Close to Barcelona, Girona has a charm all of its own. This vibrant city features a rich tapestry of cobbled lanes that snake around medieval walls leading to Gothic cathedrals and ancient fortifications. With lots of museums and art galleries to visit, the city isn't short of remarkable sights. A luxury holiday in Girona makes for a perfect retreat.
The largest city in Northern Catalonia, charming Girona gathers along the shores of the River Onyar. The waterfront offers splendid walks, where you can admire the brightly coloured houses that are stacked against the river. In this area, be sure to visit the unique Maso House, known as Casa Maso in Catalan, this building is an important work of architecture that offers sweeping views of the city from its windows.
Wander the Old Quarter known as Barri Vell and discover an architectural legacy that mixes Romanesque buildings with Gothic churches and Baroque cathedrals. There are three must-see monuments here, the Benedictine church of Sant Pere de Galligants, the church of Sant Feliu with its impressive spire and Girona Cathedral. Delve further into the past and explore one of the city's many fascinating museums, like the wonderful Cinema Museum.
After a few days exploring the city, why not take a short drive to visit some of the renowned beaches of the Costa Brava? Nearby Blanes is considered the gateway to the region and features beautiful beaches and a cliff-top botanical garden with views out to sea. For some of the best beaches in the area visit Platja d'Aro, where gold and white sands are lapped by warm, azure waters.
Girona enjoys a wonderful climate with hot summers and cool winters. From June to September, you'll find temperatures at around 30 degrees Celsius. These are popular months for luxury travellers to visit Girona as the weather is perfect for long days at the beach.
If you prefer a cooler climate, try visiting from March to May. With average highs around 20 degrees Celsius, these months are great for exploring the city and its attractions. In winter, expect mild weather sitting at about 13 degrees Celsius, ideal for leisurely adventures.
Renowned for its cuisine, Girona is a haven for foodies. You'll get to try European menus with distinct Catalan influences, international dishes, Mediterranean cuisine and, of course, local specialities. Try chicken with crayfish, a unique combination full of flavour, and try xuixo, a sweet pastry filled with cream.
With locally sourced produce, fresh seafood and prime meats, fine dining in Girona is an exquisite experience. Enjoy famous wines chosen by a sommelier and visit one of the world's best restaurants, the three-Michelin starred El Celler de Can Roca.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you and keep a photocopy of your passport on your person. British passport holders don't need a visa to enter Spain. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.