Girona is the provincial capital of the Gironès region
Enjoy walking through its old town and discover all its corners. Girona has a lot to offer, a city rich in history, culture, gastronomy, nature and art… and it has a lot to offer.
Old town and other areas
The old town of Girona, in medieval style, is one of the most important monuments in Catalonia and has countless corners that will surprise you. Our recommendation is to let yourself be carried away and walk through its alleys to discover the best places.
The Old Town of Girona
A large part of the Old Town of Girona forms an historical-artistic complex declared a cultural asset of national interest. The sector between the Torre Gironella and the river Onyar is a beautiful and enigmatic neighborhood full of history that leaves no one indifferent.
El Call o the jewish quarter
One of the most emblematic spaces in the Força Vella is the Jewish Quarter, a labyrinth of alleys and courtyards that maintain the aura of medieval times. It is one of the best-preserved Jewish neighborhoods in the world and demonstrates the great importance of Jewish culture in Girona.
The Arab Baths of Girona
The Arab Baths of Girona are, in fact, a unique Romanesque construction from the 12th century. They are inspired by the Roman baths and have its most admirable elements located in the entrance hall and the dressing room and lounge.
Monuments and places of interest
Girona has a long list of monuments included in the Inventory of Catalan Architectural Heritage. Here are a few that we recommend.
The Cathedral of Girona
The Cathedral of Santa Maria de Girona was built between the 11th and 18th centuries and is one of the most emblematic places of the city. Get ready to climb the 90 stairs to access the Baroque-style main façade. This cathedral, very famous thanks to the Game of Thrones series, has three architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque. Its Gothic nave is the second largest in the world after St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
Some parts of the Roman wall are preserved in the courtyard of the old university and in the Cathedral Square.
The Wall of Girona offers a panoramic view of the city and there are a few towers that are even higher, which are worth climbing. From below, you can also enjoy a privileged view of The Wall and the surrounding gardens.
The ascent of Sant Domènech
The Sant Domènech ascent is a stepped street located in the Barri Vell. In front of it, you will see the Church of Sant Martí Sacosta. This street starred in the movie The Perfume: A Killer’s Story, and it’s really worth taking a look.
La Casa Masó
The house where Rafael Masó was born is one of the most important works of its architecture. The house is preserved with the furniture and decoration of the Noucentism period and it’s also the only one of the houses on the river that is open to the public. From there you can enjoy unprecedented views of the city.
It is open every day of the week except local and national holidays and offers guided tours for the general public. Book your visit.
The Eiffel Bridge and the Stone Bridge
Enjoy the views that are repeated in the most outstanding photos of Girona: the facades of the colorful houses hanging over the river Onyar and the Cathedral in the background.
You will have the best views from the Pont de les Peixateries Veles, also known as the Eiffel Bridge, as it was built by Gustave Eiffel, or from the Stone Bridge (Pont de Pedra in Catalan).
The Independence square or Sant Agustí Square
The Independence square is located on the site of the old convent of Sant Agustí. Surrounded by numerous establishments and restaurants, it is the most essential square in Girona. In the middle you can find the monument dedicated to the defenders of the city of Girona during the years 1808-1809, by the sculptor Parera.
El “cul de la lleona”
Following the tradition, if you kiss the lioness’s ass (cul de la lleona in catalán) before you leave, you’ll be back soon. This small statue is located on Calderers Street and will not leave you indifferent.
At Can Cocollona we encourage you to go and kiss it so we can see you again soon!
La plaça dels raïms
Hidden in the Old Quarter, Plaça del Raïm (grapes square) is the smallest square in Europe with only 24 square meters. During the medieval period, it was called “Plaça de la Palla“, but later it was renamed because there was an old grape market.
You can access this tiny square from Voltes d’en Rosés.
The city of Girona has seven museums that exhibit valuable and very diverse heritage to explain the history and art of the city. Here we recommend you our favorites.
Museu del Cinema
Enjoy Tomàs Mallol’s valuable collection of cinema. This is a non-profit Museum and is open to the public as a space for scientific, cultural and recreational participation of citizens and at the service of society and its development.
If you’re a cinema lover, you can’t miss the visit!
Museu d’Història dels Jueus
Discover the history of medieval Jewish communities in Catalonia with special attention to Girona. The main objective of the Museum is to preserve and disseminate the history of the Jewish communities that during the Middle Ages were part of the cultural and scientific development of the country.
Parks and gardens
Girona is also a privileged city with natural heritage: rivers, mountains, fields and orchards. In general, the whole city is surrounded by a rich natural environment.
Inside the city you will also find natural parks.
El parc de la Devesa i parc del Migdia
If you want to take a walk surrounded by trees and tranquility, you should visit these two parks. The first one is the largest urban park in Catalonia and is ideal for practicing sports. If you visit the second one, you will be surprised by its small lake. A perfect location to sit and read a book under a palm tree.
Gastronomy and oenology
Girona also stands out for its traditional and avant-garde cuisine, linked to its roots and local products. In addition, the city has two Michelin-starred establishments and the best restaurant in the world: the Celler de Can Roca.
You can’t leave without tasting the xuixos, a pasta you will find in most pastry shops in the city.
Among the sweets, we also recommend the chocolate bombons inspired by the legends of the city and … the sweet botifarras! A food of medieval origin that you can buy tender or cured.
In Girona you’ll also be able to taste the best wines and cavas of the Empordà and the Ratafia, a sweet liqueur made of local herbs.