I love Girona in Spain. Is one of those small cities that I like visiting from time to time. Two hours by train from Barcelona, is worth to visit it in May during the “Temps de flors” (something like “Flower time festival”).
Yesterday I went to Girona. For the last couple of years, I had not visited the city during the “Temps de flors” festival, and I thought it was time again to take the train at Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona and get to Girona.
[quote align=”left” color=”#999999″]’Temps de flors’ is one of the most spectacular spring festivals of our country and an important artistic and cultural event in Girona[/quote]
This city is one of my favourite’s. I have a couple of friends in there, and I like going up there, meet my friends and walk around the narrow streets, take nice pictures and see all the flowers in the streets, courtyards in the Jewish quarter and in the Arab baths. It is definetelly worth it!
“Temps de Flors” in Girona is an old tradition. For more than a century ago, a large display of flowers has been held every year in May along the streets and buildings located in old town of the city. It is one of the most spectacular spring festivals of our country and probably one of the most important artistic and cultural event in the city. If you want to walk and enjoy a quiet day, try to avoid weekends.
Top ten sights in Girona during “Temps de Flors” festival:
- Girona’s cathedral: stairs and cloister
- La Esglesia de Sant Feliu
- Hammam or Arab baths
- Les Sarraïnes
- La plaça dels Jurats
- L’esglesia de Sant Martí
- Sant Nicolau
- Casa Lleó-Avinay
- Els jardins dels Alemanys-Torre Gironella.
Not enough? Ok, other interesting activities in Girona during those days:
Besides the flowers show, there are other activities as celebrating the Opera European Day with the A Cappella Festival and a photo digital camera contest, which this year has been expanded with another photo contest, in this case it’s about a Girona Instagram contest.
How to get to Girona?
Barcelona to Girona: take the train at Passeig de Gràcia (RENFE is the Spanish railway). Check timetables and prices at their website, though there are trains every 20-30 minutes. No need to book it previously. Buy them at the station.
(At the time of writting this post, there are works on the station. The entry and the ticket window is located at Calle Arago with Calle Pau Claris. Don’t worry too much about it, easy to find once you’ll get there. It is quite well indicated. Though, you can check the status of the works in the official Spanish rail website and print this map where the provisional access to Passeig de Gracia train station :-))
Fly to Girona: If you’re flying to the city from an European city, try it with Ryanair. There’s an airport next to Girona (Tip: check out your luggage and suitcases size and weight. At Rayanair’s are very strict on the conditions related to your luggage. Read properly the “terms and conditions” document before booking).
Once you’ll get to the city (by bus from the Airport or 15 minutes walking from the train station), you’ve got 2 options: walk around without any map or go to the Girona tourism information office and ask for a map where you’ll see the main attractions (which some of them are only opened during these days) that you’ll be able to visit during these days.
I never get a map, because I’ve been in Girona several times and I know the city, but if this is your first time in the city, I would recommend you to go to the Tourism Information Office and ask for some information and for maps for not losing you orientation. The center of Girona is plenty of narrow streets, all of them clean and nice but at the same time, a bit tricky.
Download the “Girona Temps de Flors 2013” map.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]From 11th to 19th May2013 the centre of Girona should be at some point one of your destinations.[/quote]
Still not convinced? Make a quick tour around Girona watching this Youtube video:
[youtube height=”700″ width=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL1_wZQ2dTE[/youtube]
If you decide to stay a couple of days in Girona, might be worth it to visit any of the little Mediterranean villages like Cadaqués, located in La Costa Brava or to do some hiking at the Pyrenees or at the La Garrotxa National Park.
I leave you with some of the pictures I tooked while I was visiting Girona
Enjoy your trip to Spain! Appreciate your comments, opinions and let me know if you need any help for planning your trip to Spain. 🙂