Postcard from Girona and the Costa Brava

7 Apr 2017

Spring and Summer are popular times to visit the area. However, as the region sees sunshine almost every day throughout the year, there are some great deals on hotels in Autumn and Winter too.

Where to go

The Costa Brava is one of the most unspoilt stretches of the Mediterranean coastline. It’s coves, cliffs, beaches and deep blue water are the natural highlights of an area full of fascinating cultural heritage. You can visit ancient Greek and Roman settlements, as well as explore the life and works of  Salvador Dali, who lived in the area. Away from the built-up resorts like Estartit and Lloret De Mar, there are traditional white-washed villages alongside small, secluded beaches which are really worth visiting.

Girona

The regional capital has seen its fair share of visitors over the years, many of whom have left their mark in the architecture we can see today.  The Romans and the Moors set the base for the city, which also had a flourishing Jewish community for over 600 years. The medieval Jewish quarter is one of the best preserved in Spain.  The city has an outstanding cathedral and a vibrant arts and music scene. As a City Break destination, Girona has a wide variety of accommodation options around its colourful historic centre. The Catalan region has a strong sense of independence and the vivid red and yellow flags which adorn most buildings, bring the narrow streets to life. The Onyar riverfront is a spectacle in itself, where the rows of buildings provide the colour.  The city is host to many “fiestas” throughout the year, which allow visitors to experience the local history and culture at first hand.

What to Eat

From basic beachside cafes to Michelin-starred restaurants, the Costa Brava caters for all budgets and tastes. Given the coastal location, fresh fish – usually simply but expertly grilled,  is a mainstay of the culinary offering in the region.  Menus often include Serrano Ham, Cured meats and cheeses. Traditional Catalan cooking is hearty, rustic and filling. The region is also a popular area for wine production, with many wineries found on the Emporda Wine route. In Girona, locals and tourists flock to the El Lleo market for fresh quality produce from the region.

How to get there

Both Ryanair and Jet2.com fly direct from Belfast International Airport to Girona 4 times a week.


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