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Basic information

  • Area: 39.1 km2 (15.1 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +34
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 94,484
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Gerona – Overview

Gerona, if in Castilian Spanish or Girona in Catalan, is part of Catalonia, in the north east of Spain. It is the capital of the province that bears the same name and sits where rivers Ter, Onyar, Galligants and Güell meet. Lying just an hour north of the bustling Barcelona, it manages to retain a more relaxed pace of life for visitors and its 95000 inhabitants, full of arty bars, cafes and chic shopping, but without the crowds of its wilder cousin Barcelona.

Gerona boasts beautiful beaches, the magnificence of the Pyrenees Mountains to the north at the French border, and cultural treasures such as the Jewish quarters, the Salvador Dali route and the Peralada Castle.

Gerona City was founded by the Romans and has a very distinct Old Town. Romanesque and gothic monuments, winding cobbled streets, and cathedrals that reach up to the skies. The Jewish settlement in Gerona has a six hundred year history in Gerona. Though this presence ended at the end of the 15th century, the Jewish quarter today is one of the best kept in Europe. Take a guided walk around this labyrinthine area and soak up the history.

Gerona has an abundance of accommodation to suit every budget and taste. Rent a rustic pension in the old town, or a luxurious villa with swimming pool. Long hot summers and mild winters make for wonderful weather to both relax on the beach, or to take in the historical sights with a walk through the city.

Catalan style food is a delight. Mediterranean styled, fresh vegetables, fresh salads and cured meats such as pork are favourites. Catalan is one of the biggest producers of pork based products in Spain. Eat in any number of restaurants, then head out to a multitude of bars to drink cocktails or watch some live music.