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An ancient Catalan city close to the French border, Girona is an elegant destination with a well-preserved medieval center. The old quarter, or Barri Vell, is a walled area just above the main town, featuring atmospheric streets, cool squares, and an impressive cathedral. The art gallery in Girona has an impressive collection ranging from medieval to modern pieces. Girona has plenty of attractions to lure the culturally-inclined and lovers of Spanish history. One of the world's leading hotel booking specialists, Venere can offer a wide range of Girona hotels to suit any preferences or budget. Find the best value rooms in town with Venere and book your Girona accommodation in advance to enjoy a relaxed stay in this part of Catalunya.
What's Girona Like?
Girona was originally a Roman settlement and later a Moorish town. The Banys Arabs are an example of the Moors imitating the Romans in one of the best-preserved medieval bathhouses in Spain. The cathedral features vestiges of the 11th-century Romanesque original structure, much altered with later Gothic and 18th-century additions. The 12th-century cloister is an elegant and tranquil refuge. Catalan art through the centuries is showcased in the Museu d'Art, with five floors of paintings, tapestries, church murals, and stained-glass tables. Girona had an important Jewish community in the Middle Ages, marked by an interesting museum devoted to 600 years of Jewish history and culture up until their expulsion in 1492. A walk around the walls gives a great sense of medieval Girona, while a glass of cava on a cafe terrace offers a relaxing 21st-century perspective. Girona hotels are an ideal choice for visitors to this part of Spain and the Costa Brava.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Girona
Girona's proximity to the Costa Brava means that English is widely understood in the city, but trying a little Spanish or Catalan will be welcomed. Gastronomy can reach artistic peaks in this part of Catalunya. The world-famous Celler de Can Roca restaurant is just outside the city center. For less exalted but enjoyable dining, many Girona restaurants offer economical menu del dia deals, which usually include three courses and wine. Local specialties include fish stew, or suquet, plenty of wild mushroom dishes and frequent appearances by the Catalan romesco sauce, made from almonds and peppers. Use the features of the Venere site to identify your ideal selection from our range of Girona hotels. We provide candid and accurate guest reviews along with photo galleries and interactive maps indicating major attractions to help you get a clear idea of what to expect from Girona accommodation.
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