Me: So let’s take that bus to Girona, then hop on to the connecting bus to Andorra for an overnight —
Fate: Nope, stay put! No effing way you’re going to miss Girona.
And, yet again, I am very grateful for this time when Fate intervened, or else I wouldn’t be able to share this amazing tip with you: if you’re planning to visit Barcelona, it is imperative that you squeeze in a day or two to stay in Girona. Just forty minutes away from Barcelona by train, Girona is a delightful labyrinth of cobblestone paths and medieval walls. Exploring the Old Town by foot is the way to go. There is no marked route, except the one where your curiosity takes you.
What we found that is that a random left may take you to a commanding cathedral, or maybe to a small pocket dotted with cozy cafes. A right turn might lead you up for a stroll on the fortress walls, or maybe to a random garden offering benches so you may finally rest your feet.
We practically spent money on nothing except food and drinks, as simply walking around the Old Town was enough to keep one’s eyes, mind and heart entertained.
And oh, the glorious food! I have no pictures that will do justice to the culinary surprises that Girona hold in its heart, all because I was too busy stuffing my face. If you’re a fan of seafood, Girona will reward you well for your visit. The picture above was taken from Txalaca, a restaurant tucked away in a street behind our hotel. What I found there was a restaurant that does not have meteoric prices, only honest and delectable dishes served with love. Not in picture: a generous plate of mussels that I wolfed down, with a sauce that almost made me weep.
Sometimes, even the best laid plans fall through and stumble… into something you glad you didn’t miss.
- Bus ride from Avignon to Girona – ~20 euros
- 1-night stay at Hotel Gran Ultonia – 72 euros
- A meal for two at Txalaca – ~25 euros
- Train ride from Girona to Barcelona – ~16 euros