Saturday, July 30, 2011

CATALONIA - COSTA BRAVA: GIRONA

Girona, especially its old quarter, is a nice city perfect to spend one day or, even a weekend, walking along the narrow streets of the jewish quarter, visiting its medieval buildings like the gothic cathedral or the arab baths, or enjoying the views of Las Cases de L'Onyar from its bridges. I like the old quarter of Girona almost as much as I like the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona.

Besides this views of Les Cases de L'Onyar, I also liked a lot walking along the streets of the jewish quarter and around Sant Pere de Galligants monastery. The views of Girona from the city walls are fantastic too.


Next you have the places I visited during the day I spent in Girona:


  • Cases de L'Onyar
  • Pont de les Peixateries Velles
  • Call Jueu (Jewish Quarter)
  • Arab Baths
  • Sant Pere de Galligants Monastery
  • Girona Cathedral
  • Rambla de la Llibertat
  • Plaça de la Indepèndencia
  • Jardins de la Francesa
  • Passeig Arqueològic
  • City Walls

By the way, I strongly recommend walking through the jewish quarter of Barcelona and Besalú, which is actually a lovely medieval village.

Pont de les Peixateries Velles


Girona cathedral and Les Cases de L'OnyarGirona cathedral and Les Cases de L'Onyar from El Pont de les Peixateries Velles, built by the company of Gustave Eiffel


El Pont de les Peixateries Velles in GironaEl Pont de les Peixateries Velles has become one of the symbols of Girona

Cases de L'Onyar


Les Cases de L'Onyar in GironaLes Cases de L'Onyar, one of the best known postcards of Girona, and El Pont de les Peixateries Velles


Les Cases de L'Onyar in GironaNice view of Les Cases de L'Onyar, the Girona Cathedral and the bell-tower of La Colegiata de Sant Feliu


Call Jueu (Jewish Quarter)


El Call, the old jewish quarter, is a maze of cobbled streets. In the call there was the synagoghe, the ritual baths as well as other community services.


Carrer de la Força inside El Call jueu of GironaCarrer de la Força inside El Call jueu of Girona

Centre Bonastruc Sa Porta inside El Call Jueu in GironaMain courtyard of the Centre Bonastruc Sa Porta, located inside El Call Jueu in Girona

Sant Llorenç street inside the Call Jueu in GironaSant Llorenç street, probably the narrowest street inside the Call Jueu in Girona


Sant Llorenç street inside the Call Jueu in Girona
Another picture of Sant Llorenç street, a typical narrow street of the jewish quarter of Girona

La Pujada de la Catedral and Manuel Cundero streets in Girona
La Pujada de la Catedral and Manuel Cundero are two more exemples of  typical streets in the jewish quarter of Girona

Convent of Sant Domènec in GironaStaircase which leads you to the Convent of Sant Domènec. On the left, the arc under El Palau dels Agullana, one of the best known places in Girona


El Palau dels Agullana in GironaHere you can see better this well-known arc under El Palau dels Agullana. This street leads you to the jewish quarter of Girona


Carrer Bellmirall inside El Call Jueu in GironaCarrer Bellmirall, another typical street of El Call Jueu in Girona

Arab Baths


Arab Baths in GironaDressing room of the Arab Baths in Girona


Sant Pere de Galligants Monastery


Sant Pere de Galligants monastery in GironaThe surroundings of Sant Pere de Galligants monastery is a lovely place to walk

Girona Cathedral


Girona gothic cathedralMain facade of the Girona gothic cathedral

Rambla de la Llibertat


La Rambla de la Llibertat in GironaFrom La Rambla de la LLibertat, probably one of the most lively streets in Girona, you can see the bell tower of the Girona cathedral


La Rambla de la Llibertat in GironaRambla de La Llibertat is a pleasant place to have a drink

Plaça de la Independència


Plaça de la Independencia in GironaPlaça de la Independencia in Girona. Here, on weekends, there is a market of artisan food like honey, cheese etc

Jardins de la Francesa


Els Jardins de la Francesa in GironaEls Jardins de la Francesa, located between the Girona cathedral and the city walls are a lovely a quiet place

Passeig Arqueològic


Torre Gironella from El Passeig Arqueològic in GironaTorre Gironella from El Passeig Arqueològic, a nice promenade along the Girona city walls

Girona from the City Walls


Girona cathedral from the city wallsView of the Girona cathedral from the city walls


Girona cathedral from the city wallsA closer view of the gothic cathedral of Girona in the evening

Girona at night


Girona cathedral lit at nightNice view of the Girona cathedral lit at night



Besides, near Girona there are a lot of beautiful places to visit, like the beaches and coves of La Costa Brava:


and the Camins de Ronda in Costa Brava, from where you can enjoy fantastic views of Costa Brava and its beaches:



Of course, in addition to its almost heavenly beaches of turquoise water, La Costa Brava offers many cultural activities. Among them, I would recommend visiting the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery and the remains of Empúries

I also recommend spending a weekend in Cadaquès, Portlligat and Empuriabrava, three charming villages located in the north of La Costa Brava, as I did in 2009. Near these villages I also would visit the impressive church of La Catedral de l'Empordà in Castello d'Empúries.

Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to other
beautiful places in Catalonia.


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