and transfer you to the Old Town of Girona. Your expert guide will show you the magical corners of the city that brought "Game of Thrones" to life. Visit Girona Cathedral, which was used to represent the Great Sept of Baelor. You will also recognize the monumental baroque stairway of the cathedral as the exterior of the Great Sept Baelor in King’s Landing. Walk through the Jewish Quarter, which served as the city of Braavos in the series, where blind Ayra Stark was begging and got attacked by the waif. You'll also learn a little about Girona's fascinating history on this tour. With its perfect location on a hill along the eastern shore of the Onyar River near the French border, Girona flourished during the Middle Ages. Enjoy amazing views from the Medieval city walls and get lost in the maze of winding streets. You'll also see the Arabic Baths, the synagogue, and the Gustave Eiffel Bridge.

Girona: Private History Tour

5. Girona: Private History Tour

The ancient walled city of Girona stands on a fortress-like hill, high above the confluence of the Onyar and Ter rivers. With the help of a local guide, discover the most important monuments of Girona, its history, its Jewish heritage and also its legends. This private tour can be tailored to your specific needs and interests. Founded by Iberians, the Romans later named the city Gerunda and established it as an important stopping point on the Via Augusta, linking Iberia with Rome. The most important time for the city, however, was the middle ages. Due to its location near the French border, the city was under siege several times and much of its buildings were built during this time.  Explore the city's 15th-century cathedral, boasting the widest unsupported gothic arch in the world which dominates the skyline. In the lower part of the city, enjoy the steep alleyways and the brightly painted façades of the houses overlooking the Onyar river which provide the most emblematic image of the city. Among the bridges that span the river are the lightweight Gómez bridge and the Ferreries Velles bridge which was designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1877. For those interested in The Game of Thrones series, the guide can show the locations where the 6th season was filmed.

Girona: Small Group Jewish History Tour of Girona and Besalú

6. Girona: Small Group Jewish History Tour of Girona and Besalú

Home to a historic Jewish quarter, Girona has steep steps and old world charm. Despite the expulsion of Jews in 1492 from the area, today the “call dels jueus” remains in the same location it has been since the Middle Ages. Enjoy a guided visit to the Museum of Jewish History located where the third and lasts Synagogue of Girona were located before the expulsion. Break for lunch and explore before continuing on to the small country village of Besalú. This town has housed a traditional mikveh and synagogue since the 13th-century. It remains one of the most important Jewish areas in Catalonia and in 1966 was declared a national historic and artistic site. Traces of ancient Jewish history continue to be discovered in Besalú and the town remains similar to how it was back when it was home to a rich Jewish population. Wander the irregular medieval streets and snap photos of the ancient steps, arches, stone houses and shops that still sell local handicrafts and goods. Don’t forget to pass over the striking Romanesque bridge that provides access to the town over the Fluvià river, one of the most memorable sights in town.

From Barcelona: Private Girona Tour with Personal Guide

7. From Barcelona: Private Girona Tour with Personal Guide

Discover one of the oldest cities of Spain on a private tour of Girona with your own personal guide. Take off from Barcelona in a private vehicle to explore the city’s history, monuments, squares, and more. See Sant Feliu Bridge, Girona Cathedral, the Church of St. Felix, and much more. First, your chauffeur will pick you from your hotel or place of choice, then relax during a 1.5-hour drive to Girona, where your private tour guide will be waiting for you. Once there, you will be ready to start your private tour. Your first stop in the city’s old quarter to see the Sant Feliu Bridge, one of Girona’s many bridges. Continue to Girona Cathedral, known for being one of the most important symbols of the city, featuring Gothic and Baroque styles. After visiting the Roman baths to see the Romanesque art, leave behind the old quarter and head to the Jewish quarter, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas in Girona. There, you’ll discover the labyrinthic Medieval streets. Next to the Jewish quarter, visit the Basilica of Sant Feliu (Church of St. Felix), known for being the first cathedral in the city. Get to know more about Girona’s roots, from the Iberians and later the Romans. To learn more about the city’s medieval treasures, you’ll continue the tour to the Rambla de la Llibertat (historic street with a market), the Masó House, the stairs of Sant Martí, and the Convent de Sant Domènec de Girona. When your guided tour is finished, enjoy some time of your own to discover more of Girona by yourself and try local food for another hour. After your free time, your chauffeur will take you back to Barcelona.

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What people are saying about Barri Vell, Girona

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Miguel was an excellent guide. We made 3 stops & each was superb. I could’ve made it to Girona on the train, but I never would’ve made it to Pals & Costa Brava on my own. Seeing the Mediterranean and that lovely setting was the highlight of the day!

It was helpful to find a pick up spot close to the place we were staying at, and to plan accordingly for time allowing a short walk to the pick up location.

the places we were taken to were beautiful and full of history. our guide shared stories, anecdotes, and was very knowledgeable about every place.

Gaspar was the best tour guide we could have asked for. Took us to so many beautiful spots and the BEST lunch in Girona

Amazing tour with lots to see! Matt was very knowledgeable and made the trip fun!