Experience trendy Girona: its history, monuments, golf, and more!

Girona is a compact place with more than 2,000 years of history. The Romans settled here, as did the Visigoths and the Moors. At its heart is one of Spain’s best-preserved medieval quarters. With rivers flowing through it and lying close to the Pyrenees, the city is also popular with nature lovers. Hike and bike through mountains, navigate picturesque waterways and tour centuries-old buildings.

Familiarize yourself with Girona’s long history in the old quarter. Walk up 90 steps to reach the Cathedral of Girona, a magnificent Romanesque, gothic and baroque structure built between the 11th and 18th centuries. The cathedral's exterior was used in the filming of season six of Game of Thrones. Visit other city locations that appeared in the global TV hit, including the 12th-century Arab baths. See pagan and early Christian sarcophagi in the Church of Sant Feliu, Girona's first cathedral. Walk on the city’s ancient walls, the Passeig de la Muralla.

Uncover more of Girona’s past in the Archeology Museum of Girona, the Museum of Jewish History and the Girona History Museum.

With a mountainous backdrop and the confluence of four rivers, Girona has extensive natural beauty. Hike through La Devesa and Les Ribes del Ter parks, located on either side of the River Ter. Kayak along the waterway and take a mountain bike trip in the Gavarres Mountains. During winter, enjoy the ski resorts of the Girona Pyrenees.

To get to Girona, fly into Barcelona's international airport, 68 miles (110 kilometers) away. Alternatively, arrive by road or rail from France. Girona is just 40 miles (65 kilometers) from the French border. Get around by taxis, rental bikes and local buses. A rental car is a good idea for traveling farther afield, although several intercity bus routes connect the city with the rest of Catalonia.

Girona offers a wealth of cultural and historical gems and is gateway to some of Catalonia’s stunning natural scenery.

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Historical Buildings, Monuments and Golf

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Where to stay in Girona

Old Town
Old Town, Girona, Spain

Old Town

Known for Historical Buildings, Monuments, Friendly People

Old Town is noteworthy for its historic sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Girona Cathedral and Museum of Cinema.

Eixample
Eixample, Girona, Spain

Eixample

Known for Historical Buildings, Friendly People, Walking

4/5(30 reviews)

Check out the historic sites, bars, and river views while spending some time in Eixample. Though there might not be many attractions in the neighborhood, you won't need to go far to find top spots like Girona Cathedral or Museum of Cinema.

Barri Vell
Girona which includes a small town or village

Barri Vell

Known for Monuments, Historical Buildings, Museums

5/5(24 reviews)

Barri Vell is noteworthy for its historic sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Girona Cathedral and Arab Baths.

Pedret
Pedret, Girona, Spain

Pedret

While Pedret isn't home to many top sights, Girona Cathedral and Castle of Montjuic are some notable places to visit nearby.

el Mercadal
el Mercadal, Girona, Spain

el Mercadal

Known for Historical Buildings, Friendly People, Walking

5/5(18 reviews)

Historic sites, river views, and cafés are some highlights of el Mercadal. Make a stop by Museum of Cinema or Eiffel Bridge while you're exploring.

Fontajau
Fontajau, Girona, Spain

Fontajau

Known for Friendly People, Dining, Walking

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Some popular features of Fontajau include its restaurants and historic sites. If you're in the mood to explore farther, Girona Cathedral or Arab Baths are worth checking out in the surrounding nearby area.

Top Hotels in Girona

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Girona
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Girona
4 out of 5
Carrer Mossen Joan Pons 1, Girona, Girona
$66
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Located in Eixample, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fira de Girona Convention Center and Girona Cathedral. ANTIC HOSPITAL DE STA. CATERINA - ESPAI EXPOSICIÓ ...

4.3/5Excellent! (671 reviews)

"The hotel was very nice, the breakfast was good, helpful staff-well run! A special thank you to our cleaning person-she did a treat job! (Room 211)"…"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Girona
ibis budget Girona Costa Brava
ibis budget Girona Costa Brava
3 out of 5
C/ Francesc Ferrer 18, Girona, Girona
$39
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Located in Fontajau, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of Sant Feliu and Girona Cathedral. BÒLIT - CAPELLA DE SANT NICOLAU and Arab Baths are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (501 reviews)

"20 minutes from the airport so an ideal place to get your head down after a late night flight. Stayed here a few times, arriving around 1am - 24 hour reception which is great."…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

ibis budget Girona Costa Brava
Hotel Gran Ultonia
Hotel Gran Ultonia
4 out of 5
Gran Via de Jaume I, 22 B, Girona, Girona
$69
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Located in Eixample, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Cinema and Girona Cathedral. Eiffel Bridge and Rafael Maso Foundation are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (604 reviews)

"Great location and helpful staff. Comfortable and quiet room."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Hotel Gran Ultonia

Popular things to do in Girona

Girona Cathedral
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Girona Cathedral

4.5/5(71 reviews)

Girona Cathedral is a top museum in Girona with a rich history. While in this walkable area, you can savor the lively bars.

Onyar River
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Onyar River

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Onyar River during your travels in Girona. While in this walkable area, you can savor the lively bars.

Top activities in Girona

Full-Day Girona Guided Tour & Figueres with Dalí’s Museum
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Full-Day Girona Guided Tour & Figueres with Dalí’s Museum

$88

Dig into the multicultural legacy of Girona and immerse yourself in Salvador Dalí’s surrealistic world at his theater-museum in Figueres. Learn about these 2 important Catalan cities and get insider tips about places to visit or simply wander through the charming streets at your own pace.

Medieval Girona & Costa Brava Full-Day Tour
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Medieval Girona & Costa Brava Full-Day Tour

$98

This tour combines ancient culture with seaside towns and gives you the best of both worlds. Discover Girona's cultural richness and architectural heritage. Glimpse the breathtaking cliffs, beaches, and coves along Costa Brava.

Full-Day Girona & Barcelona Tour
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Full-Day Girona & Barcelona Tour

$108

Embark on a 2-part adventure to explore the largest city in northern Catalonia as well as Barcelona's architectural marvels. Venture to vibrant Girona in the morning, and then spend the afternoon discovering Gaudí's modernist masterpieces as you visit sites like the Sagrada Família and Park Güell.

Dalí Museum, Girona & Besalú: From Barcelona
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Dalí Museum, Girona & Besalú: From Barcelona

$171

Blending art, architecture & history, this day trip showcases the best of Catalonia - arguably Spain’s most fascinating region. Walk through the mind of a (bizarre) genius at the Dalí Museum; relax over lunch in a Medieval village; and take to the streets of one of the most beautiful towns; Girona.

Full-Day Girona & Montserrat Excursion
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Full-Day Girona & Montserrat Excursion

$115

Experience 2 of Catalonia's most celebrated destinations on this full-day expedition. Spend the morning strolling along the riverfront in colorful Girona, and then return to Barcelona for an afternoon outing to the mountain-flanked monastery of Montserrat.

Traditional Cooking Class in Girona
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Traditional Cooking Class in Girona

$84

Classes are between 2.5 to 3 hours and include the meal with the prepared food. The menu will change according seasonal products, however you will be the Chef. With your teachers help you will discover some of the well-kept secrets of the traditional cuisine.

Reviews of Girona

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5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 1, 2019

Not a tourist trip but still very amazing sights and tastes. You should try a xuixo at a local bakery.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 29, 2019

Great City with lots of great food!

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 27, 2019

Nice restaurant very good food

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 1, 2019

Wonderful medieval town worth visiting for 2 nights. The grandiose gothic cathedral immediately takes you back in time upon entering. A feeling and experience I'll never forget.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 23, 2019

Girona is incredible. Lots of Game of Thrones locations. From a fairy tale.

5/5 - Excellent

S.R.

Jul 21, 2019

Beautiful city with a lot of history.