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Welcome to Girona. This charming Catalan city is barely an hour from Barcelona and the Costa Brava, yet it receives nowhere near the number of tourists these busy centres draw. If you’re traveling here, good for you; Girona’s enchanting medieval centre is one of the best preserved in Catalonia.

See evidence of the city’s Christian, Muslim and Jewish influences as you walk about the city. The 12th century Arab Baths are modelled on earlier Muslim and Roman bath-houses. Girona’s Jewish Quarter “El Call” is one of the best preserved in Europe; enjoy wandering through its narrow streets, perhaps stopping at the Museu d’Història dels Jueus (the Museum of History of the Jews). If your legs can take it, climb up the 86 steps to the city’s immense Cathedral and 12th century cloister, and consider a visit to the nearby medieval village of Besalú. and if you travel with kids you might also be interested in visiting the world of monkeys and chimpanzees at the MONA Foundation in nearby Riudellots de la Selva, reachable by train, but you must pre-arrange the visit.

How to get there from Barcelona. It is worth noting that there is a high-speed train service between Barcelona and Girona with several trains each day. The journey is merely 45′ long compared to the slower regional trains which take 90′.

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A traveller’s view of Girona

Video: © Ben

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