Top things to do in Girona, Spain

Girona is a city of rich historical and cultural heritage, whose historical past is evident in its beautiful buildings and the architectural elements of its streets and squares in the old city centre. For this reason we are listing top things to do in Girona. Girona is one of the four provinces of Catalonia, Spain.

The old town stands on a hill along the easternshore of the river Onyar, while the more modern part of town stands on the plains to the west.

In and around the city we have accommodation to suit everyone: hotels, apartments, guesthouses, hostels, campsites and rural accommodation.

In this article you will find top things to do in Girona, whether you are travelling alone or in a group, with your family or on business.

 

1.Cathedral of Girona

Top things to do in Girona, Spain

Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, the Girona Cathedral is most notable for its Gothic-style nave, which is the widest of its kind in the world.

Here a spectacular Baroque staircase combined with the facade of the Cathedral form a unique and grandiose public space.

In the Game of Thrones series these stairs were used as the exterior for the Great Sept of Baelor in King’s Landing, where Jaime Lannister has a showdown with the High Sparrow. Location

 

2.Girona Old Town

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The old town of Girona is so extraordinarily complete that we very seriously recommend that you try to contact a guide or find out before you go so as not to miss details of this part of the city.

It is the historical part of the city with more than 2000 years of history, which is reflected in its buildings and constructions.

It has two fortified enclosures, one Roman and the other from medieval times.

 

3.Plaza de Sant Agustí (Plaza de la Independencia)

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Born between two centuries (XIX-XX) its atmosphere, casual and urban, invites tapas on the terraces of restaurants and cafes, inducing visitors and natives to enjoy their surroundings and give life to their space.

We are in one of the most frequented public squares in the capital, which also honors the memory of those who died defending the city during the War of Independence with its Girona Monument, 1809, by Antoni Parera.

A central ‘sea’ where the old and new neighborhood flow.

 

4.Onyar river and picturesque houses

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Iconic, picturesque rows of vibrantly painted house facades overhanging the Onyar river.Among the beautiful buildings of Gerona, the Casas del Onyar stand out mainly for their bright colors and that owe their name to the river that runs through the city and together with the cathedral and Sant Feliu in the background, they constitute the most emblematic image of Girona.

The houses of the Onyar also called river houses or hanging houses , are those that have the facades that face the Onyar river in the section of the Rambla and Platería street in the old part of the city. Of course that visiting Onyar houses and rivers is one of best things to do in Girona.

 

5.Girona City Walls (Muralles de Girona)

Top things to do in Girona, Spain
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The extension of the Roman walls in medieval times allows today to walk along the old coastal path and to cross the longest stretches of the Carolingian wall in Europe (9th century). The various towers that mark it are authentic privileged viewpoints over the city and its surroundings.

 

6.Basilica de Sant Feliu

The bell tower of the basilica of Sant Feliu is, along with the Cathedral of Girona, one of the most recognizable architectural pieces from the city skyline.

Built over an ancient paleo-Christian temple, the basilica of Sant Feliu was raised up in different stages during the XII and XVII centuries.

Until the irruption of the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Girona, the basilica of Sant Feliu was the main temple of Girona dedicated to the Christian cult. Location

 

7.Museum of Cinema

Top things to do in Girona, Spain
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Visiting the permanent exhibition allows you to take a journey through 400 years of the history of the moving image and learn about the antecedents of cinema as a technique and as a visual spectacle, and how were the beginnings of the seventh art until the arrival of television.

It also shows the roots of our visual culture, so important and so present in our current reality. The interactivity of the permanent exhibition set-up and the twenty audiovisuals that exist guarantee that the visit is recommended for audiences of all ages. For more information check official website.

 

8.The Monastery of San Daniel

Traditionally, it is considered that Saint Daniel was a hermit of Armenian origin who, after a period of retirement near Jerusalem, moved to Provence with the desire to evangelize that territory then at the hands of Islam.

There he was persecuted by his adversaries and in the year 888 he died martyred. His followers took charge of the saint’s remains that were transferred to the south, the same year they buried his body in a cave located in the place now known as Vall de Sant Daniel.

Soon its veneration began and this led to the construction of a church that later would become the parish of Sant Salvador (although some version tells us that the parish would already exist previously) and later it would be known as Sant Daniel.

 

9.Arabic Baths

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The first mention of the existence of public baths in Girona dates back to 1194. It seems that during the Middle Ages, some of the rooms were used temporarily as a mikveh by the city’s Jewish community. In the 19th century, they were an object of interest and study by early travellers, such as Alexandre de Laborde, who then made them known to the entire world by including drawings and engravings in their books. For more information check official website.

 

10.Monasterio de Sant Pere de Galligants

Top things to do in Girona, Spain

The monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, of which only the church and the cloister remain visible, is one of the most notable examples of Catalan Romanesque.The construction of the current building began in the first half of the 12th century, around 1131, when Ramon Berenguer Gran bequeathed an important donation to support the works.