5 reasons to choose Girona as DMC destination
Girona has all the charm of a large city but without the crowds; a very “human-sized” city that will leave you walking around awestruck with your eyes wide open and your mouth agape at all it has to offer: its streets, festivals, cultural activities, restaurants, tourist services and events. Make the most of your visit at any time of year, and if you can, visit more than once, because the city is very much alive and there are always new things to surprise you.
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- Spectacular Monuments
- Low Cost Flights
- Priviledged geographical Position
- Unknown Incentive Destination
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Close to Barcelona, located midway between the sea and the mountains, Girona boasts a privileged position. The Old Town is one of the most evocative historical centres in Catalonia, with certain elements that are unique in Europe: the Carolingian wall, an exceptionally well conserved Jewish quarter, and the grandeur of the Cathedral’s Gothic nave, the widest in the world. Girona also has six museums which possess a patrimonial collection of great interest.
The Costa Brava, 30 km (19 miles) from Girona, offers some of the most breathtaking land and seascapes; attractive beaches with clean, transparent waters, certified for their environmental quality, and a particularly pleasant climate. Cap de Creus Nature Reserve, Aiguamolls de l’Empordà and the MedesIslands, the coves of Begur, Palafrugell, Cadaqués and Tossa de Mar are a few of the characteristic places of this scenic environment.
Among other places that must not be forgotten are the medieval nuclei of Pals, Peratallada and Púbol, as well as the botanical gardens of Santa Clotilde, Pinya de Rosa and Marimurtra. A wide range of leisure and nature activities suited to all tastes. Figueres is the birthplace of the great artist Salvador Dalí. Apart from this it is also a very attractive town, with shops, open-air cafés, majestic houses and a lot of magic. The indisputable centre of attraction is the Dalí Theatre Museum.
Less than 100 kilometres (63 miles) from Girona, Barcelona is both a cosmopolitan city and a great centre for tourist attractions. Situated right next to the coast, it has a Gothic Quarter full of history, the Ramblas with its unique atmosphere and an immense cultural heritage (Picasso Museum, Sagrada Família and Parc Güell, Miró Foundation, etc.) In addition, Barcelona’s rich gastronomical tradition, represented by hundreds of restaurants and colourful markets, along with its nightlife full of endless possibilities, make Barcelona the special, inexhaustible and particularly charming city that it is.
The Pyrenees offer us a wide range of mountain sport activities as well as cultural routes around the Romanic heritage of the area. There is the Cadí-Moixeró Nature Reserve, the Volcanic area of Garrotxa, charming villages such as Santa Pau, Besalú, Beget, Hostalets de Bas, etc. Five resorts (four Alpine ski resorts and one Nordic ski resort) make up the Girona Pyrenees sports area of: Guils Fontanera, La Molina, Masella, Vall de Núria, Vallter 2000.
Less than two hours from Girona, the small country of Andorra is a box of surprises: beautiful landscapes, a well heritage, shopping at competitive and discounted prices, ski resorts. A wide range of possibilities for all tastes.
What to do in Girona
Girona offers a very extensive range of things to do. The city, a great stage where centuries of history are captured in spectacular monuments, invites you to lose yourself in a walk around the Old Town. It also has an intense cultural life, with strongly characteristic events taking place each month of the year. In addition, Girona is today a source of cultural production with regular, critically acclaimed seasons of theatre and music. However, if sport is what you are looking for, both the city and surrounding areas have all the means available for practising any sport you choose. Girona makes it all possible.
There are many restaurants in Girona and a wide range of types of cuisine to sample: Catalan, signature, Mediterranean, oriental, fresh from the market, vegetarian, Basque and fusion. Furthermore, the city lies in an area of great culinary dynamism and enjoys a privileged geographical position that offers up a wide variety of ingredients and exceptionally high quality products from the sea and the countryside.
Girona has become a city that is both receptive and transmissive in terms of professionals, new techniques, new dishes, ideas and concepts. Today, Girona, the Gironés region and Catalonia represent one of the main sources of world gastronomical creation.
In Girona you will find everything! It is well worth taking a walk around the city, just window-shopping or trawling through the market stalls on a Tuesday or Saturday, or having a look at the street markets that set up throughout the year. In a very short time you can reach the coast or the mountains, practise sea or winter sports depending on the season and enjoy the contrasts of scenery that surround Girona.
Ideas for incentives
Excursion Pals – Girona from Lloret de Mar
Leaving LLoret de Mar, you will head to Pals, the medieval town was destroyed and abandoned during the Civil War, and then painstakingly restored after 1948 by a local character in a thirty-year labour of love. Winning numerous architectural awards and attracting wealthy second-home owners.
Continue to the Santuari dels Angels, this spot offers panoramic views of the whole Girona region and is the spot Salvador Dali chose for his wedding with Gala.
From here you will make your way to Girona, a city with a long history, believed to be founded around 76 BC. The river Onyar neatly divides the city in two, separating the old town from the new. The city has a rich architectural heritage and you can see evidence of this in its the cathedral founded in 1038 an the Roman walls which you can stroll along when they are open or wander the narrow streets of the old town.