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Gerona, the unknown jewel

There are places in the world that transcend mere geography; places where every cobbled street, every ancient corner, seems to whisper stories of centuries gone by. In the heart of Cataluña, there is a city that embodies this essence in its purest form: Girona.

Colorful houses at river Onyar in Girona, Catalonia Spain

Under the warm embrace of the Mediterranean sun, lies this beauty unknown to some, which has captivated those fortunate enough to discover it.

A city that awakens the senses and the soul. Every corner has a special magic, a reflection of its past. To stroll through its streets is to connect with its stories, dreams and passions.

A journey into the past

Plaza de Independencia en el pasado. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Girona is like travelling back in time. We go back to Roman times, when it was founded as “Gerunda” in the 1st century B.C. Its strategic location on the banks of the river Onyar made it a prosperous commercial and administrative enclave. Traces of this Roman era can still be found in its ancient walls and archaeological ruins.

Girona experienced a tumultuous period in the Middle Ages, marked by the Visigothic domination, the Muslim incursion and finally the Christian Reconquest. During this period, Girona underwent a profound architectural transformation, with the construction of the majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria, which stands proudly in the heart of the city.

Plaza de la Constitución en el pasado. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Today, Girona is a tourist destination that combines its rich historical heritage with a lively contemporary atmosphere. Its cobbled streets, medieval walls and well-preserved old town are living testimonies to the city’s past. Visitors can enjoy an authentic experience as they wander through its streets and discover its secrets.

Girona is a palpable reminder that past and present can coexist in harmony, offering travellers the opportunity to take a trip back in time without giving up the comforts and charm of contemporary life. This historic city invites everyone to immerse themselves in its captivating history and write their own chapter in this land where time never stands still.

Not to be missed

The spectacular Santa Maria Cathedral, one of the most impressive Gothic churches in Cataluña, dominates the city’s skyline. But did you know that inside it hides a secret? The Tapestry of Creation, a Romanesque masterpiece, is a real artistic treasure that is rarely mentioned in tourist guides. This unique tapestry represents the creation of the world and is an artistic jewel that deserves to be admired.

Girona Cathedral in Catalonia, Spain, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture, city landmark
El Tapiz de la Creación

Call de Gerona, one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Europe. Its narrow streets, winding passages and medieval buildings transport visitors back in time. The Museum of Jewish History is a must to learn about Jewish history in the city.

Barrio Judío. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Walk along the walls surrounding the old town and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the city that will immerse you in its history.

Visit any of the Arab Baths. These baths, built in the 12th century, are a testimony to the Arab influence on Girona’s history.

Murallas de Gerona. Fuente: Adobe Stock
Baños árabes. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Explore the picturesque squares, such as the Independence Square, where local cafés and restaurants offer the perfect place to relax and enjoy local life.

As well as the Museum of the History of the Jews of Girona, you can explore other interesting museums, such as the Girona Museum of Art (MAG), which houses an impressive art collection.

Independence Square in Girona, Catalonia, Spain

If you like nature, explore the hiking trails around Girona, such as those found in the Natural Park of the Empordà Marshes. Empordà is located on the north-east coast of Catalonia, bordering France to the north and the Mediterranean sea to the east. It is known for its natural beauty, rich history and its influence on Catalan culture. The region is dotted with stunning scenery, including pristine beaches, rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and farmland. The Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park, with its diverse flora and fauna, is a prime example of the Empordà’s natural beauty.

Parque Natural de las Marismas del Ampurdán. Fuente: Adobe Stock
Parque Natural de los Aiguamolls de l'Empordà. Fuente: Adobe Stock

The influence of artists and writers, such as Salvador Dalí, has also left an indelible mark on the Empordà. The Dalí House-Museum in Portlligat and the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres are iconic destinations for art and culture lovers.

Museo Dalí. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Where Villages Come Alive

Girona is home to a collection of picturesque villages that seem to have stood still in time. Each of these corners has a story to tell and a unique charm that takes your breath away. We invite you on a journey through the villages of the Girona region, where authenticity and rural beauty merge in an experience that will transport you to another world.

Besalú: The Medieval Jewel

A medieval village with an impressive Romanesque bridge that crosses the river Fluviá and that will transport you back to the Middle Ages. Its cobbled streets, its ancient Jewish mikvé (ritual bath) and its imposing Romanesque church are just some of the wonders you will find in this historic village.

Puente medieval de Besalú. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Cadaqués: A Dreamy Coastal Spot

Situated on the Costa Brava, it is a picturesque seaside town that has captivated artists and travellers for decades. With its whitewashed houses overlooking the sea, hidden coves and relaxed atmosphere, it is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the Mediterranean Sea. It was once home to the famous painter Salvador Dalí, which adds a unique artistic touch.

The Village of Cadaques in Costa Brava, Girona (Spain)

Rupit: A Leap into the Past

It is a village that seems frozen in time, with its stone houses and cobbled streets. The highlight is the wooden suspension bridge that crosses the river Pruit, offering spectacular views of the area. Explore the cobbled streets and visit the Romanesque church of Sant Miquel.

Rupit. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Peratallada: A Stone Labyrinth

You’ll be immersed in a labyrinth of narrow streets and medieval stone buildings. Its well-preserved castle is a landmark, but you can also explore the Romanesque church of Sant Esteve and enjoy the local gastronomy in its charming restaurants.

Typical street in Peratallada, medieval village, Catalonia, Spain

Tossa de Mar: History and Beach

The old town is surrounded by medieval walls and is home to a lighthouse that offers breathtaking panoramic views. Visit any of its beaches and relax in the sun.

Tossa de Mar, the historical Old Town walls and sand beach on Costa Brava mediterranean coast, Catalonia, Spain

Pals: A Medieval Treasure

Its cobbled streets, ancient arches and church towers offer a charming atmosphere. Don’t miss the Torre de les Hores, which offers panoramic views of the rice fields and surrounding mountains.

Pals. Fuente: Adobe Stock


Girona’s gastronomy is a reflection of Catalonia’s rich culinary tradition and the influence of its geographical location, with the Costa Brava on its border and the Pyrenees mountains inland.

Given its proximity to the coast, fresh seafood and fish are an essential part of Girona’s cuisine. Suquet de peix is a traditional fish stew, while esqueixada and anchovies in vinegar are popular snacks.


Suquet de peix. Fuente: Adobe Stock
Boquerones en vinagre. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Butifarra is the traditional Catalan sausage, and in Girona it is prepared in various forms, such as butifarra negra (with blood) and butifarra blanca (without blood). It is often served with white beans in a dish called butifarra amb mongetes.


A typical dish from the region of Girona and Tarragona is xató, a winter salad combining endive with an almond and hazelnut sauce, salted cod, canned tuna and anchovies. It is an authentic delicacy that reflects the blend of flavours of the area.

Xató. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Coca de chicharrones is a puff pastry dough that is filled with crispy cracklings and baked until golden brown. It is a savoury delicacy often served as an appetizer.

Empedrat is a dish of white bean salad with crumbled cod, tomatoes, onions and peppers. It is dressed with olive oil and vinegar and garnished with hard-boiled egg and black olives.

Coca de chicharrones. Fuente: Adobe Stock

The Girona region produces a variety of excellent cheeses, such as garrotxa, a goat’s milk cheese that is a true local pride. High-quality sheep’s and cow’s milk cheeses can also be found.

Catalan sweets and desserts are highly prized, and Girona is no exception. Crema catalana is a dessert similar to crème brulée and is a favourite. Panellets, small almond cakes, can also be found.

Typical catalan dessert, crema catalana.
Panellets. Fuente: Adobe Stock

In Girona, the cuisine is a tribute to Mediterranean and mountain flavours, offering a wide variety of dishes that will delight even the most demanding diners. If you have the chance to visit this city, be sure to try these local delicacies and immerse yourself in the authentic Catalan culinary experience.

Where to eat

Girona offers a wide variety of dining options ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional eateries serving authentic local dishes. Here is a selection of restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Catalan food.

El Celler de Can Roca: one of the most prestigious and internationally acclaimed restaurants. This haute cuisine restaurant is located in Girona and is known for its innovative approach to Catalan gastronomy and its unique culinary experience. Run by the Roca brothers, it offers a unique culinary experience with exceptional tasting menus. Dishes are creative and artistic, often inspired by nature and Catalan culture.

Restaurante Can Roca. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Massana: Located in Girona’s old town, this is one of the city’s culinary gems. Award-winning restaurant that combines traditional Catalan dishes with a modern and creative twist. They offer a tasting menu that allows diners to enjoy a variety of exquisite and creative dishes that highlight local flavours.

Divinum: An exceptional culinary corner in the city centre. With a focus on contemporary Catalan cuisine, it has earned a well-deserved reputation for its creativity, quality ingredients and unique dining experience. They offer a variety of tasting menus that allow diners to explore a wide range of flavours and textures. Each dish is a work of art in itself.

Nu: is a true gastronomic treasure located in the city. With a cosy atmosphere, it specialises in signature cuisine and features creative dishes inspired by Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine.

Restaurante Divinum. Fuente: Adobe Stock
Restaurante Nu. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Els Fogons de Can Curt: Nestled in the heart of the picturesque medieval village of Besalú, it stands as an authentic gastronomic temple of Catalan tradition. It is renowned for its commitment to local flavours and its ability to transform the highest quality ingredients into dishes that pay homage to the region’s rich culinary heritage. Grilled meat dishes and local specialities are very popular.

Also in Besalú is Pont Vell. It is distinguished by its commitment to Catalan gastronomic tradition and its dedication to providing a memorable dining experience in a historic setting. Specialities include “butifarra,” “escalivada,” and other local delicacies.

Restaurante Els Fogons de Can Curt. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Compartir: in the beautiful coastal town of Cadaqués, founded by the Roca brothers. It offers an exceptional dining experience that combines creativity, innovation and a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea. It is characterised by its focus on “sharing” style dishes (tapas) that invite diners to enjoy a variety of flavours.

Restaurante Compartir. Fuente: Adobe Stock

Restaurant Can Rafa: an authentic gastronomic treasure located in Cadaqués. This family restaurant has been passed down from generation to generation and its history is closely linked to the fishing tradition of the area. It is characterised by its focus on high quality local ingredients and the freshness of seafood caught on the Costa Brava.

El Pedro: a true corner of culinary authenticity in the charming medieval village of Pals. The restaurant is housed in a building of rustic charm, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere that is perfect for a traditional Catalan meal. It is known for its ability to grill meat to perfection, bringing out the natural flavours.

Es Portal Restaurant: a true emblem of the rich Catalan culinary tradition in Pals. The restaurant is housed in a stone building dating back to the 16th century, adding historical charm to the dining experience. The menu features a selection of dishes that highlight the flavours and authenticity of Catalan cuisine, such as butifarra sausage, suquet de peix and other specialities.

Restaurante Es Portal. Fuente: Adobe Stock

The province of Girona is home to an eclectic and exciting gastronomic scene that perfectly combines the richness of Catalan tradition with a contemporary and creative twist. Each restaurant has its own charm and offers an opportunity to discover and enjoy the flavours of the region. Local ingredients and a passion for food are the common denominator.

Where to stay

If you feel like staying in a typical Empordà farmhouse, surrounded by green lawns, fields and large trees, we invite you to our house. It has been restored and maintains the original materials, architectural elements and layout. Authenticity and Mediterranean calm.

Nuestra masía de labranza del Ampurdán

If, on the other hand, you feel like staying in a house full of authenticity and with impressive views of the sea and the mountains, this country house built in the 1980s is the best choice. Located in the natural park of Cap de Creus, in Cadaqués, on the Costa Brava, it maintains intact its spirit of that time and a characteristic Mediterranean style that offers its guests the opportunity to stay in one of the most coveted resorts on the Costa Brava.

Nuestra finca

If you’re looking for a getaway that will awaken your senses and enrich your travelling soul, look no further than Gerona, a destination that will leave you with memories you’ll treasure forever.

Aerial view of Girona, a city in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region, beside the River Onyar