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15 Best Things to Do in Girona (Spain)

The capital of its own province in northeast Catalonia, Girona is a sublime medieval city with one of Spain’s last surviving Jewish quarters.

From Napoleon to the Moors 800 years earlier, a lot of people have wanted to get their hands on Girona.

The city has faced 25 sieges in its history, which explains why it is completely surrounded by high fortifications that are still standing today.

If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones you’ll have seen Girona’s dignified grey stone streets in Season Six when it appears as Braavos.

Lets explore the best things to do in Girona :

1. Wall Walk

Girona Wall

Girona’s imperious walls were first built by the Romans but were expanded in the time of Charlemagne in the early 800s and then enlarged again in the 14th century.

They are in a good state today following restoration work, and you can set off on a walk along the ramparts around nearly the whole of the old quarter.

There are regular watchtowers with stairways up to the best vantage points to see Girona’s skyline.

Where the walkway tapers it may feel a bit precarious at times, but you’ll be perfectly safe with good walking shoes, and at intervals you can head back down to street level and take a break in a shaded garden.

2. Girona Cathedral

Girona Cathedral

One of the most majestic scenes in the city is the view from the bottom of the stairway at Plaça de la Catedral up to this almost-monolithic building and its baroque facade.

The cathedral combines architectural styles from several periods: The main layout is gothic; in fact it has the widest gothic nave of any church in the world, and the second largest of all behind St.

Peter’s Basilica.

There are also earlier romanesque flourishes, like the original bell-tower with its narrow twin-arches and the cloister, both of which are from the 1100s.

You have to stop by the museum to see the Tapestry of Creation, dating to the 1000s and comparable to the Bayeux Tapestry for historical importance.

El Call

When you consider that Spain’s Jews were expelled by the Catholic Monarchs way back at the end of the 15th century it’s remarkable that so much of Girona’s Jewish Quarter should still be here.

This ghetto took shape around the 1100s and was developed over the next 300 years, becoming one of the largest in Spain.

At its peak Girona had one of medieval Europe’s most important Kabbalistic schools,  where a host of important Jewish thinkers and poets lived.

It’s a very photogenic area, with stone walls and crevasse-like alleys with stairways and secret gardens.

Stop at the Museum of Jewish History to get some context about Girona’s historic Jewish community.

4. Museum of Jewish History

Museum of Jewish History

This attraction in El Call sheds more light on what life was like in the Girona’s Jewish quarter, and you’ll also find out about the role the Jewish community had in the city’s medieval development.

This is done with the help of contemporary documents and with artefacts discovered during excavations in El Call.

The museum has eleven galleries in all, including the Synagogue where there’s a 14th-century stone etching in Hebrew invoking the Psalm of David.

There’s also a section devoted to Jewish burial rites, with two preserved tombstones recovered from a site to the north of the city.

5. Church of Sant Feliu

Church of Sant Feliu

Set on a Roman road, there has been a Christian building here since the 500s and Sant Feliu was also the city’s cathedral up to the 900s.

The design now is gothic but with a romanesque layout.

The church’s gothic tower is especially striking as you cross the Onyar on the Pont de Sant Feliu: It culminates with a flat edge instead of a point.

Inside you’ve got to check out the eight Roman and early-Christian sarcophagi, dating to between the years 200 and 400. Also in the church is the Chapel of San Narcisco where the remains of this 4th-century martyr persecuted by Emperor Diocletian are kept.

His tomb, made in the middle ages, is a marvellous work of gothic art.

6. Arab Baths

Arab Baths, Girona

Found not far from the cathedral, these baths would have been outside the city walls until Girona developed around them.

Despite the name this bathing complex actually has medieval, romanesque origins and follows the Moorish and Greco-Roman traditions, with a frigidarium (cold room), tepidarium (warm bath) and caldarium (steam room). The most beautiful section is the apodyterium (changing room), where there’s an octagonal pool surrounded by eight columns topped with ornately carved capitals supporting horseshoe arches.

7. Rambla de la Llibertat

Rambla de la Llibertat

A marked change from the sense of confinement on the corridor-like streets of the old quarter, Girona’s Rambla de la Llibertat is a wide and elegant pedestrian boulevard parallel to the Onyar, a place for locals and visitors to shop, meet up and go for a coffee.

You can also pay a visit to the flower market held here on Saturdays.

Its current layout dates to 1885 when the trees were planted and the path broadened by demolishing a few buildings.

Today there are still gothic, baroque and some neoclassical buildings surviving, and a long arcade to help you hide from the sun in summer.

8. Plaça de la Independència

Plaça de la Independència

Also the nerve centre of everyday life in Girona is this 19th-century square in the Mercadal district.

It’s almost completely enclosed by arcades and the outdoor tables of restaurants and bars where friends meet up to chat.

You can acquaint yourself with the city’s history by inspecting the arches of these neoclassical apartment buildings: They are dedicated to the people who helped defend Girona during the sieges by the French in 1808 and 1809. Also in their honour is the monument at the centre of the plaza erected in 1896.

9. Archaeology Museum

Archaeology Museum

Girona’s branch of the Museum of Catalonia has an atmospheric home in the 12th-century Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants.

So it goes without saying that you’ll lose plenty of time investigating all the historic details here, like the beautifully carved capitals on the arches in the cloister.

The monastery was confiscated by the state in 1835 and the museum was founded here in 1846, harmonising neatly with its solemn location.

There are pieces from prehistory up to the arrival of the Visigoths, and a host of thrilling finds made at the Roman and Ancient Greek site at Empúries, including tableware, glassware and mosaics.

10. Film Museum

Cinema Museum Girona

This enthralling museum is concerned less with the movie business today and more about the evolution of moving photography.

You’ll start way back in medieval times with magic lanterns and camera obscura, and the pace picks up in the 19th-century with the arrival of photography and the inventions made by the likes of the Lumière brothers.

Many of these objects are on display, either as preserved artefacts or faithful reproductions.

So you’ll browse a payload of historic filmmaking and screening equipment, and find out about the ingenious minds that created them.

There are also some great bits of movie memorabilia, like James Dean’s boots in Rebel Without a Cause and a lamp from Rick’s Bar in Casablanca.

11. Modernist and Noucentist Architecture

Onyar River

Another period that gave Girona beautiful architecture was the early 20th century.

The best expression of this time is the colourful apartment buildings that crowd the waterfront on the Onyar River.

Your tour of Girona’s turn-of-the-century works should include the Farinera Teixidor on Carrer Santa Eugènia, a palatial home built by the feted local architect Rafael Masó in 1910 and inspired by Antoni Gaudí and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Casa Masó, the architect’s riverfront birthplace that he renovated as an adult, is also a delight and is open to the public for tours.

12. Gastronomy

El Celler De Can Roca, Girona, Spain

You can’t talk about Girona’s food scene without mentioning El Celler de Can Roca, rated as one of best restaurants in the world every year since 2011. Run by the three Roca brothers it has picked up the mantle from elBulli, Ferran Adrià’s restaurant, which was in nearby Roses until it closed in 2011. Girona is also on the edge of the D.O. Empordà wine region, with an abundance of wineries open for tours, and several villages producing cava.

Closer to home is the city’s El Lleó market, where food-lovers will be in heaven shopping at the same meat and fish stalls that many local restaurants use.

13. Costa Brava

Costa Brava

The coast of the Girona Province is the much-loved Costa Brava .

It’s a holiday region that differs from many on Spain’s Mediterranean: Instead of cabaret bars and tacky tourist strips you’ll discover chic little resorts and fishing villages clinging to the rocky seascape.

Many of the beaches are small, pine-edged coves with transparent waters for invigorating swims.

La Fosca at Palamós is one such beach, 45 minutes in the car from Girona and divided by a large rock with tufts of pine scrub growing on it.

Slightly closer is Platja d’Aro, where there’s a long sweep of fine shale in front a walkway with tall pine trees and a long line of restaurants and bars.

14. Banyoles Lake

Banyoles Lake

Half an hour up from Girona is the largest freshwater lake in Catalonia.

You could also come for a swim in the summer, when the outdoor seating at the lakeside bars also fills up.

These waters were used for the rowing events at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and the Rowing World Championships in 2004. Boat trips are available from the shore and take around 45 minutes.

If you’d prefer to stay on dry land then there’s a gorgeous perimeter trail with boulevards between plane trees and lots of places to stop and admire the lake and the Pyrenean foothills in the background.

15. Barcelona

Barcelona City Beach

You could board the train and be in this thrilling and stylish city within the hour.

If Girona has given you a taste for modernist architecture then Barcelona has an entire UNESCO site devoted to this movement, including the whimsical and incomparable works of Antoni Gaudí.

The city has some world-class art and history museums, celebrating cultural figures like Joan Miró, and if you’re making the journey for a shopping expedition then you won’t be disappointed either.

There are all sorts of one-off boutiques and independent shops around the Ciutat Vella and the Gràcia neighbourhood bordered by Gaudí’s emblematic Park Güell.

15 Best Things to Do in Girona (Spain):

  • Girona Cathedral
  • Museum of Jewish History
  • Church of Sant Feliu
  • Rambla de la Llibertat
  • Plaça de la Independència
  • Archaeology Museum
  • Film Museum
  • Modernist and Noucentist Architecture
  • Costa Brava
  • Banyoles Lake

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Best Day Trips from Girona, Spain

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Spain doesn’t come up short on cities filled with history and charm. And many make convenient headquarters for nearby day trips, like Girona.

When it comes to  insider tips for exploring Spain , Nicole Jewell is the My Itchy Travel Feet expert. Follow along as Nicole shares her advice for best day trips from Girona.

If you’re looking for a Spain getaway that’s convenient to Madrid, consider Girona. The small Spanish town offers plenty of things to see plus the day trips from Girona are truly enchanting.

When I booked a train trip from Madrid to Girona for my second visit, I was excited to once again stroll through the Spanish city’s medieval streets and see the famed cathedral, etc. But, since I’d already seen most of the city, I was also thrilled at the idea of exploring some of the wonderful Girona day trips while I was there.

Although some people don’t like to visit the same place twice, I’ve often found that returning to a place I’ve visited before is often more enjoyable than the initial visit. You already have a good mental layout of the place, which makes it easier to get around.

Visiting a destination for the second time also gives you the chance to see what you didn’t see the first time.

My friend and I unknowingly booked our train tickets the same dates as the city’s famed Temps de Flores (Flower Festival). As we quickly discovered when we tried to make hotel reservations , the festival brings people from all over the world, and local people from nearby villages pack the train and bus stations on day visits to Girona.

Yellow and red flowers cascade down the steps from Girona's Temps de Flores

Great event for the city, but wasn’t so great for our travel plans.

I would like to say that being in Girona during the festival was fun. But honestly, it added a chaotic energy to the city, which I just didn’t enjoy.

Onion sculpture, part of Girona's Temps de Flores, on a city street.

The Temps de Flores is a nice festival and there are gorgeous flower exhibitions all over the city, but the amount of people was just too much for me . It made it impossible to stroll leisurely through the streets without bumping into people—all the more reason to get out of town on some Girona day tours.

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Why take a day trip from Girona?

View of Girona's riverside homes on a Girona tour

Girona is a wonderful place to visit, not only because it’s a gorgeous town, but because it’s close to other beautiful Spanish towns! On my first visit, I explored some of the beaches along the coast.

But, if you’re looking to see charming medieval towns, quirky art and whitewashed villages, check out my recommendations for the places to visit near Girona.

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Take a bus ride from Girona to Cadaqués

The whitewashed village of Cadaques overlooks the blue sea.

Cadaqués is a must day excursion if you’re visiting Girona. It is a whitewashed town that sits on a bay in the middle of the Cap de Creus peninsula.

We traveled on a bus ride that took just under 2 hours. Be forewarned, however, that the last 30 or 45 minutes is on a very, very curvy road so if you’re prone to car sickness, bring on the Dramamine.

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Once you’re in Cadaqués, a walk to the Dali House in Portlligat is worth the 25-minute uphill walk. You can also take a taxi.

If you’d like to visit the home, make reservations in advance here . Only a limited amount of people are allowed to enter the small home and the surrounding property, which is filled with a lot of crazy oddities.

We arrived without reservation and had to pester the grumpy clerk to let us in. Pestering for the win!

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Visit medieval Besalu on a Girona day trip

Besalu's 12th century bridge reflects into the river. It's one of the best day trips from Girona, Spain.

Besalu is a picturesque medieval town known for its 12th-century Romanesque bridge. It’s about 45 minutes from Girona. A sweet, but compact town, exploring Besalu doesn’t really take more than an hour or so, but the town is beautiful and worth the trip. Besalu definitely deserves a spot on your where to go in Spain list.

Explore the Spanish village of Pals

Stone houses on a street in Pals, Spain. It's one gorgeous Girona day trip.

Pals is another picturesque medieval town that makes a great day trip from Girona. About an hour away, the gorgeous Spanish village is filled with cobblestone streets, narrow walkways and charming arches.

Make sure to check out the large Tower of Hours and the lookout point, which gives beautiful views of the expansive countryside. The Plaza Mayor is a great place to have a bite to eat or a coffee. If you go in August, you’ll find the Catalan Wine and Cheese Fair.

Again, it’s another one of those Spanish towns that are straight out of a fairy tale. But… if you’re already getting a bit sick of picturesque medieval towns, Pals is on the way to the coast. Passing the city, you’ll make your way to a number of quaint beaches and fishing villages.

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Fun things to do in Girona

Beige, peach and red stone buildings buildings overlook the river Onyar.

Flower festivals or not, for a fairly small town, Girona has a lot of great things to see, so don’t spend all of your time on out-of-town excursions. The medieval atmosphere gives the town a lot of character. And walking from site to site is really enjoyable because of the city’s layout of winding, narrow streets.

Take a photo from the Eiffel Bridge

Red spans form a criss-cross pattern on the Eiffel bridge in Girona.

We found waking up early was the key to seeing the sights during the crowded festival. Entering the old part of Girona, most visitors will cross thee Eiffel Bridge (Pont de les Peixateries Velles)—a beautiful bright red bridge that spans over the river Onyar.

The bridge was constructed by Gustave Eiffel  around 1877, years before the Eiffel Tower was built. It’s a nice place to take photos of the picturesque houses that rise up from the river.

Visit the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona

Tourists stand on the steps of beige stone cathedral.

The construction of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona was begun in the 11th century and completed late in the 13th century, with additions taking place until the 18th century. Today, it holds the title of having the widest Gothic nave in the world.

The cathedral stands tall over the city’s narrow streets and is the pride and joy of the city. For Game of Thrones fans, the cathedral’s long front stairs (as well as various parts of the city) will be instantly recognizable because the series filmed a lot of season 6 in Girona.

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Appreciate history in the Jewish Quarter

Narrow street in Girona Jewish Quarter.

Girona’s Jewish Quarter is known as one of the best preserved quarters in the world. Wandering around the “Call” will lead you through the narrow streets and cobblestoned patios that go back to a time when Girona’s Jewish community played a vital role in the city.

Starting off at Calle de la Força , you can make your way to the Museum of Jewish History and the Museum of City History. However, I’d really recommend taking a Girona walking tour of this area because the history is fascinating.

Climb Griona’s Medieval Walls

A woman walks on the walkway along the medieval wall in Girona, Spain.

Stretching from one side of the city to the other, Girona’s medieval walls (Passeig de la Muralla) make for a great place for an early morning walk or a place to catch a beautiful sunset.

Sunset view of a cathedral in Girona, Spain.

You can also visit Girona from Barcelona. It’s a great choice for cruisers on their second or third time to Barcelona. If your cruise ship doesn’t offer one, here’s how to book a Girona tour on your own.

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  • How to take a day trip to Toledo, Spain
  • Tips for taking a day trip to Segovia
  • Visit Caceres , the city of birds.

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Nestled in the heart of Catalonia, the enchanting city of Girona beckons travelers with its historic charm, picturesque streets, and vibrant culture.

But beyond its captivating cityscape lies a treasure trove of breathtaking destinations waiting to be explored on day trips.

In this blog post, we’ve enlisted the insights of travel experts who have traversed the region extensively, unveiling their top picks for unforgettable day trips from Girona, Spain .

So, prepare to embark on a journey through Catalonia’s hidden gems and discover the remarkable destinations that await just a stone’s throw away from Girona’s historic center.

Let’s dive into the incredible day trips that will make your visit to this corner of Spain truly unforgettable!

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Barcelona is a city bursting with things to see and do. However, if you only have one day to explore, there are a few must-see attractions that you shouldn’t miss.

First on your list should be a visit to Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. This awe-inspiring church is one of Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks, and it’s easy to see why. With its soaring spires and intricate facade, the Sagrada Familia is truly a sight to behold. Get your tickets online to skip the waiting line!

Next, take a stroll down Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s famous pedestrian boulevard. This lively street is lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops, making it the perfect place to people-watch or do some shopping.

And finally, no trip to Barcelona would be complete without a visit to Park Guell. This beautiful park was also designed by Gaudi, and it’s home to a stunning mosaic dragon and views of the cityscape. It’s worth buying tickets online to skip the waiting line here as well.

By ticking these three attractions off your list, you’ll be sure to make the most of your time in Barcelona.

Girona to Barcelona car ride time: 1 hr 30 min.

Cap de Creus

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Cap de Creus

Girona is simply a great city in Catalonia. However, one of the best things about visiting Girona is its beautiful surroundings. If you have some time, you should definitely plan a  visit to Cap de Creus . Because here you can perfectly combine wonderful nature and hiking opportunities with one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Brava as well as a picturesque coastal town in just one day trip.

The landmark of Cap de Creus is the Far de Cap de Creus. The lighthouse is located on a hill on the coast and offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding nature and coast. In addition, there are a few small calas (bays) where you can refresh yourself in the crystal clear waters of Costa Brava.

Whether you prefer to spend your time by the water, snorkeling, taking pictures, or exploring the wonderful nature is entirely up to you.

In any case, you should afterward also visit the nearby coastal town of Cadaqués. It is considered one of the most beautiful towns in the region and enchants its visitors with its picturesque white buildings, narrow paths, and idyllic seaside atmosphere.

The headland is located on the very north of the Catalan coast, only about 25 km from the French border. The easiest way to reach Cap de Creus is by car from Girona, about a 1 ½ hour drive.

Figueres and Cadaques


Salvador Dalí was a Spanish surrealist artist who was born in Figueres, Catalonia. His full name was Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marquis of Dalí de Púbol. Salvador Dalí was a skilled painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. He is perhaps best known for his painting of the Persistence of Memory, which features soft melting clocks. Salvador Dalí died in 1989, and he is buried in the museum that bears his name in Figueres, Catalonia.

The Dalí Museum is dedicated to the life and work of Salvador Dalí. It houses the world’s largest collection of his art, as well as an extensive archive of photographs, manuscripts, and personal objects. The museum is located in the former municipal theater. The building was renovated to incorporate many of Salvador Dalí’s design elements, and it now features surrealist architecture. The Dalí Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in Salvador Dalí’s life and work.

If you’re planning a trip to Figueres, then you are probably wondering what else is there to see in this charming Spanish town beside the Dali Museum. Here are a few of our favorite things:

The Castle of Sant Ferran: This 18th-century fortress is one of the largest castles in Europe, and it’s definitely worth a visit. You can explore the massive ramparts, walk through the ancient prison cells, and even enjoy a picnic in the lovely gardens.

The Empordà Museum: This museum is dedicated to the art and culture of Catalonia, and it has an excellent collection of both traditional and contemporary works. If you’re interested in learning more about Catalan history and culture, this is the place to go.

Whether you’re a fan of Dalí or not, Figueres is definitely worth a visit. So don’t miss out on these other great attractions!

Girona to Figueres car ride time: 45 min.

Cadaques is a beautiful seaside town in Spain that is definitely worth a visit. The best way to explore the town is on foot, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Start your visit by strolling through the winding streets of the old town, taking in the architecture and stopping for a coffee at one of the many cafes.

Then, make your way down to the waterfront where you can admire the views of the Mediterranean Sea. If you’re feeling adventurous, hop on a boat for a swim or go for a hike in one of the nearby natural parks.

In the afternoon, enjoy some traditional Spanish cuisine for lunch before heading back to Girona.

Figueres to Cadaques car ride time: 55 min.

If you prefer going on a guided tour instead of going on your own, check out this  day tour to Figueres and Cadaques !

Montserrat Monastery and mountains

Montserrat, Spain

If you’re looking for a day trip from Girona that is both beautiful and historic, look no further than the Montserrat monastery . Situated atop a mountain about an hour outside of the city, the monastery offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Visitors can take a tour of the church, check out the information center, explore the grounds on their own, and take in the stunning views for free. There is an option also to visit the museum and monastery.

Montserrat Monetary is built on a small mountain range. The mountains are a popular hiking destination for both locals and tourists, and there are several routes to choose from depending on your fitness level.

You can go up to the mountains by a cable car , and then even further up by a funicular. The hikes around the top of the funicular take you through a variety of landscapes, from forests to rocky cliffs, and offer stunning views of the surrounding area. An easy option is to go up by the funicular and then hike back down to the monastery on your own.

Whichever route you choose, make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks, as well as comfortable shoes.

With its beautiful scenery and varied trails, Montserrat is an ideal destination for a day hike.

Girona to Montserrat car ride time: 1 hr 45 min.

Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar

Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar is a beautiful town located on the Costa Brava in Spain. Although it is a popular tourist destination, there are still plenty of activities to do in Tossa de Mar that are not that crowded but are worth the visit. Here are some of the best things to do in Tossa de Mar:

  • Visit the Tossa de Mar Castle: The castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tossa de Mar. It dates back to the 12th century and provides stunning views over the town and coast.
  • Go for a swim at Cala Llevado: Cala Llevado is a stunning cove located just outside of Tossa de Mar. It is perfect for a refreshing swim and there are also plenty of sun loungers if you just want to relax in the sun.
  • Explore the caves of Costa Brava on a paddle surfing board.
  • Enjoy a meal at Tapas Portal – it is a tapas restaurant located in the heart of Tossa de Mar. It offers traditional Spanish cuisine with a twist, and the service is excellent. Outdoor seating is available as well.

Girona to Tossa de Mar car ride time: 45 min.

Lloret de Mar

Resort town Lloret de Mar is bursting with things to do, both on land and at sea. Inland, you can explore the picturesque streets of the old town, visit the stunning Lloret de Mar castle, or take a hike in the nearby mountains. And that’s just the beginning – there are plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you busy, plus a lively nightlife scene if you’re looking to party.

But Lloret de Mar comes alive when you hit the beach. The sparkling Mediterranean Sea beckons, and there’s plenty of opportunity for swimming, sunbathing, and watersports. And when you’re ready for a break from the sand, there are plenty of cafes and bars along the waterfront to enjoy a refreshing drink or bite to eat.

It’s possible to hike from Tossa de Mar to Lloret de Mar, as these towns are connected by the Cami de Ronda hiking trail. The markings are easy to find. There is also frequent public transportation between the towns, so you can leave the car in one of them, take a hike, and then return to your car.

Tossa de Mar to lloret de Mar car ride time: 20 min.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Canyet de Mar

Sant Feliu de Guíxols

Sant Feliu de Guíxols is a beautiful town in Catalonia, Spain. It’s situated on the Costa Brava, and it has a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages. There are plenty of things to see and do in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, so you’ll never be bored. If you’re looking for things to do in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, here are some suggestions:

  • Go for a swim at Cala Maset. This is one of the most popular beaches in town, and it’s perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot day.
  • Sample some traditional Catalan cuisine. There are plenty of great restaurants in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, so try some local specialties such as paella and calçots (a type of onion).
  • Explore the Old Town. Sant Feliu de Guíxols has a beautiful Old Town, with narrow streets and medieval buildings. It’s definitely worth taking some time to explore this area of town.

Girona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols car ride time: 45 min.

The road from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Canyet de Mar goes along the Costa Brava and offers stunning sea views. There are multiple hairpin turns on the road and dramatic cliffs coming straight out of the water. When driving between the two towns count in some time to stop at the viewpoints to soak in the amazing views.

Sant Canyet de Mar is a charming fishing village located on the Costa Brava in Spain. Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as plenty of good food and wine. There are also numerous activities to keep people of all ages entertained. For those who enjoy the outdoors, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails in the area.

This town has especially beautiful paths built for exploring the seaside . There are dramatic cliffs and rocks, surrounded by trees and other fauna. What’s interesting is how the paths incorporate the trees and other natural objects – they are built around nature, and not through it (see the picture at the top).

There are also several beaches nearby where people can sunbathe, swim, and snorkel. And for those who prefer to stay on dry land, there are plenty of shops and cafes to explore.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Canyet de Mar car ride time: 20 min.

Besalú, Banyoles and Volcano Area La Garrotxa

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There’s no shortage of things to do in Besalú. This charming town, located in the province of Girona, is home to a wide variety of attractions. For history buffs, there’s the 11th-century Romanesque bridge and the 12th-century Jewish quarter. Curious people will appreciate the Museum of Miniatures and Micro-Miniatures and the Museum. And for those who just want to enjoy some time outdoors, there are the walking trails along the River Fluvià.

Girona to Besalú car ride time: 40 min.

Banyoles is a small town in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. With a population of just over 20,000 people, it’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. And there’s plenty to do in Banyoles, from exploring the picturesque Old Town to visiting the iconic Lake Banyoles. If you’re looking for things to do in Banyoles, here are a few ideas to get you started.

One of the most popular things to do in Banyoles is to visit Lake Banyoles. The lake is huge (it covers an area of over 107 hectares!) and is surrounded by lush greenery. It’s a popular spot for swimming, kayaking, and canoeing, and there are also plenty of walking and cycling trails nearby.

Another popular activity in Banyoles is exploring the Old Town. There’s plenty to see and do here, from admiring the architecture to sampling the local cuisine. Make sure to visit the Plaça Major, the main square where you’ll find several cafes and restaurants for people-watching.

Besalú to Banyoles car ride time: 20 min.

La Garrotxa

La Garrotxa is a picturesque region of Catalonia located to the north of Girona. The area is home to a large number of volcanoes, all of which are now dormant. However, the volcanic landscape is still very evident, and there are numerous hiking trails that wind their way through the lava fields.

La Garrotxa is also known for its traditional Catalan cuisine, and there are several excellent restaurants in the area.

Banyoles to La Garrotxa car ride time: 40 min.

If you prefer going on a guided tour instead of going on your own, check out this day tour to Besalú, Banyoles, and Volcano Area La Garrotxa !

Port Aventura

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Port Aventura is a world-famous theme park located in the province of Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. The park features six themed areas based on different cultures and regions, as well as a water park, hotel, and Ferrari Land. With so much to see and do, visitors can easily spend a day or two at Port Aventura.

Here are just a few of the many activities that guests can enjoy:

  • Ride the Dragon Khan, one of the tallest roller coasters in Europe. It has eight inversions.
  • Take a spin on the Shambhala, the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the park.
  • Get wet on wild water rides like the Grand Canyon Rapids.
  • Visit SesameAdventure, Port Aventura’s section for younger guests.
  • Explore Mediterranean, Polynesian, Mexican, and Chinese-themed areas.
  • Shop for souvenirs or try your hand at winning one of the game stalls.

Whatever your interests, there’s sure to be something for you at Port Aventura!

Girona to Port Aventura car ride time: 2 hr 10 min.

El Vendrell and Tarragona

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El Vendrell

El Vendrell is a small town in Catalonia, Spain It’s a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, thanks to its beautiful beaches, Mediterranean climate, and friendly people.

There are plenty of things to do in El Vendrell, from swimming and sunbathing to exploring the town’s Roman ruins. The beach is the perfect place to relax and soak up the Mediterranean sun, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy after a long day in the sun. For those who prefer to explore, the town’s Roman ruins are a must-see.

Girona to El Vendrell car ride time: 1 hr 50 min.

Tarragona is a city in Spain with a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire. If you’re only visiting for one day, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

Start by exploring the well-preserved Roman ruins of the Roman Wall of Tarragona and Amphitheater de Tarragona, then head to the Old Town to see the Catedral Basílica Metropolitana y Primada de Santa Tecla de Tarragona.

No trip to Tarragona would be complete without trying the local specialty, Tarragona clams.

And when going back to Girona, be sure to visit The Ferreres Aqueduct just outside of Tarragona. You can climb up to cross it as a bridge for more impressive views and photos.

El Vendrell to Tarragona car ride time: 30 min.

Calella de Palafrugell

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Calella de Palafrugell is a small town on the Costa Brava in Spain. It’s the perfect place to spend a day if you’re looking for sun, sand, and sea.

The best way to start your day is by indulging in a delicious breakfast of churros and chocolate at one of the town’s cafes. After breakfast, head to the beach for a swim or sunbathe. For lunch, try the seafood paella at one of the restaurants overlooking the water. In the afternoon, explore the town’s labyrinthine streets and visit some of the shops selling local arts and crafts. Finish your day with a sunset walk along the promenade.

As you watch the sun dip below the horizon, you’ll be glad you chose to spend your day in Calella de Palafrugell.

Girona to Calella de Palafrugell car ride time: 55 min.

Hot Air Balloon Flight

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Imagine floating above the stunning Costa Brava coastline in a hot air balloon. The waves sparkle in the sunlight as you glide silently over the Mediterranean Sea.

Below you, the picturesque towns and villages nestled amongst the hills come into view.

As you rise higher, the landscape unfolds before you, offering a bird’s-eye view of this beautiful corner of Spain.

A hot air balloon flight is a truly magical experience and one that should not be missed. So if you’re looking for a unique way to see the Costa Brava, book a flight today . You’ll be glad you did!

Local Wineries Tour with Breakfast and Wine Tasting

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Looking for a fun and informative way to spend a day in Girona? Then be sure to check out the Local Wineries Tour with Breakfast and Wine Tasting!

This tour takes you to three different local wineries, where you’ll learn all about the wine-making process and have the chance to taste some of the region’s best wines. And what could be better than starting the day with a delicious breakfast and a glass of wine?

Whether you’re a wine lover or just looking for a unique way to spend a day in Girona, this tour is sure to please you. So book now and get ready for a day of fun, food, and wine!

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18 Things to Do in Girona, Spain

By: Author Laura Bronner

Posted on Last updated: August 31, 2023

18 Things to Do in Girona, Spain

There are so many amazing things to do in Girona, Spain. While many opt to visit this city as a day trip from Barcelona, there is enough to fill several days if you have extra time.

I spent a week with Girona as my base on a recent trip to Catalonia and I got the chance to get to know all of the best tapas spots, the cool side streets, and of course, to visit the different historical sites that draw many to the city.

How to Get to Girona

One of the main reasons that I ended up in Girona is because of the Girona Airport. It is a hub for budget airlines and is one of the cheapest ways to get from Northern Europe to Spain during the summer months.

The Girona Airport is officially called the Girona-Costa Brava Airport. It is located 11km or just over 6 miles from downtown Girona. There are buses from the airport to the city center that coincide with the flights that land here.

You can purchase tickets from the ticket counter outside of the airport and they cost €2.75 per person. If you are flying home from Girona Airport as well, you can purchase a return ticket for €5 per person.

If you are coming from other parts of the country like nearby Barcelona, the easiest way to get to Girona is to take the train. There are regional trains that operate constantly throughout the day as well as a few fast trains that can get you from Barcelona to Girona in about 35 minutes.

Tickets vary in price from €13-17 depending on which train you choose. Always check the Renfe app or the Renfe website for train times. You can purchase tickets online or at the train station. Roundtrip tickets tend to be cheaper than singles.

How Many Days in Girona?

While you can see a lot of Girona on a day trip from Barcelona, I highly recommend giving the city 2-3 days if you have more time available.

One of the best things about Girona is the tapas bars and restaurants that you can enjoy in the evenings. There are also quite a lot of things to see and do besides the main sites in the old part of the city.

However, if you only have one day, Girona is small and you can see a lot in a day trip to Girona from Barcelona.

There are so many wonderful things to do in Girona and little quiet spots to discover.

Where to Stay in Girona

If you are able to spend a bit more time in Girona, then you have a lot of options for places to stay in the city.

Girona is a small and walkable city, so as long as you book a place close to the center you are going to be able to get around and see all of the best things to do in Girona with ease.

If you want more for your money when it comes to hotels in this region, you can easily base yourself in Girona and take day trips to Barcelona instead of the other way around.

  • Hotel Bestprice Girona
  • Hotel Europa
  • Bypillow the Bloom
  • Hotel Historic
  • La Comuna Residence Boutique
  • Hotel Palau de Bellavista 

Renting a Car in Girona

If you want to make the most of your time in Girona and get out to explore more of the stunning region of Catalonia, the best thing to do in rent a car.

While I usually find in many parts of Spain, the train and buses allow you to get even to the smallest towns, it doesn’t seem to be as easy to explore Catalonia by public transportation. You can reach major cities and hubs like Barcelona, but if you want to visit hidden beaches on the Costa Brava or old Roman settlements near Girona, your best bet is to have a car.

I always use Discover Cars when I rent in Spain. They always list the best prices available and allow you to have very affordable full insurance coverage. It is easiest to pick up and drop off from the airport as well which means you avoid the always-late airport bus. You can check prices and book with Discover Cars here .

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Awesome Things to Do in Girona

These are some of the absolute best things to do in Girona whether you have 24 hours in the city or a week. Once you get here, I think you’ll be convinced to return again for even longer (at least, I was!).

1. Girona Cathedral

Girona Cathedral, officially called the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the old town of Girona.

It is one of the main Girona attractions and will be a familiar place for those who love Game of Thrones. The steep stairs that lead to the cathedral’s front entrance were used in the filming of the show.

The entrance fee to the museum includes a fantastic audio guide that takes you around the different chapels of the cathedral and helps you understand not only the history of the church but of the entire city of Girona. Of all of the things to do in Girona, this is one of the can’t-miss spots.

Take special note of the interior nave of the church, which at 75 ft (23 meters), is the widest Gothic-style nave in the entire world and the second widest of any kind in the world after St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

You can purchase a ticket to the Girona Cathedral that also includes a visit to the Basilica de Sant Feliu as well as the Girona Art Museum. It is valid for 48 hours and can be purchased in advance here .

If you would prefer to explore the old town with a guided tour, you can check out a tour like this one which includes a stop at the Girona Cathedral.

Girona Cathedral.

2. Basílica de Sant Feliu

The Basilica of Saint Felix was actually the main church in Girona before the Girona Cathedral was built. It is home to some 4th-century paintings as well as an incredibly ornate baroque exterior.

Entrance to the Basilica also includes an audioguide. It is packed with history and information about the different art that is displayed around the church. I found this smaller Basilica to be more interesting and even more beautiful than the grander Cathedral and I loved learning about the history of the basilica.

I recommend not visiting the Cathedral and the Basilica one after the other. Both of the audioguides are very dense with information, so you will want a little bit of time to digest the tour between visits.

If you only have one day in Girona, spend the morning at one of the churches and stop into the other one in the afternoon after you have explored other parts of the city or had some lunch.

The Girona Cathedral is a huge complex, so be sure to give it enough time to explore and enjoy.

3. Arab Baths

History lovers will not want to miss a trip to the well-preserved Arab Baths, which are right around the corner from the cathedral and basilica.

Entry is only €3 and you can walk through the different rooms that used to be the cool room, the warm room, and the hot room. They were built during Moorish rule but were designed in the Roman bath style.

There are plaques to read in English and Spanish. It’s a quick visit that only takes about 20 minutes if you take your time exploring. It’s a great place to escape the heat if you are visiting during the steamy summer months.

The Arab Baths are a wonderful museum to explore. It feels like you’re stepping back in time.

4. Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya-Girona

The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia is located inside the stunning Sant Pere de Galligants Benedictine Abbey building.

A visit to this museum is worth it for exploring the old abbey alone, but it’s also a very interesting museum to explore if you want to learn a little bit more about the different peoples and cultures that have called this region of Spain home.

Some of my personal favorite exhibits here are the Roman tiles and mosaics. There are several places around Spain where you can see ruins like this, but this museum has a stunning collection of them.

The hours of the museum vary depending on what time of year you are visiting, so be sure to check the website for up-to-date prices and times.

5. Walk the Girona City Walls

The city walls of Girona were originally built in the 9th century and are completely free to walk around.

There are several different places where you can join them, but I recommend starting at this point which is the furthest point south that you can enter the wall.

From here, you can walk towards the cathedral, taking in the views and stopping at all of the different towers along the way.

The wall itself has been restored in many places, so it’s a complete path from the starting point until you reach the cathedral. Some parts of it are nicer than others.

It seemed like the towers that were further from the cathedral probably received some nighttime visitors who weren’t there to enjoy the views. However, during the day it felt completely safe, and getting high up above the city was a real highlight.

Walking the city walls offers amazing views back over the city.

6. Take a Girona Walking Tour

If you want to get the most out of your time in Girona, you may want to consider exploring Girona on a walking tour.

If you like the style of free walking tours, where you pay what you feel the tour is worth at the end of it, then Free Walking Tours Girona is a great option. They simply require you to prebook so that the tours don’t get too large or so that they’re not too small.

For small group tours of Girona, this is a great tour option . It is a 3-hour walking tour that will take you around the city walls, the cathedral, past the famous bridges over the River Onyar, and all with a knowledgeable guide to tell stories and share interesting facts. Book onto that tour here .

The chocolate and orange Xuixo was absolutely delicious.

7. Eat some Xuixos

A Xuixo is a pastry that is a specialty of Girona. You’ll spot plenty of bakeries with signs proclaiming that they make the best Xuixos in the city. I sampled several during my trip to Girona and my absolute favorites were from Casamoner .

There are several locations around the city, with the most convenient being this one, located a few steps from the Basilica and Girona Cathedral.

The traditional Xuixo is made with fried pastry that has been filled with crema catalana. Crema Catalana is a custard that is made with egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and usually vanilla.

However, at Casamoner, they also have different flavors like Nutella, chocolate, cinnamon, and my personal favorite, orange with chocolate. The crema catalana is cold and sweet and goes perfectly with a cup of coffee.

Sample the original Xuixo before trying a few other varieties.

8. Museu d’Història de Girona

The Girona History Museum is one of the must-visit Girona attractions for history lovers. Girona has  so much history and visiting this museum is a great way to sort of put it all together.

You will learn a little bit at different stops like the cathedral and basilica, but at the Girona History Museum, you will get more of a timeline and understanding of just how rich the history of this city and region really is.

One of the things I love about this museum is that you get more personal stories and quite a lot of history about the Roman times of Girona, which is particularly interesting to me.

Entry is incredibly reasonable at under €5 for adults. You can read more about the museum and its exhibitions on their website .

9. Museu d’Art de Girona

The Girona Museum of Art is housed in the old Episcopal Palace, which is mentioned in writings as early as the 10th century. In addition to the extensive art collection, you can explore some of this old palace like the jail that was used for priests who were serving sentences after being condemned by the church.

The museum has one of the largest collections of art in Catalonia outside of Barcelona . In it, you will see art from Catalan artists as well as international artists of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Realist, and Art Nouveau. There are also some ceramics and sculptures.

There is a lot of religious art here more than anything else, so if that’s not your style, you may simply want to come to see the palace and its exceptional gardens. It’s especially worth coming to if you already have it included in your ticket from the cathedral and basilica.

Get lost in the El Call neighborhood where there are lots of little side streets to wander.

10. Jewish History Museum (and the old Jewish Quarter)

The Jewish Quarter of Girona, known as El Call, dates from the 12th-15th centuries when this was home to the city’s Jewish community. Jews around the country were expelled from Spain in 1492.

In the center of El Call is the old synagogue building which is now home to the city’s Jewish History Museum . The aim of the museum is to preserve the history of the Jews of all of Catalonia, with a special focus on the history of El Call and what like was like for the Jews living here during the different centuries that they called Catalonia home.

11. Mercat del Lleó

Mercat del Lleó of the market of the lion (in Catalan), is the city’s central market and is a must-visit on the list of things to do in Girona.

This was one of my favorite places to go in the morning to pick things up for lunch and dinner. There are stalls with fresh fruits and vegetables, a bakery, butchers, fishmongers, and my personal favorite, prepared food vendors with salads, paella, olives, and plenty of cheese and cured meats.

The market isn’t too large, so you can easily explore it in about 10 minutes, but if you are staying in Girona for a few days or you want to have a nice picnic lunch, this is the place to come for all of the best charcuterie in the city.

The Mercat del Lleo is one of the best things to do in Girona for food lovers.

12. Take a Game of Thrones Tour

Game of Thrones has put many cities on the map over the years and Spain is full of great filming locations for those that are interested in reliving scenes from their favorite show. My favorite filming location in the country is definitely in Cabo de Gata !

This Game of Thrones Tour includes stops at all of the different filming locations. You will learn about the real history of these locations as well as hear stories about some of the reasons these locations were chosen for filming.

The guide will have an iPad with them to show you the different scenes that were filmed in the locations around the city which will allow you to recall exactly which part of the show was made in each setting.

Get to know Girona and its colorful history in a fun way with a group of Game of Thrones-loving travelers (including the tour guide, too!). Book that tour here .

13. Admire the Colorful Buildings Along the River Onyar

When I checked into my Airbnb at the start of my week in Girona, the owner of the house, who has lived in Girona his whole life, told me that many visitors come to Girona and say “it looks just like Florence.”

But what people should really be saying, he went on, was “Florence looks just like Girona,” because Girona painted its buildings this way long before the Florentines.

Whoever painted their buildings first, walking across the bridges that span the River Onyar is one of the most beautiful things to do in Girona. I particularly loved coming at sunset as the light changed the colors of the buildings and they reflected in the shallow waters of the river (it’s quite shallow in summer at least).

Sunset over the River Onyar.

14. Take a Food Tour of Girona

Catalonia is a region that is absolutely packed with incredible cuisine and if you only have a short time in the city, you will want to take a food tour so that you don’t miss out on the best spots.

This food tour is both a historical walking tour and a food tour that will help you dig deeper into the food culture of Girona. You will explore some of the city with a knowledgeable guide and then sample charcuterie and wines from around the region.  Book onto the food tour here .

15. Enjoy Local Cuisine

If you have more time in the city, you can spend your evenings sampling the different restaurants and tapas bars. A few of my favorites are:

  • La Taverna d’El Foment : This is the best place to come to sample Catalan ingredients, amazing cheeses, and meats from around the region, as well as local drinks like ratafia. Book in advance for weekends.
  • Txalaka : A fantastic tapas bar that has both local ingredients and Basque-style foods. I had the best mussels that I have ever had in my entire life at this restaurant.
  • Brots de Vi : Delicious upscale tapas spot serving local Catalan dishes with an amazing wine selection. Booking in advance is a must.

My favorite meal was at La Taverna d’El Foment.

16. Go Hiking or Mountain Biking

Girona is a haven for cyclists and hikers. There are tons of trails that you can access right from the city center. While I did do some hiking in the hot summer months, I really recommend enjoying this activity during the shoulders seasons when it’s not quite so hot.

The easiest trails to access from downtown Girona are in the Natural Protected Area of Les Gavarres. A nice 2-hour hiking out-and-back trail goes from the entrance of the park to the Castell de Sant Miquel. It’s a moderately challenging uphill hike and the views from here are exceptional. It’s an easy downhill along the same paths on the way back down.

You can check out some of the different trails in the park on All Trails here .

If you want to extend the hike, you can walk from Sant Miquel to the village of Celrà where there are beautiful cobbled streets, a church, and a place to refill your water bottles. It takes about 4 hours in total to do this hike.

The entrance to the protected area is only about a 15-minute walk from downtown Girona.

17. Visit the Costa Brava

You can’t come to Girona and not take a day trip to the Costa Brava. This is one of the best things to do in Girona if you are visiting during the summer months, but this coastline is magical all year round.

The easiest beach to visit from Girona if you don’t have a rental car is Lloret de Mar. You can take a bus from the main bus station in Girona and in about 45 minutes you will arrive at the beach.

This beach is a very popular one both with Spanish people as well as other Europeans who are looking for great beach weather. While you’re here, you can walk along the Cami de Ronda, a beautiful coastal path that actually runs for much of the Costa Brava coastline.

There are so many things to do in Girona, but simply exploring on foot and admiring the city is worthwhile.

18. Take a Day Trip to Besalú

You will need a car or to take a tour to get to Besalú. Despite being very close to Girona in proximity, it’s not possible to get here by public transportation.

However, if you are able to get here while you are in Girona, it is an absolutely wonderful place to explore.

The name Besalú comes from the Latin word Bisuldunum, which means a fort on a mountain between two rivers. While there is no longer a fort anywhere to be found, the name remains.

The history of this city is immense. Some parts of the ancient city walls still exist and the Romanesque Bridge that takes you through the city’s main gate is one of the most impressive things I have seen in this region of Spain. It feels like you’re on a movie set rather than in a Medieval city.

If you are based in Barcelona and only visiting Girona for the day, you can actually visit Besalu on a tour directly from Barcelona. Check out that tour and book here .

If you are based in Girona, you can join this tour which includes a lesson on the Jewish history of both Girona and Besalu as well as a visit around the Medieval city with a knowledgeable guide. Book that tour here .

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Things to do in Girona, Costa Brava – A Detailed Guide!

Last updated: December 15, 2023 . Written by Laurence Norah - 8 Comments

Girona is a wonderful small city which is very popular to visit as a day trip from Barcelona. However, there are more than enough things to do in Girona to fill a number of days, and we have visited a number of times and always find more to do!

This guide to things to do in Girona will help you plan your visit, be it for a few hours, or, ideally, for a few days. There is a lot to do in the city, from visiting the well preserved medieval old town, to exploring one of the many museums, to eating at one of the world’s best restaurants!

Girona also makes an excellent base to explore the surrounding Costa Brava and Pyrenees regions of Catalonia, and we’ll link to a number of posts and provide resources to help you make the most out of planning your whole adventure in this area!

First though, we’re going to take a look at all our favourite things to do in Girona Spain, based on our time spent there.

Things to do in Girona

As this post will make clear, there is a lot to do in Girona. If you are only here for a few hours as part of a day trip, we’d suggest picking a few of these – perhaps visiting one museum, walking the Jewish quarter, and heading up to wall a section of the walls.

If you are lucky enough to have longer in the city, then you will be able to explore more.

In terms of order, this guide is roughly ordered in a route that starts from where most day trippers would start, in the bus parking area next to the Pont de Sant Feliu. Being a medieval city filled with winding streets, it’s not easy to make a perfectly logical walking route around the city, but as a rough idea it should be a start!

Admire the Girona Skyline from Pont de Sant Feliu

If you are visiting Girona on a day trip, there’s a high chance that your bus will drop you off in the main visitor bus parking area, which is by the river under the railway bridge, and next to Pont de Sant Feliu.

Girona Skyline

This is a pedestrian bridge across the river which leads you into the oldest part of the town where you will be spending the majority of the day.

Before rushing across the bridge though, you’re going to want to take a bit of time here to admire the spectacular Girona skyline, as well as a row of wonderfully coloured houses which line the Onyar River here. On a calm, still day, these houses reflect beautifully in the water, and you’re definitely going to want to grab your camera and get a few photos from this spot!

The Basilica de Sant Feliu

Once you cross the Pont de Sant Feliu, you will see the Basilica de Sant Feliu , set atop an impressive set of steps.

This was the first cathedral of Girona, and is largely built to the Romanesque design, as with many churches in the Catalonia region. However, it does feature a Gothic nave and a Baroque facade, which were added later.

Basilica de Sant Feliu Girona

Inside, the basilica is home to the tomb of St. Narcissus, patron saint of the city, as well as eight other tombs which date from the 3rd and 4th centuries, and are of Roman and Christian origin, as well as various important Christian artworks.

Note there is a fee to visit, but this does include an audioguide, as well as entry to the Cathedral de Santa María de Girona (see below). See the official website for pricing and hours.

The Cathedral de Santa María de Girona

As you continue up into the city and through the massive city walls, you will come to the city’s main Cathedral – the  Cathedral de Santa María de Girona . This has an even more impressive set of steps leading up to it, and a photo of yourself on these steps is a popular souvenir of the city.

Girona Cathedral

It’s not all about the steps of course! The Cathedral dates from 1038, when it was originally consecrated, and is built in both the Romanesque style and the Gothic Style. Inside, you’ll find the widest Gothic nave of any church in the world, which is just shy of 23 metres in width.

There’s also a beautiful Romanesque cloister which features columns with sculpted capitals, as well as a number of tombs which date from the 14-18th centuries.

The church is also home to a museum and treasury, which is home to some important artefacts including the Tapestry of Creation, an 11th century tapestry which is widely regarded as one of the most impressive pieces of Romanesque tapestry.

All in all, there is plenty to see here, and this should definitely be on your list of things to do in Girona! There is a fee to visit, but it does include an audio guide as well as the aforementioned Basilica de Sant Feliu.

Visit the Arab Baths

A short walk from the Cathedral are the Banys Àrabs , or Arab Baths. Dating from 1194, these baths were built in the Romanesque style, and are modelled after Roman baths, Turkish baths, and Jewish mikvahs.

Arabic Baths Girona

This is a beautiful space to visit, with the highlight in our opinion being the room where bathers would have undressed, known as the apodyterium. This has as its centrepiece an octagonal pool around which stand eight beautiful columns, atop which is is a dome through which the light pours.

There’s a small entry fee to visit the baths, which is well worth paying.

If the idea of a bath sounds appealing, you might want to visit Aqva , which is just around the corner from the Arab Baths.

This spa / bath experience is found in the former hospital of Girona. Hospital in this case meaning a place of hospitality for strangers, rather than a place for sick people. The baths have been created in the ancient Greco-Roman style, and there are a variety of bathing and sensory experiences to be had here.

Aqva Geruna Girona

We had a lovely time bathing here amongst structures which date as far back as the 5th century, and trying out the Tepidarium and Frigidarium.

Note, this is experience is timed and you definitely need to book in advance if it is of interest. You can see more on the official website here .

Tour the Game of Thrones Filming Locations

Fans of the TV show Game of Thrones have a treat in store when they visit Girona, as the city served as a number of filming locations for Season 6 of the show. Filming for the show was done in 2015 and took place at many sites around the city.

Streets of Girona game of thrones filming location Le Bistrot ar

Most notably, the steps up to the Cathedral de Santa María de Girona was where Queen Margaery’s atonement was prevented from happening by Jamie Lannister. Other filming locations include the area outside the Arab Baths, the Monastery of San Pere de Galligants, and Plaça de los Jurats.

If you want to visit the Game of Thrones filming locations, we can recommend taking a guided tour like this one to do so. This will help bring the scenes to life, and the guide will likely be able to share their experiences of what the city was like during filming.

Visit the Monastery of Saint Daniel

The Monastery of Daniel is about a ten minute walk from the centre of town, so you might not have enough time to visit this one if you’re on a shorter trip from Girona. If you do decide to visit it though, it’s closest to the Arab Baths on this list of things to do in Girona.

Monastery of Saint Daniel

Dating from the 11th century, the monastery was originally built as a nunnery. It has a beautiful two level cloister, and is open for visitors.

Being set outside the city a little bit, in a lovely green valley, this makes for a nice change from exploring medieval city streets if you want to see a different side of Girona.

Stroll in the Jardins dels Alemanys

A little further up the hill from the cathedral, as you get closer to the long stretch of city walls, you will come to the Jardins del Alemanys. This free to visit garden area contains many trees and plants, nestled in amongst the old ruins of both the city walls and parts of the Roman city that was here (see the next stop for more on this).

Jardins del Alemanys Girona

This was also where the barracks for the German soldiers who fought in the 19th century Peninsular War was located, and the ruins of these can also be seen today. This gave the garden their name, the “German Gardens”.

Walk the Medieval Walls & See the Ruins of Força Vella Fortress

Girona has been around for a long time. It was founded in 79BC, and when the Romans were building their empire, they dropped by and built a massive fortress here – Força Vella. This was enclosed by huge walls, which remained in place, unchanged, until about 1,000 AD.

Girona medieval city walls

After that, as the city evolved and grew, the walls started to become absorbed into the fabric of the city. However, as you travel around the city, you will start to see evidence of these massive constructions around the city.

One great way to get glimpses of this ancient fortress, as well as to get great views across the city in general, is to take a walk on the medieval walls. These walls, which date from the Carolingian period (around the 9th century AD), were an extension of the original Roman walls.

They run from behind Girona Cathedral, in the Jardins dels Alemanys. You can walk along the top of them for wonderful views, and also pop up the lookout towers. This is one of my favourite locations in Girona to photograph the sunset, and is a wonderful spot for a stroll.

Wander the Jewish Quarter

As is hopefully becoming apparent by now, Girona is quite an old place. Parts of it date from over 2,000 years ago!

One of the best places to really get a sense of this age is by taking a wander through the Jewish Quarter, also known as El Call. The name comes from the fact that there was a sizable Jewish population in Girona (and many other towns and cities across Girona), dating from at least 982.

They paid higher taxes than other citizens, and were afforded special protection, but were expelled from the city in 1492. You can learn all about this history with a visit to the excellent Jewish History Museum , which is in this part of the city (more on this shortly).

You will have already visited sections of this as you visited some of our must-see attractions in Girona, but nothing beats just setting off in a random direction down a twisting narrow cobbled street, and just seeing where your feet take you.

Girona night scenes

Don’t miss Carrer de la Força (Carrer means street), which is home to the Jewish History Museum (see below).

Other streets you might explore include Carrer Manuel Cundaro, Carrer de Sant Llorenç, and Carrer del Doctor Oliva i Prat.  All of which are narrow and lined with old stone buildings and small, almost hidden doorways.

If you would rather be guided through this area, it’s also possible to take a walking tour such as this one . This will take you through the medieval streets and your guide will share lots of information about the history of the city and its people as you go. See here for other options .

Visit a Museum

If you want to learn a little bit about some of the history of the people and city, then you should visit one of Girona’s many museums. There’s an excellent choice in the city, and we’re sure that at least one or more of these will be of interest.

Girona Jewish Museum

If you’re visiting Girona on a day trip, you will likely only have time to stop in at one of these. If you’re in Girona for a few days, we can highly recommend visiting a number of them. We have visited all of these museums, and they all offer something different and interesting for the visitor.

Note that if you visit more than one of the six Girona museums, you can take advantage of a 50% saving at all the museums after the first one. See more about getting those discounts  here .

The Museum of Jewish History

If we’ve piqued your interest in the Jewish history of Girona and Catalonia in general, a visit to the Museum of Jewish History will help sate that interest. This museum, which is found inside Girona’s 15th century former synagogue, contains a great deal of information and artefacts relating to the Jewish history of the city and surrounding area.

The Art Museum

The Girona Art Museum is a treasure trove of art, home to the best collection of art in the Girona region. Pieces range from early Romanesque art through to 20th century art, and there are some truly spectacular pieces on display.

One of our favourites, and a highlight of the collection, are the Gothic Altarpieces. These are found in the former throne chamber (the museum is found in the former Episcopal Palace, next to Girona Cathedral).

The Archaeology Museum

The Girona Museum of Archaeology is found in the old Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants (also a Game of Thrones filming location!). The museum has been sympathetically laid out to highlight the wonderful architecture and features of the building, whilst providing a fascinating overview of the history of the area.

The collection and information covers everything from prehistory up to the medieval times, including objects made by prehistoric man, artefacts from the Roman period and Jewish tombstones. This is the oldest museum in Girona too – it was founded in 1846! An excellent museum in a beautiful building.

The History Museum

To learn about the history of the people and city of Girona, you will want to visit the Girona History Museum .

This museum, which is found in the former monastery of St. Anthony, covers a full history of the city from Roman times up to the present day, and is packed with exhibits, dioramas, and information panels. As with many of the other museums in Girona, the building it is in also lends to the experience, and the history museum also has a terrace with a lovely view of one of Girona’s main streets.

The Museum of Cinema

Cinema and film buffs will definitely want to check out Girona’s Museum of Cinema . Opened in 1998, this was the first museum of its kind in Spain. A major part of the cinema’s exhibition centers around the Tomàs Mallol Collection, which Girona council acquired in 1994.

These objects date from the pre-cinema and early cinema days and are a fascinating insight into the earliest days of motion picture entertainment, covering a 400-year period from shadow puppet theatre to more modern cinema technologies. There are also temporary exhibits on a wide range of related subjects, and the museum has won several awards for its exhibits and educational work.

The last of the six Girona museums on our list to consider is Casa Masó . This is a little different to the other museums on our list, as it is a house museum which focuses on the life of one man in Girona.

Casa Masó, or Masó House, was the home and birthplace of Rafael Masó i Valentí, one of the most famous Catalan architects of the early 20th century. Over his life, he made significant changes to the property, merging four houses into one and significantly changing its design. It’s now regarded as one of Girona’s most important works of architecture.

It’s possible to visit this house, which is the only house along the river in the old town which is open to the public. Tours are by guided visit, and you will learn all about the architect and the home on the informative tour.

Girona Museum of Cinema 2

Take a Picture on Eiffel’s Bridge

Moving on from museums now, and on to the Pont Palanques Vermelles (also known as the Pont de les Peixateries Velles, or Pont Eiffel).

In English, this is commonly known as the Eiffel Bridge, and it’s a foot bridge across the river constructed out of impressive iron latticework.

Eiffel Bridge Girona

The bridge was built and designed in 1877 by Gustave Eiffel, the French engineer who went on to build Paris’s famous Eiffel Tower. That was constructed somewhat later, in 1889, but you can see the similarity in the design with the lattice work and material.

Fun facts aside, the bridge is a lovely place to get views up and down the river of the Girona skyline and the colourful houses. The view north, or down the river, is particularly nice as you can see the pretty houses of the old town, as well as the towers of the cathedral and church.

Eiffel Bridge Girona

Eat Amazing Ice Cream

Somehow we’ve got this far into our guide to things to do in Girona and not managed to mention food. It’s time to fix that. If you have time to eat in Girona, there’s no shortage of locations to do so – see our suggestions on some local dishes to try below.

Can roca ice cream Girona

However, if you have less time, or want to really treat yourself, then you have to visit the Rocambolesc Ice Cream shop . This is operated by the people behind the El Celler de Can Roca restaurant, which has been named the best restaurant in the world on a number of occasions.

As you might imagine, the ice cream is pretty incredible, and they have some pretty fantastic flavours to choose from. Plus, unlike the restaurant, you don’t have to book months in advance to secure a table!

Try the Local Food

Ok, so let’s talk about some food options. The Costa Brava region has some fantastic local specialities, with dishes including fresh fish from ports like  Palamós , as well as mushroom, vegetable, rice, and meat dishes.

Girona food

One of my personal favourites (it’s not for everyone though) is botifarra, a type of sausage that is based on an ancient Roman recipe This is often served grilled with white beans, and will likely appear on a menu as  botifarra amb seques or botifarra amb mongetes .

Another popular dish, which is served with many meals, is bread smeared with tomato and oil ( Pa amb tomàquet ). Often at breakfast buffets there will be bread, tomatoes and oil provided for you to make your own.

Other highlights to look out for are Catalan style cod, rice dishes, patatas bravas, and crema catalana, a yellow cream served for dessert which is similar to a crème brûlée. Xuixo is another popular dish that is local to Girona, it’s a deep-fried sugar coated pastry which is filled with crema catalana, and is as delicious as it sounds.

In terms of eating, there are numerous excellent restaurants around the city. A notable highlight is aforementioned  El Celler de Can Roca restaurant (book way in advance if you have hopes of securing a table, tables currently open up 11 months in advance!)

We’ve also always enjoyed eating at Cafe le Bistrot , which has a fantastic outdoor seating area on the stepped street leading up to the Església de Sant Martí Sacosta, and is a lovely spot for an evening meal especially.

If you’re just after a drink, snack or a coffee, there are some nice places in the below Plaça de la Independència. We can also recommend Espresso Mafia and La Fabrica from personal experience for excellent coffee.

See Plaça de la Independència

The majority of our guide to things to do in Girona has covered the old part of town, but there’s a lot more to the city to explore, especially if you have a bit more time to explore. One easy to visit location is Plaça de la Independència, one of the most popular and lively squares in the city.

Plaça de la Independència Girona

The square is popular with both locals and visitors, largely due to the many restaurants that run around the perimeter of the square in the covered portico areas. It was constructed in the 19th century in the neoclassical style, and makes for a lovely contrast to the winding old cobbled streets of the medieval area.

It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat or a large gin and tonic, and watch the world go by!

Ride the Tourist Train

If you want a tour of the city that involves minimal walking, you might consider taking the Girona tourist train.

Girona Tourist Train

This is a 30 minute ride around the more accessible parts of the city, and there is an audio guide in a number of languages.

Visit the Market

Girona has no shortage of places to shop, but if you want to see where the locals go to get their fresh food (and other items!), we can recommend a visit to the  Mercat Municipal del Lleó . This is home to over 50 shops selling everything from fresh vegetables to meat and fish.

It’s open Monday – Friday from 7am – 2pm, Friday afternoons from 5pm – 8.30pm, and Saturdays from 7am – 2.30pm. Closed on Sundays. See more information here  (in Catalan so you’ll need to translate it!).

Mercat Municipal del Lleó

We were particularly impressed by the vending machine that sold premium extra virgin olive oil by the can, although that might just have been us.

Of course, there are many other markets in the town, and stalls selling jewellery and other items can be found in various locations. A good spot for this sort of stall is the Pont de Pedra bridge, which connects the old town with the Mercadal neighbourhood. Other markets include the craft and artisan food fair in Plaça Miquel Santaló, and La Volta Market in Assumpció square.

See a Festival

Girona, and the Costa Brava / Pyrenees region in general, is home to multiple festivals throughout the year. These celebrate all sorts of things, from the patron Saint of Catalonia (Sant Jordi), through to music festivals, light festivals, and flower festivals.

Girona flower festival

The last time we were in the Girona the city was bedecked with flowers for the Temps de Flors, the annual Girona flower festival, which happens every year in May for ten days.

This is an amazing (and popular!) event in the city, with tens of thousands of floral arrangements and art installations spread throughout the old town.

Arab Baths Girona

It’s worth being aware that events like the Temps de Flors bring in thousands of extra visitors so be sure to book lodging well in advance if you are visiting during one of these events in Girona.

There are lots more events throughout the year, check out the Girona events calendar for more.

Kiss the Lion

The last thing you have to do before you leave Girona is kiss the lion! Don’t worry, it’s not a real lion. By the Pont de Sant Feliu, near the steps up to the Basilica de Sant Feliu, you’ll find “El Cul de la Lleona”.

Jess kissing girona lion

This is a column with a lion statue at the top, and the saying goes that if you kiss the buttocks of the lion, you are guaranteed to return to the city. We have kissed it, and we have returned many times, so this clearly works.

Note that this is not the original lion statue, it’s a replica. The original can be found in the city’s Museum of Art, and we’d advise against trying to kiss that one!

Map of Things to Do in Girona

We’ve put together a map of our favourite things to do in Girona, which you can see on Google Maps here for quick reference.

Map of things to do in Girona

How to Get Around Girona

Pretty much the only way to get around the medieval part of Girona is on foot. The streets are narrow and cobbled, and whilst there are a couple of routes that are accessible by car, this is generally not advised.

Parts of the city are accessible for those with reduced mobility, but you will need to plan your route carefully, as there are many areas with steps throughout the city and many of the medieval streets are cobbled and steep. Another option is to look into the tourist train as an option, which is accessible.

Girona is not the best city for wheelchair users so do check ahead before you plan to visit. See the official tourism site on accessibility here .

Getting To and From Girona

Girona is very well served by transport links, both from within Spain and from abroad. Here are some of the most popular ways to get to and from the city.

By public transport

Girona is very well connected to the rest of Spain and Europe by train. A high speed service operates from Girona to Barcelona, and it takes under an hour to get between the two cities. From Barcelona, you can then connect to other cities across Spain, such as Madrid, which is around 3 hours from Barcelona.

Girona is on the main train line that connects to France, and you can take a fast train from Girona all the way to Paris, getting you to the French city in under six hours. For tickets, take a look at the Trainline’s booking site .

There are also bus connections from Barcelona to Girona, as well as other major towns and cities in the area. The bus from Barcelona takes just over an hour, depending on traffic and time of day. See bus times and book tickets here .

Girona is easy to reach by car, as it is close the AP-7 – the main road which connects Barcelona with France. This is a toll road, meaning you have to pay to use it, but this also means it’s a fast road. From Barcelona, it’s around an hours drive, whilst from Barcelona Airport it’s around 1 hour and 20 minutes, assuming low traffic.

It’s also possible to drive between Barcelona and Girona and avoid the toll road, but expect to add at least 30 – 45 minutes to your journey.

In terms of driving in the city, this is not advised in the old town, and most of it is inaccessible to cars anyway. Instead, you’ll want to find parking (this can also be a challenge!) outside the city somewhere, and walk in. The major hotels we recommend will have parking (this is often at a fee), but apartments and smaller hotels in the old town may not, so factor this is when travelling here as you may have to move your luggage some distance, and plan ahead as to where to park your car.

Girona has its own airport, the Girona-Costa Brava airport (code GRO), with flights to and from cities across Europe. The airport is south of the city, with various transport options into Girona available, including an airport bus, rental cars and taxis.

The major international airport in the area is the Barcelona El Prat (BCN) airport. This offers flights to destinations around the world, and from here it is easy to get to Girona by one of the previously mentioned options.

One of the most popular ways to visit Girona is on a day trip from Barcelona, which was also the first way that I visited the city . There are a great many tours to choose from, here are some options to consider, depending on what you are interested in.

  • A luxury full day small-group tour from Barcelona which includes the Dali Museum, Girona, and lunch in Besalu
  • A full day tour from Barcelona which includes Girona, Figueres, and a visit to the Dalí museum in Figueres
  • A six hour half-day trip to Girona  from Barcelona, perfect if you just want to focus on the city
  • A full day trip from Barcelona which includes Girona and time exploring the beautiful Costa Brava coastline and villages
  • A private full day tour of Girona and the medieval village of Pals with a guide, offering flexibility
  • A full day 10 hour tour of Girona – a good option for giving you more time in the city. Also includes a Game of Thrones walking tour option.

Girona day trips

Where to Stay in Girona

We have stayed in Girona a number of times at a variety of hotels and apartments. There are plenty of both of these options to choose from, depending on your preference and budget. Here are some suggestions.

  • Hotel Carlemany – This 4-star hotel is found just a few minutes walk from the old city. Hotel Carlemany is a lovely hotel with secure on-site parking, lovely rooms and a good on-site restaurant. We enjoyed staying here.
  • Hotel Ciutat de Girona – Another of our favourites in Girona, the 4 star Hotel Ciutat de Girona is also just a few minutes walk from the old town, and is very close to Plaça de la Independència. On-site parking and a great restaurant.
  • Pensión Borrás – Travellers on a budget will appreciate this guest house, which is located in the heart of the old town.
  • Bed & Breakfast Bells Oficis – A well rated 2* bed and breakfast option in the old town which includes an excellent breakfast
  • For apartments, we recomment . See their listings for Girona here .

Girona Hotel

Further Reading

We’ve been lucky enough to visit the Catalonia region a number of times, including time spent in Girona, the wider Costa Brava region, Barcelona, and the Pyrenees. We’ve also visited in winter for fun winter activities like skiing, and in the warm summer months for the beaches. We’re actually heading back again in a few weeks so also adding new content on this region!

Laurence and Jessica Girona Eiffel Bridge

As you might imagine, we’ve written a great deal of content to help you plan your own trip to the area, and we wanted to share some of these guides with you so you can find them easily.

  • Our first visit to Girona was on a day tour from Barcelona, you can read about that day trip experience here .
  • Lovers of surrealist artist Salvador Dali will want to visit some of the many sites associated with the artist in the region. See our guide to Dali Sites in Costa Brava that lists all the attractions to help you put together your trip.
  • A fantastic experience we can recommend to anyone visiting this region is to take a hot air balloon ride. We’ve done this twice, and you can see our guide to hot air ballooning in Costa Brava here.
  • We have a guide to things to do in Palamós , one of our favourite fishing towns in the Costa Brava as well as a guide to things to do in Besalu , a lovely medieval town.
  • If you love mountains, you’re going to want to spend some time in the Spanish Pyrenees region of Catalonia. See our guide to the Spanish Pyrenees to start you off. If visiting in the winter, you might consider heading to one of the Girona region’s ski resorts, and you can take a look at our guide to skiing in the Spanish Pyrenees .
  • We also have detailed guides to all the specific regions of the Girona Pyrenees of Catalonia, including La Garrotxa , El Ripollès and La Cerdanya . We also have a guide to visiting the  Vall de Nuria .
  • If you’re going to be spending time in Barcelona, check out our 3 day Barcelona itinerary , our guide to spending a day in Barcelona , our review of the Barcelona Pass , and our detailed guide to Gaudí in Barcelona to start you off.
  • We have a guide to visiting Montserrat , one of the most popular day trips from Barcelona
  • If you’re looking for a guidebook, the most up to date books we could find are this Costa Brava pocket guide  and this DK Eyewitness guide to Barcelona and Catalonia

And that’s it for our guide to our favourite things to do in Girona! As always, we’re happy to hear your feedback and answer any questions. Just pop them in the comments below.

A detailed guide to things to do in Girona, Spain. Has all the attractions you would want to visit either as part of a day trip or longer stay, plus lots more planning information and advice!

So you know, we have been supported on many of our trips to Girona and Costa Brava by the Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona , who generally cover our expenses, including accommodation, car hire and attraction entry. All opinions remain our own – you can see our code of ethics for how we choose who to work with and what that means.

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kangnyeon says

6th January 2024 at 9:06 am

Thanks for the blog. It helped me a lot in organizing my trip to Girona. We are planning to visit Girona for 3 days and 4 nights and one day in Figueres. Keep up the good work and have a great trip.

Laurence Norah says

6th January 2024 at 1:22 pm

My pleasure, thanks for taking the time to let us know! Have a great trip 🙂

14th July 2019 at 10:22 pm

Really well explained. Thank you very much. Was so easy to find everything.

16th July 2019 at 6:06 am

My pleasure – have a great time in Girona!

2nd July 2019 at 10:51 pm

Thank you for this amazing site. It has helped us so much with planning for our upcoming trip.

Quick question, in Besalu I was told to book ahead of time to visit the Jewish baths, which I did. Do you I need to do the same in Girona for the Cathedral and the Basilica?

3rd July 2019 at 2:56 pm

You definitely need to book ahead for the Jewish baths, but not for the Cathedral, Basilica or Arab Baths – you can just turn up at all of these in my experience.

Have a lovely time in Girona and Costa Brava in general!

Miguel says

15th February 2019 at 5:45 pm

Thank you so much for the article, I followed some of your recommendations and we had a good day here in Girona.

16th February 2019 at 6:09 am

Thanks Miguel – that’s great to hear!

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The city walls built in the 14th century to protect Girona were destroyed in the late 19th century to prioritize city expansion. However, the structure — known as the Passeig de la Muralla — has been restored, so you can take a leisurely stroll along the entire path and gaze out on views of the entire city.

"Game of Thrones" fans have another motivation for visiting Girona: The city served as a backdrop in the sixth season. You can sign up for Girona's very own "Game of Thrones"-themed half-day tour to be taken through iconic set locations of the Lannisters and Starks from the series. (The tour actually kicks off in Barcelona's city center, so this is a great way to make a day trip out of Girona if you're pressed for time.)

"Game of Thrones" isn't the only TV show tied to the Catalonian hotspot . Jordi Roca of the renowned Roca brothers culinary trio (and star of Netflix's "Chef's Table: Pastry") redefined the idea of traditional desserts with innovative creations at his ice cream shop Rocambolesc . He serves everything from sorbet with homemade Pop Rocks to Darth Vader popsicles that will bring out your inner force.

As if that wasn't special enough, the three Roca brothers built a restaurant in their hometown — which has twice been named to the top spot on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. While El Celler de Can Roca 's tasting menu and impeccable wine pairings don't come cheap, the spot exudes a humble and refreshing atmosphere that goes against the standard ambiance of stuffy fancy restaurants. (Fair warning: Given their success, it can be difficult to get a table.)

It's common to start eating dinner between 9 and 11 p.m. in Spain, but smaller cities don't necessarily follow this tradition. Most places along Girona's side streets stop serving food earlier in the evening. If you want to follow the typical Spanish schedule, head to the Plaça de la Independència for restaurants that are open later.

Before you depart, make sure to find the Roman-style column with a lioness on it that's known as El Cul de la Lleona. Once there, you'll want to kiss its bottom — doing so assures you a return trip.

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24 of the Best Things to do in Girona Spain

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Updated On: February 14, 2024

While many people only visit Girona on a day trip from Barcelona, we recommend spending a few days exploring its medieval walls, historic churches, and its incredible gastronomical scene. Oh, and did we mention it was a major location for Game of Thrones? There are so many things to do in Girona, it may well become your favorite Spanish city.

Located between the Pyrenees Mountains and the Costa Brava Coast in the Spanish province of Girona, we had the chance to spend an entire summer exploring the region and the capital city of the same name. I have no idea why we never wrote about all the best things to do in Girona before now, but it’s better late than never right? So let’s check out why this city is so special that Game of Thrones made it a major part of filming scenes for Braavos and King’s Landing.

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Things to do in Girona

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  • Spain is open to tourists but some restrictions still may apply, be sure to check with Catalonia Tourism to see what is open .

Girona is located just 100km from Barcelona . We drove to Girona from Barcelona and took a road trip through Costa Brava. We highly recommend driving as the Costa Brava Coast is gorgeous. You can check rental car prices from Barcelona or Girona here but you can also take a high-speed train between the cities. You can purchase trains between the cities take just 38 minutes and start at just $13.95. Check out RailEurope for details.

Where To Stay In Girona

Hotel Carlemany – Located right in the center of Girona, Hotel Carlemany, is a fantastic location that is walking distance to many of the top sites in Girona. It has parking, big bike garage and breakfast. See it on TripAdvisor /

Hotel Nord 1901 – A beautiful boutique hotel with a great location that is a 5 minute walk from Girona Cathedral and colourful houses of the River Onyar. Picturesque setting, swimming pool and chic modern rooms. See it on TripAdvisor /

Okay, now that we have the logistics of travel and hotels figured out, let’s get on with the best things to do in Girona, Spain .

1. Take a Cycling Tour of Girona

Cycling Tour in Girona Spain

City tours are one of the best ways to get acquainted with any city and our cycling tour with BikeCat was one of our favourite things to do in Girona. We not only explored the city, but we also visited the countryside and neighboring villages. At BikeCat you can customize your tours from day trips to multiple day tours. One of the cool things is that you will stay in hotels where professional cyclists have stayed and trained for decades. Girona is a popular training destination for Tour de France and other professional cyclists so what better way to get into the heart of the culture than by cycling through Girona. Check out for details. Watch our video: Cycling through Medievel Villages of Girona

Don’t want to cycle? Book a small-group walking tour of Girona where you’ll be transported to the medieval age as you explore 2,000 years of history with a local guide. Highlights include filming locations from Game of Thrones, The Cathedral of Girona (cool fact, it contains the widest Gothic nave of the world and walk across the bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel.

2. Eiffel Bridge (Pont de les Peixateries Velles)

Eiffel Bridge or Pont de les Peixateries Velles

One of the most scenic spots in Girona is the Eiffel Bridge. Built on the site where four river’s meat, this bridge was built by Gustave Eiffel just before he began construction on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Girona has 11 bridges connecting the east and western parts of the city but this is the most famous. There are beautiful views of the colorful houses lining the Onyar River.

3. Walk the Medieval Wall

Walking the Medieval Wall in Girona

Our favourite thing to do in Girona is to take a stroll along the medieval city walls. Taking the Passeig de la Muralla (walk of the wall) offers beautiful views panoramic views of Girona. Dating back to the 1st century, BC, Girona’s city walls are the is the most complete city wall in all of Spain. The Força Vella (old fortress) was built by the Romans and portions still stand today. Over the centuries the walls were expanded and rebuilt to protect from sieges and attacks through the middle ages. Today they are one of the top things to do in Girona to see the city from above and the Pyrenees mountains beyond.

4. Girona Cathedral

Girona Cathedral Steps

The Girona Cathedral is officially known as Cathedral de Santa Maria Girona. Located in the heart of Old City on Plaça de la Catedra, the Girona Cathedral dates back to the 11th century. Taking seven decades to complete creates an interesting blend of different styles from Romanesque to Gothic and Baroque. Located at the highest point in Girona, it is a gathering place, a popular location for filming and fashion shoots, and the main tourist attraction in Girona. No trip to Girona would be complete without going inside to view the cloister, its stained glass windows, and bell tower.

Cool fact: many a scene from Game of Thrones was filmed on the Girona Cathedral steps. Book this Game of Thrones small group tour where you’ll begin at Saint Martin’s stairs to tour the Jewish Quarter, at GOT locations of Claveria, Sant Llorenç street, and Cúndaro streets. Then, pass the Cathedral of Santa Maria to reach Cartanyà Bisbe Street, in the neighborhood near the Casserna dels Alemanys (German Headquarters).

5. Game of Thrones Locations

Game of Thrones Locations in Girona

We’ve talked a lot about Game of Thrones in Girona and if you are a fan of the series, a GOT tour is not to be missed. A guided tour is highly recommended, but there are also places you will notice yourself such as the steps of the Girona Cathedral at Plaça de la Catedral, the cobbled streets of Girona’s Old Town and Plaça dels Jurats (Girona’s festival square) was the place where Arya watched the play about the Starks and the Lannister families. This GOT Tour will show you all the filming locations around Girona.

  • Fun Fact: Plaça dels Jurats (Girona’s festival square) is used as a theatre and concert venue in real life as well.

6. Jewish Quarter –  El Call

El Call or the Jewish Quarter in Girona

Known as El Call, the Jewish Quarter is located in the heart of Old Town (Força Vella) Girona. This maze of narrow cobbled streets is not to be missed when visiting Girona. Enjoy a glass of prosecco on an outdoor patio, while admiring the archways and architecture of this iconic district.

Check out this highly rated tour where you’ll discover, one of the best-preserved Jewish Quarters from the Middle Ages in Europe. Learn aboutNachmanides, the most important rabbi and doctor of Girona and enjoy a guided visit of the Museum of Jewish History.

7. Rambla de la Llibertat

Rambla de la Llibertat (La Rambla) is the place to be for dining, shopping, and people-watching. The main street of old town Girona is filled with cafes and outdoor patios that are perfect for an aperitivo. This pedestrian street runs parallel to the Onyar River and has an eclectic mix of architecture from the 19th century with baroque and gothic facades and shaded portico walkways. It’s our favourite place in Girona to enjoy drinks and appetizers before a night out on the town.

8. The Arab Baths (Els Banys Arabs)

Arab Baths or Els Banys Arabs

Public baths aren’t only popular in Turkey and Italy, Girona has its own public baths dating back to 1194. Inspired by Northern African and Roman Baths, the Arab Baths are one of the most visited attractions in Girona. They were destroyed during a siege, but in 1342, the Arab baths were rebuilt. They were restored in 1932 and opened to the public to give a glimpse into life in the middle ages. You’ll recognize the octagonal, column-surrounded central pool that has been featured on film. And make sure to visit the rooftop for views of the cathedral. It’s only €2 to visit, making it a must stop on any Girona itinerary.

Don’t just visit the Arab Baths alone, take this guided tour where you’ll explore the Romanesque style rooms from the 11trh century followed by a stroll through the gardens of the Cathedral of Girona and the Monastery of St Pere de Galligants

9. Go to the Spa

Since you can’t bathe in the Arab Baths, a spa treatment is probably on the agenda. Aqva Gerunda is an excellent place to soothe your travel-weary muscles with aromatherapy thermal baths, ritual massages, and thermal cycles. Located in the first Hospital of Girona, AQVA was opened in 2015 by a local entrepreneur wanting to follow the Roman traditions of creating a balance where water, stone, light, and primary elements accompany a purifying journey through the senses.

10. Basílica Parroquial de Sant Feliu (The Basilica de Sant Feliu)

Basilica de Sant Feliu in Girona Spain

The Church of Saint Felu was a highlight of our many visits to Girona. Knowing the head of Costa Brava tourism firsthand offers many perks and we had the chance to ring the bells of the Bell Tower during one of our stays. The bells at the Basilica Parroquial de Sant Feliue only ring five times a year on holidays such as Easter, Corpus Christy, and Good Friday. We could only imagine what people were thinking when the bells started ringing out of the blue. It was Girona’s first church and touring inside reveals beautiful works of art dating back to the 4th century that has been meticulously restored.

11. Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants

When touring Costa Brava and Catalunya you’ll discover many a monastery. The Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants is a Benedictine Abbey dating back to the 12th century. Housing the Archeological Museum of Catalonia is a must-visit place in Girona to explore archaeological finds from prehistoric times to the middle ages.

12. The Sant Domènec Convent 

Sant-Domenec-Convent in Girona

Founded in 1253, now houses the Faculty of Arts for the University of Girona. It’s located on the highest point of the Girona Wall and can be visited. Notable things to see its various eras of architecture with Gothic and Renaissance cloisters, and Baroque chapels.

13. Monastery Saint Daniel

Another beautiful place to see in Girona is Monastery St. Daniel. Like so many things in the city, it is old, dating back to the 11th century. Located just outside the city core, this church houses the remains of St. Daniel. The cloisters are a stand-out attraction with the first floor built in the 13th century in Romanesque style and the 15th-century upper cloisters in Gothic style.

14. Jardins dels Alemanys

Jardins dels Alemanys

The Jardins dels Alemanys is a beautiful park and greenspace housing Roman ruins that were used as barracks by German soldiers during the 19th century Peninsular War, the wall. Make sure to walk up to the top of the ruins for views of the cathedral and city of Girona.

15. Plaça de la Independència

Plaça de la Independència or Independence Square is the main city square of Girona. Located in the historic centre of Girona, this square is a popular gathering place. With cafés lining the square it is popular with the tourists. If you are looking for things to do in Girona at night, Independence Square is a great place to start.

16. Casa Maso

Casa Meso from the other side of the canal

Up there with the likes of Gaudi Rafael Masó most outstanding Catalan architects of the early twentieth century. In fact, he was an admirer of Gaudi and helped to shape and create Noucentisme (an alternative to Gaudi’s modernism). Casa Masó was his home until 1912 and many of his works can be found in Girona and surrounding areas such as Sant Feliu de Guíxols and the garden city of s’Agaró.

Girona Museums

Girona Museums

With a rich and storied history, it is no doubt that Girona would have plenty of museums. If you have the time, check out some museums to delve into Girona’s past.

17. Jewish History Museum

The Museum of Jewish History stands out among Girona museums with 11 areas where visitors can learn about Jewish life, history, and culture in Catalonia during medieval times. The cemetery contains 29 tombstones of previous Jewish inhabitants of Girona.

18. Girona History Museum

Girona History Museum

The Girona History Museum is located in the former 18th-century convent of the Capuchin friars of Saint Anthony.

19. Girona Art Museum

The Girona Art Museum is located in the former Bishops Palace dating back to the 10th century. Today it houses a massive collection of Romanesque and Gothic art. Be prepared for old artwork. This is not a contemporary art museum, instead, it contains many religious depictions and medieval and renaissance works of art.

20. Museum of Cinema

If you like movies, you are going to love the Museum of Cinema. The Museum of Cinema-Tomàs Mallol Collection celebrates the history of the moving image. From the pre-cinema era where the magic lantern was used to project images on a wall to the early age of cinema and stars of silent film, this is an excellent place to learn about the origins of moving pictures.

21. Gastronomy in Girona

Gastronomy in Girona

Girona is one of the world’s greatest food destinations. Girona is home to 16 Michelin Star restaurants including El Celler de Can Roca, which was proclaimed the Best Restaurant in the World! We have tasted their food and it truly is a work of art!

When visiting Girona make sure to sample its many outstanding restaurants featuring Catalan, and Mediterranean cuisine . Don’t forget about dessert, when it comes to gelato, most people think of indulging in this tasty treat in Italy, but Girona has some of the best gelato shops in the world. Rocambolesc. Read more: Spanish Food: 17 Spanish Dishes to Try in Spain or at Home

Getting Around Girona

Getting Around Girona

Getting around Girona is quite easy. Most of the main things to do in Girona are within walking distance and you can explore a lot in a day or a short amount of time. Cycling is also a great way to get around Girona with plenty of bike rental options. And to reach the surrounding areas for day trips from Girona, we highly recommend renting a car. Taxis are readily available in Girona as well.

Day Trips from Girona

Girona is an amazing place to make a base as you explore Costa Brava and the Pyrenees. As we said, we spent a summer here so we were privileged to do a lot around this gorgeous region of Spain. While you need a summer to really explore everything near Girona, here are a few of our favorite day trips from Girona to consider when exploring Catalunya.

21. Volcano of La Garrotxa

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One of the best hiking trips outside of Girona is the Volcano of La Garrotxa. You can walk right inside the crater to see the layers of volcanic activity. There is more than 125 km of hiking trails, so it is definitely a beautiful place to hike. You can trek through the volcanoes, lava flows, and forested paths. Check out this tour where you’ll explore the pre-Pyrenees Mountains with more than 40 volcanoes, the Banyoles Lake, and medieval villages.

22. Via Ferrata at Saint Feliu de Guixols

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If you are looking for a fun adventure, make your way to the Medieval Town of Saint Feliu de Guixols to take an extraordinary coastal via Ferrata. The Via Ferrata at Saint Feliu de Guixols offers stunning views, heart racing traverses, and exciting steel bridges that dangle over the Mediterranean Sea. This is a must!

23. Hot Air Balloon in the Pyrenees

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This truly was one of the best things we did in all of Spain. Book this hot air balloon flight leaving from Garrotxa in the Pyrenees. It is truly astounding to go high above the Spanish Pyrenees at sunrise. Enjoy a sparkling glass of Cava as you enjoy the most romantic of things to do in Girona. A Journey Through The Pyrenees in Pictures

24. Dali in Port Lligat

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Just outside of Cadaques and we’re up on the North-Eastern tip of Costa Brava and the highlight of this town is going to the Salvador Dali house where Dali himself lived and decorated and designed it all himself. Dali was a famous surrealist artist from Spain and his life and art are celebrated in Port Lligat. This is one of the most popular day trips in Costa Brava, so make your reservations beforehand online. Take this Salvador Dali tour from Girona where you’ll visit the town of Figueres, the Dalí Museum, and the village of Cadaqués.

And these are the best things to do in Girona Spain. Girona is a place we took for granted when spending a summer in Costa Brava, but it truly is one of the best places to visit in the country. If you are planning a Spain itinerary, be sure to add Girona to your list.

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10 Things to See and Do in Girona, Spain

The colorful old buildings of Girona, Spain with a towering cathedral overlooking the Old Town

From lively Barcelona to island paradises like Mallorca and the Grand Canaries to the historic cities of Andalusia, Spain is awesome. It’s one of my favorite countries in the world and one of the most budget friendly in Europe.

But there is one city that captures my love of the country the most: Girona.

Home to just over 100,000 people and only 45 minutes from Barcelona, Girona is home to a well-preserved Jewish quarter, ancient winding streets, and a walkable medieval city wall. Throw in lots of green space, colorful buildings, and perfect weather, Girona is one of my favorite places in Spain.

Girona is more famous today thanks to Game of Thrones being filmed there but this tiny city only 45 minutes from Barcelona remains somewhat off the beaten track and free of the crowds that make Barcelona unbearable sometimes. There’s good food, lots to do, and lovely people. I can’t sing the city’s praises enough.

To help you make the most of your trip, here are my top things to see and do in Girona:

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1. Explore the Old Quarter

2. marvel at the cathedral of girona, 3. tour the arab baths, 4. stroll along the eiffel bridge, 5. learn something new at one of girona’s many museums, 6. tour the basilica de sant feliu, 7. visit the monastery of saint daniel, 8. walk atop girona’s ancient city wall, 9. stroll la rambla de la llibertat, 10. indulge at rocambolesc, get your in-depth budget guide to europe.

Girona’s Old Quarter (Barri Vell) sits beside the River Onyar. This neighborhood is home to some of Girona’s most popular and well-preserved historical sites. Filled with medieval architecture, colorful old homes, and picturesque bridges but without the crowds of Barcelona, this is my favorite area to wander around.

You can explore it yourself and enjoy getting lost, but before also check out the tours Girona Walks offers, so you can learn more about this section of town and how it has evolved over the centuries.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you can take a Game of Thrones walking tour around the city . It highlights all the best filming locations in the city while also highlighting the city’s actual history.  

Built between the 11th and 13th centuries, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona towers over the city. It’s the second widest church in the world, almost 23m (75 feet) across — only St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican is wider. (It was also featured in Game of Thrones !)

The interior isn’t particularly ornate and has a bit of an austere feel to it, but it’s peaceful, and there’s a lot of information and a good audio guide available.

Plaça de la Catedral, +34 972 42 71 89, Open 10am–6:30pm, April–June; 10am–7:30pm, July–August; 10am–6:30pm, September–October; 10am–5:30pm, November–March. Admission is 7.50 EUR. Dress respectfully, as it is a place of worship.  

These preserved public baths were built in 1194. Their Romanesque style was inspired by similar Roman and Arab baths and was built in response to ancient Girona’s growing population and the need to improve hygiene.

While you can’t actually use the baths, you can take a self-guided tour to see what bathing was like in the Middle Ages. The building is covered by a large vaulted ceiling and includes a cold-water bath, a hot-water bath, and changing rooms.

Carrer del Rei Ferran el Catòlic, +34 972 21 32 62, Open Monday–Saturday 10am–6pm and Sundays 10am–2pm. Admission is 3 EUR.  

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For a small city, Girona is home to quite a few museums and art galleries. Here some I think you shouldn’t miss:

  • The Jewish History Museum – The museum is made up of 11 exhibitions that explore the history and culture of the region’s Jewish community, which was one of the biggest in the area. Admission is 4 EUR.
  • Girona’s Art Museum – This has the region’s largest collection of Romanesque and Gothic art (over 8,000 items). It’s huge! Admission is 6 EUR.
  • The Cinema Museum – This museum covers the history of cinema and is filled with old posters, films, and movie equipment. It also hosts regular events and movie screenings. A must for movie buffs! Admission is 5 EUR.
  • The Girona Archaeology Museum – This is one of the oldest museums in the region and boasts a collection of archeological finds from prehistory all the way to the Middle Ages. Though small, it goes into some good detail about the area. Admission is 7 EUR.

This historic Gothic cathedral is eye-catching and hard to miss. It almost looks like a castle. Its bell tower is visible from most spots around Girona, so it’s never far from view. tIt was the first cathedral in Girona and remained the only one until the 10th century. Beyond the impressive architecture, the cathedral is home to historic works of art, including a 14th-century sculpture of Christ, as well as Christian and non-Christian sarcophagi that date back to the fourth century.

Plaça de la Catedral, +34 972 427 189, Open Monday–Saturday 10am–5:30pm, Sunday and holidays 1pm–5:30pm. Admission is 7.50 EUR.  

Founded in the 11th century, this monastery located on the outskirts of town was created with the intention of establishing a nunnery in the region. While the abbey is no longer in use, you can still visit the church and the cloister. Inside, you’ll find Saint Daniel’s sepulcher, rumored to house the remains of the saint himself. The architecture is a mix of Romanesque and Gothic, with additions from the 12th and 15th centuries.

The monastery is surrounded by the Valley of Sant Daniel, a lush green space with lots of shade and picturesque natural springs.  

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Lined by gorgeous neoclassical, baroque, and Gothic buildings, this is the main pedestrian street in town. The street dates back to 1885 and is full of shops, cafés, and restaurants. There’s also a flower market on Saturdays.  

This is one of the best gelaterias I’ve ever been to! Owned by world-class chef Jordi Roca, it’s a great spot to (over)indulge in delicious ice cream and gelato topped with berries, cotton candy, fruits, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, fudge, and so much more. I go there every time I visit (usually multiple times). It’s amazing and worth every euro!

50 Carrer de Santa Clara, +34 972 41 66 67, Open Sunday-Tuesday from 11am-9pm and Friday-Saturday from 11am-10:30pm.

Girona’s long history, a unique and rich culture, so much delicious food, and stunning architecture. A lot of people make it a day trip from Barcelona but I’d recommend spending at least one night here. There’s plenty to keep you busy. I first visited here in 2012 and have been back a total of four times. I love Girona. Most people do. Make it part of your next trip to Spain.

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10 best things to do in girona, spain.

If you’re planning a trip to Catalonia , make sure to add Girona to your itinerary. This charming city in northeastern Spain is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie, or outdoor enthusiast, you’re going to enjoy Girona.

With so much to see and do, Girona is a must-visit destination in Spain . We’ve been there many times and even spent 3 weeks “living there” in 2016. It’s a quieter version of Barcelona, where you can still stroll around the streets and enjoy the medieval architecture without all the crowds.

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One of the top things to do in Girona is to take a stroll along the ancient city walls. The Passeig de la Muralla offers breathtaking views of the Old Town and the surrounding countryside. Another must-see attraction is the Girona Cathedral, a stunning example of Gothic architecture that dates back to the 11th century. Make sure to climb the 90 steps to the top of the bell tower for panoramic views of the city.

If you’re interested in Jewish history, don’t miss the El Call neighborhood, one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in Europe . Visit the Museum of Jewish History to learn more about the Jewish community that lived in Girona from the 9th to the 15th century. For a more contemporary experience, explore the vibrant street art scene in the city’s hipster district.

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Getting to Girona

If you’re staying in Barcelona , Girona makes for an excellent day trip. The city is only 103 km away from Barcelona, making it easy to reach by car or train.

The best way to get to Girona from Barcelona is by train. Trains run regularly from Barcelona Sants station to Girona, and the journey takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can also catch a train from the Passeig de Gracia station. Trains run throughout the day, so you can easily plan a day trip to Girona.

If you’re driving, take the AP-7 motorway from Barcelona to Girona. The journey takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes, but you should be aware that traffic can be heavy, especially during peak times.

Once you arrive in Girona, you can explore the city on foot. The historic center of Girona is compact and easy to navigate, so you don’t need a car to get around.

Historical Landmarks

If you’re interested in history and architecture, Girona is the perfect destination for you. The city is home to several historical landmarks that are worth visiting during your trip. Here are some of the top landmarks to check out:

Girona Cathedral

Girona cathedral

One of the most iconic landmarks in Girona is the Girona Cathedral . This Gothic cathedral dates back to the 14th century and is located in the heart of the old town. The cathedral’s stunning architecture and intricate details are a testament to the city’s rich history. Be sure to take a stroll around the cloister, which features beautiful columns and arches.

The Arab Baths are another must-see historical landmark in Girona. These Roman-style baths date back to the 12th century and are a prime example of the city’s Roman heritage. The baths feature a series of rooms with vaulted ceilings and a central pool. The intricate details and beautiful architecture make the Arab Baths a must-visit destination.

Sant Pere De Galligants

Sant Pere De Galligants

Sant Pere De Galligants is a Benedictine monastery that dates back to the 12th century. The monastery features beautiful Gothic architecture and is home to a museum that showcases the history of Girona. The museum is home to a collection of artifacts and exhibits that provide insight into the city’s rich history.

Benedictine Monastery

Benedictine Monastery

The Benedictine Monastery is another historical landmark that is worth visiting during your trip to Girona. The monastery dates back to the 10th century and features beautiful Romanesque architecture. The monastery is home to a collection of artifacts and exhibits that provide insight into the city’s religious history.

Eiffel Bridge

Eiffel Bridge

The Eiffel Bridge is a beautiful metal bridge that spans the Onyar River. The bridge was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the same engineer who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The bridge is a prime example of the city’s modern architecture and is a must-see destination for anyone interested in engineering and design.

Exploring the Jewish Quarter

If you are interested in history, you should definitely visit the Jewish Quarter, also known as El Call, in Girona. This area was inhabited by the Jewish community of the city from the 12th to the 15th century. It is one of the most iconic areas of Girona and is shrouded in history.

The Jewish Quarter is a maze of narrow streets and alleys, and it is easy to get lost in its charming and historic atmosphere. You can find both the Jewish History Museum and the City History Museum on Força street, which lies at the heart of the Jewish Quarter. In the Jewish History Museum, you can learn about the life, culture, and traditions of the Jewish population that once lived in Girona.

As you walk through the Jewish Quarter, you will see ancient doorways and old Jewish houses, as well as some cute little boutiques and restaurants. Plaça Jurats is a great starting point for exploring the Jewish Quarter.

From this point, you can see the mountain called Montjuïc, where the Jewish were buried during medieval times. Another interesting place to visit is the Arab Baths. These public baths were used as a mikva when the Gironinian Jewish community didn’t have their own.

Game of Thrones in Girona

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If you’re a fan of the popular TV series Game of Thrones , you’ll be excited to know that Girona was a filming location for the show. The city’s medieval architecture and historic landmarks made it the perfect setting for several scenes in the show.

One of the most recognizable locations is the staircase of Sant Martí Sacosta, which was used as the steps of the Great Sept of Baelor in King’s Landing. The staircase is located in the heart of the city and is a popular spot for tourists to take photos.

Another notable location is the large plaza to the side of Girona Cathedral, Plaça dels Jurats. This plaza was used as a filming location for a scene in Braavos, where Arya Stark watches an outdoor theatre and sees her family being mocked by the actors.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you can take a guided tour of Girona to see all of the filming locations in the city. The tour will take you to all of the major locations, including the Cathedral, the Arab Baths, and the Jewish Quarter.

Museums in Girona

Girona is a city rich in history and culture, and its museums are a testament to that. Here are a few museums you should check out during your visit to Girona:

  • Museum of Jewish History : Located in the heart of Girona’s Jewish Quarter, this museum is dedicated to the history and culture of the Jewish community in Girona. The museum’s exhibits include artifacts, documents, and multimedia displays that tell the story of the Jewish community’s life in Girona from the Middle Ages to the present day.
  • Archaeology Museum : This museum is located in the former convent of Sant Pere de Galligants, a beautiful Romanesque building that dates back to the 12th century. The museum’s exhibits include artifacts from the prehistoric, Roman, and medieval periods, as well as a collection of Gothic and Romanesque art.
  • Dalí Museum : While not technically located in Girona, the Dalí Museum is a must-visit for art lovers. Located in the nearby town of Figueres, the museum is dedicated to the life and work of the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. The museum’s exhibits include paintings, sculptures, and other works of art by Dalí.
  • Museums : In addition to the above-mentioned museums, Girona has many other museums worth checking out. These include the Cinema Museum, the Museum of Art, and the Museum of History. Each of these museums offers a unique perspective on Girona’s rich history and culture.

Walking Tours


One of the best ways to explore Girona is on foot. Walking tours are a great way to get to know the city and its history while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

There are several walking tours available in Girona, ranging from historical tours to food tours. One of the most popular walking tours is the Passeig de la Muralla , which is a walk along the medieval walls of Girona. This tour offers stunning views of the city and its surroundings and is a must-do for anyone visiting Girona.

Another popular walking tour is the Jewish Quarter tour, which takes you through the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter and gives you a glimpse into the history of the Jewish community in Girona. The tour includes a visit to the Jewish Museum, which houses a collection of artifacts documenting the history of the Jewish community in Girona.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you might enjoy the Game of Thrones walking tour, which takes you to the filming locations used in the show. The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral of Girona, which was used as the Great Sept of Baelor in the show.

Most walking tours in Girona are led by knowledgeable and friendly local guides who are passionate about the city and its history. Tours typically last between 1-3 hours, and prices vary depending on the tour and the tour operator.

Where to Stay in Girona

If you’re planning a trip to Girona, finding the right accommodations is key to having an enjoyable stay. Luckily, Girona has a wide range of options to suit every budget and preference.

One of the most popular choices for accommodations in Girona is hotels. There are many hotels in the area, ranging from luxury properties to budget-friendly options. Some of the top-rated hotels in Girona include Hotel Nord 1901 , Hotel Costabella , and Hotel Camiral . You can easily book your stay at these hotels and many others through popular booking sites like

If you’re looking for a more unique or personalized experience, you may want to consider staying at a bed and breakfast or a vacation rental. There are several bed and breakfasts located in the heart of Girona, offering a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Vacation rentals are also a popular choice, with many properties available throughout the city.

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Must-Visit Attractions in Girona

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The Catalan city of Girona lies approximately 100km northeast of Barcelona , and is well worth a day trip for anyone staying in the area. Filled with historic churches, monasteries, fascinating museums and ancient narrow alleyways, here are our 20 must-visit attractions in Girona.

Catedral de santa maría de girona.

Without a doubt, one of the most impressive sights in Girona is the Cathedral de Santa María. Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, it comprises a mix of architectural styles including a Romanesque cloister and a Gothic nave – which is the widest in the world. Inside the cathedral, you’ll also find the Cathedral Treasury Museum, showcasing important religious artworks.

The River Onyar

The River Onyar runs through Girona and has, over time, become an integral part of the city. The famous multi-coloured houses that cling to the edge of the river are quite a sight to behold. Also worth a look are the various bridges which cross it, particularly the arch stone bridge of Pont de Pedra and the Pont de les Peixateries Velles, designed by Gustave Eiffel, who also designed France’s celebrated Eiffel Tower.

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Arabic Baths

The city’s Arab baths are actually Roman and were built during the 12th century, inspired by both Roman and Arabic designs. The baths remained open until the 14th century, and today visitors can wander around the various spaces and rooms. The entrance hall with its central pool and slender ornate columns is the most impressive.

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Monasterio de Sant Pere de Galligants

The Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants is one of the most beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture in the whole of Catalonia. It was built during the 12th century, however there is evidence that the original structure dated back as early as the 10th century.

Archeological Museum of Cataluña

Housed inside part of the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants and the adjacent Sant Nicolau church is the Archeological Museum of Cataluña. The exhibits explore human activity from the earliest appearance of man until the Roma Period, through a series of objects discovered in the region.

Convent of Sant Domènec

The Sant Domènec Convent was built between the 13th and 14th centuries and was one of the first Gothic buildings in Catalonia. It comprises a magnificent church, standing atop a long flight of stone steps, with cloisters and a chapter house. Today, part of it is used by the city university.

The Girona Art Museum

The Girona Art Museum is located in the old Episcopal Palace and houses a collection of art from the Romanesque period to the beginning of the 20th century. It features Romance, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and works from the 19th and 20th century.

Jewish History Museum

The Museum of Jewish History details the story of the Jewish medieval communities in Catalonia and the old Kingdom of Aragon from the 9th to 15th centuries. Among the artifacts that visitors can view here are a large collection of medieval Jewish tombstones.

Girona History Museum

Find out all about the story of Girona at the history museum, from its founding by the Romans in the 1st century BC to the modern era. It features 14 exhibition rooms all centred around different themes. The museum is housed in the old Capuchin monastery, which dates back to the 18th century.

Girona City Walls

Girona’s city walls were built between the 9th and 14th centuries, and much of them remain intact today. Visitors can even walk along sections of the walls, including some of the longest parts of Carolingian walls in Europe.

Basilica de Sant Feliu

To one side of the Cathedral sits the equally impressive Basilica de Sant Feliu, which used to be Girona’s first cathedral, back in the 10th century. It features a gothic nave and a baroque façade, dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries and a tall bell tower, built between the 14th and 16th centuries. Head inside to admire the structure and its important collection of artworks.

Museum of Cinema

Girona’s Cinema Museum is located in the old Casa de les Aigües (House of Water) and houses the collection of Tomàs Mallol, which includes a variety of pieces, from shadow theatre puppetry to some of the first moving images and old cine cameras.

One of the famous houses that cling to the edge of the River Onyar, the Casa Masó is the former home of the architect Rafael Masó (1880-1935). It is one of the few houses along the river that visitors can actually enter and see inside. The house is still set up how it looked when Masó lived there.

Parque de la Devesa de Girona

The city’s Devesa Park covers over 40 hectares and is the largest urban park in Catalonia. It’s filled with forested areas, pathways and wide avenues, making it a perfect place for a stroll or even a picnic.

Monasterio de San Daniel de Girona

Sitting on the outskirts of the city, in a lush green valley, you’ll find the Monastery of San Daniel of Girona. The monastery houses the tomb of Saint Daniel, which was created by the sculptor Aloi de Montbrai. The beautiful Romanesque and Gothic cloisters, built from the 12th to the 15th centuries, are also worth a look.

Game of Thrones filming locations

You may not know, but the city of Girona was featured in season six of Game of Thrones , and visitors can even go on Game of Thrones tours of the city to see some of its filming locations. Some of these places include the Cathedral steps, the Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants and the Arab Baths. Read our Game of Thrones Guide to Girona to find out more.

El Celler de Can Roca

Named as the World’s Best Restaurant on numerous occasions, Girona’s most famous eatery is a must-visit for foodies. Run by the Roca brothers – Joan, Josep and Jordi – El Celler de Can Roca serves quality Catalan home cooking with that special avant-garde twist. Remember to book months in advance if you’re planning on dining here.

Plaça de la Independència

Girona’s grand Independence Square, sits on the edge of the Old Town and makes for a great spot to stop for a coffee or some tapas. It was designed by Martí Sureda and built on the site of the old convent of Sant Agustí. Surrounded by neoclassical portico arches, in the centre stands a monument to the people who defended the city in 1809, created by sculptor Antoni Parera.

Antiguo Hospital de Santa Caterina

The Old Hospital of Santa Caterina was a working hospital from the 17th century until the beginning of the 21st century. Inside, you will discover the ancient pharmacy of the old Hospital. It is from the XVIII century, and is one of the best preserved in the south of Europe. The hospital was built in 1666 and currently houses part of the Catalan government. Visitors who want to tour this splendid building can organise visits with the Girona Museum of Art.

Jewish Quarter

Located inside the Força Vella, the old fortress built by the Romans in the first century BC, Girona’s Jewish Quarter is one of the most iconic parts of the city. Dating back to between the 12th and 15th centuries, it’s a maze of tiny cobbled alleyways and stone staircases – perfect for getting lost in.

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Girona, Spain Travel Guide: Must-Visit Attractions and Hidden Gems for Your Trip

Few small cities charm with as much success as Girona. Discover the best things to do,  restaurants, hotels and secret spots with this guide. With near-perfect medieval architectural masterpieces, ancient Arab Baths, and cobbled streets fit for an epic television series (more on that later) , Girona is a must-add to any visit to Catalonia. Let’s take a look at why you need to visit the fabled Braavos in this comprehensive guide to Girona, Spain.

Looking for a place to bed down in Girona? Stay at Hotel Nord 1901 for gorgeous accommodation near the city.

Top 5 Things to Do in Girona 

Drop by some game of thrones filming locations.

Girona Spain

If the cobbled streets, ancient buildings, and narrow alleyways all look a bit familiar, it’s because many of the best episodes of Game of Thrones season 6 took place around the mediaval city of Girona. Famous filming locations include the steps of the Girona Cathedral (remember Jamie Lannister climbing the stairs during The Great Sept of Baelor? THAT) and the Arab Baths. But you may also pick up on recognizable scenes just by walking the alleys and steps around Old Town. Remember when Arya was navigating her way through the streets of Braavos? That was near the famous Cathedral on Bishop José Cartañà Street. Walking the same winding alleys and climbing the ancient steps is one of the best things to do in Girona. Trust me.

Top Tip: Hotels Utonia got in on the excitement and created a convenient GoT route to explore the filming locations in Old Town. It’s worth a look.

Walk the Old City Walls

Muralles de Girona Passeig de la Muralla

You can sense the city’s history when you look from across the Onyar at the towering walls that protecting Old Town since the 9th century. But walking the city walls puts it in an entirely different perspective, with long stretches of the 3 km barrier open for you to take an afternoon stroll. I don’t know about you, but it’s easy to see why the creators of Game of Thrones considered Ginora the perfect location to film when you observe the city from the ancient walls.

Explore the Jewish Quarter

Jewish Quarter Girona Spain

The historic architecture and ancient alleys draw tourists to the Jewish Quarter (El Call) in Girona, Spain time and again. No surprise. The rich history of Jewish residents in Girona dates back to the 9th Century until the end of the 15th Century and the Jewish Quarter showcases the architecture and history flawlessly. So what is there to do besides getting lost in the magnificent streets lined with vine-covered stone walls and soaking up the history of this famous neighbourhood in Old Town? Lots. First, you can learn a lot more about the area and culture at the Museum of Jewish History. Look at mediaeval artefacts from Jewish residents of Girona, Spain, before walking around the former synagogue and courtyard. You can visit the museum alone or as part of a guided tour . Either option is a good one, but I enjoy getting lost in the meandering cobbled streets at my leisure.

Top Tip: Stop by the Tienda de Sefarad / Sepharad Shop to browse through books and learn more about Jewish history in Girona while chatting with the owner. 

Feast on Xuixo Pastries

Xuixo (chucho) Girona Spain

When people ask me if Ginora is worth visiting, I look at them with a playfully solemn stare and slowly nod yesss. Apart from the beautifully preserved Jewish Quarter and idyllic bridges crossing the Onyar river, there’s a lot of excellent food. Looking for a dish that’s unique to this region? Of course, you are. Try the devilishly scrumptious Xuixo pastry, a fried treat stuffed with cream with a unique back story. Local legend has it that a young acrobat courting a baker’s daughter hid behind some large bags of flour but sneezed (hence the name). He offered a secret recipe to the baker, and the rest is history (or fable). Either way, they’re delicious.

Tour the Arab Baths

Take a short walk from the Jewish Quarter, Girona, and you’ll find one of the most important historical sites in town. The Arab Baths have stood the test of time since as far back as the 12th century. Over the years, the baths were partially demolished, then rebuilt, and have been open to walk through (now with a small fee) for over 90 years.

Top Tip: If you recognize the gorgeous stone interior with towering columns, they were the Baths of Braavos.

Brilliant Things to See & Do in Girona 

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National Art Museum of Catalonia

Located in the Romanesque Sant Pere de Galligants Monastery (you may recognize the interior from more than one GoT episode) is the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya-Girona (Archeology Museum). 

It’s worth a visit to browse the ancient artefacts and Romanesque architecture, dating back to prehistoric times. Stroll through the cloister to the museum inside, and pay attention to the ornate details on the columns.

Top Tip: Take your time exploring the artefacts. You’ll see sculptures, pottery, and inscriptions dating back thousands of years.

Look for Live Entertainment in Plaça dels Jurats

Remember when Arya Stark stumbled on a performance depicting the Lannisters during her time in Braavos? You may recognize the setting by strolling through Plaça dels Jurats in Old Town Girona. 

Make it a point to walk through the mediaeval courtyard and marvel at the architecture while reminiscing on scenes from GoT season six when looking for things to do in Girona for free.

You may even stumble on an outdoor concert or festival in the plaza if you’re lucky.

Take a Tour of Casa Masó

Casa Masó Girona

Catalonian architect Rafael Masó i Valentí made a lasting impression with his contributions during the Noucentista period, which worked in opposition to the progressive Modernisme in Catalonia.

Rafael Masó was one of the most famous architects during this period, and Casa Masó is an example of varying architectural styles and inspirations emphasising Noucentisme.

Look for small but impressive details like lamps and furniture designed by Rafael Masó himself.

Top Tip: The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays so plan accordingly.

Visit the Girona Cathedral

Girona Cathedral

One of the most iconic filming locations for GoT in Girona are the steps outside the Girona Cathedral. 

Girona Cathedral towers over the city – poking up above the skyline pretty much wherever you are. Seeing the grandiose architecture IRL is an absolute must – but you shouldn’t just leave it there. Head inside, and you’ll discover the 15th Century Gothic nave (reportedly wider than any of its kind). Also, pay attention to the white marble altar (from the 11th Century) and the incredible Tapestry of Creation, which is an ornate tapestry designed as far back as the 11th Century depicting Genesis, the cosmos, and the Holy Cross.

Free Things to Do in Girona

Walk along the river.


Taking a slow stroll around the Onyar is easily one of the most fun things to do in Girona. Marvelling at the architecture, crossing over one of several bridges, and taking in the city scenery is a treat, day or night.

Top Tip: You can go inside one of the iconic riverside buildings, the Masó House, where famous architect  Rafael Masó i Valentí was born and raised.

Cross the Eiffel Bridge

 Eiffel Bridge

Trying to remember where that Spanish city Eiffel Bridge is located? You’ll find it in Girona. The same engineer as the iconic Eiffel Tower (Gustave Eiffel) designed this arched metal bridge crossing the Onyar River.

Top Tip: While one of the more unusual things to do in Girona, thanks to its ties to the world-famous Paris landmark,   it only takes a few minutes to get the picture. So pair it with an afternoon of activities in Girona.

Must-Try Bars & Restaurants in Girona

El celler de can roca.

El Celler de Can Roca

Looking for one of the best things to do in Girona at night? Head to the impeccable dining room at the family-run El Celler de Can Roca , where the Roca brothers surprise guests with inventive cuisine, excellent wine, and an inviting atmosphere. The three-Michelin-starred restaurant pays attention to every important detail and offers sustainable dining of the highest calibre with limited seating for lunch and dinner.

La Fabrica Girona

Who doesn’t like brunch?  La Fabrica Girona is the perfect choice if you want a leisurely meal as the sun starts rising high in the sky. The cafe is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and serves an eclectic mix of bagel sandwiches, fancy toasts, and Belgian waffles.

L’Estrella Del Mar

Seafood is the focus at this hidden gem, with L’Estrella Del Mar in Old Town Ginora allowing you to choose your seafood from the counter before trying excellent renditions of Fideuà (think Paella with noodles) and Paella. 

Best Hotels in Girona 

Hotel ultonia.

Hotel Ultonia is a popular choice if you want a prime location near the heart of Old Town around the best things to do in Girona, Spain. There’s a charming cafe, breakfast buffet, and guided GoT walking tours available from the hotel. If you book the Game of Thrones Pack , you can enjoy a Targaryen Cocktail on the rooftop of Old Town Girona. Yes, please.

Hotel Nord 1901

The impossibly charming Hotel Nord 1901 offers a luxurious experience for hotel guests at perfectly reasonable rates. Rooms are comfortable, climate-controlled, and some come with spacious outdoor patios. Be sure to chat with the expert staff, who have helpful recommendations for exploring the area around Girona.

Hotel Costabella

Hotel Costabella provides guests with a laid-back atmosphere outside Girona city centre in an idyllic setting with a garden and outdoor pool. You’ll find everything you need on the property, including a restaurant, bar, gym, and spa.

Girona, Spain: Practical Tips for Your Trip

You can easily see most of the main attractions in Girona Old Town in a few hours, making it a perfect day trip from Barcelona . Alternatively, spend a couple of nights and really dive deep into the history, cuisine, and culture.

Girona enjoys a pleasant climate for most of the year. But the quaint town gets crowded in the summer months. I recommend visiting during the off-peak season (in the fall or spring) to avoid the lines in this increasingly popular small Spanish city.

If you want to be in the heart of the city near the best things to do in Girona in one day, choose Hotel Nord 1901 . You’ll be within walking distance of the top attractions from this boutique gem. But if you want a quiet holiday away from the bustling city centre, Hotel Costabella is a perfect choice with stylish rooms and a gorgeous outdoor pool.

Where is Girona? In Catalonia, just a short distance from Barcelona. Getting to Girona is very easy. You can get from Barcelona to Girona in around 40 minutes.

Recommended Tours in Girona 

  • From Barcelona: Girona and Costa Brava Full-Day Tour
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  • Girona: Small Group Walking Tour
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One Day in Girona Itinerary – A comprehensive Guide to this Catalan Gem

For what feels like an eternity now, I’ve wanted to write about this picturesque city: Girona, Spain. Not only for fans of the series Game of Thrones, which Girona served several times as a filming location, a visit is worthwhile. So finally, I came around writing a comprehensive One day in Girona Itinerary.

Whether as the main destination, part of a round trip, or as a Girona day trip from Barcelona – let’s find out the best things to do in Girona. Plus, you’ll find a bunch of helpful Girona Day trip travel tips on getting there, transportation, accommodations, and more – in other words, everything you need for a day in Girona (or more).

In addition to Girona’s Old Town, there are plenty of interesting places to explore in the surrounding area. So whether you want to explore Girona in one day or have more time, you’re guaranteed to find all the sights you need on your itinerary here.

What to find out in this post

  • 1 Girona Facts
  • 2 Where is Girona, Spain
  • 3.1 Getting to Girona by airplane
  • 3.2 Getting to Girona by train
  • 3.3 Getting to Girona by bus
  • 3.4 Getting to Girona by car
  • 3.5 A Day trip from Barcelona to Girona
  • 4.1 Walking
  • 5 One Day in Girona itinerary – 23 great things to do in Girona in one day
  • 6 Plaça de Catalunya
  • 7 The Wall of Girona – Passeig de la Muralla
  • 8 La Catedral de Girona – Die Kathedrale Gironas
  • 9 Basílica de Sant Feliu
  • 10 Sant Pere de Galligants Monastery
  • 11 Baños Árabes – The ancient Arab baths
  • 12 La Lleona
  • 13 Option: Casa Masó
  • 14 Casas de Onyar
  • 15 Pont de Sant Augustí
  • 17 Pujada de Sant Domènec
  • 18 Pont de Peixateries Velles
  • 19 Rambla de la Llibertat
  • 20 More things to do on a Girona City Break
  • 21 Xuixos de Girona
  • 22 Museo del Cine
  • 23 Girona Museums
  • 24 Parks in Girona
  • 25 Plaça de la Independència
  • 26 Palau de Bellavista
  • 27 Temps de Flors
  • 28.1 A Day Trip from Girona to Barcelona
  • 28.2 A Day trip from Girona to Costa Brava
  • 28.3 A Day Trip from Girona to Cap de Creus
  • 28.4 A Day Trip from Girona to Besalú
  • 29.1 The best budget accommodation in Girona
  • 29.2 The best Hotel in Girona
  • 29.3 The best luxury hotel in Girona
  • 29.4 Couldn’t find the right place for you?
  • 30.1 About the AuthorVicki

Girona Facts

  • The capital of the surrounding province of Girona
  • Filming location of various scenes from Game of Thrones
  • Spanish name: Gerona
  • The present name derives from the Roman fort Gerunda


Where to stay in Girona: Hotel Costabella (Excellent hotel in Girona with a great price-quality ratio) or Can Cocollana (Budget option with sun terrace)

The most popular activities & Tours in Girona

Girona Game of Thrones Tour

Girona Small Group Walking Tour

Day Trip to the Vulcano area, Besalú & Banyoles

Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Vulcanoes

Girona City Card 3-in-1-Pass

Getting there: Make sure to check for the best flight deals on Flight comparison-Sites

Transport: Best walking or by car

Want to rent a car? You can find great deals .

Girona Must-Have: Practical Spanish Travel Dictionary or Catalan Travel Dictionary

Where is Girona, Spain

Girona Map, Spain

The city of Girona is located in the northeastern part of Catalonia, not far from the coast. Girona is also the capital of the province of Girona, which includes important stretches of coastline on the Costa Brava, as well as some historical places in Catalonia.

The city is located about 50 km from the French border and just under 100 km from the Catalan capital Barcelona.

How to get to Girona

Getting to girona by airplane.

What many do not know is that Girona has its own international airport, Girona – Costa Brava or also called Barcelona Girona. Almost daily there are direct flights from other European destinations, for example from Frankfurt am Main , to Girona. The airport is mainly used by the budget airline giant Ryanair.

The airport is located about 13 km from the city center of Girona. You can travel between the city center and the airport by public bus or taxi.

If you can’t find a suitable direct flight connection to Girona, you also have the option to fly to Barcelona El Prat Airport , which is about 115 km away and well connected by public transport.

To find a good price for your flight, I recommend you start your flight search in time and use flight comparison sites like Skyscanner .

Getting to Girona by train

If you are already in Spain or in another European country, you also have the option to use the train to get there. Most people choose the train option to travel from Barcelona to Girona.

Trains between Barcelona and Girona run once an hour from various stations in Barcelona. While the regional train from Rodalies Renfe takes about 1 hour 20 minutes depending on the hour, the AVE express train will get you to your destination in about 40 minutes.

The AVE prices differ, similar to airline tickets, depending on when and through which platform you book. A one-way trip on the regional train costs €8.25. The easiest way to buy tickets for the regional train is at the ticket machine directly at the train station.

Getting to Girona by bus

If you don’t like to travel by train, you also have the option to travel by bus. There are various long-distance buses that travel to Girona from different locations, e.g., Barcelona.

Since the bus prices can differ depending on the provider and sales platform, I would suggest you compare the prices beforehand via a comparison platform like Busb ud.

Getting to Girona by car

Another way to reach Girona is by car. One option is to use your private car. Maybe you even make a round trip through Spain. Or perhaps you would like to rent a car locally. You can find great deals at Rentalcars .

The route between Barcelona and Girona is especially worthwhile if you have planned stops along the coast to enjoy the beautiful sights of the Costa Brava.

A Day trip from Barcelona to Girona

Another option is to visit Girona as a day trip from Barcelona. Book your trip through a travel agency and do not have to worry about anything.

The day trip with a group of travelers is a great option for all travelers who like to travel in a group.

You can find great deals on Girona day trips here on GetYourGuide . There are various tours to choose from, such as a medieval Girona Tour or a day trip to Girona including a Stopover at Costa Brava .

How to get around Girona

Girona Oldtown, Catalonia

Girona is a very pedestrian city, so you can easily explore the sights in Girona on foot. In fact, since a large part of Girona’s old town is pedestrianized, it is advisable to explore the city on foot. So put on some comfortable shoes and let’s go.

Those who want to reach places a bit outside the city center can use Girona’s regional transport. The bus connects destinations throughout the city districts.

If you want to go a little further away, for example, if you want to visit the wonderful beaches of the region, it can be worthwhile to go by car. You can either use your private car or rent a car on-site.

One Day in Girona itinerary – 23 great things to do in Girona in one day

Plaça de Catalunya

Placa de Catalunya, Girona, flea market

Plaça Catalunya is one of the city’s plazas. While the square is not really impressive on regular weekdays (let’s face it), it often hosts a flea market on Sunday mornings. So if you’re still looking for a vintage souvenir or are generally a fan of weekend markets, it’s worth a visit.

However, we came to this Plaza for a reason, as right next to it, we can find the entrance to the first important sight of our day trip to Girona.

The Wall of Girona – Passeig de la Muralla

Wall in Girona, One day in Girona itinerary

Opening Hours Wall: 24 hrs

Entrance Fee Wall: free of charge

For many, Girona’s imposing, well-preserved city wall, the Muralla de Girona, is one of the main reasons for a visit. The massive wall, up to 60 meters high, runs along most of the old town and offers a unique view of the Catalan city in the north.

There are various access points scattered throughout the city, so you can either walk the entire two-kilometer stretch of the old city wall or explore individual parts.

If you want to experience the whole route, I recommend taking the access point next to Plaça de Catalunya . In addition to incredible viewpoints and towers along the wall, it’s also worth stopping at one of the neighboring parks.

Construction of the remarkable wall began as early as the first century BC. However, it was greatly expanded again in the Middle Ages (from the 9th century), so it is still well-preserved and walkable today.

La Catedral de Girona – Die Kathedrale Gironas

Girona Catedral, Western site of Girona Cathedral

Opening Hours Cathedral: Mon – Sat: 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday & Holiday: 12 pm – 6 pm

Entrance Fee Cathedral: 7 €

Girona’s Cathedral is one of the most important landmarks of Gerona. Hardly surprising because, built on the highest point of the city, Santa María Cathedral is one of the most magnificent buildings in the city.

During your visit, it is worth looking at the cathedral from different angles. Because not only the main entrance but also the west wing of the cathedral is imposing.

The cathedral was built and expanded over a very long period of time, starting in the 11th century. As a result, the most diverse architectural styles can be recognized today. The cathedral was officially completed in the 18th century.

Basílica de Sant Feliu

Basilica Sant Feliu Girona

Opening Hours Basilica Sant Feliu: Mon – Sat: 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday & Holiday: 1 pm – 6 pm

Entrance Fee Basilica Sant Feliu: 7 €

Those who visit the Girona Cathedral should not miss a visit to the Basilica of Sant Feliu. A visit to this church is already included in the ticket to the cathedral.

The striking basilica, also called San Felix Church in Spanish, was once the city’s first cathedral. Inside are still the remains of Saint Felix, who fell victim to the persecution of Christians. There are also sarcophagi from Romanesque and early Christian times.

Sant Pere de Galligants Monastery

Sant Pere de Galligants monastery

Opening Hours Monastery: Tue – Sat: 10 am – 6 pm (until 6 pm from Oct – May), Sun: 10 am – 2 pm, Mon: closed.

Entrance Fee Monastery : 6 €

The monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants is also located in the city center of Girona. Besides the actual monastery and cloister, inside the building, you will find the Museu d’Arqueologia, the archaeological museum of the city.

The cloister of the monastery is genuinely beautiful and a great example of the Romanesque style, which was very popular in Catalonia at that time. However, if you have seen other monasteries in Catalonia, such as the Monasterio in Sant Cugat del Vallès , you will probably be a bit disappointed by its small size.

Despite everything, if you decide to visit, you should observe the creative designs of the different columns.

In the lower part of the museum, no information is given in English. However, on the upper floor of the museum, you will also find information panels in English. If you are very interested in archaeology, this museum is quite interesting. However, my honest personal opinion is that a visit for the price is rather less worth it.

Baños Árabes – The ancient Arab baths

Banos arabes, arabic baths in Girona

Opening Hours Baños Árabes: Mon – Sat: 10 am – 6 pm, Sun: 10 am – 2 pm

Entrance Fee Baños Árabes : 3 €

In addition to Roman and medieval traditions, there is a completely different style to discover in Girona: and that is in the ancient Arab baths.

The baths date back to the late 12th century and have been considered a Spanish monument since the 1930s. Surprisingly, however, the baths were not built by Arabs but by Christians. They only got their name from the fact that the Arabs had once brought the bathing tradition to the Iberian Peninsula.

A visit to the baths is especially recommended for those interested in architecture and history. On information panels in each room, you will find more information about their respective uses (information in English, Spanish, Catalan, and French).

La Lleone, lioness Statue in Girona

Do you want to be sure that one day you will return to Girona? Then you should definitely pay a visit to the lioness.

Because according to an old legend, you have to kiss the butt of the statue, El Cull de la Lleona – “ Qui besa el cul de la lleona retorna a Girona “. In this way, you will eventually return to Girona, maybe even for a longer period of time.

While there used to be a small staircase next to the statue that helped visitors reach the statue’s butt, today, it is almost impossible for even the taller of us to get to the statue. It was probably questionable for those responsible whether kissing random statues during a pandemic was the best idea.

Option: Casa Masó

Casa Masó, Onyar, Girona

Opening Hours Casa Masó: Tue – Sun, only possible with prior reservation

Entrance Fee Casa Masó: 6 €

Reservation contact:  Tel: +34 972 413 989 or per Email: [email protected]

As you gaze upon the picturesque Onyar houses, you may wonder what it would be like to live in one of these idyllic houses, or at least what such a house might look like from the inside. Well, you’re in luck, because one of these houses is open to the public and can be visited.

We are talking about Casa Masó, the former home of architect Rafael Masó. The building is not only the artist’s birthplace but also one of his important works, which he lived in with his family between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The furnishings and decorative items also date from this period.

But also, the view from the house to the Onyar is a great opportunity to perceive the famous Onyar houses from a completely different point of view.

If you want to visit the house, be sure to make a reservation in advance. Due to the size of the house, groups of a maximum of eight people are accepted.

Casas de Onyar

casas d'onyar, Girona in one day

One of the main sights in Girona is definitely the Cosas de Onyar (Onyar Houses). The colorful houses, also known as Cases d’Onyar in Catalan, are located along the banks of the Onyar River, which flows through the Catalan city.

The best vantage points can be found on one of the various bridges that connect the parts of Girona’s old town separated by the river.

Pont de Sant Augustí

Pont de Sant Augustí, Girona, bridge

While another bridge, the Pont de Peixateries Velles, is definitely the most impressive bridge in the city, there is one thing missing there: the view of this very bridge. To get an idea of the overall picture of Girona’s red Eiffel bridge, you can easily walk a few meters to the neighboring bridge, the Pont de Sant Augustí.

El Call Girona, jewish quarter in Girona

The next sight on our list is not directly an attraction, but rather a whole neighborhood. The old Jewish quarter, El Call, or Call de Girona, should not be missed on any visit.

The historic quarter was once built and inhabited by the Jewish population between the 12th and 15th centuries. Today, this area of the old town is considered one of the most beautiful.

Walk through the ancient labyrinthine alleys of this neighborhood and take in the classical architecture. If you want to learn more about the history of El Call, a visit to the Jewish History Museum is a great place to start.

Pujada de Sant Domènec

Pujada Sant Domenec, Steps in Girona

Let’s move on to another scenic place of Girona, the Pujada de Sant Domènec. We are talking about the ancient staircase that leads to the baroque-classicist church of Sant Martí Sacosta.

As a cinephile, you may have seen the ancient staircase in the Perfume or Game of Thrones.

A visit to this place is especially rewarding during the Temps de Flors city festival when the steps are decorated with colorful flowers.

Pont de Peixateries Velles

Pont de Pexateries Velles, Eiffel bridge Girona

One of the best places to view the Casas de Onyar is the Pont de Peixateries Velles (Eng: the bridge of the old fishmongers ). The striking red iron bridge, about seven meters high, was created by none other than the famous architect Gustave Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Pont de Peixateries Velles was inaugurated back in 1889 and has since become one of Girona’s most visited landmarks and photo spots.

But not only the bridge itself, but also the view from here is worth a visit. With views of the river, the Onyar houses, and the cathedral in the distance, you’ll have a fantastic view from here.

Rambla de la Llibertat

Rambla de la Llibertat in Girona

Rambla de la Llibertat is the counterpart to the famous boulevard Las Ramblas in the Catalan capital Barcelona. The street runs parallel to the Onyar River and offers plenty of restaurants and cafes.

The Rambla is especially popular with architecture lovers, as you can find some of the best examples of Catalan modernism, such as Casa Norat. In addition, the street is popular for its stone round arches.

If you decide to eat here, be aware that some of the restaurants specialize in tourists and therefore do not always offer the best value for money.

More things to do on a Girona City Break

Xuixos de girona.

Xuixos de Girona, bakery

For those of you with a sweet tooth, there is a very special delicacy in Girona that you should not miss.

The Xuixos from El Xuixo de Can Castelló can be found right in the old town. These delicious fried pastries filled with cream have a long tradition in the city.

You can choose from a variety of flavors. The original Xuixo is filled with Crema Catalana. However, I can also dearly recommend the one with turró filling. Seriously, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Museo del Cine

Opening Hours Cinema Museum: Tue – Sat: 10 am – 6 pm (7 pm in Jul + Aug), Sat: 10 am – 2 pm Mon: closed (except holidays).

Entrance Fee Cinema Museum: 6 €

Girona is simply a great destination for all film and TV fans. Not only because there are plenty of filming locations from famous scenes like Game of Thrones or the Perfume to discover here, but also for its interesting film museum .

The museum focuses especially on the aspect of how the filmmakers’ technology has developed over the years. So you get an informative insight into the film industry over generations.

Girona Museums

Girona is full of wonderful museums. In addition to the previously mentioned Archaeological Museum, Film Museum, and Jewish History Museum , the following options are also waiting for you, among others:

  • Museu d’Art de Girona (Girona Art Museum)
  • Museu d’Història de Girona (Girona History Museum)
  • CaixaForum Girona (museum with changing exhibitions)
  • Espai Santa Catterina (changing exhibitions)
  • Museu Tresor de la Catedral (Cathedral Museum)
  • Bòlit (Center for Contemporary Art)

Parks in Girona

Parks in Girona, things to see

Girona has some wonderful green spaces where you can walk, relax or just enjoy a little time out. Perhaps you have already discovered one of the parks during a walk along the city walls. The following parks are waiting for your visit to Girona:

  • Parc Central de Rafael Masó i Valentí
  • Parc de la Devesa
  • Jardins de la Devesa
  • Vista Alegre Parc
  • Parcs de les Ribes de Ter
  • Parc de la Gironella

Plaça de la Independència

Placa de la Independencia, Food in Girona

Another small plaza in the heart of Girona. This is where many locals go for lunch or to enjoy a Spanish coffee or drink in the sun. Accordingly, a wide selection of restaurants and bars awaits you.

Vicki’s Tip: We love the Patatas Bravas in the restaurant König.

Palau de Bellavista

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If you are looking for a real Girona insider tip, you should not miss the Palau de Bellavista . Especially for couples who want to spend a romantic day in Girona, a cool drink on the roof terrace of this luxurious hotel is a great idea.

Granted, it is definitely a bit more expensive. But in return, you’ll have a simply magnificent view of the city.

Temps de Flors

The Temps de Flors (engl. flower time) is probably the most beautiful time of the year to visit Girona. The popular festival takes place every year in spring, usually in March, and typically lasts 1½ weeks.

During this time, the entire old town of Girona is transformed into a sea of colorful flowers and green plants. Because landmarks and tourist attractions in Girona are decorated with flowers.

This floral spectacle has been the custom in Girona since 1955. So if you are around at this time, a visit is definitely worthwhile.

Day trips from Girona

A day trip from girona to barcelona.

Barcelona in one day, Sagrada Familia

If you don’t know my adopted home, the Catalan capital Barcelona, yet, I definitely recommend taking a day trip to Barcelona. The more time you can spend in Barcelona, the better. However, you can discover a lot of wonderful sights in just one day in Barcelona .

A Day trip from Girona to Costa Brava

Platja de Illa Roja, Costa Brava, Day trip from Girona

The Costa Brava is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain . So if you have time for a day trip from Girona, don’t miss the beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava.

A Day Trip from Girona to Cap de Creus

Cap de Creus Calas, Cala Jugadora

Another exceptional destination from Girona is Cap de Creus . The nature park is one of the most stunning places in Spain and definitely worth a visit. In addition to breathtaking calas, great nature, the beautiful small town of Cadaqués awaits you here.

A Day Trip from Girona to Besalú

Basalú in Catalonia, stone bridge and tower

If you are more in the mood to discover the small medieval towns of Catalonia, Besalú is probably the right destination for you from Girona. The small town enchants its visitors with an impressive city wall, which you can enter via the bridge.

Where to stay in Girona

The best budget accommodation in girona, can cocollona.

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This accommodation puts special emphasis on sustainability. A few minutes’ walk from the city center, you’ll find this little oasis with a nicely furnished terrace. The hostel has a shared kitchen, comes with breakfast included, and is also great for families.

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The best Hotel in Girona

Hotel costabella.

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This 3-star hotel awaits your visit a few minutes’ walk outside the city center. With cozy rooms, great service, outdoor pool, gym, sauna, bar, restaurant, and hot tub, Costabella has everything you need for a fantastic stay in Girona.

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The best luxury hotel in Girona

Hotel nord 1901.

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This 4-star hotel makes any stay in Girona extra special. A rooftop pool complements cozy rooms overlooking the garden or courtyard. But its location just five minutes from Girona Cathedral also makes this luxurious hotel a visitor favorite.

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Both names for the Catalan city are correct, both Girona and Gerona. Girona is the Catalan spelling, while Gerona is the Spanish spelling. Within Catalonia, therefore, Girona is the common spelling, while Spaniards outside Catalonia tend to use Gerona.

You can see the main sights in just 1 day in Girona. If you also want to explore the surrounding area, you should spend at least 3-5 days in the city.

Both Catalan cities are definitely worth a visit. So it all depends on your preferences. Girona is smaller and quieter, while Barcelona is larger and has more variety. In addition, Barcelona is located on the coast.

Girona is located in Catalonia. Therefore, Catalan and Spanish are spoken. Due to its proximity to France, much information in tourist areas is also translated into French.

Girona-Costa Brava Airport is a very small airport, which is mainly served by the budget airline Ryanair.

Girona is pronounced very similar to how an English speaker would pronounce it. Something along the lines of “ Gee-ronna “.

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    The Museum of Cinema. Cinema and film buffs will definitely want to check out Girona's Museum of Cinema. Opened in 1998, this was the first museum of its kind in Spain. A major part of the cinema's exhibition centers around the Tomàs Mallol Collection, which Girona council acquired in 1994.

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    1. Dali Theatre-Museum. 7,966. Art Museums. Admission tickets from £21. Instituted in 1974, this museum was built on the remains of the former Figueres Theater, and features a broad range of works of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989.) See full details. See ways to experience (42) 2023.

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