City Walls, Girona
The city wall or Stone Route is high with steps so you need to be fit.The wall is well maintained with modern brick topping.The start of the wall by the river Onyar is at Placa de Catalunya. The views are great. This part of the wall ends (starts ) in the Jardins de Francesa where after a few metres break continues for just a little more wall. At intervals along the wall are small towers which give extra high views. And yes to walk the wall is FREE. If you are short of time in Girona i suggest start this wall walk at Placa de Catalunya,finish wall walk at the French gardens and make your way down to Cathedral and narrow streets . This way you will have covered most of the town.
This was the best part of our visit to Girona, the roman walls. It was very typical in medieval period the cities to have fortified walls around for secure against the sieges. The walls that date back to the romans are so well restored that you walk on them around the Old Town for many minutes(pic 1). We’ve done it all and we had some nice photos (pics 2-3) over the city at several viewpoints that most of the times are the towers (old and new) along the walls (you have to climb some steps most of the times but worth the effort).
We also saw some relaxing gardens along the way and we saw only two other visitors from one side to the other!! The Passeig de archeologic (archeological walk) runs around the city while the Passeig de la Muralla (wall walk) takes you inside the wall itself.
The fortified walls are open 8.00-22.00
Look over into the medieval old town from the excellent city walls walk/passeig archeologic - see local life and see how the old buildings all fit together in which people lived and live in a medieval old town!
Excellent views too of course of the location with views over the cathedral and other historical landmarks to the hills in the distance.
An enjoyable walk and one in which families were even seen able to take their prams and pushchairs with them (too many steps at the access points though for wheelchairs).
There are different locations from where you can climb to medieval city wall. This is a must while you visiting Girona because it gives the most spectacular views to Girona with lovely gardens, parks and medieval towers. In the city wall I lost it and probably took at least 20 pics ;-)
Girona city wall has its very romantic atmosphere which has attraced many artists.
East of the historic part of Girona you can walk on the walls and from here you will have spectacular views over the city. The Romans were the first ones to built a wall around the city, in the 3rd century BC. The walls you can walk on today are mainly dating from the Charlemagne and medieval times (9th - 15th century).
For a city with such a turbulent history, it is impressive that Girona still maintains much of it's city walls and ramparts. What is even more impressive still is the fact that they are open to the public and form a significant part of the city's Archeological and Historical walk.
The walk start at Església de Sant pere de Galligants and continues through the old town of Girona towards Placa Catalunya.
Much of the walk is along the top of the ramparts and offers great views across the city to the west and the surrounding countryside to the north and east.
The walk brings you past the Cathedral, Esglésias de Sant Feliu, University as well as passing through small gardens and defensive buildings.
Great way to get a good overview of the city.
The history of the city walls dates back to the third century BC, when the Romans built the first walls! In the Middle Ages Girona expanded the walls several times. Until the 19th century the city preserved its walls, which have defended Girona from many attacks.
There are still a few sections accessible - it sure is worth it!
Right behind the cathedral you can access the walls - for the other locations ask the tourist information, they will tell you! It is so worthwhile to walk around a little - and you will have spectacular views, too!
As you walk around the historic city of Girona you will come across many areas of the old fortified walls. These are beautiful to look at and give you the sense of grandeur that this walled city must have demanded by those entering or trying to conquer it.
If you keep following the road to the left of ths wall you will come across the Passeig de Arqueologic and towards the entrance to the Passieg de la Muralla.