Girona has undergone numerous battles in its long history ever since the ancient Romans built a fort there almost 2000 years ago. After the Romans, came the Visigoths, the Moors, the Franks (under Emperor Charles, Charles the Great), the Spaniards, the Napoleonic French. The fortifications date back to the Romans and the walls once encircled the city but were destroyed to a large extent by French armies in the early 1800s. A significant segment of the wall still remains intact - restored and repaired - on the hillside above the town, and a walk along the top provides amazing panoramas of Girona. This is a must-do for any visitor to Girona. The views of the roof tops, the church spires, the valley below are magnificent.
We parked near the Plaza Catalunya. We walked parallel to the river Onyar, checking out the bridges and the reflections of the buildings in the water. We ended up at the Church of Sant Feliu. We walked behind it to the gate and two round towers (enter here and you end up at the cathedral) and continued past to a small plaza (Plaza Jurats). We took a series of steps along the base of the wall on our right until we ended up on top of the wall itself. From there we walked its entire length back to Plaza Catalunya. There are different points along the wall to get on and off but I suggest talking in the whole wall. There are towers along the way to climb for a higher view. As noted by other reviewers you are quite exposed up there and on sunny days sunblock and/or a hat would be a good idea. We visited on a sunny day last month but it was still quite cool so the sunshine was welcome. If your phone or camera has the ability to take panorama shots, you will have numerous viewpoints along the Passeig de la Muralla to do so. We were there late morning and I can only imagine how more beautiful the views would be very early in the morning or around sunset.
To repeat where we began our walk: if you start from the Church Sant Feliu, walk around the back past the wide round towers guarding an arched gateway, climb up the stairs to a platform overlooking the small open area by the cathedral. Then you will see a series of wider, shallow step leading higher along the base of a wall. Follow these up and soon you'll be on the wall itself. You could start the walk in the opposite direction from the Plaza Catalunya end of the Passeig de la Muralla to Church Sant Feliu but this suited our plans as we had to leave right after finishing the walk.
There is no ticket office and the walk is free. It is totally worth it.
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