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Girona with a Toddler and Getting About Without a Car . . .

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Girona with a Toddler and Getting About Without a Car . . .

Hi there,

We are planning a last minute break and have found some fairly cheap flights to Girona. I'm just wondering if there is much to see and do with a 2 year old toddler in Girona, and also how easy it is to commute to towns along the coast by public transport (we don't drive!)? We're pretty familiar with Barcelona and so probably won't plan a trip there (despite our love for the city), but it would be nice to visit another coastal town with a beach (although appreciate it might not be too warm for bathing just yet!). Any ideas, or advice welcome. (Oh, and if Girona is not a particularly toddler friendly place, honesty would also be appreciated!!).

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Girona with a Toddler and Getting About Without a Car . . .

Not much, the area of Costa Brava is rather difficult without a car, not impossible but you'll be depending on buses that are scarcely scheduled. If you don't rent a car, do choose one town per day which is as much -in practical terms- as you'll do. This is a great video on the coast for you to see the different landscapes: infocatalonia.eu/w/…

Girona is the capital of the area so it's pretty much a city which means it's as toddler-friendly as it gets. Have a look at the city council web for more info: http://www.girona.cat/turisme/eng/index.php and here for a peek at the city itself: http://www.infocatalonia.eu/w/2013/11/30/ben/

If you end up visiting Girona I'd recommend this little unassuming crêperie: https:/…Creperie.Bretonne.Annaick.Girona for a sweet treat. It proves very popular with kids.

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2. Re: Girona with a Toddler and Getting About Without a Car . . .

Girona is very children friendly. Most restaurants and cafes have plenty of outdoor seating, spacious and safe squares away from traffic and small children's playgrounds. The old town can be steep in places and difficult to navigate with a buggy but most of the city is very accessible.

At the moment, we are still on the winter schedule for buses. I am not sure if you were planning day trips from Girona or to stay on the coast for your whole break. If the former, to go to and back the same day you are probably looking at Blanes, Lloret de Mar and/or Tossa de Mar. If you are meaning the latter then all the main resorts have a service at some point of the day and usually direct from the airport or from the bus station in the city centre to which a regular bus runs from the airport, it takes half an hour.

Here is a link to information in English of the various bus routes around the Costa Brava.


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3. Re: Girona with a Toddler and Getting About Without a Car . . .

There are buses from Girona to most towns on the coast, but you have to watch for timetables there and back as the hours can be quite limited. For instance Tossa doesn't have that many buses per day and for Lloret de Mar there's only one every two hours at the moment. Palafrugell has the most buses as it's the home base of Sarfa, but unfortunately isn't directly on the coast - you'd have to take a taxi for the short journey to the coastal villages. A practical alternative would be to take the train to Llanca - it has a different character to the more southerly Costa Brava towns, but is at least more accessible.

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