Girona Day Trip: Top Places to Visit

Last Updated: August 14, 2019

Ready to take a journey back in time? Girona is a great little medieval town and a perfect day trip from Barcelona. If you’re interested in visiting Girona, we got you!

It can be overwhelming trying to decide where to go; it’s like deciding what to eat. Let’s save you the trouble – here’s a list of things to do in Girona.

No thinking involved…just fun, exploration and good vibes.

Why Take a Day Trip to Girona?

  • Quiet and relaxing atmosphere
  • Amazing historical centres
  • Mouthwatering food from many excellent restaurants (TIP: Check out Placa de la Independencia for some exquisite dining options.)

  • Great place to experience local wine and tapas
  • Different experience being surrounded by ancient walls

  • Just an hour away from Barcelona by train

  • This amazing cultural area contains more than 2000 years of history, well-preserved within the town’s walls

The best time to start your day trip is pretty early in the morning so you get the chance to grab brunch or lunch in Girona.

If you are staying with us at Rodamón Barcelona and planning to take the train, just make a right outside the hostel and walk down the Passeig de Gracia for 5 minutes until you reach the train station in front of Casa Battlo of Gaudi.

TRAVELLER TIP: Make sure you check the train’s timetable!

From the Girona train station, take a 10-15 minute walk until you reach the bridges connecting the riverbanks. Remember to capture the brightly painted façades of the houses overlooking the Onyar (the river that crosses the city).

This is the most emblematic image of Girona.

To get the most out of Girona, I would suggest spending a couple of days here. If you’ve only got a few hours, pick one or two attractions from this list of things to do in Girona.

Places to eat in Girona

Already thinking about your next meal? Me too! Luckily there are so many great places to eat in Girona. Here are a few recommendations:

1. Breakfast at La Manon Girona

Amazing coffee, excellent menu, relaxing music and to top it off it’s in the centre of Girona. How can you go wrong with that?

Get directions to La Manon Girona

2. Brunch at La Fabrica Girona

Great wholesome dishes that are beautifully presented and very Instagrammable. Many vegan/gluten free options available. Oh, and the coffee is sublime!

Get directions to La Fabrica Girona

3. Lunch at Placa Del Vi 7

The place to go for tapas, drinks and good vibes. Atmosphere and service is amazing.

Get directions to Placa Del Vi 7

4. Dinner at Divinum

My favourite restaurant in Girona. The experience was…well, divine. Simply amazing experience from beginning to end.

TRAVELLER TIP: Try the old beef trilogy.

Get directions to Divinum

4. Fine Dining at El Celler de Can Roca

Looking for delicious, refined art on a plate? This is the spot. Awarded 3 Michelin stars, ’nuff said.

Get directions to El Celler de Can Roca

Visit the Game of Thrones Filming Locations

Do you watch Game of Thrones? If so, then you’ve already seen bits of this beautiful medieval city. Nothing beats seeing it live though!

Many spots in Girona were chosen to film the famous TV series. There are plenty of tour companies that organise tours to different filming locations – it will absolutely blow your mind.

This is a must see for all GOT fans! Best of all these spots are very Instagrammable.

See if you can remember which GOT scenes were filmed at the following locations!

1. Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants (Old Town Maester’s Citadel)

Get directions to Sant Pere de Galligants

2. Arab Baths (Bath house scene in Braavos)

A Roman-Style bath with Arab influence built in the 12th-century (also known as Banys Arab).

If you’re a fan of history or GOT, it’s definitely worth a visit on a day trip to Girona. It will literally only take 15 minutes of your time so it’s well worth it.

Visit in the morning when it’s nice and quiet. Unfortunately no, you cannot bathe here but there is a lot of history. Well worth the visit if you want to feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine 😉

TRAVELLER TIP: Walk on the roof for an amazing Instagram photo opportunity!

Get directions to Arab Baths

3. Girona Cathedral Staircase (Several scenes in Kings Landing)

You cannot miss the iconic Cathedral of Girona.

The Neo-classical and Romanesque style cathedral built between the 11th and 18th century features 91 stone steps and the widest Gothic nave of its kind in the world.

Get the perfect Instagram photo on these grand steps, which also happens to be in several scenes of Game of Thrones. #nofilter.

Ascend this grand staircase and you’re at the main Cathedral of Girona.

The cathedral is additionally home to an exhibition hall and treasury, featuring some significant antiquities such as the Tapestry of Creation (an eleventh-century embroidered artwork which is generally viewed as one of the most amazing bits of Romanesque woven artwork).

Get directions to Cathedral of Girona

Behind the Cathedral you can walk through the old town of Girona, beautiful old winding streets give you a view into the city’s past. Also, do not miss a visit to the City’s Walls, where you can enjoy amazing views.

Close to the cathedral, you’ll find another stunning piece of history. Drumroll 🥁…

4. The Jewish Quarter (City of Braavos)

If you do nothing else in Girona, go hit up the Jewish Quarter! Start by learning about this area at the Museum of Jewish History. Next, swing by the Carrer de Sant Llorenç and Carrer Manuel Cundaro. Here, you’ll see stone stairways leading to ancient houses and narrow walls. There are also plenty of restaurants in the old town to eat at or to enjoy a coffee in one of the porticoed squares.

Get directions to The Jewish Quarter

Experience Girona’s Nightlife

Spending the night in Girona? There are plenty of pubs, terraces and music bars to enjoy the local nightlife.

TRAVELLER TIP: Hit up Lux, it’s absolutely bumpin’

Get directions to Lux

Interesting fact: every year in May there is a festival called Girona Temps de Flors. The entire city is decorated with flowers…#itsabeautifullife

Fancy Something Sweet?

Do not forget to try a Xuixo! This is a typical sweet pastry originating from Girona.

Whether you’d like to join a free walking tour or prefer to explore on your own, Girona is well worth the visit!

Get in touch with Girona’s Tourist Information Office or contact us!