Girona (Gerona) is just a short drive inland from the coast and a lovely city to explore! It lies on the banks of the Oñar river and has a rich history.
We park the car just outside the centre, close to the famous department store El Corte Inglés. It is the time of the “Rebajas” or Sales and we first go hunting for some bargains. From the parking place it is an easy walk into the old town.
After crossing the Pont de Pedra bridge, we can start our sightseeing tour along the heritage buildings and all the famous landmarks. Girona offers more than 2000 years of history and was ruled by Iberians, Romans, Muslims and many more. Their influences are still visible.
We walk up and down the streets and discover impressive plazas, many bridges, the Basilica of Sant Feliú and the Cathedral of Santa Maria, which has the widest Gothic arch in the world!
La Força Vella or fortress dates back to the Roman foundation. The city walls had been extended during the 14th and 15th centuries. While walking over the wall you get superb views over different parts of the city.çç
There was a thriving Jewish community until 1492. We find the quarter or Call while exploring a labyrinth of old, narrow streets.
Girona is also a popular market town. Many years ago, we used to go on a Tuesday or Saturday to the open-air Ribes del Ter market in the Devesa Park. A variety of produce is always available; fruit, vegetables, clothes, shoes and gifts.
Besides the historical highlights, the markets and the many museums, there are plenty of restaurants to enjoy great local food and tapas! A visit of one day to this gem in Catalonia is way too short!