Tucked away in the north-east of Spain, is the province of Girona. The capital city of the province is also Girona. However, you are here to explore the best restaurants in Girona but, I feel obliged to tell you a little bit about Girona.
If you have a fascination for language. You should know that the name of the city is “Gerona” in Castilian. However, in Catalan, the language of Catalonia the city is “Girona”.
When you start planning a visit to this incredible city. I suggest that you take a look at the Girona tourist guide for accurate information.
Possibly the province in Spain with the greatest variety of terrain, sights and opportunities. The fantastic coastline on the Costa Brava with beautiful campsites, walking trails and cycling routes. Will keep the most active family busy for the whole vacation. All this before we start exploring the amazing rocky coves and set out the picnic on a stunning beach.
When I was younger, much younger, I would have jumped at the chance of exploring Girona with a backpack and a map. Today, I need atoure guide and a flask of coffee.
Best Restaurants in Girona
The province of Girona has something for everybody. You are close to the beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava. To the north, are the rugged mountains of the Pyrenees where you can ski or snowboard.
And, when you want to visit Barcelona, it is only an hour and a half journey by car. You can take the A7 motorway for easy travel to Barcelona.
A Day Trip to Girona
You may wish to stay in a hostal when you visit Girona. Don’t be confused by the name. A hostal in Spain is very different from a hostel in the U.K.
They are generally simple accommodation with basic, but good, amenities. However, I have seen hostals in Spain which have been very up-market.
According to Maria, Girona is a city with historically-rich buildings, but a modern beauty that will take your breath away.
Known for having one of the last, surviving Jewish Quarters, Girona is transformed every year by a spectacular flower show – Temps de Flors
Where to Eat in Girona
Daryl and Mindi Hirsch are the food bloggers behind this tantalising look at the Girona Food Scene.
However, they seem to have an advantage over humble food tourists, like me, in that they are well connected to notable characters of the food fraternity.
The city of Girona is 70 metres above sea level and has a very mild climate. The annual temperature is a balmy 23°C and the rainfall is some 749mm per year.
Cycling in Girona
The roads around Girona are a cyclist’s heaven. You will find scenic coastal routes, tortuous mountain roads and idyllic forest tracks. If you make enquiries, you will discover that Girona is home to a large number of pro-cyclists.
The amenable climate means that you don’t need to be an extreme cyclist to enjoy the cycling trails around Girona.
The Best Girona Restaurants
Amber and Eric are travel bloggers who are lucky enough to live in Girona. They recognise that the contemporary, Catalan cuisine of Girona is the reason that many visitors choose to make this fantastic city their destination.
If your budget allows Michelin Star dining, you must consider the top choices of Amber and Eric.
- El Celler de Can Roca
- Restaurant Massana
The dining experience in Girona is available all day, unlike smaller towns and villages in the region. There is always somewhere for you to find good Catalan food.
Walking Food Tours of Girona
One possible highlight of Girona is tp take a walking food tour with Girona Food Tours. This is the delight that inspired foodie blogger Nathan Aguilera to write the attached blog post.
While Nathan clearly enjoys his food, he is at pains to point out that food is not the only reason he travels to far-flung destinations.
A Quick Itinerary for Girona
Allison has just spent six glorious days in Catalonia, splitting her time between Barcelona and Girona. She had a wonderful time and her only regret is that she didn’t spend the whole time in Girona.
A positive vote for Girona but, a bit of a snub for Barcelona.
Learn to cook Catalan Cuisine
When getting to know a culture, one should always begin at the stomach. Culture and cuisine go hand-in-hand.
However, if you really want to get to the heart of a culture, learn to cook the local delicacies.
Which is exactly what Sam did on a recent visit to old Girona. He participated in the most wonderful cooking class where he prepared a variety of traditional Catalan dishes.