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Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes Near Puerta de la Selva, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Catalonia (Catalan: Catalunya; Aranese: Catalonha; Spanish: Cataluña), is an Autonomous Community in northeast Spain.  Catalonia covers an area of 32,114 km² and has an official population of 7,210,508. It borders France and Andorra to the north, Aragon to the west, the Valencian Community to the south, and the Mediterranean Sea to the east (580 km coastline). Official languages are Catalan, Spanish and Aranese.  The capital city is Barcelona. Catalonia is divided into forty-one comarques that are part, in turn, of four provinces: Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida, and Girona (often spelt Gerona in English as it is in Spanish). Its territory corresponds to most of the historical territory of the former Principality of Catalonia.
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Most travelers flying into the airport at Girona (Gerona) head straight for either Barcelona or the resorts of the Costa Brava, and then miss this attractive Catalan city. Girona has much to offer the visitor, including museums, historic monuments, art galleries and medieval architecture. Flowing through the city is the River Onyar spanned by the Pont de les Peixateries bridge which was designed by Gustav Eiffel. Picturesque old houses painted in green, orange, red and ochre line the river... read more
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Hotel AC Palau de Bellavista, Girona
The Hotel AC Palau de Bellavista is a two-storey contemporary hotel sited in a residential district, 450 metres from the Ancient Quarter and Girona's main square. After breakfast, guests can get online via wireless Internet access for business or leisure purposes. Fitness enthusiasts can make use of discounted access to a local health club. In the evening, guests can unwind over drinks in the ultra-modern lounge bar.  The El Celler de Can Roca restaurant offers a fusion of modern and traditional Catalan dishes with daily-changing menus, accompanied by an extensive wine list including cava and champagne, served in modern surroundings with panoramic views of Girona.  The 73 wheelchair-accessible guestrooms feature modern design in shades of cool grey and white, with dark-wood furniture, parquet floors and glass walls. 
Aerial View Hotel Carlemany, Girona
The Hotel Carlemany Girona is located in Girona, Spain, 50 metres from the and train station. Girona Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter are both 500 metres from the hotel, and Devesa Park is 800 metres away.  Located in the commercial district of Girona, the three-storey Hotel Carlemany houses a collection of modern paintings and sculpture.  Surrounded by greenery, the Pati Verd restaurant offers a contemporary take on traditional Mediterranean dishes and hosts theme nights. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Cafeteria Carlemany opens onto a terraced area during fine weather. The Viena piano bar serves cocktails until late.  The 89 brightly decorated guestrooms at the Hotel Carlemany feature Treca mattresses and cotton bed sheets from Pakistan.
Aerial View Hotel Meliá Girona, Girona
The Melia Girona is located in Girona, Spain, 200 metres from the El Corte Ingles shopping mall and 50 kilometres from the golden sandy beaches of the Costa Brava. Girona Airport is 10 kilometres away.  The nearby Costa Brava beaches offer endless stretches of golden sand and a range of water sports.  This modern city-centre hotel features a fitness centre with cardio-vascular equipment. There is also a sauna and hydromassage available.  There are concierge and currency exchange services available at the 24-hour front desk. Room service is available 24-hours a day and Internet access is provided throughout the air-conditioned public areas. Restaurant Melia Girona specialises in traditional Mediterranean dishes, as well as international favourites, all served from an a la carte menu. The bar serves a wide choice of drinks and cocktails. Breakfast services are available.
Aerial View Mas Duc Turisme Rural - Guest House, Brunyola, 12 kms from Girona
Mas Duc is a 200 year old Catalan farmhouse situated in the heart of La Selva region, the southernmost region of the Girona province. Thick forests cover the landscape and ancient castles rise up through the foliage creating a quite magical scene. It is the perfect base to explore the beautiful villages and sites of the region.  Your stay will be an unforgettable experience, with your daily routine fading in the background as the sounds of silence and nature embrace you.  We think that making a little effort can go a long way, so we've landscaped the pool area and include luxurious sun loungers and shades to make your sun bathing even more enjoyable.  Every September we pick our own grapes and make our special Mas Duc wine. If there's any left when you visit we will share a glass with you!
Aerial View Meliá Golf Vichy Catalán, Caldes De Malavella, 15 kms from Girona
The hotel is located in the centre of the Golf de Catalunya complex, which features two full 18-hole PGA championship courses. Other golf facilities a pro shop and clubhouse, putting greens, and a full driving range.  A contemporary three-storey property characterised by a distinctive sweeping curve, the Meliá Golf Vichy Catalán is backed by pine forests and surrounded by some 2.5 hectares of gardens. The outdoor pool features an adjacent sun terrace and separate children's pool.  An onsite spa centre houses a steam room, Vichy shower, sauna, spa tub, and ice fountain. A range of therapeutic massage treatments is available on request. The hotel also houses a fitness room. Motorists will find complimentary parking available on site.  Melia Golf Vichy Catalan's Tast Brasserie offers informal open-air seating, while Quimera is an a la carte fine-dining restaurant. Major sporting events are shown in the 36 Bar. Breakfast is offered every morning (surcharge).
Aerial View Rusticae Masferran, Rural hotel in Sant Gregori, 4 kms from Girona
Masferran is a 17th century Catalan farmhouse situated in the Gerona region set on a high plateau with magnificent views of Gerona cathedral, the lower Empordá region and Montseny. The 3.5 hectare farm has a large garden with swimming pool, a sun-bathing terrace, tennis courts and a gymnasium and a pine and oak forest. The farmhouse has been decorated mainly in earthy tones, with modern and colonial style furniture and ornaments. The bathrooms are modern and the guest rooms are fully equipped with TV and access to internet. The breakfasts with a strong regional influence include cheeses, different types of bread including bread with tomato, fruit and fresh fruit juices. What will truly surprise guests is the stone annexe building which houses a health and beauty treatment centre offering natural medicine treatments, homeopathy, acupuncture, massages, reflexology and beauty treatments. 
Aerial View Sercotel Costabella, Girona
The Sercotel Costabella Hotel is located just outside the Old Town of Girona, across from the Josep Trueta Hospital and 20 minutes from the Costa Brava.  This Girona hotel offers a cosy and homely atmosphere. Amenities include a fantastic outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, solarium, Jacuzzi, complimentary safe at reception, reading room, game room, video room, 2 meetings/conference rooms, and free bicycles.  Those who want to keep in touch with friends and family, will be happy to know that the hotel offers free wireless Internet access and a complimentary Internet Point with 2 PCs in the reception. Sercotel Costabella is a pet friendly hotel.  A breakfast buffet is served every morning from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Staying at the Sercotel Costabella you can visit the Roman city of Girona, surrounded by greenery and rivers, and carved out of a hill.
GIRONA PROVINCE - BEGUR
Begur - built on a hill; at the top of the hill are the ruins of a small castle or stone fortress, now a public park.  From there the beach of Pals, the Medes Islands and the Empordà plain can be seen.  The town has narrow, winding streets with traditional houses and buildings. Click to view map
Aerial View Parador de Aiguablava, Begur, Girona Province
The Parador de Aiguablava is situated in the unique Punta D'es Muts enclave, surrounded by pine trees and overlooking the sea. Here guests can enjoy beautiful beaches, coves and unspoilt landscapes. It is an ideal location for sports and outdoor activities, as well as relaxing walks through picturesque green settings.  Under the distinctive light of the Mediterranean, the hotel provides its guests with a high level of comfort and a range of services both for individual guests and business conferences. There is a gym, swimming pool and sauna, as well as rooms with spectacular views overlooking the sea.  Coastal influence is also reflected in the ‘ampurdanesa’ cuisine, whose typical dishes include sea urchins, baked snails and chicken and lobster stew. During the summer, dishes can be sampled on the beach alongside the restaurant.  The Parador has its own restaurant, ‘Mar i Vent’ which is separate from the hotel located in the neighbouring cove overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. 
PYRENEES - ARTIES - LLEIDA PROVINCE
Parador de Artíes, Arties, Lleida Province
Located in the 'Val dArán', just 7 km from Baqueira, in an area of the Catalan Pyrenees where the woods, the snow-capped peaks in winter and the freshness of the green in summer are the true protagonists of the landscape. The Parador, in the style of the local architecture, rises up in the so-called House of D. Gaspar de Portolá, the discoverer of California. It has attic bedrooms, wood-lined beams and numerous conference rooms, among which the Salón Chimenea stands out. The friendly common rooms invite you to stay the night in an ideal setting for taking up outdoor activities. The cooking is influenced by the specialties of the region such as 'olla aranesa' (stew), trout 'a la llosa', 'civet de jabalí' (jugged wild boar) and the sweet 'pescajus de Artíes'.
PYRENEES - LA SEU D'URGELL - LLEIDA PROVINCE
La Seu d'Urgell - one of the most historically important towns in the Catalan Pyrenees. The city was named after the imposing cathedral (La Seu), a lovely Romanesque building of the 11th and 12th centuries at the of Major street. Also outstanding are the churches of Sant Miquel and La Sagrada Familia, the 15th century Casa de la Ciudad and the Diocesian Museum. Click to view map
Exterior Views Parador de La Seu D'Urgell, Lleida Province
Alongside the Romanesque cathedral of La Seu d'Urgell towers the Hotel, in a monumental and natural setting which attracts numerous hikers, mountain lovers and an infinity of tourists who take a step closer to Andorran heaven.  The world-famous Parc Olímpic del Segre Canoeing Championships are held here in the summer.  Of note in the interior are the ancient Renaissance cloister and a pleasant covered swimming pool.  Seventy-nine rooms, a covered pool, sauna, solarium, coffee shop, air conditioning in all rooms... make this Parador a tempting offer of accommodation from which to explore the most beautiful and attractive areas of the Catalan Pyrenees.  'Alt Urgell', the Parador´s restaurant, can be accessed directly from the street or from the Parador itself. Here, both registered and non-registered guests can savor the delights and flavors of the Lérida region.
PYRENEES - VIELHA - LLEIDA PROVINCE
Vielha - a resort town serving the major ski resort of Baqueira Beret.  Baqueira-Beret is the most outstanding of the eleven ski resorts to be found in the Catalonia Pyrenees. Many skiing fans from Spain and abroad believe that Baqueira has some of the best pistes in Europe.  In Vielha, the capital of the Arán valley, there is an Ice Palace with ice-skating rink and heated swimming pool - the town is the centre for leisure and entertainment in the area close to the ski resort.  Click to view map
Exterior Views Hotel Pirene, Vielha, Val d'Aran
A warm and comfortable family hotel that is situated in a privileged position in upper Vielha with marvellous views of the valley.  The Hotel Pirene can be found in Vielha, the capital of the Val d'Aran. It is a beautiful area with its own distinct and exquisite character, bordered by both France and Spain.  The Val d'Aran was isolated throughout the long, hard winters until the construction of the Vielha tunnel only 50 years ago. This in some ways has conserved the customs and traditions unique to the valley and its language - Aranese.  We offer our clients a professional and family orientated service.  Single, double, triple and family rooms are available. All are comfortable and cosy with marvellous views of the valley.
Exterior Views Parador de Vielha, Vielha - Lleida Province (Pyrenees)
The hotel is in an area of unparalleled beauty, the Arán valley, of green and white landscapes beneath the radiant light of the Pyrenees of Lleida. Ideal for skiers, ramblers and nature-lovers, the hotel’s rooms offer unbeatable views of the mountains, even more spectacular from the circular glazed restaurant.  Many of the hotel’s bedrooms have views of the valley and terrace.  Come to the Parador de Vielha for an unforgettable experience. Let the beauties of the Arán valley bewitch you, and relax in the Spa of the Parador.  Try the services of the Vielha Spa. We recommend satisfying your hearty mountain appetite with traditional Pyrenean dishes such as civet of wild boar, pescajus pancakes with cream or the delicious local stew, olla aranesa.
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Girona Tourist Information   by Gary Marshall

Girona Hotels

Most travelers flying into the airport at Girona (Gerona) head straight for either Barcelona or the resorts of the Costa Brava, and then miss this attractive Catalan city. Girona has much to offer the visitor, including museums, historic monuments, art galleries and medieval architecture. Flowing through the city is the River Onyar spanned by the Pont de les Peixateries bridge which was designed by Gustav Eiffel. Picturesque old houses painted in green, orange, red and ochre line the river.
 
Girona's long history dates back to the Celtaiberian tribes, and it later became an important Roman town known as Gerunda. There was a large Jewish population up until their expulsion in 1492, and the well-preserved labyrinth of streets which make up the old Jewish Quarter is one of Girona's top sights. The story of the medieval Jewish community is documented at a fascinating museum situated on calle Forca.

North of the Jewish Quarter are the Arab Baths, which date back to the late 12th century. Despite their name, they were actually built by the Christians many years after the Moors had left the city. The baths consist of a corridor and four rooms; the apoditerium, the frigidarium cold pools, a warm tepidarium and the hot caldarium. Nearby is the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants which is an excellent example of medieval Romanesque architecture. The building now houses the Archaeology Museum which contains a collection of items that have been excavated from around the city. Highlights include Roman mosaics and some medieval tombstones.

A major landmark in the city is the striking cathedral which dates back to the 11th century, although there have been several major alterations and additions right up to the 18th century. The cathedral is notable for its wide Gothic nave and 17th century Baroque-style facade. Inside is a small cathedral museum boasting an array of items, including a set of 10th century manuscripts known as the 'Beatus', and the 'Tapestry of Creation' dating from the 12th century.

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Just to the north of the cathedral is a former 18th century monastery housing the City History Museum, an interesting feature of the building are the alcoves where the deceased monks' bodies were left for several years to decompose. The museum houses artifacts which covers the history of Girona from prehistoric times to the present day. It pays particular attention to the Spanish Civil War and the Catalan struggle against Franco's fascist government.

Girona's Museum of Art is housed within a former Episcopal Palace close to the cathedral. The museum has an extensive collection of art, including 11th century carvings of monks, and paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Girona Tourist Office is situated on the Rambla de la Llibertat by the riverside. Here you can buy the Tiquet M5 which offers discounts at many of the city's museums. Girona is situated about 4 miles (7km) from the airport. The Sagales bus company operates a regular service from the airport to Girona Bus Station in the city centre.

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Latest update: September 21, 2012