Girona province covers the Costa Brava area of the coast. Every year there are 24 million tourists to the Costa Brava. According to the tourist information office, tourists to the city of Gerona are a mix of all ages and all nationalities. This is reflected in the variety of excursions on offer.
The tourist information recommend several guided tours around the city, and in-particularly the Historic Jewish quarter. The tours are run by the Town Hall.
Pujada de la Catedral, 12
Tel: +34 97 220 3834
Opening hours: May - September: 10:00 - 19:00 October - April 10:00 - 18:00
Bank holidays: 10:00 - 14:00
Closed: Mondays and 01 January, 06 January, 25 December and 26 December.
Museu D'Historia De La Ciutat
La Forca, 27
Tel: +34 97 222 2229
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 - 14:00 and 17:00 - 19:00
Sundays and bank holidays: 10:00 - 14:00
Closed: Mondays and on 01 January, 06 January, 25 December and 26 December.
Tel: +34 97 241 2777
(May, June and September) Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday and public holiday Mondays: 11:00 - 15:00
(July - August) Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00
(October - April) Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday from 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday from 11:00 - 15:00
Bank holidays: 10:00 - 20:00
Banys Arabs (Arab Baths)
Ferran el Catolic, sn
Tel: +34 97 221 3262
Opening hours: April - September:
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 - 19:00
Sundays and holidays: 10:00 - 14:00
October - March:
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 - 14:00
Sundays and holidays: 10:00 - 14:00
Closed: 01 January, 06 January, 25 December and 26 December.
If you are planning on walking through the Historic Jewish quarter to see the sights, wear flat, sturdy and comfortable shoes. The streets are on a hill and also are all cobbled with lumpy stones. It looks very picturesque but the stones make for an uneven surface that I found it difficult to walk on in flip flops. Heels are a definite no-no!
From the centre of Gerona you only have to drive about an hour and a half to get to the Pyrenees and some excellent skiing. The tourist information have a booklet on ski slopes in Gerona. The booklet is in Catalan, but the facts and figures are easy to decipher. The staff at the tourist information are happy to explain any details for you. If you call, ask for someone who speaks English. These are fairly large ski centres serving an international community and should have an English speaker on hand.
Tel: +34 97 219 7047
This ski station is in the municipality of Guils de Cerdanya. It has a total of 45km of skiing circuits, and a ski school.
Tel: +34 97 214 4000
There are 63km of skiing here, and the slopes also attract a lot of snowboarders.
Tel: +34 97 289 2031
Fax:+34 97 214 5048
There are over 200 staff at this ski station and they offer classes to suit all levels. There are 51 km of skiing area.
You can drive from Girona city centre to the coast in about 30 minutes. One popular destination on the coast nearest to Gerona city is Sant Feliu de Guixols. It is a port town and also has a sandy beach with calm waters. There are a few historical buildings of interest in the town, including a monastery.
The tourist information have a booklet in English called 'Greenways'. This contains detailed walking and cycling routes through the countryside and points of special interest. Many of the routes are along disused railway lines, which makes them easy to follow, and the book gives full details of how to get to the starting point, and how difficult the route is to follow.
The main tourist information office that has details of everything there is to see and do in Gerona city and in the province of Gerona, is next to the river Onyar.
Oficina de Turisme de Girona (Tourist information)
Joan Maragall, 2
Tel: +34 87 297 5975
Fax: +34 87 297 5999
Monday - Saturdays: 09:00 - 20:00
Sundays and festival days: 09:00 - 14:00
Closed: 25 December, 26 December, 01 January and 06 January.
There are plenty of things to do for all the family. You can choose from the beach or the ski slope, and there's plenty of history and interesting architecture too.