Best of Girona

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Girona
Founded nearly 2,000 years ago, Girona is a delightful amalgamation of ancient cultures, from the Greeks and Romans to the Visigoths and Moors. Feel its history as you work your way through the Barri Vell or Old Quarter, passing charming houses, churches, and gardens along its winding streets. In the heart of Girona, you’ll also find one of the best-preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe. The neighborhood is a maze of narrow, winding lanes and is a joy to explore. You may recognize parts of the city from season six of Game of Thrones - the streets of Girona served as Braavos, Old Town, and even some parts of King’s Landing for the show.  

Girona hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, but the Temps de Flors flower festival is perhaps the best-known. Hundreds of floral artists come together here each year in May to decorate various sites around the city, including the Cathedral of Girona and the Arab Baths.
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Girona Essentials

Enjoy a day trip to Besalú and see it's Romanesque bridge over the Fluvià River
How to Plan Your Trip to the Costa Brava

In northeastern Spain, the Costa Brava offers stunning beaches, picturesque landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage. How you plan your trip can make a significant difference in the quality of your vacation. From the medieval charm of Begur and other towns to the bustling city of Girona and the tranquil fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, there are several options to consider when planning a Costa Brava excursion.

Girona, Spain
Map of 24 Hours in Girona
24 Hours in Girona

Discover the charming city of Girona, nestled in the heart of Catalonia and steeped in history, in just 24 hours. From winding medieval streets to a beautiful cathedral and museums, you can roam one of the world's best-preserved Jewish quarters. Indulge in the world-renowned culinary scene, explore the rich history, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Girona.

Costa Brava, Spain
Best Things to Do in the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is a scenic stretch of Catalonia's coastline, extending from the French border in the north to the town of Blanes in the south. Dotted with rugged coves, medieval villages, sandy beaches, vineyards, and the works of Salvador Dalí, many travelers flock to this picturesque region of Spain. Explore the countryside with yacht excursions, e-bike ventures, and kayaking trips, or visit beloved towns and cities like Girona, Cadaqués, and Figueres.

(photo courtesy of Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa)
The 5 Best Luxury Hotels in the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is known for its stunning beaches, charming towns, and exquisite culinary experiences—all perfect for a luxury stay. The region offers 5-star hotels with perks and amenities to elevate your visit, like spas, fine-dining restaurants, and private beaches. This article highlights five top picks for Costa Brava luxury hotels, all providing an unforgettable experience.

Sip a cocktail as you take in Girona's scenic skyline (photo courtesy of Hotel Casa Cacao)
The 5 Best Boutique Hotels in Girona

Discover the charm of Girona, where history meets modernity, through a curated list of the best hotels in the city. From beautifully restored historic properties to contemporary options, these hand-picked accommodations ensure a comfortable stay while exploring Girona's winding cobbled streets and interesting landmarks.

Enjoy the Spanish sunsets over the Mediterranean coast (photo courtesy of Park Hotel San Jorge & Spa)
The 9 Best Hotels with Views in the Costa Brava

Enjoy the Costa Brava's mesmerizing landscapes by staying at one of the region's hotels with stunning coastal, countryside, and/or city vistas. Whether you're seeking the perfect sunrise over the Mediterranean, a serene rural retreat, or a city break, these accommodations promise panoramas that will elevate your experience on the Costa Brava.

Relax by a fire in 17th-century Sant Roc (photo courtesy of Hotel Sant Roc)
The 6 Best Standard Hotels in the Costa Brava

Despite being popular with visitors, the Costa Brava remains a quintessential Spanish locale, so you'll find plenty of authentic, down-to-earth standard hotels that still provide all the amenities you'll need. Kimkim's top picks offer everything from beachfront retreats to city escapes, allowing you to enjoy this stunning coastal region known for its rugged cliffs, secluded coves, and clear blue waters.

Girona Itineraries

Drive along the Costa Brava and enjoy stopping at beaches, villages, and numerous viewpoints
Map of Pyrenees & Costa Brava Road Trip - 9 Days
Pyrenees & Costa Brava Road Trip - 9 Days

Discover the essence of Catalonia with this self-drive through Barcelona, the Costa Brava, and the Spanish Pyrenees. Along the way, you'll enjoy excursions like private visits to Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and iconic Gaudi architecture, plus leisurely self-guided day trips to the Costa Brava beaches and towns. Soak in the beauty of the Spanish Pyrenees as you drive through winding mountain roads, sleep in charming villages, and hike along alpine lakes, ending your trip back to Barcelona for some tapas.

Cadaqués on the Costa Brava
Map of Self-Drive Costa Brava & Pyrenees Mountains  - 10 Days
Self-Drive Costa Brava & Pyrenees Mountains - 10 Days

This 10-day road trip takes you through the picturesque landscapes of Costa Brava and the Spanish Pyrenees, offering plenty of chances to explore the region's diverse cultural and natural wonders. From vibrant cities like Barcelona and Girona to the rugged coastline of Costa Brava and scenic Val d'Aran, you'll enjoy Northern Spain's history, cultural heritage, and gastronomy.

Explore beaches near the village of Begur on the Costa Brava
Map of Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 7 Days
Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 7 Days

This weeklong adventure combines a mix of private tours and free time for the ultimate introduction to Spain's Catalonia region. Kick off the week in cosmopolitan Barcelona for Gaudí architecture, tapas bars, and Mediterranean beaches. Then head north to the Costa Brava for kayaking, Dalí culture, and wine tasting—all while staying in a medieval town loaded with great restaurants.