During our five-day stay in Barcelona, Derek and I took the train about 45 minutes to a small, historic city called Girona. After seeing photos from my older sister, Claire, when she visited this area while living in Spain, we knew we had to carve out time to explore this place ourselves.
I’m so happy we made the trip.
To describe Girona as charming would be an understatement.
Our hearts basically skipped a beat once we crossed the pedestrian bridge into the area known as the old city. It was as if we had traveled back to the medieval times. You could just feel the city’s heritage through the tall, stone walls. The narrow, winding streets were practically screaming for us to explore them. So that’s what we did. We took every twist and turn until we covered the entire portion of this historic quarter.
What makes the old city so unique is the wall-top promenade that covers the entire area. While this wall was used for protection back in the 14th and 15th century, you can now walk along the wall for stunning views of Girona.
If you ever find yourself in this area, I’d highly recommend making this walk. For starters, it’s FREE. And secondly, it hardly takes any time, and you have the entire city right at your fingertips.
Believe me, it’s worth it.
We couldn’t help but walk slower while on top of the promenade, as it was hard not to think back on all the history that took place exactly where we were standing.
I especially fell in love with the green house below. Isn’t it just beautiful!?
At times, my eyes had a hard time focusing, as there were just so many stunning views.
With the mountain range in the distance and the grey skies above, it made for such a dramatic setting.
Somehow, we managed to choose the perfect day to visit this peaceful area, as there were hardly any other people making the wall-walk, which allowed us to take our time and take in all the beautiful surroundings.
Once we finished making the walk across the wall, we meandered around the old city a bit further. There was just so much history to absorb all around.
With all the sight-seeing and wall-walking, we sure did work up an appetite.
So, of course, we just had to stop for gelato.
I mean, you just can’t pass up gelato, especially when the place offers toppings such as caramelized hazelnuts and violet marshmallows. Not to mention the flavor I chose was rose.
I couldn’t get over this city’s color palette. So many earth tones. It really was quite a beautiful sight. From the warm oranges to the deep yellows and reds, the buildings looked so lovely sitting by the river.
Thank you for such a special afternoon, Girona. You really are quite a beauty.
*To read more about our trip so far, see below: