MisterAirmiles’ guide to 36 hours in Girona

Girona is a small city in north eastern Spain, between Barcelona and the French border. It is a culture clash of Spanish, French and Catalan influences and is perfect for a short break.

Getting there

Whilst there is an airport, it is serviced by low cost carriers so a more civilised way to travel is to fly into Barcelona and take the train. There is a twice daily high-speed TGV service up to Paris that stops in the city, and for €16 each, a ticket can be had for the 35 minute journey.

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Where to stay

There are a number of options, but the DoubleTree by Hilton is well-located for the train station. Twin rooms (which were not very ‘twin’) were available for €80 a night and, as a Diamond, this included an upgrade to a balcony room and breakfast. Unfortunately the rooftop pool and bar were not open at the end of October.

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Where to eat
There are many places to eat across the city, and tapas is probably going to be high on the list. Zapanzar is worth going to – get a plate from the bar staff and fill up with snacks from the bar staff. A tally of cocktail sticks on your plate at the end is how you settle your bill.

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For something more substantial, Cafe le Bistro is the place to be if you can get a table outside on the steps. Inside is also great – packed at lunch time on Sundays with families enjoying good food in a beautifully authentic Art Deco environment.

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What to do

There is plenty to do and see in the city – it provided the backdrop to some Game of Thrones scenes, and there is a plethora of civic are on display.

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You can hire bikes and get out of the city very easily.  We hired 2 bikes and a GPS from Girona Cycle Centre for €100 – booking in advance is recommended. 110km is perfectly doable in the stunning countryside.

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We came across some stunning scenery on the way and stopped at Banyoles for a late  lakeside lunch.

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The verdict

Girona was surprisingly fantastic – I wasn’t expecting much, but it was a great place to spend a couple of days. I would certainly go back and spend some more time exploring the Old Town and cycling around some other parts of the surrounding countryside.

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