- Arriving to Girona.
- Guided Visit to Girona.
- Hotel Information: Hotel Gran Ultonia ****
- Weather Information (link to exterior webpage)
Arriving to Girona.
Only 1 hour from the city of Barcelona and 40 minutes from France, the province of Girona, with a clear Mediterranean character, is bordered to the east by the 214 km-long Costa Brava and has a rich cultural and artistic heritage. The province is accessible from anywhere in Spain and Europe, by plane, train, road or sea.
The airport is a short distance from the city, and with the arrival of high velocity train service (AVE) it is possible to travel from the city of Girona to Barcelona (in 37 min).
OPTION A: From Girona-Costa Brava Airport.
Girona’s airport, which is located 12 km from the city (Vilobí d’Onyar), is one of the 10 most transited airports in Spain, and has both national and international flights.
The trip from the airport to the city can be made by:
OPTION B: From Barcelona airport
Barcelona airport is located 115 km from Girona and is easily accessible by road: the AP-7 motorway and the Ronda litoral through Barcelona.
- Barcelona’s Airport to Barcelona-Sants Estació: Barcelona airport is connected by train with the Barcelona-Sants train station (commuter train line R2 North). The airport has two terminals, T1 and T2, and the airport’s train station is closer to the T2. Outside the station there is a free shuttle bus (BusTransit T1-T2) to transfer passengers to the T1. The train from the T2 terminal to Barcelona-Sants departs every 30 minutes (the first at 5:42 am and the last at 23:38 pm) and the trip lasts 19 minutes. More information: www.renfe.com/viajeros/cercanias/barcelona/index.html
Alternatively, you can take a taxi to Sants Estació.
- Barcelona’s Sants Estació to Girona: From Sants Estació to Girona we have three different types of train.
- AVE/Avant: 38 minutes, Price: 15,70€ (recommended)
- Mitja Distancia (MD): 1h 17 min, Price: 10,50€
- Regional: 1h 31 min, Price: 7,85€
- Barcelona’s Aeroport to Girona, by bus:The ALSA transport company offers bus service from Girona (bus station, in front of the train station) to the Barcelona-El Prat Airport and back, with 3 buses daily during the entire year (one- way ticket: 22.90€; round-trip ticket: 41.25€). Departures from Barcelona Aeoroport (T1): 08:15, 14:15 and 21:30. Departures from Girona: 05:35, 11:10 and 18:10. For further information about times and places for departure from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2: ALSA - www.alsa.es - Tel. 902 42 22 42
Getting to Girona by Car.
The province of Girona has a good road infrastructure and is located only 103 km from Barcelona and 70 km from France. The main roadways to Girona are:
- AP-7 Barcelona - France (Girona exits: 6-North and 7-South)
- N-II Madrid-Barcelona-France (north and south exits)
- C-25 (cross-province roadway) Girona-Vic-Lleida
Hotel Information: Hotel Gran Ultonia ****
Address: Gran Via de Jaume I, 22 B, 17001 Girona
Phone: (+34) 972 203 850
Guided Visit To Girona.
Girona has all the charm of a large city, but without the crowds. Founded by the Romans, it has one of the most emblematic old towns of the country, medieval walls, Romanesque and Gothic monuments, touches of the baroque and one of the best preserved Jewish quarters of Europe. You can visit:
Santa María’s Cathedral. Built in different styles (11th –13th century), it preserves elements of the first Romanesque building (cloister and tower of Charlemagne). The most spectacular element is the nave, the widest Gothic arch in the world.
The Church of Sant Feliu. Its origins date from the earliest times of Christianity, and a large part of the Romanesque building is still preserved. It was later completed with a Gothic nave and structures and a baroque facade (11th–17th century). Eight extraordinary Roman and Paleochristian sepulchres are its greatest attraction.
The Arab Baths. The Romanesque-style building was constructed in 1194, with a structure that imitated the distribution of Arab baths, which were very fashionable at that time.
The Jewish Quarter of Girona. The Call or Jewish Quarter is the place where the Jewish community lived for over six hundred years, from 889 until 1492. It is made up of a group of buildings and a network of narrow streets leading to the Cathedral of Girona. It is one of the best preserved Jewish Quarters of Western Europe and includes the Museum of Jewish History.
The painted houses on the Onyar. Restored in different stages, following the chromatic standards of Florentine houses, some of the houses have great modernistic value, and together constitute one of the most photographed and representative parts of the city.
The “Old Fish Market” Bridge. One of the most frequently crossed bridges in the city, it connects the two banks of the River Onyar and two shopping streets, Santa Clara and the Rambla. Gustave Eiffel designed and constructed it in 1876, ten years before the Eiffel Tower was built in Paris.