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Enchanted Girona: Feasts for the Senses

Nestled in the northeastern part of Catalonia, Girona will seduce you with its well-preserved medieval quarter, the Barri Vell, with narrow winding streets and historic buildings that tell tales of its past. Some of the neighbourhood's key attractions are the Girona Cathedral and the colourful houses lining the Onyar River.

The city's cultural life is devoted to festivals and artistic events celebrating its Catalan heritage. Gastronomy here is an adventure for the palate, blending traditional Catalan dishes with innovative, awarded culinary techniques. The region is famous for its Michelin-starred restaurants. Still, if you fancy a more rustic dining experience, local trattorias serve hearty stews and fresh seafood, often accompanied by the region's excellent wines.

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Discovering Costa Brava: Girona's Coastal Escape

Girona serves as the gateway to the Costa Brava, a stunning coastal region. From Girona, it's easy to access the pristine beaches, picturesque villages, and rugged landscapes that define the Costa Brava, which translates to "Rugged Coast" in English.

Its landscape boasts dramatic cliffs, hidden coves, and pristine beaches washed by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This picturesque coastline has long been a magnet for visitors seeking natural beauty, tranquillity, and outdoor adventures.

Every autumn, Artissima animates the city together with the Contemporary Art Week and Luci d'Artista (Artist's Lights), a series of open-air installations by Italian artists held until January.



The Girona Pyrenees: A Haven Beyond the Shores

The Costa Brava is a favourite vacation spot for tourists who enjoy seaside activities, Mediterranean culture, and coastal scenery. However, those seeking a different experience can head inland to the Girona Pyrenees.

This mountainous region offers crisp alpine air and rugged peaks, perfect for visitors looking to escape the typical tourist path and indulge in outdoor adventures.

Beyond the physical activities, the region is steeped in cultural heritage. Small villages with centuries-old churches and stone houses dot the landscape, each with its own story to tell. Local cuisine also takes a shift from the seafood-dominated dishes of the coast to hearty mountain fare, featuring local meats, cheeses, and the robust flavours of Catalan cooking. For a change of pace, explore The Dalí Triangle, a route connecting three museums dedicated to the surrealist artist.

By Plane

Girona's airport, Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO), is located about 12 kilometres southwest of the city centre.

Alternatively, you can use Barcelona's El Prat Airport, a hub with more international connections, to get to Girona.


By Train

From Barcelona: The high-speed trains, including the AVE and Avant trains, can get you to Girona in approximately 38 to 50 minutes.

From Madrid: The travel time is approximately 3.5 to 4 hours, depending on the specific service and the number of stops made en route.

By Car

The most common route from Madrid to Girona is via the A-2 and AP-2 motorways. The journey covers approximately 700 kilometres and typically takes around 6.5 to 7 hours.

From Barcelona, the fastest route to Girona is via the AP-7 motorway. The drive covers 100 kilometres and takes roughly 1 to 1.5 hours.


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