If you really want to make this trip unfforgetable, don't miss Salvador Dali's museum. It's located in a small village called Figueres, and it's an amazing museum and the village is very lovely!!
Don't miss it....
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Barcelona is one of the main towns in Spain, one of the most important ports in Meditarian sea region and Europe’s one of most touristic places.
Barcelona is probably the most known by modernistic Gaudi architecture, including main sight – Church of Holy Family (Sagrada Familia). Barcelona has nice old part with medieval Cathedral, active Rambla street, nice seaside port, Montjuic hill with parks and historical monuments.
Barcelona, if someday Catalunya will be fully free, could be a capital. Barcelona region is the most economically developed region in Spain.
Barcelona is about 100 kilometers from Girona.
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Montserrat is an escape to quite unusual Spanish mountains and monastery. Montserrat means “Teeth Mountains”, actually mountains look like teeth. The research showed that such form mountains were formed due to the sea water polishing in prehistoric times.
Monastery is known from medieval times, but got new look in 19th century and it stands in 800 meters high mountains. What is more, it is possible to walk or take funicular to 1236 meters high place. Place is famous for keeping statue of St. Mary.
Serra de Montserrat is about 120 kilometers from Girona.
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The gorgeous deconsecrated church of Sant Pere des Galligants (now an archeological museum) has splendid acoustics for a capella medieval music. If you're there all by yourself (as we were), practice your Hildegard of Bingen!
If you are into surrealistic art, you should visit the city of Figueres (Capital of the Emporda region). Figueres is birthplace of Salvador Dali and home to the famous Dali Museum.
After the Prado Museum in Madrid, it is the second most visited Museum in Spain. Figueres is situated about 40 km north of Girona.
I adore this bakery. First of, they offer the most fantastic bread in Girona, called Florentina. Not the cheapest bread but hey... worth it. Second, they offer fantastic pizzas, muffins, pies, sandwiches... really, a great offer and everything tastes wonderful.
If you have a car and you plan to visit Ampurdan (road to La Bisbal) you can stop at Celrà where it is a nice factory restored.
They use the building for a dance school.
Inside it is a restaurant, the menú is quite good, simple but tasty: also a Library.
Very nice people and atmosphere!!!
You also see the buildings from the train (Portbou-bcn)...
Don't miss it!!!
every summer we enjoy this festival, it is unique. Not many tourist go there, mainly locals.
Unique festival and market of food from the world.
If you don't like the programm try at least to eat at the market (evenings). It is a lot of atmosphere, you eat outside at the Catedral square.
- Servicaixa de la Caixa: Terminals de Servicaixa, www.servicaixa.com o Tel. 902 332 211
- El Corte Inglés: www.elcorteingles.es o al Tel. 902 400 222
- Oficina de Turisme: Rambla de la Llibertat, 1
- Taquilles en el recinte del Festival: Plaça dels Apòstols, de 6 de la tarda a 12 de la nit, a Sant Lluc, de 5 de la tarda a 12 de la nit (els dies 4, 10, 11 i 13 de juliol) i a Sant Domènec, de 8 de la tarda a 12 de la nit (el dia 29 de juny).
... If you happen to travel by car and are able to move around... try visiting Santa Coloma... it is a small town, close to Girona. There is a place called Castanyet, a tavern with a very rustical atmosphere... Amazing place, the food is unbelieveble...
Close to the museum are the cells where the dead monks were taken to be mummified. Their habits were sewn up at their feet, sleeves and hood and they were then sat upright in a cubicle. The fluids from their bodies would drain into holes in the ground and once they had dried out the mummified body was taken back to the monastry
On the opposite side of the Church San Feliu, crossing the river, you can find this large park. I've seen prettier parks, but like everywhere in Spain, the quiet pace of life, combined with the sunshine, make you want to go there to spend a couple of hours and have a siesta-feeling!
Ok, I was told that you can walk around the old town walls and do the tour of almost all the city like that, but somehow I kept getting lost halfway :-)))
Nevertheless, I saw some nice views, especially the one in the picture. It was taken close to Plaça Sant Domenec, close to the university. You can climb a tower and there you go: a splendid view offered to you, for free!
If you have a car you should drive along the scenic Costa Brava coastline which is situated to the east of Girona. The magnificient coastal area has a rocky coastline with sheltered coves and excellent beaches. Moreover a fine mountain region is visible in the background.
AMPURIAS (Catalan Empuries) - the name derives from the Greek for 'trading station'. It's the oldest Greek (6 c BC) and then Roman (2c BC) settlement on the Iberian Peninsula. All that remains today is a
maze of partially excavated foundations (only some 25% have been excavated so far). What you see in the picture is the Roman part of the excavations.
You can see well-preserved floors of some of the main rooms paved in black and white mosaic (1st century BC).
This tiny street starts with a gate. I found it somewhere between Forca and Ciutadans on my walk southwards. It seemed so magical to me that I just had to take this pic and show it to you...