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3 nights in Girona

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Bristol
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3 nights in Girona

Hello

We have booked 3 nights in Girona during the second week in August. We are staying at the Hotel Nord. We want to stay in the city for the duration. Can anyone give us advice about where to go, what to do, where to eat etc

Looking forward to our visit

Many thanks

Girona, Spain
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1. Re: 3 nights in Girona

First and foremost try to plan your days sensibly. It is very hot in Girona from about 1-4 so try to avoid doing too much walking during those times, the shops will be shut at those times also.

That said, there is plenty to do and see. Devesa Park is a very laid back city park and ideal for a pleasant walk around, well shaded and very picturesque. If you are here on the Tuesday the market is located amongst the trees.

I would suggest you head for the city walls early in your trip as you will get wonderful views of the city, something may catch your eye while up there, or at least you will get an idea of your bearings for the rest of your break.

Head for Jardins De Merce, which has a lovely walled garden. Very pretty for a city based holiday. Join the wall at that end and come round and down into the park at the back of the cathedral. From there you just keep walking down, any route, and get lost in the old town, ambling around with nowhere in particular planned.

The people watching places are the Ramblas and Plaza Independencia. Both are typical Mediterranean in style, with plenty of watering holes. I would prefer to sit in the latter, at say, Lizarran, who sell tasty snacks, pinxos.

The nightlife in the old town revolves around the area of restaurants where Draps, Zanpanzar, vinyl and Le creperie are situated. Just up the steps to the church from there is Le Bistrot, the seats for which are on those steps, I can't think of a more picturesque place to eat in the city. If you are the sort that likes to mix with the locals then Zanpanzar is probably the best choice.

The best of the museums are the film museum, the cafe opposite, La taverna, is a nice place to snack also, which is just 2 mins from your hotel, and the Jewish museum, which is on an atmospheric street in the old town, and a good route to take up to the cathedral, as there are a few touristy type shops up there also, some naff, some good for presents.

There is a restaurant/bar called Esconxuro, Galician bar, very close to your hotel. I couldn't recommend it highly enough for a quick drink but also for a meal one evening, plenty of seats outside and best tapas.

If you crave air con dining inside then La tagliatelle is near you and also popular with the locals, for pizza and pasta.

You are located on the new side of town but Girona is relatively small to get around such that you are very close to the various bridges that often feature in pictures of the city that take you over to the old town. On your side of the river you are in the exclusive shopping area, beautiful people a plenty, where you will also find El Cellar Can Roca's (the world's best restaurant) ice cream parlour, Rocambolesc. Definitely worth a visit and not Michelin starred prices.

Enjoy.

Bristol
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2. Re: 3 nights in Girona

Dear Darren

We really couldn't have hoped for such an excellent reply to our question. What you have described sounds perfect to us. We have 4 full days in Girona and are determined to not take a trip out but just slow down and enjoy being in a Spanish city, soaking it up and enjoying the different culture. We will have had 4 nights in a Parador before we come to Girona so the city life will suit us. I shall very much look forward to looking up your recommended place to eat and drink

Thank you so much for taking the time on your reply

With best wishes

Jennydog

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