Cheap flights to Girona depart from Manchester Airport, as well as from Luton, Stansted and Gatwick airports near London. Flights to Girona may also depart from some regional airports around the UK. Most flights to Girona will arrive at Girona-Costa Brava Airport, sometimes referred to as Girona Barcelona Airport. Buses to Girona city centre depart hourly from the bus stop outside the airport. Tickets can be purchased from the Sagales booking office in the airport building. Taxis to Girona and other destinations such as Barcelona can be hired from the taxi ranks outside the terminal.
The narrow, cobblestoned streets of Girona Old Town are more suited to pedestrians than motor vehicles. Sagales, TEISA and Sarfa all operate bus services in Girona and around the Costa Brava. Check their respective websites for more information regarding routes, timetables and fares. Most buses are available from Girona Bus Station on Carretera Barcelona. Trains from Girona Railway Station link help connect Girona to other cities including Barcelona. Taxis can be hired in advance from Taxi Girona – fares are fixed and will depend on the distance travelled.
Girona may not be a classic holiday destination like its neighbour Barcelona, but its compact size makes it the perfect spot for a city break. The Old Town is dominated by Girona Cathedral with its striking Tower of Charlemagne. The adjoining museum houses an intricately handworked Tapestry of Creation which was made in the 11th century. Another striking place of worship is the Collegiate Church of Sant Feliu, whose soaring spires dominate Girona’s skyline. Visit the famous Banys Arabs, or Arab Baths, which were modelled on traditional Muslim-style bathhouses. The town was once home to a vibrant Jewish community. Traces of this heritage can be seen all around, especially in the Jewish Quarter, or ‘Call’ in the Catalan language.
Visitors may be surprised to find a large choice of shops within this relatively small city. The gigantic Hipercor centre houses a branch of the Spanish department store El Corte Ingles, as well as a selection of local brands and high street chains. The narrow lanes in the Old Town are filled with shops offering souvenirs, antiques and local crafts. There is a twice-weekly market near the River Ter, where regional delicacies such as fresh fish, wild mushrooms and local wine are available. Sample tasty little plates of pintxos (the Basque version of tapas) at Restaurant Txalaka. Restaurant Albereda is said to be the city’s best restaurant for Catalan cuisine. The menu changes with the seasons, and focuses on fresh, vibrant flavours. Girona has a lively nightlife scene centred around La Ramble and Placa de Independencia. The Sala de Festes Plateas is one of the most popular discos in town.
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