Explore Girona’s old town – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Barcelona to Girona, Catalonia

Since I moved to Spain, it was all tied up trying to settle down and ensure the moving process was on the right track. However, after hearing so many great things about Girona and it is only located approximately 40 minutes North West of Barcelona. I have decided to take a “Self-care” trip. 

I took one of the earliest trains from Barcelona Sants Train Station. Shops were mostly still closed in the old town upon my arrival. I began touring the town with a quiet and peaceful walk;  Please note that the old town can be crowded during the high season, such as Spring and summer.

About Girona

  • Located in Catalonia, Spain, around 100 km Northeast of Barcelona.
  • Officially found in 79 BC, the city offers over 2,000 years of history to explore. The historical sense of the city is reflected in the stone, medieval walls, narrow streets, and constructions.
  • One of the best-preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe.
  • Catalan is the primary local language
  • The city is situated around several beautiful sites such as the coastal area of Costa Brava and The Pyrenees for mountain activities.

Things to do in Catalonia Girona’s Old Town

Game of Thrones Route

If you are a Game of thrones fans like many of us,  Girona GOTs tour should be on top of your list to visit, it was one of the filming sites for the series.  Since we are big fans, there is no doubt that we were prepared to add GOT flavor in our route.

There are several GOT routes available, Our goal was trying to walk on our own pace and get through as many Green pinned as possible.

The map below is the combination of GOT filming locations in the old town where I was able to complete in a day and enjoy a nice and delicious lunch without feeling rush.

Girona Pedra

Pont de Pedra

This is one of the bridges that can take you to the Old town, and it was the first pinned stop to enjoyed the great views of the city from the bridge.

City wall of girona

City Wall of Girona

You can see the value in history by strolling on the city wall. This walk along the city walls offers a refreshing change from the narrow winding streets of the old town, and you are rewarded with excellent views of the city and surrounding area. The easiest way to access the walkway is to go into the botanic garden to the rear of the Catherdral, and there, you will find steps leading up to the walkway. Beautiful views and a great experience.

The Arab Baths Girona

The Arab Baths Girona

This 2000-year-old bathhouse is well preserved.  Beautiful historic building. It is small and takes less than 30 minutes to walk through, but it is only €3 per person and well worth a visit.

Cathedral of Girona

Cathedral of Girona

This beautiful Roman Catholic Church is located at the highest point of the town, also known as the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona. Although the cathedral was filmed in Game of Thrones, this historical site is certainly much more than GOTs.

El pont de les Peixateries velles

El pont de les Peixateries velles

The bridge was constructed by Gustave Eiffel, who designed the Eiffel tower and the Ponte d.luis um Oporto in Portugal. El pon de Les Peixateries was one of his early projects, and it is still well kept in great condition by Girona.  Shortly after El point de less Peixateries project, he worked on the Eiffel tower.

Girona Old town

Pujada de sant domènec

The Pujada de Sant Domènec is one of the most symbolic spot of the city of Girona, its magnificent baroque staircase leads to the Església de Sant Martí Sacosta. As for GOT fans should be known as Braavos Market. It’s here where Arya jumps and falls down the stairs knocking over the baskets of oranges. 

Girona Old town

Plaça dels Jurats

Game of Thrones fans may recognize this location as where Arya watches actors play out the scenes of her family’s story and the Lannisters. 

Girona flower festival

Girona Flower Festival – Girona Temps de Flors

The flower festival is definitely one of the highlight events for the town. Each spring, during the 2nd week of May, whole streets become art installations, accompanied by music, light, fountains, and thousands of flowers’ intoxicating scents.

Girona’s old town is full of narrow alleys and stairs, the atmosphere certainly takes you back to 2000 years ago, it is definitely a photogenic location for photo lovers.  

Note that if you are bringing little kids with a bulky stroller, Girona old town is overall quite a child-friendly location. However, there are also plenty of stairs and narrow cobbled streets.

General Information 

 

How To Get To Girona from Barcelona?

All you need is a day to see the best of the Old Town.

The high-speed AVE train from Barcelona to Girona takes only 37 minutes.  Adding another 15 minutes of walk from the Central Station to the Old town. You will pass by a fountain first before reaching the old town.  The old town is fairly easy to get to without feeling lost.

Where to Stay?

Although we intended to complete the trip within a day, there are certainly more things to explore in the city than just the old town. Here’s the top hotel to stay in Girona. Girona is beautiful and popular. It can get crowded during the peak season. If you are traveling with kids, make plans and book early.

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