We spent a night in Girona in January 2009 on our way from Morocco to Carcassonne, France. A few airlines including Ryan Air and BMI offer direct flights between the small and convenient Girona Airport and a handful of European and North African destinations.
Girona (Gerona) is a small and historic walled town on Costa Brava, 100 km Northeast of Barcelona, Spain and near the France border. The primary language is Catalan and the city has a long, rich history. The first inhabitants of the area were the Iberians. Then came the Romans who built a fortification and finally it fell under control of the Holy Roman Empire. In the 12th century, the Jewish community flourished in Girona. However, the Catholic kings drove them away from Spain in 1492. Later on, in the 17th to 18th century, it fell under siege by the French, and it was conquered by Napoleon in 1809. The walls of the city were destroyed in the 19th century. Today, the city is a rich heritage site full of historic and cultural beauty.
Barri Vell is the name given to the historic centre which is quite compact and a pleasure to explore. Girona is one of the most quaint and atmospheric historic towns I have visited.
Enjoy and have the “Bestest Day”!
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