Sports culture and, above all, cycling is deeply rooted in this land. And don't forget good wine, l’Empordà, rural hotels in masies -the old traditional houses of Catalan farmers - and good restaurants. Girona is on of the Spanish regions with the most Michelin-starred chefs but it's no surprise, good eating is the main criterion of Gironans. The city -and the province in general- gets people excited... few know how to escape the magic it exudes. And as some Gironans say when you visit their lands, 'do you come or do you stay'?
Catalan, Castilian and English. Catalan is one of the two languages that coexist along with Spanish in Catalonia. Generally, everyone speaks both languages but Catalan is the most spoken language by the majority of the population of Girona, although everyone speaks Castilian. If you speak English and even French you will be able to communicate.
Climate in Girona is Mediterranean, with cold winters and hot summers. Because of its closeness to the sea, temperatures are not extreme but it's also surrounded by mountains and sometimes the apparent temperature is colder than the actual temperatures. The coldest months are from November to February and the warmest from May to September.
When to go
During spring or summer. Spring is when it starts to get warm but temperatures remain cool under the Mediterranean sun; a fantastic climate to palate the city and nature that surrounds it. During summer, although it's hot, it's also a good time to go because there are many towns close to the sea to spend the day. Autumn is also a good time. There is a natural environment that is worth visiting. Winter is also a good time, though, since you can go skiing in the Pyrenees of Girona. If you adapt easily to cold and hot temperatures, Girona is a destination to visit all year round!
Min. 3 days: To visit the city of Girona we recommend you spend at least 2-3 full days. The city has a very interesting past and you will notice right away that one morning isn't enough time for anything. In Girona you have to walk, look around... and if you can read before arrival or hire a guide, then it's even better: there are corners that only Gironans know and it really is a luxury to visit Girona with its people, they are very proud of their city. The third day or the following ones we recommend you go out to explore the villages next to the sea or the mountains around it. You will not regret it... Quite the opposite: They'll make you wanna go back!