Girona in Giro 🌺 What to See & Do in Springtime

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Girona in Giro 🌺 What to See & Do in Springtime

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Discover the enchanting allure of Girona in springtime: a captivating Spanish city adorned with vibrant blooms and rich cultural heritage.

Nestled in the heart of Catalonia, Girona offers a tapestry of experiences, from exploring its medieval Old Town, lined with cobblestone streets and colorful facades, to wandering along the tranquil banks of the Onyar River.

You can immerse yourself in the essence of Catalan cuisine at bustling markets and quaint cafes, or delve into history at iconic landmarks like the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona.

Join us on a journey through this picturesque destination, where every corner unveils a new delight in the embrace of spring’s blossoming beauty.



Starting Out on Foot

What can you do in Girona if you have just 5 or 6 hours to spare?

Actually, quite a lot.

Our hotel was located in the center of Girona, next to the Onyar river. We started out early after breakfast and followed the river northwards – passing the brightly painted façades of the houses – and heading closer and closer to the unmissable Girona Cathedral.

Along the way we passed several bridges decorated with vibrant red hanging geraniums. Everywhere we looked, it seemed the locals were busy working on intricate and colourful street decorations. A common theme was chopped tree branches, which were painted in various colours and then arranged into interesting and surprising pieces of artwork.

The whole town seemed to be alive with creative activity.

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Springtime in Girona

In fact, this was all in preparation for Girona Flower Time – the main event of the spring (from 7th to 15th May), with 179 floral projects spread throughout the city.

Bridge decorated for 'Girona Flower Time'

Bridge decorated for ‘Girona Flower Time’

Heading up into the old and narrow alleyways of the Jewish Quarter, the path becomes progressively steeper. The area is atmospheric and steeped in history. No wonder they chose this and other locations in Girona for filming parts of Season 6 of A Game of Thrones.

It would have been nice to spend more time discovering these old streets and antiquated shopfronts, but we were keen to reach the Cathedral and the City Walls.

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The Jewish Quarter - Isn't that Arya Stark standing at the top?

Jewish Quarter – Isn’t that Arya Stark at the top?

Visit Girona Cathedral

Eventually, we emerged into the sunshine of a large piazza, and the entrance to the cathedral.

Entrance tickets cost €7 (or €5 for the over 60s).

The cathedral itself is interesting enough, sporting an enormous central organ. Ranged around the interior walls are dozens of chapels dedicated to (and housing) the remains of prominent clergy.

Some of these date back as far as the 10th century.

Girona Cathedral

Girona Cathedral

Included in the entry price are multi-language headphones that provide useful background and interesting anecdotes concerning the interred celebrities, as well as details on the construction of their chapels.

You can also visit a beautifully maintained interior courtyard centred on a giant well and decorated with coloured flowers.

Cathedral Courtyard

Cathedral Courtyard

For myself, the most interesting area was the Cathedral Treasury and Museum – a series of five antechambers containing a variety of artefacts dating back over a thousand years.

These include a bible originally belonging to King Henry II, as well as the Gerona Beatus – a 10th-century illustrated manuscript.

Here, you can also find the oldest and best maintained tapestry in Europe – The Tapestry of Creation – dating back *incredibly* to the 10th century.

Walk the City Walls

On exiting the Cathedral, we walked around the back of the buildings where we could follow a path that rose progressively higher.

This leads to the ancient walls of the city of Girona.

Girona City Walls

Girona City Walls

We walked the length of the walls, this time heading south back towards the city center.

Along the walls are a number of observation towers which you can mount for terrific views over the city and across to the snow-capped Pyrenees.

A view to the Pyrenees

A view to the Pyrenees

Along the battlements we came across what I can only describe as a medieval stone loo built into a recessed section of the wall.

This was basically a stone seat with a hole cut through the center, leading to the outer wall.

No doubt handy in the heat of battle, or if you just wanted to show the enemy what you thought of them.

Tempted as I was, we decided to give it a miss.

A walk along the entire length of the walls took around 45 minutes, and brought us back almost directly to our hotel in the city center.

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Pucker-up to the Lleona Statue

Another fun attraction in town is the Lleona, an odd-looking limestone statue in the Plaça de Sant Fèlix.

The legend is that if you mount the step and kiss his shiny bottom, you will return to Girona.

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“Whoever kisses the bottom of Lleona, will return to Girona”

There is a Konig beer terrace just alongside where you can take a beer and watch the antics of the tourists checking out the statue.

Enjoy a drink while you're watching the fun

Enjoy a drink while watching the fun

After spending the day visiting the Cathedral, the old town, city walls, and checking out the shops, we were ready to eat.

We had earmarked 3 promising restaurants, but the one we chose provided a truly gastronomique end to our day.

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