69. Girona, Costa Brava Spain

Why

Most people just head to Barcelona and that’s it. I actually think that Barcelona is too busy and prefer the more quiet Girona in Costa Brava just north of Barcelona by train for about an hour or so.

Girona, Costa Brava Spain - Girona Cathedral

Girona, Costa Brava Spain – Girona Cathedral

Where

Girona is located in the Catalunya part of Spain northeast of Barcelona and south of Perpignan in France.

How To Get Here

There are a few ways to get here, lets look at them:

By Bus

There are national and local city buses in Spain to get you around. In this area the bus company is Moventis. Check online for their schedules for routes within Costa Brava to/from Girona.

The Sagales bus service will take you from the Barcelona airport to the Girona area; the bus station is not too far to walk to the center of town.

By Train

The Spanish rail service, Renfe serves the area. There is a station at Girona.

By Plane

The closest airport is Gerona, Spain (GRO). There is bus service from the airport to the city.

Gerona Airport (GRO)

Gerona Airport (GRO)

The airlines serving Girona are:

Jet2.com (LS), Ryanair (FR), Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (HQ) and Transavia (HV).

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

Girona, Costa Brava Spain - Street

Girona, Costa Brava Spain – Street

By Shared Ride

You can use ridesharing service BlaBlaCar.

Where To Stay

Girona has a number of different properties available including hostels.

You can also checkout a site called Naturaki, which is a local company that provides property searches.

 

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

Where To Eat

There are many places to eat here. Just remember that there is a siesta each day, which means places will be closed during this time. You may still find one or two places though that are still open. I’m a big ice cream nut and there are a few ice cream places down the sides streets; well worth a stop. Lots of restaurants as well. They do eat a bit later at night so be aware of that.

Girona, Costa Brava Spain - Meats at a local market

Girona, Costa Brava Spain – Meats at a local market

Girona, Costa Brava Spain - Anchovies

Girona, Costa Brava Spain – Anchovies

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here

What To Do

Girona is a walking city. Be sure to see the Girona Cathedral, walk across the Girona bridge, check out the Parks as well as the Jewish Quarter. You may also take trips out to local vineyards as this area is rich in wines.

Girona, Costa Brava Spain - Passeig de la Muralla

Girona, Costa Brava Spain – Passeig de la Muralla

 

Girona, Costa Brava Spain - The narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter

Girona, Costa Brava Spain – The narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter

==>>Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>>You may also check Viator for additional things to do in Girona and the Costa Brava region.

==>> Information and Guide Books for the region from Lonely Planet.

Additional Information

Language: Catalan, Spanish

Currency: EUR

Costa Brava Tourism Board

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Girona, Costa Brava Spain

Girona, Costa Brava Spain

 

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