Girona: The Country within a Country

When people begin planning a trip to Spain they often think of Madrid or Barcelona as their options. But we want to encourage you to not forget about little places.

Often times the small places that are hard to find on a map will be the ones that steal your heart! One of these is Girona, in the area of Catalonia.

“The country within a country” is the old town of Girona. Girona has wonderful rural areas,coastal areas and antique charm.

Visit the Old City and travel back in time

The old city is well preserved and provincial, the cathedral and bridges over the River Onyar can’t be missed. The terrace cafes are darling and you can feel yourself moving back in time as you sip your coffee.

Girona was founded by the Romans and some of the walls still are present. The “El Call” which was the Jewish section has winding cobblestone streets and is fun to get lost in. The cathedral houses much Romanesque art to enjoy.

Girona, the capital of the Rugged Coast

Head down to the coast for more good times. The Costa Brava or the Brave Coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Each beach is paired with a little mountain village that overlooks the sea. The beaches of Girona and the Costa Brava have many hotels and make for a perfect summer holiday.

Girona and the Costa Brava are just one hour north of Barcelona and you can take a train or bus from the city or fly direct to Girona with low cost airlines such as Ryanair.

This could be the perfect day trip or mini vacation in your adventuring around Spain.

Don’t forget to visit tiny villages that are hard to find on the map! They can be more exciting than big cities! Give them a try!

6 top beaches in the Costa Brava

The beaches in the Rugged Coast have beautiful views of cliffs, pine trees and crystal clear water. There are many hidden coves that often form secret hidden beaches, fun and memorable to explore with a loved one.

Begur is possibly one of the best in the Rugged Coast of Girona. It is a typical beach that families from Barcelona holiday to. See our tips for travelling with youngsters while in Spain.

That is why as a tourist it’s a great place for you to experience real Spain. Beautiful resorts are for tanning by the pool and enjoying ultimate Spanish relaxation time. Many beaches are available for fun in the sun as well!

Pals beach has some of the most amazing views in Catalonia, the sparkling water and warm sand in Pals makes for a perfect vacation. In the village of Pals there are good restaurants and bars to relax in the evening. For lunch there are many ¨chiringuitos¨ or little restaurants by the water.

Other beaches you can’t miss are: Platja del Racó beach, closest to Pals, a darling town; Illa Roja beach, an internationally popular nude beach surrounded by red rocks; Sa Riera beach, plenty of tourist activities and room for sports on the beach as well; and Aiguablava, with shallow and very clear waters.