Get to know Girona
Girona is blessed with gorgeous beaches along the wonderful, and famous, Costa Brava. Its beautiful landscape is varied, alternating from the richness of its natural parks to the beauty of the Catalan Pyrenees, whose peaks are perfect for skiing. The province is also the cradle of Salvador Dalí’s work that, when added to the impressive monuments of the old town of Ampurdán, make Girona one of the Mediterranean’s most precious pearls. Girona becomes even more attractive once you discover its fabulous hotels.
Girona is located in the northeastern part of Catalonia and is well connected to the rest of Spain: it is a seven-hour drive from Madrid and a four-and-a-half drive from Valencia. It has bus stations, a RENFE train station and an airport (Girona – Costa Brava).
Discovering Girona is a fascinating adventure thanks to the singular characteristics of its villages. Cadaqués, the easternmost village, is surrounded by both the sea and mountains. It invites us to explore the Cap de Creus Natural Park and its stunning landscapes that were created by the Tramontane wind, with innumerous small islands, deep and clear waters, amazing sea floors, a great variety of colorful fishes… in short, perfect for scuba diving!
Other terrific places for nature lovers are the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, the Montseny Natural Park, the Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà and the county of Ripollès.
The list grows as we head further inland, into the countryside. Pla de L’Estany, whose capital is Banyoles and whose name means “plain of the lake,” has spectacular buildings of cultural interest such as la Muralla, the Plaza del Teatre and the Monasterio de Sant Esteve. Puigcerdà raises the cultural bar with its Sant Julià Church, Sant Andreu Church, Campanar de Santa María, the Sant Martí Bridge and the Chapel of Nostra Senyora de Gràcia. If you plan on extending your visit to the province, we recommend that you go even further inland and explore the cities of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà, La Selva, El Ripollès, El Gironès and La Cerdanya.
As for beaches, your options are endless. You will find idyllic coves, urban beaches, with either rocks or thin sand and always with romantic and impressive sunsets.
Girona’s cuisine is exquisite, being elaborated with organic products and fresh seafood. The region is also home to Michelin-starred restaurants. You will also find a multitude of traditional Catalan restaurants.