The origins of the city of Girona date back to Roman times. The Goths settled here around the 6th century. Around 900, there was a larger Jewish community here, which still characterizes some parts of the city today. In 1939, Franco's troops conquered Girona.
You will often see two spellings of Girona: "Gerona" is the name of the city in Spanish, "Girona" is the Catalan name.
Girona is the capital of the province of the same name. With around 75,000 inhabitants, things are a little more tranquil there than in Barcelona.
In any case, Girona is worth a visit.
The tours presented and recommended here all start from Barcelona.
Girona has a lot to offer, from big attractions to little secret spots. A guide can show you these. Especially if you only want to spend a day in Girona, it makes sense to join a tour group with local guides or take a private tour where the tour guide is there exclusively for you. So you don't miss anything and have used a nice day optimally.
It is around 50 kilometers to Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí with an impressive Dalí Museum. Both places, Girona and Figueres, are worth a visit, which is why they are often offered together in one tour.
On the official tourist map of the city of Girona you will find 45 individual sights listed.
The official tourist map of the city of Girona lists 45 individual sights. Here we have summarized some of the most beautiful ones for you.
East of the Riu Onyar are the oldest parts of the old town: Força Vella, built by the Romans in the first century BC as a fortress. This part of the old town until about 1000. In terms of area, the Jewish quarter takes up about half of it. With its narrow and winding streets, the Jewish quarter, which occupies about half of the Força Vella, is one of the oldest and largest historical Jewish quarters in Europe.
South and north of the Força Vella is the medieval quarter, which was built between the 11th and 15th centuries. These parts of the city were also surrounded by a fortress wall, the battlements of which are largely preserved today and can be visited. Girona had its heyday in the 14th century, with 12,000 inhabitants it was the second largest city in Catalonia.
The modern and contemporary part of the historic city center is on the west side of the Riu Onyar and was built between the 16th and 20th centuries. Here you will find great resemblance to the Eixamble district of Barcelona with its checkerboard layout. In the modern city center you can eat well, for example at Plaça de la Independència.
You should allow 4-6 hours for Girona, of course depending on how fast you walk, which sights you want to see for how long and whether you also want to enjoy the gastronomy, for example.
Download the tourist map, there you will find a lot of information and the map is quite sufficient to find your way around Girona. You can also get this free of charge at the Tourist Info.
The easiest way to get there is by train, the journey time from Barcelona is around 50 minutes. The train station is about 700 meters walk from the old town.
With an organized tour you have the choice between private tours where the guide is exclusively for you and open excursions where you are together with other guests. For private excursions, you can also book a German-speaking tour guide and you can be picked up directly at the hotel. So you don't have to worry about anything.
This medieval city has one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in all of Europe. It is not for nothing that the city served as a filming location for some scenes from the 6th season of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones.
Several locations in Girona served as the backdrop for Season 6, which takes place in the coastal town of Braavos. A film tourism industry has now established itself around the filming locations. Here you can book special tours to the locations of well-known films.
Girona can be reached by car via the A7, which leads directly to the French border. If you are driving straight to Barcelona, ââyou can make a detour here or on the way back. It is about 70 kilometers to Barcelona.
Trains run regularly from Barcelona directly to Girona from Sants train station.
How to get to Girona Airport
From Girona you can take the bus to Girona Airport. This departs from the central train station. If you want to go to Girona Airport from Barcelona, ââyou should not drive to Girona, you can take the shuttle bus directly. You can find here how to get to Girona Airport from Barcelona.
Girona is a beautiful city with a really exciting city center. You will see Roman, Carolingian, Moorish, Gothic, Baroque and Modernist buildings. You can walk on the city walls and visit the largest medieval Jewish quarter. Some Modernisme buildings can also be seen.
Almost all of the tourist attractions are located within the Força Vella and the medieval quarter. So everything is quite compact without having to go far. The surrounding area of ââthe Costa Brava with its beautiful landscape and rugged coast is also absolutely worth seeing. You can also dine excellently in a number of excellent restaurants.
Girona is also ideal to visit together with Figueres, the birthplace of Dalí.
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