Girona is a colorful town in Spain, which is often called "immortal." The city fortress withstood 25 conquest attempts and was never taken. Today, tourists have the opportunity to walk along the walls of the fortress and see the Old Town from a height. Of course, it is worth renting a car to explore every corner and feel the local flavor. The main asset of Girona is architecture. The attention of tourists is attracted by the Cathedral, built on the site of an ancient tomb, the church of Sant Feliu, made in the Gothic style, Piazza Sant Feliu, famous for its sculpture in the form of a lion figurine, which scrambles along the column. Local cuisine is no less popular. It is worth a visit to several traditional restaurants and try the delicacies.
The international airport of Costa Brava ( Costa Brava International, Airport then ) - download scheme
IATA code: GRO
Location: 12 km from Girona
Official website: www.girona-airport.cat
Information: +34 913 21 10 00
The following companies provide car rental services at Girona Airport: Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Goldcar, Solmar, Enterprise. Car rental desks are located in the arrivals area. Short and long term parking is available near the airport .
Carrer Ferran el Catolic, Canos arabes
Having rented a car, go on an excursion to one of the main places of the city, which is included in the list of the national heritage of Spain. Outside, the building clearly resembles a religious monastery, but since the beginning of the XII century it was a public bathhouse, built by royal order for the needs of the population. In the XVII century, the Capuchin convent began to work here, and the baths were used for the personal needs of the nuns. Later, the territory was given to the city, a small reconstruction was carried out, and the attraction became open to tourists. It is noteworthy that the baths consist of 5 parts: a lounge for conversations, a lounge for the first warming up, a hot water pool, a kitchen, and a rinsing room in cold water.
Placa de la Catedral, s / n www.catedraldegirona.org
The Cathedral is a visiting card of the city. Built at the beginning of the XIV century, the temple was reconstructed several times and today is a rare example of architecture, which organically combines several styles. The road to the shrine lies through 90 steps, each symbolizing sin. Thus, reaching the destination, you can completely get rid of life's burdens. The main asset of the cathedral is the treasury, which houses medieval goblets, chests, icons made of gold and decorated with precious stones.
Due to its favorable location, the city was regularly attacked. The walls were built in the I century BC to strengthen the defense, and in the IX, XIV, XVII centuries, reconstruction was carried out. Today, tourists have the opportunity to explore both ancient Roman sites and more modern ones. In addition to the walls themselves, Fort Sobre (a construction with a city gate in the center) and the Viscount Tower (where you can climb and view the panoramas of the city) deserve attention.
Pujada de la Catedral, 12
When traveling by rental car, be sure to take the time to visit the Episcopal Palace. It was built at the end of the X century and was used for its intended purpose until the end of the last century. Externally, the building looks gloomy, the decoration is devoid of luxury. Inside is the Museum of Art, the main asset of which is a collection of early paintings, a collection of manuscripts and rare books, as well as a collection of religious rarities dating from the period before the early centuries of Christianity.
Ile-Kall - the Jewish quarter, which is considered the highest-preserved medieval quarter in Europe. Residential buildings, squares, alleys have been preserved in their original form. The center is Carrer Forca, which was laid by the Romans. Every square centimeter is colorful here, so the only thing worth doing once in Ile-Call is to walk as much as possible and inspect the old quarters that are more than 700 years old.
15 kilometers from the city is an amazing natural attraction - Lake Banyoles, which was formed more than 250,000 years ago due to seismic disasters. Its depth in places reaches 62 meters. The water in the lake is crystal clear, looking closely, you can see many inhabitants of the underwater world. After seeing the natural beauty from the shore, you can go for a walk on the lake on a boat. Of particular interest to the place is also due to the fact that the lake and adjacent territories were recognized as a natural monument. It has an important natural, ecological, scientific value. There are legends that it was here that mermaids and ferocious dragons once lived.
Rent a car and go to the picturesque town of Besalu, which can be safely called an open-air museum-city. It was founded by the Romans; active development began in the 7th century. It is worth visiting the stone bridge of the XII century, which is considered the hallmark of the city, to visit the picturesque castles, slowly walking through the narrow streets. The attention of tourists also deserves the St. Peter's Church, decorated with carved stone elements. The design is designed so that a huge amount of sunlight penetrates inside: what you see is sure to make a lasting impression on every traveler. Equally interesting are Besalu Castle, built in the X century and Cornell's house, built in the XII century. Finally, it’s worth visiting the ruins of the old synagogue and medieval baths, which since the 12th century have been used for ritual bathing. Even if there is not much time to travel around Besal, you can just walk along the old streets, peering into each building: you can surely get the atmosphere and capture the brightest places in your memory.
An hour from Girona is the picturesque natural area of Garrotha. Here are several dozen volcanoes that went extinct millions of years ago. During the tour, you can stroll through the beech forest, look into the faded craters, try the famous local beans. Nearby is the small village of Santa Pau, which is worth a stop on the way back. This is a colorful place, having been in which you can move a few centuries ago and live a couple of hours in that unhurried rhythm.
30 kilometers from Girona is the beautiful resort of Lloret de Mar. Laser shows, dance programs, night clubs, bars - all this in abundance offers the city to its guests. Fans of measured relaxation should linger for a couple of days and visit different beaches (Lloret, Fenals Beach). For those who prefer to actively relax, a day is enough to visit the Water World water park, explore the castle on the beach (the residence of Narsis Plaha), ride a “banana” or a boat. An interesting fact: historians managed to find relics in the region dating back to 250 BC. You can view unique exhibits at the Verdaguer Cultural Center.
When you rent a car, head to Caldes. This is a unique place near Girona, whose name means "hot springs" in translation. Local water has unique properties. It is able to lower blood cholesterol, increase the elasticity of muscles and cartilage, have a beneficial effect on the condition of the skin, cure gastritis, and kidney diseases. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Vichi Catalan spa resort was built here, where famous people loved to be. The place is still famous for the skill of local chefs and the healing properties of mineral waters. By the way, the water here is also bottled and put up for sale, so as a souvenir you can buy a couple of bottles for relatives and friends.
Carrer Ample, 1 https://www.facebook.com/cactuscafepalamos
If you are on a healthy diet and prefer to eat exclusively healthy foods for breakfast, head to Cactus Restaurant. The menu offers a large selection of gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. The waiters speak several languages, so if you need a recommendation, they can help you make an order. The highlight of the restaurant is that there are no blanks in the kitchen - all the food is freshly prepared.
Placa de la Independencia, 2 www.konig.cat
If walking in Girona, you would like to sit down in a cozy place, go to the cafe Konig, which is located in the center of the Old Town. You can try french fries, burger, dessert. Whatever you order will be served quickly, despite the number of visitors. The institution is especially popular among local residents who like to have a hearty meal and watch the life of the city. Both children and adults will have something to eat.
Calle Can Sunyer, 48 www.cellercanroca.com
When traveling by car, be sure to check out El Celler de Can Roca. This place is a real gastronomic theater in which the cuisine fluctuates on the verge of ideas and feelings. The restaurant is considered one of the best in Spain. Everything is perfect here: flavor combinations, service, serving. It is worth trying fish with five sauces, fish soup, ice cream from olives. As a prelude to dinner - an excursion to the wine cellar. To be sure to get here, it is better to book a table in advance.
Carrer Nou, 10 www.ruscalleda.cat
If you are looking for an institution for a special occasion, opt for Restaurant Sant Pau. Each dish is like a masterpiece of fine art. The highlight of the institution is an organic combination of ingredients, tastes, structures. The competent staff will help you choose the dishes and give recommendations based on your preferences. If you don’t want to study the assortment for a long time, you can order a “menu of six”, which is a balanced combination of ingredients.
Calle Pedret, 136 | Pedret, 136 www.restaurantmunchengirona.com
Restaurant Munchen is 5 minutes from the center. The hostess meets guests, helps to comfortably accommodate and talks about the latest in the menu. It is worth trying steak, duck, mango and coconut milk mousse. A 7-course tasting menu is popular (in case you can’t decide on the dishes and want to try as much as possible). A cozy atmosphere and good service are the key to a delicious meal and a pleasant pastime.
Passeig de l´Esglesia 1
+34 972 75 80 63 www.hotelpalaulomirador.com double room - from € 90
RV Hotel Palau Lo Mirador is a romantic hotel in the city center. This is the perfect place for a wedding ceremony or honeymoon. The hotel looks like a 14th century castle. Antique furniture, flowers, narrow corridors are integral attributes of the interior. The rooms are large and cool with a good bathroom and Jacuzzi. It offers views of the picturesque garden with pool. Tourists who are going to rent a car can use the free parking.
Av. Just Marles Vilarrodona, 21
+34 972 36 51 88 www.hoteldelamarlloret.com double room - from € 61
If you are looking for a comfortable accommodation near Lloret Beach, opt for Hotel Delamar. The interior of the institution combines exclusively white and black colors. The rooms are functional, each with a small balcony with a view. Competent staff will help you to comfortably accommodate and make sure that each guest is satisfied. The hotel is located near entertainment venues, but due to good sound insulation, extraneous sounds will not disturb the tranquility. It offers a swimming pool, a fitness center.
Carrer del Portal de la Barca, 4
+34 972 22 09 05 www.llegendeshotel.com double room - from € 112
Hotel Museu Llegendes de Girona is located in the historic center of Girona, in an old museum-style building. Nearby are the main attractions. The impression is extremely attentive staff who are ready to help at any time of the day. The rooms are spacious, two-story. The interior is complemented by bas-reliefs, sculptures. On the ground floor there is a small cafe where you can have a delicious breakfast.
Avinguda de Franca, 61
+34 972 20 25 24 www.hotelcostabella.com double room - from € 129
For a short trip to Girona, the cozy three-star Aparthotel Hotel Costabella is suitable. Nearby is the Old Town, an amusement park. In the morning you can have a delicious breakfast in the restaurant at the hotel, and in the evening, if you do not want to go anywhere, relax in the bar with a glass of wine. It features a fitness center, pool. Tourists traveling by rental car will benefit from free parking.
Carrer Nord, 7-9
+34 972 41 15 22 www.nord1901.com double room - from € 119
The main advantage of Nord 1901 is its good location: the main places can be reached on foot, from here it will also be convenient to go on a short trip around the surroundings. The polite staff will help you to comfortably accommodate, provide everyone you need, tell you the delicious restaurants located nearby. The rooms are very spacious and stylish. The impression is a large bathroom. It offers a swimming pool, dry cleaning.
In case of any problems associated with car rental in Girona, BookingCar will solve them as quickly as possible.
We will be with you 24 hours a day.
All you need is to contact us.
© Anastasiia Voloshina, 2017