This week a magical event will take place in Girona: the yearly Festival Girona, Time of Flowers. The city will literally bloom with thousands of flowers embelleshing its historical streets, buildings, gardens, courtyards and monuments. This year, the Festival will take place from May 9th to May 17th and it is a great excuse to visit this beautiful small city, easy to reach by train in just 40 minutes from Barcelona.
Flooded with flowers or not, Girona is all the same worth a visit at any time of the year. It has the charm of a city whose monuments and architecture tell stories dating back hundreds of years ago. The quiet and peaceful atmosphere of a small city, warm and welcoming, built on both sides of a river.
The main attraction in the old town is its ancient Jewish Quarter, one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in the world. It is a labyrinth of narrow streets and old houses made of stone walls that now are occupied by workshops and small cafés. The mix of its medieval architecture and bohemian atmosphere makes the place absolutely captivating. In Girona, there are also remains of the ancient Roman settlement: a mighty fortress built in the first century BC, parts of which can still be seen today. The other historical highlight is its medieval city-wall. Visitors can stroll along a walkway on the walls and stop at the wall towers to admire the views over the city and surrounding valleys and mountains.
The houses along the river
The city of Girona is split in two by Onyar river, a small tributary of river Ter. The colourful façades of the houses overlooking the river are nowadays one of the most beautiful and iconic images of Girona. Some of these houses are restaurants and cafés, where it is possible to have lunch and enjoy the views over the river and the old town – always with the impressive Cathedral and the sharp bell-tower of Saint Félix church in the skyline. Along Onyar river you can find two bridges of architectonic interest: the Stone bridge and the Peixeteries Velles bridge, which was built by the Eiffel company in 1876.
El Celler de Can Roca
As you see, Girona offers the visitor architectonic beauty, cultural and historic heritage and much more, but if there is something unique and special that you can do in Girona is having dinner in one of the World’s Best 50 Restaurants: El Celler de Can Roca. Holding 3 Michelin Stars since 2012 and creating and innovating in the art of gastronomy, El Celler de Can Roca offers a unique experience of emotions in every single dish of their creative menu. Living this gastronomic experience requires booking with months in advance but the reward will be an unforgettable meal.
Do you need any other reason to visit the charming city of Girona? Just take the train from Barcelona and travel north to enjoy its beauty. Highly recommended!