The historic city of Girona is the capital of the Girona province and lies within the heart of Catalonia. With its fascinating history, wealth of museums, numerous festivals, along with one of the world’s best restaurants, you’ll find plenty to entertain you here.
The Jewish Quarter is one of Girona’s most symbolic neighbourhoods. Located in the Força Vella, a mighty fortress built by the Romans in the 1st century BC, it comprises narrow cobbled streets, secret archways and tunnels, as well as secluded patios. One of the best preserved Jewish quarters in the world, it shouldn’t be missed.
An imitation of the Medieval Moslem baths, the Romanesque Banys Àrabs in Girona date all the way back to the 12th century. Visitors can still go inside and visit the various rooms, which include a changing room with octagonal pool, cold room, warm room and caladium or steam bath.
Banys Àrabs, Carrer de Ferran el Catòlic, Girona, Spain +34 972 19 07 97
There’s no view more photogenic in Girona, than the multi-coloured houses lining the sides of the River Onyar. Think mustard and sunflower yellows, crimsons, Seville oranges and burnt tangerines; intersected by bridges, one of which, the Vermelles Bridge, was built by the Eiffel company in 1827.
The Passeig Arqueològic follows the city’s ancient medieval walls, some of which are the longest sections of Carolingian walls in Europe, built during the 9th century. Along the way visitors will be able to enjoy spectacular city views, the old Arabic Baths and tranquil leafy gardens.
Winner of ‘World’s Best Restaurant’ in 2013 and 2015, El Celler de Can Roca is still top of its game and has three Michelin stars. Currently at number two on the list, it’s run by the Roca brothers and serves up creative and innovative dishes, but always with classic Catalan home cooking at its core. If you plan on going to Girona and want to dine here, be prepared to put your name on the waiting list up to 11 months in advance.
The Girona History Museum takes visitors on a journey from the city’s beginnings to its modern day, tracing its history back from the first human remains found in the area, to the founding by the Romans, the medieval period and through to the 19th century, the Civil War, the Franco dictatorship and beyond. There is a room dedicated to the Spanish Civil War, as well as one that looks at Girona’s culture such as the traditional sardana dances and cobla bands. The building itself is also worth a look, containing remnants of a late 2nd century or early 3rd century Roman wall.