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“Nice and tipical catalan city”
Review of Girona

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Porto, Portugal
Level 6 Contributor
166 reviews
355 helpful votes
“Nice and tipical catalan city”
Reviewed August 17, 2009

Girona is a great place to stop by, as in transit for a lowcost flight, as just for visit when passing through.
It's catalan ambience is well noticed all over the narrow and historical streets, full of cafes and restaurants, handcraft and souvenirs little stores.
Besides the gorgeous scenery of the coloured houses through the Onyar river, Girona has several streets with ancient buildings and monuments (such as the Catedral and the Iglésia de Sant Feliu), the Banys Arabs (arabian baths) and the amazingly well restaured Muralla (ancient city walls).
Spain is always synonymous of Tapas (small portions of different kind of snacks), Paella (tipical saffron rice), Sangria (fruited and sweet red wine) and Cañas (small glass of local beer). So, Girona, as a traditional spanish and catalunya city is no exception.
Obviously it hasn't the magnitude of Barcelona, but is always a nice place to visit, specially the walking through the narrow streets of the jewish quartier.

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Dublin
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
2 helpful votes
“Weekend break to Girona.”
Reviewed June 19, 2009

I decided to spend a weekend in the beautiful town of Girona. I was blessed with fabulous weather. The hotel Peninsular where I stayed, in was ideally located, basic accomodation but clean. I thought Girona to be a beautiful picturesque place. Great for a short break or even base yourself in Barcelona and go here for a day trip.

The only complaint I would have is, the local's were not in the least bit friendly in fact I even found them to be rude. I'm not sure if it was the fact that I couldn't speak Spanish or what the reason was. It was a shame really.

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Durham Uk
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
27 helpful votes
“Great place for short break”
Reviewed May 21, 2009

Had a great visit. Staying at Hap Apartments. Lift operates between 8-8 from bars / restuarant level to apartment level - very handy! Town good for food, tapas, shopping and sites. Best restaurant we found DRAPS and Best tapas Zanzibar, both on same street and only up 173 steps to bed! Duo also good for tapas and coffee and on river.

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Varies
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 helpful votes
“Pont de Pedra”
Reviewed April 23, 2009

We went to Girona for a bike trip with former Professional cyclist, Marty Jemison. It was a fantastic experience and it is obvious that Marty and his crew are passionate about cycling.

We rode from the base of the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava and everywhere in between. We averaged 80kms/day stopping at "locals" only cafes for a rest and a chance to absorb the local culture.

Who knew that in this region the locals do not really speak Spanish but Catalan. We found out that Catalan is closer to Italian than it is to Spanish, with some words close to French. In short a completely different Romanesque language.

The region is rich with elegant stone farmhouses dating back to the 1700s. There are medieval towns built of stone and often on small hills resembling those found in Tuscany.

We now see parts of Provence, Tuscany and Catalunya more as a Mediterranean culture closer in resemblance that the respective countries where these regions lie.

Pont de Pedra is the "stone bridge" in Girona where many cyclist meet for their rides. Marty told us that while he rode for US Postal Service, that he and his team mates would meet each day at 10:00 on the bridge and decide what the ride would be that day.

After living in Girona since 1997 its obvious that Marty knows every little secret road to get us to our destination. He takes you down paths that can hardly be considered a road. They are more like sidewalks or driveways through farmlands. It North America these would be private lanes but in Catalunya they connect to other roads.

If it is not the cycling that brings you to Girona/Catalunya maybe it will be the love of the arts or history. Whatever it is your experience will be that of a lifetime.

Enjoy,

Matt Johnson

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Dorset, UK
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
“Girona, A great place to 'chill'”
Reviewed March 11, 2009

Girona is a delightful city, with more locals than tourists!!! We found everyone very helpful and pleasant, even the lady in the Tourist Office being asked the same question 100 times a day in umpteen different languages.
The Old Town is great, the Catedral, Jewish Museum, Arab Baths and Torre Girolle are ‘must-sees’.

However, do not under-estimate the impact of the fall in the value of the GB (GordBrown) Pound against The Euro.

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