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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Day trip from Barcelona – Girona and Costa Brava
Girona is a beautiful medieval town that charmingly connects the old quarters and new town. Many visit this part of Catalonia for it’s luscious green scapes where one can easily go cycling or hiking through the countryside. It is also a classic pitstop for those that intend to spend some time in the Costa Brava region to relax on sandy beaches and bask in the sun. It is also a fair medium if you wish to visit the Dalí museum in Figueres, a recommended trip whilst in Barcelona.
Just 1 hour away by local transport or a short drive, you can escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona if you so wish. Or leave the car behind, as last year Barcelona added a high speed train service that takes you direct to Girona and Figueres. Why Girona? Well gastronomy is top notch here. In 2013 El Celler de Can Roca won the best restaurant in the world and in general the area is know for having high quality restaurants and traditional places to eat.
Make your way to one of the bridges that go across the River Onyar and take some snaps of the famous pretty builds that innocently reside there. Girona’s cathedral, a beautiful gothic structure, rings its bells throughout the day and is a little reminder of the charm that resonates in such a historical scene. Arab baths can also be found if you wish to kick back and indulge a little during your break. A walk on the top of the Roman Wall, which was restored a few years ago is breathtaking and a must on a sunny day.
Key places to visit whilst planning a trip to Girona is Figueres, known as the city of Dalí. It is an attractive town with mansions, shops and pavement cafés and the Teatre Museu Dalí is the highlight. Here you can explore the world of Salvador Dalí. Girona is also a great resting place for those that visit during the summer months and want to discover the beaches, sea views and coves of the Costa Brava. Places such as Calella de Palafrugell where you can walk around the rocky coast, sunbathe and swim, or visit Cadaques- all of which can enhance a vacation in Barcelona.