Barcelona to Girona Catalonia

Ever since we’ve moved to Spain, we were all tied up trying to settle down, make sure the moving process is on the right track. While we were starting to feel stressed, and realized we have not had any chance to get out of Barcelona to explore Catalonia yet. After hearing so many great things about Girona and it is only located approximately 40 minutes North West of Barcelona. Together with a dear friend of ours – Liz – we have decided to take a trip to Girona from Barcelona after dropping off our kids at the nursery school.

We took one of the earliest trains from Barcelona to Girona, shops were mostly still closed in the old town upon our arrival. We began our tour with a quiet and peaceful walk;  Girona can be crowded during the high season.

If you are a Game of throne fans like us, Girona 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 and Girona’s old town must see, we were able to complete in a day and enjoy a delicious lunch.

About Girona

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

How To Get To Girona from Barcelona ?

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

The high-speed AVE train from Barcelona to Girona takes only 37 minutes.  Adding with another 15 minutes of walk from the Girona Central Station to the Old town. You will pass by a fountain first before reaching the old town.  In general, Girona’s 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 Girona than just the old town, here’s the top 10 best hotel to stay in Girona. 

Girona is beautiful and popular, it can get crowded during the peak season. If you are traveling with kids, be sure to make plans and book early. 

Pont de Pedra

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

El pont de les Peixateries velles

You can see the bridge from Pont de Pedra photo above.
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 a great condition by Girona.  Shortly after El point de less Peixateries project, he went on to work on the Eiffel tower.

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. 

Cathedral of Girona

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

City Wall of Girona

Walking the city wall of Girona, you can really see the value it had in history. This walk along the city walls offers a refreshing change to the narrow winding streets of the old town of Girona, 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, there you will find steps leading up to the walkway. Beautiful views and a great experience.

Plaça dels Jurats

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

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.

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