The old town of Girona (Barri Vell) is the main reason to visit Girona anyway. I guess noone comes here for the Eixample (the modern part) that has a lot of shops, restaurants etc but nothing unique for the visitor. We did it only on foot of course and we enjoyed a lot just to stroll around inside the Old Town before we headed into the main attractions (most of the monuments, churches and museums are there anyway and in walking distance one from the other). What I liked most was that we got lost in the small medieval alleys and cobbled streets that were isolated and for a moment we forgot that we are in 2009 (a bike that passed by spoiled the dream but…). I even tried to get into some big wooden doors (pic 4) to see the courtyard at the interior of some (private) buildings.
The Call is the old jewish district (restored in 1980s) and probably the most beautiful part of the Old Town. All the streets here are actually narrow alleys with steps that lead to a dead end sometimes and early in the morning was easy to go up and down but later it became trouble when the temperature was high but as I said it is very atmospheric to walk around here. Check the old synagogue and the museum of the History of Jewish people where you will learn that this area had a strong jews community from the 10th century until the end of 15th century when the catholics chase them away from Spain.
On Rambla de la Libertat (pic 5)we found many cafes and modern shops (mainly for clothing), probably a nice place to relax later and watch the people passing by at the outdoor cafes as it is the centre of the daily like in the city. At the beginning of this tree-lined street is the Tourist Info by the way.
Girona's Old Town, centres around Rambla de la Libertat. The area is host to a variety of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. The Rambla runs alongside the River Onyar and from one of the riverside cafe's you can enjoy views up and down the river. The centre has a relaxed laid back feel and you can enjoy a few hours just walking through the area enjoying the narrow maze of cobblestone streets and enjoying a beer or coffee in one of the many outdoor cafes.
Girona old town is split in the lower quarter and the upper quarter..or at least i divide like this.. the lower is just crossed one of the bridges from the new city to the eldest.. and the upper quarter is where you find the former ramparts, the cathedral and other buildings like the university complex..everything is at hand and doesnt require too much effort or a good shape like other cities
On your way from the railway station to Pont de Pedra (over Riu Onyar) you'll see this picture. It means that you're about to enter the extremely interesting Girona old town. Get your camera ready :)
An enchanting place to see... It’s not too big so you can have a whole day spent there, and calmly explore the stony streets, and occasionally give yourself a break with a cup of coffee (or maybe a glass of wine, since this is Spain we’re talking about).