Only an hour from Barcelona, 30 minutes from the gorgeous Costa Blanca, and an hour from the border of France, Girona is a perfect base from which to explore and has a great deal to offer for those seeking a mix of adventure and relaxation. If you are planning a stay in Girona we have provided a multitude of attractions and things to do that will make your trip memorable and entertaining. Furthermore, if you are staying somewhere round this city, you can rent a car with Drivalia and our all-inclusive car hire packages at Girona airport mean that you have the freedom to get around and explore this wonderful area.
Walk along the ancient city walls
As Girona was a major city in ancient history it had an extensive defensive network and a fantastic set of city walls. Much of these walls still stand today in a fabulous condition and it is possible to walk along them and take in the cityscape of Girona. This is possibly the best way to see the city from a unique perspective – you can see the guard towers, peer over the ramparts and marvel at the Roman and Renaissance architecture.
Learn about the Jewish history of Girona in the Museum of Jewish History
Girona’s Jewish history is extensive and from the 14th century onwards, this city has played host to a major Jewish population. To learn about this history, the Museum of Jewish History is the only place to visit. Located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, the museum is housed within a charming building and has a myriad of artefacts and exhibitions. Exhibitions include 14th century stone etchings, contemporary documents and paintings.
Partake in a little shopping down Rambla de la Llibertat
If you love shopping then Girona does not disappoint. La Rambla de la Llibertat is one of the premier high streets in the city and boasts a wide array of boutiques, shops, cafes and restaurants. Starting at the Plaça de Catalunya and stretching along the river to the Pont de Sant Agusti this tree-lined promenade is a gorgeous part of Girona. Consider ambling through the shops, enjoying a coffee at one of the cafes and maybe a bite to eat at one of the restaurants.
Drive to the Costa Blanca to relax on a secluded beach
As mentioned above, Girona is only a short distance from the coast. If you have your own hire car, you can make your way across the countryside and discover one of the many beaches and coastal towns that hug this dramatic section of the Costa Blanca. Notable towns include Palamos, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Lloret de Mar and Calella. If you enjoy driving, you would be amazed with the views of the sea. Just imagine: you, friends, the wind in your face and your car, taking in the sights and pleasures of Costa Blanca. These are some of the more popular locations, but if you are adventurous, you could simply explore the coast for yourself and see what other hidden gems you can find!
Enjoy a boat ride on Banyoles Lake
Girona benefits from a beautiful surrounding landscape and a main attraction only 30 minutes from the city centre is Lake Banyoles. If you make use of Drivalia’s hire car service you can head on out and discover this charming natural site. During the summer months, it is possible to swim in the lake, however, you can also enjoy a relaxing boat ride across the vast length of this body of water. Boat trips take approximately 45 minutes and are a great way to take in the scenery and savour the perfect Spanish weather.
Sample some Mediterranean cuisine at La Penyora Restaurant
Girona has a multitude of world-class restaurants and a sublime gastro scene. Whilst stopping in this city, an evening at La Penyora Restaurant is one of the best ways to sample the local cuisine and enjoy a night of fine dining. Located only a short distance from the Pont de Pedra and the Jardins de la Muralla this restaurant has a charming setting and some delicious dishes. The head chef at La Penyora serves a range of Mediterranean meals all made using fresh produce; notable choices include the Cannelloni and Arugala Salad.
There you have it – six interesting and entertaining attractions in and around Girona. We are certain that this list will provide you with a fantastic adventure and will make your time in the city memorable. With a hire-car from Drivalia, you can explore this part of Catalonia and enjoy ample amounts of freedom and fun!