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Girona is an attractive city, located in the northeast of the Catalonia region of Spain. It has everything you would normally expect to find in a large city, but without the crowds. For this reason, holidays in Girona are a great option for anyone in search of a relaxing city break. It’s also a popular destination for families, as the city boasts a great range of entertainments and activities for younger visitors.
Girona is something of a cultural hotspot, located close to Barcelona, and halfway between the sea and the mountains. On a holiday to Girona you’ll be able to enjoy a lively street culture, and a whole range of festivals and special events.
If you’re looking for a little culture, then the best place to start would be in the Old Town area. Here you’ll find some of the best-preserved medieval buildings in Catalonia, as well as the dramatic Carolingian Wall, a beautiful Jewish Quarter and the breathtaking gothic cathedral – this imposing stone structure features the widest nave of any cathedral in Europe! The Arab Baths are another great place to visit, combining ancient architecture with the opportunity to enjoy an invigorating spa treatment. There are also six museums scattered around Girona, which between them shed light onto the rich and varied history of both the city itself, and the area in general.
Not only that, but Girona is a well-respected centre for theatre and music. You’ll be able to take in a stage show or cabaret performance during your stay, or visit one of the many music venues that can be found around the Old Town area. In terms of eating out, a holiday in Girona gives you the chance to enjoy traditional Gironian cuisine – you’ll find a good selection of restaurants and tapas bars around the city, most of which serve a blend of international dishes and local specialities. Girona has a reputation as a centre of gastronomic excellence, and the local cuisine takes influences from Mediterranean, Catalan, Basque and even oriental styles.
Then of course, there are the beaches. You won’t have to travel far out of Girona to reach the beautiful beaches of north east Spain. Here you’ll find ample spots for swimming and sunbathing, as well as a whole range of opportunities to try your hand at some exciting water sports.
A holiday to Girona will appeal to anyone who enjoys city culture, without wanting to get lost in the crowds. It offers a calmer, more welcoming pace of life than larger cities such as Barcelona or Madrid, while retaining a great deal of character and local history. Girona also makes the perfect place to enjoy a cheap holiday, as there are countless exciting activities on offer, and many of them free of charge.
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