Girona is a dream. It makes you feel like you are in another time. It makes you want to turn at every corner to discover a secret, beautiful, magical hidden place. And if you do turn at every corner that’s exactly what you will find out.
But I confess, I was not going to explore it. I was going to skip it and leave it as a base for a future trip. But then, thanks to Anna and Ingrid and team that had arranged my FAM trip, my plans were changed… and I’m forever grateful!
As part of the FAM trip, they arranged for a walking tour of Girona with the amazing Margarita and those 2 hours were simply breathtaking-amazing-unforgettable! Think about getting to know someones town through their local eyes, with all history and know how about the Catalan way of life and then, my friend, you will have the best walking tour of your life… and if it’s in Girona, it’s even better!
Margarita met us at our hotel, the Hotel Gran Ultonia (which gave me an awesome upgrade, but regardless, I highly recommend it) and from there, it was a short walk to the famous Eiffel Bridge. Right before we got to the bridge, we walked by Rocambolesc, which is a gelateria conceived by the geniuses at Celler de Can Roca (best restaurant in the world, anyone?). All I can say is: you NEED to go there!
Then after sampling some of their amazing flavors, we head to the Eiffel Bridge, which was built by Mr. Eiffel circa 1877 (before the Eiffel Tower)! I noticed the “love locks” on the bridge and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 came to mind “…Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds…”, yet I still get upset with these “love locks” as they usually damage the bridges with the weight – although the Eiffel Bridge seemed perfectly fine!
From there it was a feast for my eyes, with so many medieval-looking tiny streets and stairways, nice local merchants that say hi to you as you stroll along, beautiful, just beautiful souvenir stores that make you want to go and buy everything because you can see they are made locally, and the fact that you are breathing the air of history, of a city that had been captured and witnessed sieges and is still standing.
As we walk through the Old Town and listen to Margarita’s stories, my mind wonders at how different was life centuries ago in this city and thought to myself “how great it is I can be here today”! And then we approached the city walls, which is a fantastic experience and I highly recommend that you take your time visiting, mostly because you will just want to stop and take it all in – and stop and smell the flowers (literally, we saw so many daisies everywhere!).
It was a magical 2 hours that by no means were captured in this post, but that I highly recommend! I want to encourage you to please have a guided walking tour with a local guide. It will open your eyes, it will teach you a lot and give you a different appreciation for the Catalan culture, the city of Girona and its people!