A maze of medieval cobbled streets, arcaded houses and ancient churches, Girona is a feast for the senses. It’s also the gateway to the sizzling sands and pine-dotted hills of the Costa Brava, making the city a perfect year-round getaway.
Sun, sea and Sangria
Wilder and less populated than the Costa del Sol or Costa Blanca, the Costa Brava is famous for its horseshoe bays, secluded sandy beaches and idyllic little hilltop villages. Why not take advantage of a holiday to Girona from Glasgow Airport to explore the enticing coastal resorts that lie within easy transfer distance of the city? The historic fishing village of Tossa de Mar has all the ingredients for a perfect beach break, including a paradisiacal stretch of sand and countless stylish beachside bars. Alternatively, head to Lloret de Mar to experience a vibrant Old Town and soak up the stunning surrounding scenery.
Walk back in time
Fancy a break from the sunlounger? Girona is a hotbed of cultural interest, with an intricate baroque cathedral (Plaça de la Catedral), a 12th-century bathhouse (Banys Àrabs, Carrer Ferran el Catòlic) and the best-preserved medieval Jewish quarter in Catalonia. To experience this historic city without spending a dime, take a walk along Girona’s medieval walls. Steps just across the street from the Banys Àrabs lead up to the walls through stunning gardens and then on to the Plaça de Catalunya.
Food for thought
Catalonia has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred chefs in Spain. The crowning jewel in Girona’s gastronomic crown is El Celler De Can Roca (Carrer Can Sunyer 48), a three-starred, family-run restaurant with one of the most unique wine cellars in the world. If your budget won’t quite stretch, dine with the locals at traditional Catalan bistro Can Marques (Plaça Calvet i Rubalcaba 3) or feast on Mediterranean cuisine while cool jazz plays in the background at bohemian eatery La Penyora (Carrer Nou del Teatre 3). And if all that’s left you wanting more, Barcelona’s groundbreaking architecture, irrepressible nightlife and sensational food scene are only 90 minutes away.