Forget the big Spanish cities of Madrid or Barcelona for a romantic break, and head to the charming province of Girona. Stroll hand in hand through the city’s Jewish Quarter, fly in a hot air balloon over La Garrotxa National Park or stand and admire the views from Besalú bridge. Here’s our round-up of the most romantic spots in Girona.
One of the most beautiful sights in Girona city is without a doubt the River Onyar. Be it during the day – marvelling at the colourful array of houses – or at night, watching the city lights twinkle around you. You can’t beat a riverside stroll, for a bit of romance. The bridges that span the river provide the best views. The red iron Pont de les Peixateries Velles was made by the same company that made the Eiffel Tower – what could be more romantic than that?
Situated in the Girona province, around an hour’s drive northwest of the city of Girona, La Garrotxa National Park offers one of the most romantic activities in the region – flying in a hot air balloon. Drift over this ancient volcanic landscape with your loved one, admiring the stunning Girona province from above.
The medieval town of Besalú lies just 35 kilometres north west of the city of Girona and makes for the perfect romantic day trip. The town is accessed via a 12th-century Romanesque bridge, that offers one of the most spectacular views around. After sharing a moment on the bridge, step back in time on the town’s cobbled streets, stopping for coffee in hidden courtyards and dipping in and out of shops selling odd curios.
Located right at the tip of northeastern Spain, before you reach the French border, Cadaqués is one of the most charming coastal towns in the region. Imagine strolling along the shore, stopping for fresh seafood along the way, then climbing the cobbled streets to admire the town’s many galleries. You can also take a hike across the clifftops to the Cap de Creus Natural Park, where the Cap de Creus lighthouse stands, towering over the sea.
One of the most romantic restaurants in the city of Girona is Els Jardins de La Mercè with seats outside in a picturesque fountain-filled garden. And if it’s cold or rainy, the tables inside, surrounded by sculptures and artwork, provide a lovely dining spot too. Think grilled fish, fresh salads, beef with poached pear, king prawns and tagliatelle and classic crema Catalana for dessert.