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Girona tours - Girona in 4 hours without feeling like a stupid tourist

Overview

A few miles from the Costa Brava, Gerona/Girona is a site of premier historic and artistic significance. This tour introduces you to all the major sights--the river, the medieval walls, the Jewish quarter, the cathedral (which has the biggest nave of any Gothic church), the old church of St Felix, the "Arab" baths, and a variety of post-medieval buildings and streets. The tour can be customised to include museum visits, to focus on, for example, the city's Modernist architecture, or to take in a variety of tasty food and drink stops.

FAQs

One, actually. Yes, it is possible to do Girona and Figueres in a day from Barcelona by car or, with a bit of juggling, by train. Here's a sample summer train itinerary:

  1. 08:46 Bcn Sants (08:50 Bcn Passeig de Gracia) 10:03 Girona
  2. 4 hour tour
  3. Lunch
  4. 15:35 Girona 16:06 Figueres
  5. Museum open till 20:00 July - September
  6. Trains from Figueres to Barcelona at: 20:00, 20:05 (expensive),
    20:49, thereafter Shanks' pony

And one by car:

  1. 09:00 dep Barcelona,
  2. between 10:30 & 11:00 arr & parked Girona
  3. text/call to guide saying in which of several indicated car parks you are
  4. guide comes and finds you and takes you around for the full four hours with a visit to a bun shop do ward off hunger,
  5. 15:00 delivers you back to car park
  6. nominated car parks are in centre on exit road to Figueres
  7. 16:00 arr & parked in Figueres near museum - travel is approx 45
  8. 16:30 into museum
  9. 18:00 museum closes
  10. plaza mayor Fig has nice tea shops / cafes
  11. drive back to Barcelona

Precise arrangements depend on seasonal variations in opening hours / trains / light etc, so accept in good grace your family's brickbats if you try it on your own and come unstuck.

Itinerary

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Details

Grade easy
Base Girona (Meeting point information here, where relevant - make sure you have the right one!)
Location tags Gerona, Girona, Gironès, Gérone,
Theme tags archaeology, architecture, art, gastronomy, history,
Your guide(s) A local expert
Walking distance 4 km / 2.49 miles
Walking time 3.48 hr
Total return travel time from base to walk 0 hr
Default meeting time 09:00. This is designed to produce an optimal result from a number of factors, including sleep-in time, access to food, and exposure to sun.
Total time from "hello" to "goodbye" 4.00 hr

Photos

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Art nouveau-ish flour factory in the train station district
Art nouveau-ish flour factory in the train station district
Modernist town-house and the old Olot train station (Song: Ja se'n va el tren d'Olot/fent xup, xup,/se'n va el tren d'Olot.)
Modernist town-house and the old Olot train station (Song: Ja se'n va el tren d'Olot/fent xup, xup,/se'n va el tren d'Olot.)
Rambla de la Libertad
Rambla de la Libertad
Memorial to Nicholas Eymerich, author of the C14th witch-finder's manual, Directorium Inquisitorum
Memorial to Nicholas Eymerich, author of the C14th witch-finder's manual, Directorium Inquisitorum
C15th Estudio General - proto-university
C15th Estudio General - proto-university
Um
Um
The walls have noses
The walls have noses
views from walls, girona
views from walls, girona
Fort within a fort: the German barracks
Fort within a fort: the German barracks
Cathedral tower
Cathedral tower
Site of the 1975 find of a bloody footprint of Our Lord
Site of the 1975 find of a bloody footprint of Our Lord
girona
girona
Filming FTB's tribute to Porter's Great Train Robbery
Filming FTB's tribute to Porter's Great Train Robbery
Montjüic from the walls - Jewish graves, French cannon...
Montjüic from the walls - Jewish graves, French cannon...
St Peter's and the walled district across the Galligants, from the town walls
St Peter's and the walled district across the Galligants, from the town walls
Serpent doing God's will
Serpent doing God's will
Canine dentist on the south door
Canine dentist on the south door
Knocker(s)
Knocker(s)
Local drunks at the Apostles' door
Local drunks at the Apostles' door
cathedral
cathedral
girona, mannequin, angel
girona, mannequin, angel
The River Galligants
The River Galligants
Personal service ads in the John Lennon peace gardens
Personal service ads in the John Lennon peace gardens
Man-eating ant in the John Lennon peace gardens
Man-eating ant in the John Lennon peace gardens
C12 Romanesque with Lombard band @ St Nicholas
C12 Romanesque with Lombard band @ St Nicholas
dog, cat, climbing, girona
dog, cat, climbing, girona
clothes, river, girona
clothes, river, girona
river, girona
river, girona
pharmacy,girona
pharmacy,girona
b&b entry (els vells oficis, rambla, girona)
b&b entry (els vells oficis, rambla, girona)
b&b entry (els vells oficis, rambla, girona)
b&b entry (els vells oficis, rambla, girona)
St Felix' and the cathedral
St Felix' and the cathedral
C18th bastion
C18th bastion
Brick! Old workshops
Brick! Old workshops
Wild West false front on St Dominic's
Wild West false front on St Dominic's
     


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