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A Day Away from Barcelona: Girona

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Only a little over an hour away from Barcelona city center by car or train, Girona is the perfect answer to the question of what to do near Barcelona. With its brightly colored houses along the River Onyar, and architecture ranging from the Medieval era to the present, not to mention plenty of highly recommended places to eat, Girona could be described as Barcelona's photogenic, charming and delicious, and anything but provincial first cousin.
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Carrer Nord, 2, 17001 Girona, Spain
Located near the French border, Girona is a beautiful city where you will discover a real feeling for its history by simply walking around the ancient streets.
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Carrer Bonastruc de Porta, 4, 17001 Girona, Spain
Costa Brava has no shortage of great eats, but I kept returning to Txalaka because it not only offered a reasonable 3-course lunch (for 11 euros) but also a sprawling offering of tapas at night, at 1 eur 60 each. With cheerful staff who took great...
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Av. de Sant Francesc, 6, 17001 Girona, Spain
A short distance north of Barcelona is one of the most magical places we've found. Walking through the streets of Girona makes you feel like you've stepped back in to medieval times. The rough, uneven stone walls tower above you. You can feel as...
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Plaça de la Catedral, s/n, 17004 Girona, Spain
Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque elements mix in this beautiful, if architecturally confused cathedral constructed between the 11th and 18th centuries. After climbing a fair number of stairs to even get in the door, don't miss the cathedral's claim...
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Girona, Spain
By now, most people are familiar with tapas style eating thanks to the global promulgation of Spanish restaurants. But many people probably aren’t (yet) familiar with tapas’ tasty cousin, the pintxo. Pinxtos, or pinchos depending where in the...
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Carrer de les Ballesteries, 29, 17004 Girona, Spain
I was recently in Girona for just a night to visit a friend, and we stumbled upon a free exhibition of photographer Steve McCurry's work in the city's Casa de Cultura. I'm a huge McCurry fan, so we decided to pop in quickly despite being late for...
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Carrer de la Força, 4, 17004 Girona, Spain
Walk along the ramparts of Girona's Força Vella, or "Old Fortress." The crumbling 1st century B.C. Roman walls are even more impressive after sunset, when they seem to suddenly appear around a corner, shrouded in shadows and mist.
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Carrer de l'Albereda, 7, 17004 Girona, Spain
A deconstructed Spanish tortilla. A fried aubergine. A selection of cured meats that would please any palate. Olives whose essence fill up the whole room. And not to forget the wine pairings. That is the kind of experience you'll have at Divinum,...
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Girona, Spain
When you decide to head out to a new place, with just a few clicks of your mouse, you can find "best kept secrets" galore. That's what we were looking for when we decided to spend a few days in Girona, Spain. Our goal was to get to Barcelona. But...