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Girona: Game of Thrones Small Group Tour

1. Girona: Game of Thrones Small Group Tour

Take part in an intriguing journey inside the new official filming location of Game of Thrones. Guided by an expert of the show, who's also a medieval history accredited guide, this tour will take your knowledge of the series to another level. You will start your journey at the famous Saint Marti's stairs in central Girona, and continue admiring the stunning architecture and narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter. Linking architecture with one of the most famous medieval fiction stories, this tour is a must-do activity for GOT fans. The tour will start in one of the most famous stairs of Girona, the stairs of the Church of Sant Martí s'Acosta in the Pujada de Sant Domenech. Head deeper into the narrow and winding alleys of the Jewish quarter (Call Jueu), street of Claveria, Sant Llorenç street, Cúndaro street. Then, pass the Cathedral of Santa Maria to reach Cartanyà Bisbe Street, in the neighborhood near the Casserna dels Alemanys (German Headquarters). Return to the cathedral to admire its baroque façade and see the large stairs that lead down to the square. From there, you'll head to Ferran the Catholic street to see the Arab baths. Visit the Plaza dels Jurats and make your way to the magnificent Romanesque monastery of Sant Pere de Galligans. Finally, you'll see the surroundings of the Church of Sant Feliu, also with a grand staircase. These sites appear as locations in the fictional towns of Braavos and King's Landing. Your guide will have an Ipad to show you the locations of Game of Thrones filmed in Girona city and you can compare them with the real spots.

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Girona and Costa Brava Tour with Hotel Pickup in Barcelona

2. Girona and Costa Brava Tour with Hotel Pickup in Barcelona

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Costa Brava on a full-day tour to Girona from Barcelona. Depart the Catalan capital for the city of Girona, where the remains of its Roman and medieval past make an interesting contrast to the present day city. Get lost in a maze of narrow streets, and venture into the best-preserved Jewish Ghetto in Europe. Admire the cathedral, home to the widest Gothic nave in the world. Marvel at the brightly colored houses on the banks of the Onyar River. Then, transfer to the breathtaking landscapes and villages of the Costa Brava, stopping at the medieval village of Pals en route. Stroll down cobblestone streets, and enjoy some of the best panoramas of the Mediterranean Sea whipped-up by the fierce Tramontana wind. Marvel at the fields and plains of Empordà extending to the horizon. Discover dramatic views of the Catalan coast, surrounded by green mountains, sheer cliffs, and small villages of whitewashed houses. Stop in the traditional fishing village of Calella De Palafrugell, and feel as if you have been transported back to yesteryear. Explore the pristine landscape of Calella, and discover the ancient pathways of the Caminos de Ronda. Once used by fishermen, watchmen and smugglers, these paths allow you to explore the virgin coast at your leisure, where you will discover popular beaches and inaccessible coves and cliffs. Take a dip in crystal clear water, surrounded by unspoiled nature.

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From Barcelona: Medieval Girona Tour

3. From Barcelona: Medieval Girona Tour

Depart from the meeting point in central Barcelona on an air-conditioned coach. Sit back and relax on a 1.5-hour journey to Girona, one of the most beautiful cities of Catalonia. Upon arrival, follow your guide to the city center for a 2-hour walking tour. Discover the old town and learn about some of the myths and legends related to the city. Stroll down La Rambla, see some of the most important plazas of Girona, and explore its winding alleys. You may recognize the picturesque bridge and houses along the Onyar River constructed by the Eiffel company in 19th century. See some of the locations where the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones” filmed many scenes of its 6th season. Admire the exterior of the magnificent cathedral destroyed on the TV series. Walk along part of the city’s medieval walls and marvel at the amazing views of the old town. Originally built in the 14th century, the old walls were destroyed to expand the city in the 19th century. Today, due its reconstruction, it is possible to walk along them once again. Take advantage of some free time after the guided tour to visit the cathedral on your own or grab a quick bite to eat before returning to Barcelona.

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Girona and Figueres Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pick Up

4. Girona and Figueres Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pick Up

Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for the day on a full-day trip to Girona and Figueres, two of the most scenic towns of the Costa Brava. First, visit the historic town of Girona to see Roman remains and medieval buildings. Lose yourself in a labyrinth of narrow streets, and travel through the best-preserved Jewish Quarter in Europe. Marvel at Girona Cathedral and the widest Gothic nave in the world. Then, see the colorful houses along the River Onyar. Go to the top of Girona’s medieval walls for panoramic views. Next, transfer to Figueres near the border with France, and experience one of the main destinations of the so-called “Dalí Triangle.” Explore the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, and enter some of the places he frequented as an adult. Go to the Dalí Museum, designed by Dalí himself on the ruins of an old municipal theater. Journey into the artist's mind as you explore the vast collection of his work, including some of the strangest artifacts imaginable.

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From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres and Dalí Museum Day Tour

5. From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres and Dalí Museum Day Tour

Discover the two most representative cities of northern Catalonia, Girona and Figueres, on a full-day tour from Barcelona. Explore Girona's medieval monuments on a guided walking tour, and plunge into Salvador Dalí's surreal world at the Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres. Set off from Barcelona after meeting your guide, and head first to Girona, a city founded by the Romans. See some of the finest historic architecture in Spain, including medieval walls, Romanesque and Gothic monuments, Arab baths, baroque spaces, and one of the best-preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe. Learn about Girona's history with your guide, and admire a city used as a filming location for Game of Thrones. Next, make your way to Figueres, the world capital of surrealism. Take advantage of priority entrance to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, which contains the largest collection of the artist's works and is a surrealist work of art in its own right. Step into a different universe when you enter the museum, and immerse yourself in Dalí's unique world on an orientation tour. Take some time to explore the permanent Dalí Jewels exhibition, then conclude your tour with a return journey to Barcelona and the original meeting point.

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Girona: Art Museum, Cathedral, St. Felix Church 3-in-1 Pass

6. Girona: Art Museum, Cathedral, St. Felix Church 3-in-1 Pass

Delve into Girona’s historical and artistic culture with this 3-in-1 pass. Visit 3 of the city’s most iconic monuments, including the Girona Art Museum, Girona Cathedral, and the Church of St. Felix. Enjoy a bonus audio guide at the art museum. Visit the Girona Art Museum first, where you can pick up your other two entry tickets. Housed in the old Episcopal Palace, discover the best collections of Catalan art dating from the 10th to the 21st century. Admire altarpieces from various churches and monasteries. Explore exhibits of valuable objects from the cathedral treasury at the Girona Cathedral, built between the 12th and 18th centuries. See the Gerona Beatus manuscript (10th century) and the famous Tapestry of the Creation (11th century). Visit the Church of St. Felix next, a longstanding symbol of Catalan Gothic architecture. Step inside this historic building to witness art such as the group of 8 sarcophagi (stone coffins) and the 14th-century sculpture of the Recumbent Christ.

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Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

7. Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

Discover the history and beauty of Catalonia on a 1-day trip to Girona and the Costa Brava. Start your day in Barcelona at 8:30, and head to Girona, a well established city with a fascinating history. Explore its streets, and admire its rich architecture. See the cathedral, established in 1038 on the site of a former Mosque. Visit historical museums such as the Jewish Call and the Arab Bath house. Stroll around the colorful streets of the old town or sit down to have a cup of coffee and watch people walk by. Then on to the fairytale-like city of Pals, a small medieval village that came about from what was once a fortress. From Pals, head to the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, a beach village with whitewashed houses that ramble all the way down to the sea front. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the traditional restaurants, and spend the afternoon exploring the rocky coastline, visiting the botanic gardens at Cap Roig, or taking a refreshing dip in the inviting waters of the Mediterranean. Arrive back in Barcelona at 19:30.

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Girona: Small Group Walking Tour

8. Girona: Small Group Walking Tour

The ancient walled city of Girona stands on a fortress-like hill, high above the confluence of the Onyar and Ter rivers. As the provincial capital, it has a long and distinguished history. Founded by Iberians, the Romans later named it Gerunda and established it as an important stopping point on the Via Augusta, linking Iberia with Rome. But the most important time for the city was the middle ages, due to its location near the french border the city was under siege several times, so its main buildings are from that time. Girona has the huge 15th century cathedral, boasting the widest unsupported gothic arch in the world which dominates the skyline. Much of the city's attraction lies in exploring the medieval streets, especially around the charming Jewish quarter. In the lower part of the city, you will enjoy spectacular images of steep alleyways and the brightly painted façades of the houses overlooking the Onyar river which provide the most emblematic image of the city.  Among the bridges that span the river are the lightweight Gómez bridge and the Ferreries Velles bridge which was designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1877. Also, if you are interested in The Game of Thrones series, the guide will show the locations where the 6th season was filmed. This extensive visit will show you the most important monuments of Girona, its history, its Jewish heritage and also its legends. Join local guides who know all the secrets of the city.

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Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake

9. Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake

If you are nature lovers and you like to discover new areas, this is the best option for you! On this full-day tour you will explore different areas. The first area you will explore is Besalú, where you will learn about the history and the medieval and Jewish heritage of the town.  Next explore the nature of La Garrotxa Natural Park, in the pre-Pyrenees area with more than 40 volcanoes none of them active for thousands of years. While there visit a medieval hermitage located in the middle of a crater. After, visit Castellfollit de la Roca to take some photos of the Basaltic cliff and Santa Pau a small village surrounded by volcanoes. To finish this amazing day, you will have the opportunity to walk along the shore or sail on Banyoles Lake, the largest lake in Catalonia.

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Salvador Dalí Tour from Barcelona with Hotel Pick Up

10. Salvador Dalí Tour from Barcelona with Hotel Pick Up

You’ll be picked up by private transport to begin this 10-hour personalized tour through the idyllic landscapes of Costa Brava. Experience the sites important in the life of Salvador Dalí, one of the world’s most important Surrealist painters. Head first to Figueres, a small town near the border with France and one of the points that make up the so-called Dalí Triangle. Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, and spent his childhood here. Get to know the streets and places that marked his early years as well as some of the places he frequented as an adult. Next, you’ll visit the Dali Museum, called the largest surrealistic object in the world. Designed by the artist himself on the ruins of an old municipal theater, the Museum takes you into the painter's mind via a collection of the strangest artifacts you can imagine. Follow the footsteps of the artist to Cadaqués, one of hidden gems of the Costa Brava. The easternmost of the villages on the Iberian peninsula features spectacular views of white houses, the sea, and the capricious forms of the mountainous terrain. Walk around the town center, relax at the waterfront, and enjoy the cuisine of a traditional fishing village. Just a mile from Cadaqués is Portlligat, the last stop on your itinerary. In 1930, Dalí made his home in this tiny, charming cove, building his house from a group of fishermen's huts. It has since been converted into the House Museum as it is the site where the painter created his most important works. Take an intimate tour through the rooms where he lived with his beloved wife and muse, Gala.

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Frequently asked questions about Girona

Planning Your Visit

  • Visit in Spring

    The Girona weather is warm but not too hot yet, perfect for strolling along the coast. Easter is an incredible time to visit Costa Brava. Girona is filled with joyous religious festivals and parades. Of course, summer is best for Girona beaches.

  • GironaMuseus Card

    Pay the full price at the first museum and then half off entry at all the others. Getting the GironaMuseus Card will be worth it if you plan to see more than one of the five major Girona museums.

  • Girona to Barcelona

    There are a few options for getting between Girona and Barcelona. You could rent a car and drive north an hour and a half to Barcelona, or maybe your flight arrival will fall conveniently with a scheduled Barcelona Bus or the train. A taxi would cost 120€, which might not be so bad if you’re splitting the cost with a group.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Plan your visit in the spring, when the temperatures are warm and comfortable. If you can, try to visit during the Easter celebrations for an unforgettable experience!

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What people are saying about Girona

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,514 reviews

Our group consisted of three adults and five teens ranging from 13-18. We booked this tour as a final day trip at the end of our two-week Christmas trip through Spain and Italy. This was a fantastic tour - I cannot say enough positive things about it. Our guide, Gaspar, was so knowledgeable and eloquent. We walked away from the Dali museum with a real appreciation for the artist. Gaspar was sensitive to providing the right level of detail and he captured even those who were not Dali fans prior to the trip. The trip to Gerona was equally appealing. The town is amazing and Gaspar gave us all a real sense for the long history of the city. It was very moving to think of the all of the people who have walked the streets throughout ancient history. (Bonus if you are a Game of Thrones fa - much of Season 6 was filmed here.). Do this tour and request Gaspar if you can. You won’t be sorry.

Sergio - our tour guide - was very professional, kind and funny at times. He would explain all the details and even recommend where to eat and what to order based on experience and the resto’s specialty. He was a good photographer too. And he suggested other places we could visit in Barcelona. Overall, it’s a day tour you cannot miss especially if you’re a Game of Thrones fan then this is for you. The combination of places we visited were astonishing. I would definitely recommend this tour with Sergio!

Matt is an excellent guide. The tour went smoothly with some free time allocated to explore the sites. Highly recommended!!

Gaspar was the best tour guide we could have asked for. Took us to so many beautiful spots and the BEST lunch in Girona

Matt was an excellent guide. Very friendly and informative. I highly recommend this company & Matt!