Top attractions in Girona
Catalonia’s largest city is Girona, Spain. Whether it’s the ancient, cobbled streets, and medieval baths or the dramatic coast speckled with arcaded houses, a trip to Girona is filled with things to do and see. Here’s our top 7.
Girona history and natural beauty meet at this ancient monastery. The view alone from the top of the hill looking over the Mediterranean coastline is worth the hike up there.
Another monastery, Sant Pere de Galligants, also features a concise museum that houses artifacts from prehistoric to Roman times.
You can’t miss the river Onyar during your visit to Girona. Cross the Eiffel Bridge for picturesque scenery of colorful houses and lovely bridges.
This magnificent building is absolutely breathtaking, full of history and architectural beauty. On Sundays, entrance is free.
Do not miss this excellent museum, dwarfed next to the Cathedral, despite its five floors of religious art.
Take a quick bus to Banyoles for an afternoon of relaxing by this gorgeous lake and wandering through its surrounding old town.
The focus of Museu del Cinema is on the development of film and early advancements in the moving image. It’s highly informative and interactive, a necessary visit for all ages.
The Girona weather is warm but not too hot yet, perfect for strolling along the coast. Easter is an incredible time to visit Costa Brava. Girona is filled with joyous religious festivals and parades. Of course, summer is best for Girona beaches.
Pay the full price at the first museum and then half off entry at all the others. Getting the GironaMuseus Card will be worth it if you plan to see more than one of the five major Girona museums.
There are a few options for getting between Girona and Barcelona. You could rent a car and drive north an hour and a half to Barcelona, or maybe your flight arrival will fall conveniently with a scheduled Barcelona Bus or the train. A taxi would cost 120€, which might not be so bad if you’re splitting the cost with a group.
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- Plan your visit in the spring, when the temperatures are warm and comfortable. If you can, try to visit during the Easter celebrations for an unforgettable experience!
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What people are saying about Girona
This was one of the BEST tours I have been on. We truly had a small group (my husband and I + one other couple) which was really great because we were able to custom tailor the tour to everything we wanted to see. Our guide was Carolina who was punctual, incredibly knowledgable, enthusiastic, and so patient with us taking our time while we soaked up everything about Girona and GOT! She gave us options to add additional museum and cathedral tours which was absolutely amazing and worth the additional small entrance fees. I booked this initially thinking that it was only going to focus on GOT, but I was surprised and very happy that it went beyond that, as we got to learn about the stunning city and history of Girona. The tour was so great that we actually went over our scheduled time by almost 2 hours! We had to end the tour because Carolina had another tour in the afternoon, but I wish I could have stayed with her all day! Thank you Carolina, you are the best tour guide!
On our second short visit to Barcelona, we decided to take a tour outside the City to see Girona and the Costa Bravo. This very small group tour (we had a total of 8) was terrific. Our guide, Arnaud, was informative, has a great sense of humor and is extremely well spoken about the history of Girona, Pals and the beach areas. The sights chosen for particular attentioin gave us an excellent flavor of the culture and architecture at all three stops. Two words of advice; first, the drives to Girona and from Costa Brava are 1.5 to 2 hours in duration, mostly on highways. Second, in Girona and Pals there is a lot of walking up steps and relatively long inclines, so this tour will test your aerobic level. We highly recommend this tour as an excellent supplement to your visit to Barcelona proper.
The tour started on time and it's a small group tour of about 22 people in a comfortable mini coach. Girona is beautiful and there's enough time to explore. The guide Laura was excellent in her knowledge of history and passion for her job and her principles . She is an excellent guide. She also provided maps which h was very useful. There was the culmination of the flower festival and theres a parade. Too bad, we can't stay to watch. We were off to a quaint village called PALs . So exquisite.. but we only have enough time to walk abit and take a few photos and were off to the costa brava. Laura led us to where the nicest view is and gave us free time to explore or have lunch. Overall very good.. apart from the gorgeous views, Laura was equally excellent
Very Nice one day trip. Luis was exceptional. Very knowledgeable and planned the tour perfectly. More like a visit with a friend than a typical tour. He was very considerate and personable. Girona was fabulous and Costa Brava was great. Small groups (ours was eight people), we avoided the big crowds due to planning by Luis. A very enjoyable time would highly recommend Luis for future tours.
Martha the tour guide was brilliant and used a tablet to show the live scenes from GOT filmed at different locations during the tour. Martha was very knowledgeable on the history of Girona and the filming of GOT and her English was excellent.