This medieval city houses a number of historic sights within its labyrinth streets including some of Catalonia’s most important architecture. Here’s our guide to what to see in two days in Girona.
This lively university city has a lot to offer travellers, with spectacular scenery, riverside cafes and bars and lots of historical monuments. Known as ‘The City of 1,000 Sieges’ and currently a film location for the popular ‘Game of Thrones’ series, take the time to wander through its charming streets and experience the history of this beautiful city.
Day 1, The Old Town Medieval Quarter and Cathedral
Wander through the cobbled streets and grab a coffee at the famous coffee house and quirky bike fanatic’s mecca, La Fabrica.
Back down to Carrer de la Forca to the Via Augusta in front of Cathedral of Santa Maria de Girona. This exquisite Cathedral is best viewed from the bottom of the steps and visible from all over the city as it’s built on the hill side. Ascend the 91 steps to visit the Cathedral inside – a mixture of building styles from over the centuries including a Baroque facade and boasting the largest Gothic nave in the world. You can also visit the Romanesque cloisters (there are tours) and see the 11th century Tapestry of the Creation. There is also the Basilica de Sant Feliu nearby, with the tomb of Girona’s patron sain Narcissus.
Girona is famous for its cuisine so you will be eating well while you enjoy the views. Try grabbing lunch on the riverside at The River’s Cafe (with over 60 types of beer) or Konig famous for the best Patatas Bravas in Girona.
After lunch check out the bridges across the river that afford the best views of the colourful painted houses that can be seen on most of Girona’s postcards. These hanging houses date back to the 12th century and meander along the riverside. There are several bridges crossing the River Onyar including the Eiffel Bridge (an iron structure) so wander along the banks and enjoy the changing city views, including a stop at the riverside market. On the modern side there is fashionable Carrer Santa Clara which showcases local designers and has lots of boutiques to indulge in.
Day 2, the Força Vella and the Walls
Start your day at the Placa de la Independencia before crossing the river to the charming Rambla de la Llibertat. This is a great place to people watch and full of locals enjoying the boutiques and cafes – chose one of the many terraces for coffee or lunch. This is the place to shop also so discovery the many boutiques in the arcades here (and Girona boasts the most shops per person in Spain!).
After wandering around the historical walls and gardens, check out the Arab Baths, dating from the 12th century and inspired by the Roman baths. They are ornately decorated and well preserved. There is also a Museum of the History or Girona, housed in an 18th century monastery, and Museum of Art of Girona west in an old Episcopal Palace, nearby to the cathedral that are worth visiting.
Grab a sunset drink at El Doll, a great ceveseria (beer specialist) tucked along the river by the Cathedral. They also have great tapas to sample before finding a few vermut bars in the old town. Listen out for live music and join in the crowd! (Or visit the world’s best restaurant at El Celler de Can Roca – but you will need to book in advance and have a generous budget!)
Equity Point Hostel Girona
Located by the entrance of the historic Old Town and the Jewish Quarter, our hostel is by the main square in a 19th century building with great views of this scenic city and the mountains beyond. Within minutes of the cathedral and main city sights, our hostel is comfortable and modern, with private and shared rooms and a bar and chill out areas. Book your bed there here