Maria Hedian
Maria Hedian
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25 Interesting Things to Do in Girona

The city of Girona may be small, but it comes packed with rich history and an awesome resume. From being the backdrop of a famous HBO show, to its breathtaking architecture and monthly cultural activities, including musical events and a glorious flower festival, there is no shortage of things to see and do here. As a frequent visitor, one of the best things about this city is that the number of people visiting has not yet become overwhelming. Even during popular dates, such as the flower festival, it doesn't feel unbearable like some other European cities. A fun fact about this city: its largest population comes from the senior citizen age range. It seems Girona is one of the best cities to retire in. Who wouldn't want to live in 'Braavos' near such incredible history and steps away from some of the best restaurants in the world? Count me in!
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1. Carolingian Wall

Carrer dels Alemanys, 20, 17004 Girona, Spain

The Great Walls of Girona are pretty much the most Instagram-worthy picture spot in all of the city. Built during the Roman period in the first century BC, the walls were created to protect the city from sieges it faced over the years. If you decide to make your way up, you will be walking on the most extensive Carolingian Wall of Europe and will be awarded the most breathtaking views of the city. Note: making your way up to the wall is tedious as there are some very narrow stairways and uphill tracks. Be careful! Also, see if you can find the toilet!

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2. Girona Cathedral

Plaza de la Catedral, 17004, Girona, Spain

Breathtaking cathedral in the center of the city. You can't miss it as it is literally in the center and so overpowering that it will literally take your breath away. There is an entrance fee to go inside, 7 euros per person and free for children under 7. Do you get a feeling of deja vu when you look at this church? That's because it was one of the featured places for season 6 of Game of Thrones!

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Girona was front and center for much of Season 6 in the notorious show, Game of Thrones, as the mythical city of Braavos. Some additional cameos included scenes in King's Landing and Oldtown. If you're a lover of the show and have some time to kill, try finding all the filming locations in a self-guided tour through Girona. I did it with friends on my last visit and it was so much fun!

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4. Patronat Call de Girona

Carrer de la Força, 8, 17004 Girona, Spain

Cobblestone streets winding together to make what is known as the Jewish Quarter. Quiet and absolutely beautiful with so much history. This is evident in the architecture that surrounds the area. There are lots of cafes and shops nearby. During the day, it is busier - especially on weekends, and it is much quieter during the week and in the evenings.

5. Burricleta Tour

Carrer de la Barca, 16, 17004 Girona, Spain

Burricletas are electric bikes that can be rented in Carrer de la Barca or Barri Vell. While this is not an official tour, there are people renting bikes all the time and you can form groups to set out with if you want. (This is what I did.) Once on your bike, you can follow one of various routes in the city or just outside. It's not a smooth ride, but it's a lot of fun. The best part? If you get tired of pedalling, the Burricleta can do it for you!

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6. Onyar

Girona, Spain

The Onyar River is one of Girona's most iconic settings. It is a beautiful bridged area with brightly painted houses on either side, making for an amazing site. Believe it or not, the houses were not painted for the tourism. Their colors were actually chosen by a group of artists and were repainted in these shades. One of the most breathtaking things about this place is seeing the reflexion of these houses on the river. It is simplicity in its purest, most beautiful form.

7. Jardins dels Alemanys

Carrer de la Muralla, 2, 17004 Girona, Spain

Quiet, peaceful and beautiful gardens with a rich history. The gardens surround the ruins of the old German quarter. It is magnificent to see the remains of old buildings and a church in the area. From here, you can walk past the large wooden door and be at the entrance of the City Walls, which can be accessed through a tower.

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Beautiful open square that has restaurants and bars around it and a statue in the center. The statue commemorates the loss of half the town in the battle with Napoleon's French army. In the summer and especially during town events, like the Flower Festival, this stunning plaza is the place where live events take place. Definitely worth a stop, even if it's just to look around on your way to the center.

9. Museum of Jewish History

Carrer de la Forca, 8, 17004 Girona, Spain

I don't normally go into too many historical museums when I travel, but the Museum of Jewish History came highly recommended, so I decided to give it a try on my last trip to Girona. Am I glad I did! This was by far one of the most thoughtfully curated museum exhibitions I have ever been to! There were so many rooms with tons of artifacts, - all laid out with their corresponding explanations. You even have the choice of an amazing audio tour. The museum itself was fascinating and the staff was super friendly and happy to answer any questions with tons of information. Overall, a definite recommendation.

10. St. Narcis Foot Statue

Carrer de les Mosques, Girona, Spain

As with any historic city in Europe, of course there is a legend to this statue. According to medieval records, Girona was surrounded by French troops. They damaged numerous churches in the city and went to Sant Fèlix with the aim of profaning the body of Sant Narcís, the city's patron saint. However, they were surprised to find that from the bishop's body surfaced giant flies which surrounded the troops. The soldiers died stomping their feet in an effort to kill the flies. If you walk around Girona, you will see statues of flies on buildings and drawings on walls. The street this statue is on is literally called Street of the Flies. It is said to be good luck to touch (or kiss) the foot statue. I, of course, touched the big toe!

11. University of Girona

Plaça de Sant Domènec, 3, 17004 Girona, Spain

While a school may be a weird thing to put on a list of things to do in a city, trust me when I say, this university is so worth seeing! The surrounding area is quiet, green and very peaceful. The architecture of the buildings is fascinating and historic. On a nice day, you will see people outside having picnics, reading or playing a sport. Perfect place to relax and get away from the bustle of the Ramble and city center.

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12. Fleca Sant Daniel

Carrer de Sant Daniel, 19, 17007 Girona, Spain

Small bakery with the most delicious Spanish danishes I have ever had! Stopped in on my first trip to Girona years ago and the last time I was there, it was closed, so it's been a while and I STILL haven't forgotten how good they were! The bakery is known for making the best Girona specialty called xuixos, which are essentially deep fried, round, custard-filled baked good amazingness. But be warned - you really need a sweet tooth and an empty stomach to finish a whole pastry!

13. Casa Maso

29 Ballesteries, 17004 Girona, Spain

Home of the Catalan architect Rafael Masó i Valentí, Casa Masó is an interesting guided tour through the actual house, with information on the family and a brief introductory video about Masó's work. The space isn't large, but if you're interested in the Arts & Crafts movement, then this house is a must. My favorite part of the walkthrough (aside from seeing the house, I love old homes and their architecture!) was seeing photos of all the buildings Masó designed along with the beautiful hand-drawn architectural plans. According to the staff, there are other works you can see all around Girona - tours are offered, but you can also do a self tour and find them. Are you up for the challenge?

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14. Pont de les Peixateries Velles

Pont de les Peixateries Velles, 4, 17004 Girona, Spain

Known sometimes as Pont Eiffel, or the Eiffel Bridge, this lovely little crossing over the Onyar River connects the newer city to Girona’s historic Old Town. You won't miss out on anything if you don't visit this cool bridge, it's actually quite small, however, it's very picturesque and interesting to actually see in person. As you cross the bridge, you pass right through the colorful riverside buildings and (on a sunny day) can see their reflections on the water before reaching the Rambla de la Libertad on the other side. One of the things to keep in mind is that the bridge is pedestrian-only, so on the weekends can get quite crowded.

15. Esglesia de Sant Feliu

Carrer Trasfigueres, 4, 17004 Girona, Spain

Small cathedral near the basilica in the center. For years, while the basilica was being constructed (and before it existed) this was the church the townspeople came to. There is an admission to enter, however, you have the option to purchase a combination ticket for both cathedral and basilica. My biggest recommendation is to take the audio guide they provide, as this, in conjunction with the map, make for the best solo tour in Girona. I loved walking through and listening to the history of the church and all its architectural details and facts.

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16. Espai Girones

Camí dels Carlins, 10, 17190 Salt, Girona, Spain

Small, well laid out mall in Girona. It has 2 floors of interesting stores that cater to everyone. The food court is a fair size with a good selection of restaurants. On our last visit to Girona, it started to pour on our way back to Barcelona and we decided to stop in to await the storm. We ended up staying for a while and bought some interesting things!

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The Temps de Flors festival is the reason I visit Girona almost yearly. It is truly one of the most spectacular things to see in person. Every year, the festival transforms the city into a living art instillation for one week in May filling the streets with magnificent colors and flowers from all over the world. Each visitor receives a city map (you'd be lost without one) that takes you through installations all over the city. They are numbered which makes finding them even easier. Some attractions that normally charge an admission fee are free during the festival. Be warned, this is one of the city's most anticipated events and gets absolutely packed with people, especially on the weekends. Plan your trip accordingly. If you must go on the weekend, try going as early as possible. It is spectacular to see and something you cannot miss if you are visiting Spain. The festival only runs for a week, but includes 2 weekends for all visitors to enjoy.

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18. Parc de la Devesa

Passeig de la Devesa, 38, 17007 Girona, Spain

A nice "secret" park predominantly visited by locals (I was lucky to be visiting with 2) that offers a large pool for an admission price of 7 euros. There is a fantastic little market once a week where you can buy all sorts of things for great prices. It's a great place to sit back and unwind from a day of exploring and learning about Girona's history. The trees are beautiful, some with really interesting shapes, and offer plenty of shade in the summer!

A small medieval village that makes you feel as though you have stepped into a time machine and gone back in time. Absolutely beautiful to walk through, architecture is stunning and there are lots of little shops and restaurants. It features a gorgeous castle and a bell tower that are definitely worth seeing. Plan to spend at least half a day here.

20. Pujada de Sant Domenec

4 Pujada de Sant Domènec, Girona, Spain

A picturesque part of Old Town Girona, Pujada de Sant Domenec is the perfect place to stroll through and take in its surrounding beauty. It is one of Girona's most iconic areas and (should have been) part of the Game of Thrones tour as the entire area was part of the show on more than one occasion! The absolute best time to visit? During Temps de Flors. Or early in the morning, before the swarms of people arrive. Definitely early in the morning.

21. El Celler de Can Roca

Calle Can Sunyer, 48, 17007 Girona, Girona, Spain

An amazing restaurant brought to you by the owners of the infamous ice cream shop, Rocambolesc. It is said that people wait 12 months for reservations to this incredible place. By pure luck, it turned out my friend knew the chef and we were able to get coveted spots during lunch the day we were walking through Girona. It is a Michelin star restaurant in the heart of the city that offers seafood, delicious desserts and an immense wine list (you can take a tour of the cellar!). If you are planning a trip to Girona, try to add this ridiculously delicious place on your list. Remember to book WAY in advance!

22. Escapis

C/ Nord No 6 | Local 5, 17001 Girona, Spain

Sure, we've all done or at least heard of the infamous Escape Rooms all around the world. But did you know that the Escapis Girona is one of the few in Catalonia that uses sensors in its activities? It's actually also the only escape room offered in the city, so can get quite busy - especially on the weekends. The room can be done in english or spanish and is quite challenging. Three of us went and made it out with only about 15 minutes to spare! It was a great time, not too difficult where it got boring or too easy that we breezed through. I wouldn't recommend it to small children as there are rooms with louds sounds and bright lights.

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23. L'Arcada

Rambla Llibertat, 38, 17001, Girona, Spain

A huge Italian restaurant right on the Rambla de la Libertad that welcomed us in when all the others turned us away. The reason? It was that weird time of day in Spain where it's too early for dinner but too late for lunch and restaurants are doing the switch. Fearful that this place may be too touristy as it was on La Rambla, we were pleasantly surprised when our meals came out and we were presented with the most beautiful dishes. Everything we ordered was so good! My pasta with pesto was heavenly and the Stracciatella ice cream was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal.

24. Plaça dels Raïms

17004 Girona, Spain

Officially known as the smallest square in Europe, you can reach Plaça dels Raïms from Plaça de les Voltes d’en Rosés. According to locals, the small area was known for being a grape market. Pretty incredible given its tiny dimensions! If you visit Girona, make sure you stop by this interesting place and take lots of photos: you will be able to get some great shots from the square looking towards the sky.

25. Nykteri's Cocktail Bar

Santa Llucia 4, baixos, 17004, Girona, Spain

Fancy a drink after a long day of exploring? Why not! This place not only makes the best drinks, but they are completely customized for whatever you feel like having! The bartenders here are so incredible that they ask you what kinds of drinks you like and proceed to concoct something crazy that tastes like heaven. The staff is so friendly and the environment is laid back, probably because everyone is relieved to finally sit after a long day AND because these drinks are just that good.

Last updated at Feb 07, 2019