The 10 Best Things to Do in Girona, Spain

August 6, 2017 Viva Honore

One of the most historic sites in Spain, Girona lies in northeast Catalonia, just 99 km (62 mi) from Barcelona. Founded by Romans, the city later was taken over by Moors and Franks before finally falling under the rule of Barcelona. Influenced by different cultures and religions, the city beckons visitors with beautiful architecture. The Old and New Town offer many opportunities to pleasurably get lost and observe local life and culture.
Restaurants in Girona

1. Jewish Quarter

Calle de la Forca, Girona, Spain +34 972 21 67 61
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Jewish Quarter

Reviewed By Sohail B - The Hague, The Netherlands

Such a surprise! I have been here in January 2018, and the old town of Gerona is such a amazing surprise! Its really old, and have a lot of stairs and narrow streets, making it a very lookalike of Northern Italian cities. You can definitely feel you are in a mountainous region, and on the streets there are many cafe’s and good restaurants from very high quality. Not sure how this is in the summer, but during the winter I would really recommend a visit towards this town. Its is still a bit touristic, but its mainly more concentrated towards domestic and not that much international and mass thanks to the popularity of nearby towns such as Barcelona or The Brava coastline. I think its worth it.

2. Passeig de la Muralla

Girona, Spain +34 972 22 65 75
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Passeig de la Muralla

Reviewed By AlbertSalichs - Manresa, Spain

Passeig de la Muralla is a very nice walk at the top of the old wall of Girona. From here it is possible to see very nice views of the most important buildings of Girona like the Cathedral, churches, old town and the river. Probably the most beautiful walk outside old town. I am sure you will do it, the first time you visit the city.

3. Patronat Call de Girona

C/ de la Forca, 8, 17004 Girona, Spain +34 972 21 67 61
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4.5 based on 389 reviews

Patronat Call de Girona

Jewish neighborhood considered the home of the Kabbalah, Judaic mysticism.

Reviewed By dmpdsc - AV, California

While the Jewish museum in Girona has fewer bells and whistles than other Jewish museums in southern Europe, compared to the others I have visited, this one is unique in that it is more of an archaeological museum. When the Jewish community in Gerona was decimated in 1492, all the Jewish homes were annexed by the community, all the synagogues were re-purposed, all the grave stones were dug up and broken. The museum contains only a handful of these broken grave stones that have been excavated. The museum does display some very old Torah scrolls, tefillin, etc. I suppose to show the general population what kinds of treasures and customs a Jewish community keeps. There were also very interesting displays about the Ramban, who was born in Girona and one of the gratest Kabalistic teachers in Jewish history. There are also stockades from the 1400s used by the Inquisition as well as an example of the cloths that Jews were forced to wear who had been condemned to death by the towns Inquisition panel - apparently some of these cloths had been preserved by Catholic churches all this time. A previous reviewer has a point: this is no museum of a living community - it is the scant evidence of where a great community once thrived.

4. Girona Cathedral (Catedral)

Placa de la Catedral, s/n, 17004 Girona, Spain +34 972 21 58 14
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Girona Cathedral (Catedral)

This 15th-century Cathedral has the second-widest nave in the world.

Reviewed By Bogdan T

It is an amazing place for a short visit even if you are not very religious. Amazing buildings and a lot of palces to have a coffee or a bite to eat right in the square. A lot of small shops and tons of Game of Thrones theme songs played by street performers

5. Film Museum (Museu del Cinema)

C/ Sequia 1, 17001 Girona, Spain +34 972 41 27 77
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4.5 based on 355 reviews

Film Museum (Museu del Cinema)

Experience and view the history of moving images, from shadow theatre to the cinema, with the Tomàs Mallol Collection. An interactive, educational and entertaining exhibition, interesting for all ages.

Reviewed By Nigel M

Clever museum covering the history of film.
There is lot's to see and interact with in multiple languages, including Spanish (obviously) and English. The staff are great and recognising that we were English the set the film introducing the exhibit to English for us which was a nice touch.
The exhibits are mainly focused on the early history of film. A few more exhibits from the recent history of film might be beneficial but it doesn't detract from the experience.
Well worth the 5 Euro entrance fee.

6. Museum of Jewish History

Carrer de la Forca, 8, 17004 Girona, Spain +34 972 21 67 61
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4.5 based on 291 reviews

Museum of Jewish History

The main aim of the Museum is to preserve and reflect the history of the Jewish communities of Catalonia, which throughout the entire medieval period formed part of, and made a decisive contribution to, the history of the country and its cultural and scientific development. In most cases an attempt has been made to illustrate the explanations given during the visit to the Museum with examples of items originating from Girona's own Jewish history. These examples, which may be in documentary, archaeological or pictorial form, thus offer a general explanation of the pattern of Jewish life in medieval Catalonia.

Reviewed By deeboy - london, UK

This place is a gem. Very tastefully and thoughtfully put together, it brings alive in a special way a very important part of Girona's history and gives you some unique glances into Jewish life that you can't get anywhere else in the city. The inspiring and ultimately very sad story of the community is very well explained and the information cards throughout the rooms are excellent. The entry fee was the best €4 I spent in Girona.

7. Lake Banyoles

Paseo de la Draga | Banyoles, 17820 Girona, Spain +34 972 58 34 70
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4.5 based on 510 reviews

Lake Banyoles

Reviewed By Stevo63 - Southampton, United Kingdom

Nice place to spend some time next to the water. Beautiful crystal clear lake where you can swim, boat or fish. Some nice restaurants nearby. The lake walk is well shaded so ideal for a hot day. Estimate a couple of hours to walk around it completely.

8. Esglesia de Sant Feliu

Pujada de Sant Feliu, Girona, Spain +34 972 20 14 07
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4.5 based on 308 reviews

Esglesia de Sant Feliu

Reviewed By burr6013 - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Basilica de Sant Feliu Girona is a basilica in Girona dedicated to Saint Felix who was martyred at Girona on August 31, 304 after traveling from Carthage with Saint Cucuphas as a missionary. It is built on an ancient paleo-Christian church and was the main church of Girona before the construction of the Cathedral. The church has a mix of different architectural styles: the layout is Romanesque (12th-13th centuries), the vaulted roof is Gothic (14th-15th centuries), and the façade is Baroque (16th century). The layout consists of three naves and four side arches. The tower, a combined defense tower and bell tower, is one of the best known silhouettes in Girona’s old quarter because of its flat top. Below the bell tower is the narrow face of the building which conserves the rose window and other features of the Gothic façade. Below the church is an ancient Christian cemetery from before the Diocletian persecutions. Excavations have revealed eight Roman sarcophaguses that can be seen from inside the church. The two oldest tombs date to the 2nd century. Other valuable treasures are the sarcophagus of Saint Narcís, the Gothic altarpiece of the Virgin Mary in the high altar, and the Reclining Christ (a Gothic alabaster piece). Legend has it large flies emerged from the body of Saint Narcís in September 1286 and attacked the army of the King of France, Philip the Fair, when the King besieged Girona. Construction of Basilica de Sant Feliu Girona started in the 12th century but was not finished until the 17th century.

9. Onyar River

Girona, Spain
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4 based on 699 reviews

Onyar River

Reviewed By Diveboy77 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Great place to stroll around leisurely, taking you to parts of the city you may not otherwise visit.

10. La Vinyeta

Ctra. Mollet a Masarac | Mollet de Peralada, 17752 Girona, Spain +34 647 74 88 09
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

La Vinyeta

Live *lavinyeta with the five senses Visit *lavinyeta and discover an authentic winery from the Empordà. Come and live a unique experience. Open the eyes. Let yourself be captivated for a wild landscape. Listen the tramontana sound, the Mediterranean wind that slip in the vineyards. Taste the wines and olive oils from La Vinyeta, this is the scarce fruit of a lean soil, Mollet de Peralada. Let your senses free along with tenacious people engaged with this spot from the Empordà region.*lavinyeta is open for visits on: Saturday from 10 to 14h pm and from 16 to19 hSunday and holidays from 10 to 14 h

Reviewed By IvanaCM2013 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Went for a tour to the vineyards with Miguel, a cool guy who explained us a lot about the concept of the winery and local production they do. The plots are nice to walk around, so don't miss it out. Had there also a lunch...MoreThank you Ivana! it was a real pleasure to have you in our state!! Thank you for your visit and ypur comments!! We hope that you enjoyed your trip in Girona Costa Brava! All the best!!

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