Day Trip to Girona and Figueres, Spain
Though still within Catalonia, Girona has different architecture than Barcelona. There is a more medieval feel to the city. In fact, Girona was established as one of the fourteen original counties of Catalonia in 785 (though the city changed hands numerous times).
Pont de les Peixateries Velles is a pedestrian bridge in Girona designed by Gustave Eiffel (recognize the name?). Typically, the squares are empty, but the bridge was decorated while I visited for Temps de Flor (more on this later!). The red bridge is especially scenic with the surrounding colorful buildings and is a nice starting point for a scenic walk along the Riu Onyar.
The Jewish Quarter is one of the most iconic areas of the city and an absolute must-see! Fun fact: Girona was used in several scenes in Game of Thrones!! Girona was used in sets for Braavos, OldTown, and even Kings Landing. The walk of atonement scenes start right in front of the Catedral de Girona!
Passeig de la Muralla was one of the top highlights of my visit. This walkway along the old (partially reconstructed) city walls and towers from the 14th century spreads around the perimeter of Girona. The walkway offers great views of the city and surrounding area. Some visitors choose to skip the towers, but I personally enjoy the higher viewpoint at the top. I started my walk on the Passeig at the Jardins de la Francesca, just behind Catedral de Girona.
Temps de Flor
While I was visiting, it happened to be Temps de Flor (Flower Festival) in Girona! This festival occurs annually and features exhibits all throughout the town. Festival maps are available at the tourist office, or from festival volunteers, with suggested itineraries and an outline of all the exhibit locations. Some areas which are not typically open to the public have exhibits during the festival!
Figueres is the birthplace of Salvador Dalí and home to Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, a museum designed by Dalí himself.
I want my museum to be a single block, a labyrinth, a great surrealist object. It will be [a] totally theatrical museum. The people who come to see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream.
— Salvador Dalí
I didn’t have trouble buying tickets on-site, but most online blogs and TripAdvisor suggest buying tickets in advance. Better safe than sorry!
Oftentimes, tourist offices are always neglected, and I agree that they actually give so much free resources. And free tours.
I am definitely tempted to visit now ♥️ Thank you for sharing
Girona looks so beautiful! That scenery is breathtaking!
I am really fascinated with these European nooks and corners. And now that you have mentioned Teatre-Museu Dali, I am more intrigued to explore Girona and Figueres
It is definitely a wonderful place.Got my plans on the way. Excited to visit soon