Girona, located in Catalonia, Spain, is an easy day trip from Barcelona. It is a beautiful city to visit, with medieval walls, narrow streets, and one of the best preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe. Originally a Roman settlement, the city was completely surrounded by walls until modern times. It was consistently besieged during its history and it became known as ‘the city of a thousand sieges’.
Old City and the Call
Built on a hill, the Old City is also known for its incredible stone stairways. The historical part of the city with over 2,000 years of history is reflected in its buildings and constructions. The centre shows the history of the Jews of Girona who were expelled in the late 15th century. The El Call Jewish Area is an attractive labyrinth of cobbled streets, narrow passageways and patios that have maintained their medieval atmosphere. Make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes as it is a pretty steep and long walk!
Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, it includes a series of walls and spaces in different styles but the most singular feature is its large Gothic nave (15th-16th centuries) which, at a width of 23 meters, is the widest of its kind in the world. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, this cathedral was used in the filming of Season 6.
Girona is at its best during its springtime flower festival, Temps de Flors. Taking place in May, the city bursts into bloom as floral art installations take over the streets. There are over a hundred exhibits, some of which are in patios and other spaces which aren’t normally open to the public. You can pick up a free map of the floral displays with two suggested itineraries. Maps are available at the tourist office and from volunteers along the route.