GIRONA is 60 Km. from the house (on motorway 48 Km ).Half-way between the sea and the mountains, Girona enjoys a privileged position and preserves some of the most valuable heritage sites in Catalonia, based on three elements that are unique in Europe: its old fortifications, which include the western world’s largest sections of wall dating from the time of Charlemagne, one of the best preserved Jewish quarters, and the Cathedral, which has the widest Gothic span in the world, with 23 metres of free space.
In addition, in Girona you can see some beautiful Gothic and Romanesque buildings, and contemplate works of art of notable interest in its fascinating museums.
Special interest areas
Built in different styles (11th – 17th century a.d.), it preserves elements of the first Romanesque building (cloister and tower of Charlemagne), and the nave –its most spectacular characteristic– features with the widest arched span in the world.
Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants and Chapel of Sant Nicolau
One of the most outstanding groups of Lombard style Romanesque (12th century a.d.) buildings in Catalonia. The capitals of the church and the cloister are its most remarkable features.
The Collegiate of Sant Feliu
Originating in the earliest times of Christianity, a large part of the Romanesque building is still preserved, which was later completed with Gothic naves and structures, and a baroque facade (11th – 17th century a.d.). Eight extraordinary Roman and Paleochristian sepulchres consitute its greatest attraction.
The structure and some architectural elements of the site remind us of Arab baths, but in reality they are a 12th century Romanesque construction. The frigidarium is covered by a notable annular vault.
The “Call”, the Jewish Quarter of Girona
Among the largest and best preserved in Europe, the “Call” –or Jewish Quarter in Catalan– integrates the Bonastruc ça Porta center and its surroundings, which have gained the most important architectural and urbanistic interest.
The Houses of Onyar
Laid out almost entirely in stone, Girona offers spectacular views of porticoed squares and steep alleyways. Its most emblematic sight, however, are the Houses on the Onyar –the river flowing through the city–, painted in bright colors against the impressing background images of Sant Feliu and the Cathedral.
Stairs and Archway of Sant Martí
Girona features numerous beautifully preserved medieval and modern spaces. Squares, steep alleyways and buildings that make up places with an unsurpassed atmosphere and beauty, where it seems that time has stood still for centuries.
Spectacular stroll along the path running around the ancient walls dating from Charlemagne (9th century a.d.) and early medieval times (14th-15th centuries a.d.) and bordering the historic centre on the east. This is certainly the ideal setting to enjoy spectacular views of the city.
Museum of History of the Jews
This museum offers one of the most spectacular collections of tombstones, along with other examples of Jewish culture.
Besalú is a town in the comarca of Garrotxa, in Girona. The town’s importance was greater in the early Middle Ages, as capital of the county of Besalú, whose territory was roughly the same size as the current comarca of Garrotxa but sometime extended as far as Corbières, Aude, in France. Wilfred the Hairy, credited with the unification of Catalonia, was Count of Besalú. The town was also the birthplace of Raimon Vidal, a medieval troubadour.
Besalú was designated as a historical national property (“conjunt històric-artístic”) in 1966. The town’s most significant feature is its 12th-century Romanesque bridge over the Fluvià river, which features a gateway at its midpoint. The church of Sant Pere was consecrated in 1003. The town features arcaded streets and squares and also a restored mikveh, a ritual Jewish bath dating from the eleventh or twelfth century, as well as the remains of a medieval synagogue, located in the lower town near the river. Besalú also hosts the Museum of miniatures created by jeweler and art collector Lluís Carreras.