Girona: Girona City and the Province of Girona in northern Spain
The province of Girona is located in Catalonia, in the extreme northeast of the Iberian Peninsula. Bordered by the Pyrenees Mountains to the north that are only 70 kilometres away and share the border with France, and very close in the extreme south of the province is Barcelona.
Girona is located less than an hour from Barcelona, on the coast of Costa Brava, in northern Spain. The province of Girona is one of the most excellent tourist destinations in Europe offering the visitors and tourists beautiful beaches and nature as well as culturally historic treasures in Girona City. For example the Jewish quarters, the Salvador Dali route and the Peralada Castle.
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The old quarters of Girona
Girona City was founded by the Romans and has one of the most emblematic old quarters in all Spain. The medieval city walls, Romanesque and Gothic monuments, Baroque spaces and one of the best well-kept Jewish quarters of Europe makes Girona an unique and historical place to visit. Especially worth to mention is that Girona is the perfect destination to combine cultural travelling and holidays with beach, relax and sun.
Among the cultural and historic visits in Girona that are not to be missed you find the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Church of Sant Feliu, the Arabic Baths as well as the painted houses of the Onyar river and the towers of the City Wall avenue.
The Jewish heritage in Girona
The Jewish heritage in Girona is found in the area where the Jewish community lived for six hundred years, from 889 to 1492. The Jewish Quarter consists of a group of historical buildings and narrow streets that ends at the Cathedral of Girona. The Jewish quarter in Girona is one of the best conserved historic quarters in Europe. In the area there is a Jewish History Museum and the Institute of Nahmanides Studies. Besalú also has a very important Jewish legacy with the presence of Miqvé, the Jewish baths.
The Sephardic Route Girona
The Sephardic Route Girona.A stronghold on the way from Tarraco to Gaul, founded by the Roman general Pompey Magnus in the 1st century AD, Girona in the Middle Ages was already considered the “Key to the Kingdom” and, metaphorically, the gateway to Sephardic for Hispanic Jews. With its treasure trove of wisdom over the centuries, today Girona has an enviable combination of respect for the past and vision of the future, making it one of the cities with the best quality of life in Spain.
The Salvador Dali Heritage:
Salvador Dali was born in Figueres in Girona in 1904. Salvador Dali is one of the greatest examples of modern surrealism and his legacy consists of more than 4,000 works comprehending paintings, drawings, sculptures, engravings, etc.
Many of Dali’s creations and works are found in the following cultural spaces in Girona: Salvador Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres, Salvador Dali Portlligat House Museum in Cadaqués and the Museum Gala Dali Castle in Púbol.
The volcanic area of the Garrotxa
Olot is the capital of the Garrotxa region. Olot is located in volcanic surroundings where the nature is absolutely stunning.
Girona Golf: Golf in Girona – Pitch & Putt
Girona has 14 golf courses and 10 Pitch & Putt centres throughout the Costa Brava, Pyrenees and Girona region.
Sports and adventure in Girona
The regions of Girona offer a wide range of outdoor possibilities: hiking, hot-air ballooning, parachuting, water sports, teambuilding activities, cycling and skiing, among others. With all the different sports on offer in the province, you can enjoy the blue sea in the summer, the green forests in the spring, the amber colours of autumn and the white of the snow in winter.
Getting there and away
You can reach the province from any Spanish or European city by airplane, train, car or boat.
Airports of Girona and surroundings
Girona Airport – Costa Brava
The Girona airport is located 12 kilometers from the city of Girona. It is one of the 10 most travelled airports of Spain. It has national and international flights.
Barcelona International Airport, Prat de Llobregat
Barcelona airport is located 115 kilometers from Girona and is easily accessible by the highways: Ronda litoral and highway AP-7.
Perpignan Airport, France
The proximity to the French border offers the possibility of using this airport that is only 80 kilometers away from Girona.