Only an 80 minute train ride from Barcelona, this little Catalonian town will be sure to impress you in more ways than one! Here are 5 things Flight Centre’s Travel Experts highly recommend adding to your itinerary for the perfect day in Girona.
1. Hot Air Balloon Ride
What better way to start your day than with a hot air balloon ride over La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, one of the most interesting areas of dormant volcanoes in Europe?
The excellent crew at Vol de Coloms will give you a chance to soar through the clouds as you sip champagne while discovering the volcanoes at a bird’s eye view up to 1000 meters high.
On clear days, the views stretch from Montserrat to the Mediterranean Sea, with the Pyrenees Mountains in the background and dormant volcanoes below. The views are spectacular, and you can actually reach out and touch the clouds. One of our favourite parts about the balloon ride is how silent the whole experience is.
It’s important to point out that the baskets of the balloons have gates, which make loading up easy for older people and those in wheelchairs. The whole ride will have you in the air for about 2-2.5 hours and finish with a delicious Catalan meal
2. Walk Through a Medieval Town
Step back in time as you wander through the streets and alleyways of this medieval city. Girona is an ancient walled city that stands on a fortress-like hill, high above the confluence of the Onyar and Ter rivers. The city is the provincial capital and has a long rich history which you can feel as you stroll through it.
Its narrow streets are a fascinating insight into the different people and cultures that successively occupied the town. There is a huge 15th-century cathedral, boasting the widest unsupported gothic arch in the world, dominates the skyline, yet much of the city’s attraction lies in exploring the medieval streets, especially around the charming Jewish quarter which is one of the largest and best-preserved ones in Europe.
3. Experience a Specialized Cocktail
You haven’t truly had a real cocktail until you’ve visited Nykteri’s Cocktail Bar. Mariona Vilanova Reyes isn’t just the bar owner and bartender, she’s an intuitive artist. She can sit with you for a few minutes, ask you some questions and come up with a cocktail that fits exactly what you need and want in that exact moment.
Since our taste buds and cravings are always changing, what we want this morning isn’t what we want tomorrow afternoon, and Mariona realizes that. That’s why the drink she will create for you will be made up with the exact flavours that will set the mood you need in that exact moment. No matter what your heart (and taste buds) desire, Mariona will present you with a cocktail experience you’ll never forget.
4. Take a Cooking Class
Whether you are a good cook or not, Tots a Taula is the perfect place for you to learn how to make quick, simple but top-quality Catalonian food that will have your friends and family believing you’re a professional chef. You’ll get to cook several dishes in a beautiful and large kitchen using only quality ingredients.
Once your dishes are complete, you’ll get to indulge in your delicious creation in a tranquil dining room setting. You’ll also get a copy of the recipes from the dishes you made so you can cook it up again when you return home.
5. Eat Typical Catalan Food
Girona has many great restaurants for you to choose from where you can feast on typical Catalan food. Some classics you can’t leave Girona without trying include Pan Con Tomate (Bread rubbed with fresh tomatoes and drizzled with oil and salt), Patatas Bravas (potatoes with a delicious creamy sauce) and Crema Catalana (like the French Crème Brûlée with a little Catalan flavour).
While you can walk around Girona and be guaranteed to find many delicious options, a favourite to check out is L’alqueria where you must try the paella. If you want to splurge a bit and are looking for other types of cuisine, El Celler de Can Roca in Girona has received several prestigious awards and recently received first place at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards in London by Restaurant magazine.
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