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The Perfect Day Trip in Girona, Spain

Girona is 100km north of Barcelona city in the Costa Brava region of Catalunya, Spain. I heard great things about this small city when I was living in Barcelona. It seemed like a wasted opportunity if I didn’t go!

Girona doesn’t push tourism in your face, the architecture is phenomenal, the bars are really casual, and the area is safe. I couldn’t find any negatives!

Getting There

You can buy a train ticket on the Renfe website or at the ticket booth in Barcelona Sants station. The ticket costs around €26 return, and the journey lasts 40 minutes. This what makes it so perfect for a day trip.

Alternatively, you can take the bus from Barcelona Nord bus station to Girona for €25 return. The journey takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Or why not make a road trip trip out of it? My two friends and I rented a car in the centre of Barcelona and drove north along Costa Brava. We stopped at a few places along the way like Aiguablava, and made Girona our final stop. It cost around €25 each for the day rental.

Main Activities

La Cathedral de Girona

I was happy enough admiring the outside without paying €7 for entry. It all depends on your budget.

Fun Fact: This stunning 11th century church as well as other spots in Girona have appeared in Game of Thrones as Braavos. Look out for it in season 6!

Passeig de la Muralla

Girona has experienced 25 sieges, so it makes sense why they built these huge medieval walls.

Did you bring walking shoes? There’s a really long path along the old walls where you can marvel at the beautiful view of the city and the surrounding mountains. It’s the number one attraction to visit on Tripadvisor, and free!

Tip: Find the staircase at the back of the Cathedral.

Jewish Quarter

Stroll through the cobbled streets of the Jewish quarter for historic ambience. Many scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed here, at locations such as Carrer de la Claveria and the steps of Sant Martí.

You can also find the Jewish museum which displays the morbid history and remnants of the Jewish community. Entry to the museum costs €4 but it’s free on the first Sunday of each month.

Onyar River

If you’re looking for a pinturesque photo opportunity, walk across the bridge which leads into Girona’s old city. The bridge crosses over the trickle river Onyar with dull pale autumn-shade houses on either side. I genuinely did like this part, but expectations vs. reality may be a let down for some. Visit on a sunny day if you can.

Other Simple Ideas

Like every city in Spain, Girona has a lot of plazas. Take a caña (beer), enjoy authentic tapas and relax.

Chill out in Devesa Park, which is on the side of the bridge opposite to the old city.

Try some gelato in Rocambolesc Gelateria. The three Roca brothers are some of the top chefs in the world, who run El Celler de Can Roca, the world’s second-best sell-your-kidney-to-pay-for-a-meal-kinda restaurant. The ice cream shop is run by one of the brothers, Jordi Roca, the Willy Wonka of ice cream.

Day Trip or Long Break?

Girona is a small city which means you will probably be able to see the main sites within a day. Once you cross the bridge into the old city, there isn’t much to see apart from the architecture. But if you want to take it slow and relax, it’s worth staying for a night or two!

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    Jodie
    February 17, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I’d never heard of Girona before. Thanks for sharing this! Will keep it in mind next time we plan on visiting Spain!

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    Nathan Aguilera
    February 18, 2017 at 7:46 am

    This looks like the perfect day trip! I love Spain. It’s maybe my favorite country. I would love to do a road trip just like this.

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    Ariane
    February 18, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Never been to Girona, but seeing your pics I guess it’s a lovely town to visit. I’ll perhaps du a road trip through spain this year, I’ll make sure Girona’s on the map 😉

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      journeywithchloe
      February 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      A road trip through Spain is one of the best things to do because there are so many interesting stops along the way. Also try cadaques, and aiguablava if you head up north towards Girona!

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    Stella the Travelerette
    February 19, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Girona does seem like a wonderful place for a day trip! I would definitely want to see the medieval architecture and the Jewish quarter. Great photos!

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    TheDameIntl
    February 19, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Taking little trips out of the main tourist cities is such a treat! You really get to know a country when you venture further, this little city looks like a lovely little slice of Spanish life.

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      journeywithchloe
      February 20, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Yes, exactly! This city shows off the authenthic Cataonian lifestyle!

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    Victoria
    February 19, 2017 at 7:20 am

    great post! I have to take this day trip in the nearer future. I love off the beaten path trips like this!

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    Akashdeep Singh
    February 19, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Oh man! I love spain. It has been on my bucket list.
    You post mesmerized me all over again

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    Kyntra Strickland
    February 19, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Thanks for sharing! We have an extra day in Barcelona this summer and will be looking into this day trip. Lovely photos and great information.

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      journeywithchloe
      February 20, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      That’s great, I hope you enjoy your trip! You could either go to Girona or do as I did and rent a car to do a roadtrip along the coast – depends o your budget.

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    Bhushavali
    February 19, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Awesome! I’ve been only to Barcelona in Spain! So thanks for this virtual tour. The architecture of the city does look stunning and the Cathedral looks gorgeous! Isn’t this the street where Cersei Lannister takes the walk of shame?

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      journeywithchloe
      February 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      You should visit Girona the next time you go! Yeah, I thought it was that exact street and my friends and I shouted shame at each other while walking through it haha. But then I later read that the street is actually in Dubrovnik, Croatia which I was unaware of. The two streets look really similar!

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    Sam Sparrow
    February 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Spain is one of my favourite locations in the world. I love the look of the Jewish Quarter, it’s very picturesque!

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    Flavio
    February 19, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    A nice town, with beautiful architecture and old streets 🙂

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    Meghan
    February 19, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I think this town looks like such a cute place! I like your food suggestions. It sounds like I need to get some of that ice cream!

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      journeywithchloe
      February 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      I can’t remember if it was overrated to be honest… But try it anyway! 😉

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    Ami Bhat
    February 20, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Looks really lovely and picturesque. Adding to the charm is the heritage that the place seems to have. The Jewish quarters really look as it there is tons to be discovered. Thanks for sharing this.

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      journeywithchloe
      February 20, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Yeah it has maintained a lot of it’s history, which definitely makes this place a scenic city to visit!

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    Jude
    June 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Chloe I am definitely moving to Spain to live when I retire!

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