This week I did things a little differently and if you follow me on Instagram throughout the week I gave hints on where this weeks destination is. Soooo does anyone know?
Someone got very close and their answer was Barcelona, Spain…. It’s very very close though the true destination is Girona, Spain!
Now Girona is a city in the northwest Catalonia region and besides the large river Onya that runs through the city it’s known for it’s medieval architecture, famous Old Quarter. History in this town is taken very seriously in the ancient city. This smaller city would be popular on it’s own if it didn’t such a famous neighbor, Barcelona. It’s only about an hour away and a great day trip for those who love culture, food and architecture!
Girona is a fantastic place to visit and explore there is so much history it’ll blow you away.
Girona is full of great views but some of the best views you can get are up on the medieval walls it gives you a views of the entire city and they are absolutely incredible! But here are a few more significant places that you will want to see while you’re here.
- Eiffel Bridge- Yes, this sounds familiar doesn’t it, Eiffel Bridge, Eiffel Tower the same architect, Gustav Eiffel, made the bridge right before he began the work on the Eiffel Tower. Also known as Pont DeLes Peixateries Velles spans the Onyar River, which is the most famous in the city.
- Onyar River- This river in Catalonia begins at the Guilleries massif and joins the Ter in the city of Girona. You can take tours on this river and you will be able to see spectacular images of streets and squares, steep alleys and quarters and most of all the colored houses that line the river. The houses lining the river and all of the fish in the river is a spectacle on it’s own, it’s beautiful.
- Girona Cathedral- Known as the Cathedral of Saint Mary’s of Girona, a Roman Catholic church built by Guillermo Boffiy this church is full of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. You’ll need to walk up the main staircase from the late 17th century The main façade is Baroque, while the cloister is from the 12th century, the bell tower is from the 11th and the rest of the building is from the 14th century.
- Jewish Quarter- The Jewish community arrived in the city in the 9th century and formed a settlement at that time. The quarter or “call” is full of narrow winding alleys and streets with patios, it is an emblematic part of the city. It still shows the medieval roots the city had at one point of time and also displays the importance that the Jewish culture had on Girona. For you Game of Thrones fans, you should recognize this picture to the left, Girona was were they did a lot of the filming of this show. And they used the actual streets and alleys there was not very much technical help.
Now although Girona is a smaller city that doesn’t mean that it lacks in the gastronomy department! There is a renowned restaurant located in the city that made the ’10 Best Restaurants in the World voted by World Travelers’. Girona is part of the Cataluña region and in that has both the Mediterranean coastline but also mountainous regions. This comes through in the food that is prepared as well you will see a mix of seafood and poultry/meat dishes that shows off the region.
- El Celler De Can Roca– This is the top rated restaurant in the city, here you will find traditional Catalan cuisine at it’s finest and simplest.
- Casa Marieta– Here you will find hearty dishes, known from the region such as Maigret of Duck with Soya and Fig Sauce . They offer classic market fresh options as well.
- Café le Bistrot– If your looking for a spot to relax and grab a bite and take in the city, this is the place. It’s a great local bistro, family owned with a fantastic selection of wine and beer along with croissants and sandwiches this really is a local gem; the inside hasn’t changed in years.
I hope you enjoyed this pop over visit to Girona, Spain! Don’t forget this little historic city on your Spanish exploration trail it really does have so much to offer!
Check my Instagram for hints on next weeks destination!