A Small Town Called Girona

Girona

We have had more than enough time to cover all the major tourist spots in Barcelona, so we decided why not visit some of the nearby towns in Barcelona to get a sense of a different experience?

The first and most obvious choice was Valencia, but not only have I already been there, we only had one day and we had to be back in Barcelona by the evening, so it was too far for a one day trip.  There’s of course Figueres, where it is most famous for having Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, a large museum designed by Dalí himself, but we wanted to visit a town rather than just a museum; we’ve seen way too many museums by this time (even though I personally really like Dalí a lot).  There was also Sitges, famous for its seafront promenade, but again I have already been there and there wasn’t much to do anyway besides enjoying the bright happy promenade.

So, we settled on Girona.  It was a small town located a little more than 30 minutes of train ride from Barcelona Sants, plus it’s most notable for being one of the filming locations for the hit TV show Game Of Thrones, where they filmed Braavos, Oldtown, and King’s Landing for Season 6 (source: barcelonayellow.com)

Besides the image of the Girona Cathedral, I had no idea what Girona would look like, and in fact I’d imagine it to be a little more run down and old similar to Tarragona.  But when I’d got there, it actually reminded me more of Lancaster of Pennsylvania, a small charming town that’s clean with a laid back atmosphere, filled with smaller upscale boutique stores.

GironaRight outside the Girona station, the trees look magnificent

Girona

 

Shops

So there are a couple of European boutique stores sprawling across the town along your way from the Girona station to the Cathedral of Girona, a lot of brands which I did not notice in Barcelona, possibly because Barcelona was bombarded with the usual big brand stores.

So it was very interesting to see some of these unique shops here, and it really caught my attention and intrigued me.

GironaA lifestyle store

SamarkandaSamarkanda, apologies for the quality of the photo – upscale furniture shop

SamarkandaOutside Samarkanda was this wooden carved chair, representing what to expect inside the store

Carme AngladaCarme Anglada

Girona

GironaAnd a chocolate shop

Purificacion GarciaPurificacion Garcia

 

Cathedral of Girona

As mentioned, this cathedral was used as the backdrop for Game of Thrones in a couple of ways, most notable were as the steps for the Great Sept of Baylor.  We didn’t get to go inside, but you can understand why GoT decided to film here once you are at the top of the stairs; there is a grandiose and magnificent feeling when standing there.

Cathedral of Girona

Cathedral of Girona

Cathedral of GironaThe door was closed; forbidden

Cathedral of GironaFrom an angle

Cathedral of GironaThe steps of the Cathedral

Cathedral of Girona

 

Basílica de Sant Feliu

Girona’s first cathedral, it is quite prominent as its slender and tall figure lends itself as a good indicator that you’re headed to the right direction.

Basílica de Sant Feliu
Basílica de Sant FeliuFrom afar

Basílica de Sant FeliuAnd a little bit closer, the figure behind

 

Sant Pere de Galligants

We went inside as it housed the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia.

Sant Pere de Galligants

Sant Pere de Galligants

Sant Pere de Galligants

Sant Pere de GalligantsMany people were observing this carpet

Sant Pere de Galligants

Sant Pere de Galligants

Sant Pere de Galligants

 

Banys Àrabs (website)

Or in English, known as the Arab Baths.  It’s a great place to take photos, especially when the sunlight is seeping into the rooms, providing enough light but not too harsh for some great effects.

Banys ÀrabsTowards the left, where you see a door opening, is where the entrance lies

Banys ÀrabsThe pillars surrounding a hexagon of a bath, perfect for photo taking

Banys ÀrabsSauna?

Banys ÀrabsRight outside the Arab Baths are beautiful healthy green trees

 

Some Place Nearby Cathedral of Girona

GironaThis place had a couple of small miniature figures, I forgot where it was but it was really nearby the Arab Baths

Girona

Girona

 

Eating

Nearby the Cathedral of Girona was an open air plaza bordered by many different restaurants, cafés and gelateria!  It’s an amazing place to sit, relax, reminiscence, and enjoy your meal.

Plaça de la IndependènciaPlaça de la Independència

PdePàThe restaurant we went to, PdePà

PdePàWe actually ordered pizza but I didn’t take a photo of that, but here’s a beef carpaccio, yum!

La BomboneraLa Bombonera, really good gelateria and also famous for crepes! (website)

La Bombonera

La BomboneraThe chocolate ice cream was incredibly delicious!  I think I ordered an espresso ice cream underneath this scoop.

 

Walking Around and taking Photos

Girona is a beautiful small town to take photos in.  The sunlight just seeps into the town in a very natural way.  Here are a few places to walk about and a few places to use as your backdrop.

Girona

Girona

Girona

GironaPont de les Peixateries Velles

GironaForgot what this is…

GironaPeople were protesting; I am not sure what they are protesting about, but could be wanting Catalunya as a separate nation

GironaArches

Girona

Girona
Girona

And that’s it for Girona!

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