(Catalonia), Spain Travel & Accommodation Guide
in Cataluña, Spain
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.
(GERONA) AND SURROUNDING AREAS - FEATURED HOTELS
for hotels in Girona and surrounding areas
|Girona Tourist Information
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
PROVINCE - 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.
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
- ARTIES - LLEIDA PROVINCE
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
- LA SEU D'URGELL - LLEIDA PROVINCE
- 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.
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.
- VIELHA - LLEIDA PROVINCE
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.
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.
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.
Tourist Information by Gary Marshall
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.
Old Town, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
|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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