Girona For The Weekend
Some say a better more compact experience than Barcelona and no chance of being pick-pocketed or being swamped by hen and stag parties. Cab to town is about €12, stay in Ciutat for a boutique experience. The Caralemany is a standard 4 star hotel but there are plenty of perfectly adequate 3 stars in the centre of town. Visit the Placa de la Independéncia for restaurants and a great buzz, walk across the bridge to the old Jewish quarter where there are plenty of bars and restaurants, really nice ones near the steps of the Cathedral. Shopping is great along the Ramblas with all major Spanish and international brands and all walkable.
Heading out of Girona, the coast is nearby, about 30k, you can cycle if you wish along a dedicated cycle greenway all the way from Girona centre to Sant Feliu de Guixols. Beach resorts are Platja D’aro which is now a more out of town place for Barcelonians, Tossa De Mar is nice with Lloret De Mar being a place that is more redolent of mass tourism. However if you go further north to the Rocky or Brave coast (Costa Brava) you will find Callela de Palafrugell and Begur.. all with winding roads into small fishing villages as well as great restaurants and easy access to the sea ..though parking can sometimes be a problem.
Further north again is L’Estarit and L’escala and onto Empuria Brava. Those who like scuba diving can do so in the Medes island. After the plain of Empuria there is Roses and the headland that brings you to Cadaques where Dali spent his days and if Dali is your thing make the trek inland to Figueres where the Dali Museum is situated. In the winter time there is skiing in La Molina about an hour away and the mountains and flats are great for cycling with many pro cycling teams using Girona as their training base. Girona also makes a great base for a trip to Barcelona with direct fast train access. Girona is one of our most diverse and adaptable destinations all year round.
Eddie is Ryanair’s Chief People Officer