As far as Catalonian cities go, Barcelona tends to hog all the limelight.
As a result, the stunning city of Girona has flown beneath the radar compared to its globally renowned bigger sibling.
Packed full of stunning old architecture, compact in size and rammed with bars serving Rioja & croquetas, Girona is an ideal destination for a mini-break. And, with direct flights from Bristol to Girona with Ryanair it’s pretty convenient too.
Hotel Gran Ultonia
We stayed in the Hotel Gran Ultonia. Modern and clean if a little corporate in style, the Gran Ultonia is located a couple of minutes walk from the vibrant Plaza Independencia and with rooms from around £54 night, it’s a bit of a bargain.
Address - Carrer de Jaume I, 22 17001 Girona, Spain
El Celler de Can Roca
If you’re willing to book over a year in advance then El Celler de Can Roca, “the best restaurant in the world”, should definitely be on your to visit list. Read more about my meal here.
Address - Ell Celler de Can Roca, Can Sunyer 48, 17007 - Girona, Spain
If you don’t want to shell out a couple of hundred Euros on dinner at El Celler, then 3€ will buy you a tub of the good stuff from The Roca brothers' ice cream parlour, Rocambolesc.
Rocambolesc’s upmarket Mr Whippy style ice cream served in flavours such as baked apple, chocolate and yoghurt isn’t their main selling point – it’s their epic selection of toppings. Highlights included madeleines, mini chocolate brownies, caramelised hazelnuts and praline sauce.
Address - Rocambolesc gelateria, Carrer de Santa Clara 50, 17001 Girona, Spain
Straight over the road from Rocambolesc is the bakery & patisserie Casamomer. Serving fresh bread, awesome sandwiches, cracking coffee & lush cakes, Casamomer was our breakfast destination of choice.
Address - Carrer de Santa Clara, 46 17001 Girona, Spain
Web - http://www.casamoner.cat
Tasca Galega Esconxuro & Konig
As far as Girona's tapas bars go, Tasca Galega Esconxuro’s range of mainly seafood based Galician dishes was the pick of the bunch. Konig on Plaza Independencia also did the job with its low cost tapas and wine.
Tasca Galega Esconxuro - http://esconxuro.com/