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An ancient Catalan gem, Girona is like a vast museum – a place that will thrill your mind even as you wander lazily in the sun. The preserved architecture of its epic past is everywhere, making it a place of fascination for any amateur Indiana Jones. When the sightseeing gets too tiring, you can settle into one of the cafés of the Old Town and just relax. It's a far cry from the bustle of Barcelona, which is probably why it tempts so many visitors away from the big city.

Things to see

Gobsmacking Gothic beauty awaits at Girona Cathedral. Actually, it's more than just a Gothic monument – the curved arches of the Romanesque cloister are also a must-see, and you have to look out for the ornately sculpted columns. An artistic treasure of the cathedral is the Tapestry of Creation, an intricate piece of needlework dating back to the 11th century. For more history, walk the Walls of Girona. These are ancient fortifications first erected by the Romans, and you can even climb the stone towers for panoramic views over this ages-old Catalan settlement. The Arab Baths are another historic attraction, carved in the Romanesque tradition and looking like something from a sword and sandals epic film. Make sure you also have a wander through the Jewish Quarter, with its atmospheric maze of narrow lanes and medieval nooks and crannies. Hardly changed over the centuries, it's a beautifully preserved time capsule from Girona's past.

Hotels in Girona

Air conditioning is fairly standard in Girona hotels, which is something you'll definitely be glad of. After all, this part of Spain is renowned for the intensity of the sun, which is part of the reason so many people come here in their droves every year. The accommodation, which is varied enough to suit every budget, tends to also feature WiFi services, and some also boast their own swimming pools – ideal for cooling off in after a day exploring the winding sidestreets and tucked away historic treasures that make up the labyrinth of Girona.

Where to stay

You'll want to stay in one of the Girona hotels close to its historic heart. After all, Girona is all about the preserved buildings and entombed tales that stretch back thousands of years. That being said, even if you stay in a hotel that's close to central landmarks such as Girona Cathedral, the beaches of the Med aren't too far away by car or bus, meaning you can seamlessly combine your city break with some quality time on the legendary sands of the Costa Brava.

How to get to Girona

If you're coming in from Barcelona, perhaps for a weekend in Girona, you can get the train straight from the larger city to just outside Girona's Old Town. If you're flying in from abroad, you'll arrive at Girona-Costa Brava, which is just south of the town centre. This has been a buzzing entry point for millions of holidaymakers over the years, and once you land you can hop on one of the special coaches or, if you're eager to get your holiday started as soon as possible, you can get a taxi direct to your hotel.