With this half day tour you will discover one of the most beautiful and with most history cities in Catalonia. Arriving in Girona, we will enjoy a guided visit through the historic center, where highlights the Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, the Arabic Baths or the Old City Walls, from where we will have great panoramic views of the old city. Afterwards you will have free time to explore the city on your own, and discover all the nooks that served as a stage during the recording of the famous series Game of Thrones
Start your full day trip from Barcelona on a comfortable bus with guide on board. We take you to visit one of the most beautiful cities in Catalonia: Girona. This city has a medieval area with one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Europe. Also it has been the stage for some locations of the sixth season of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones.
We find the origins of the city of Girona in the roman period, when the settlement was known as Gerunda, and was located in the Via Augusta. From that time we only preserve part of the city walls. Girona played an important role during the Carolingian period, because was part of the area known as Marca Hispanica, which was a military buffer zone that worked as a defensive barrier between Al-Andalus and the Carolingian Empire. During the XIII century the Jewish community of Girona was at his peak, that is the reason why this city has such an important Jewish quarter.
When we arrive to Girona we will do a two hours guided tour in the city center. The way includes almost all the highlights of the old city (the entrance fee of the monuments is not included). When we finish the guided tour, you will be given one hour of free time to visit de city by yourself.
The Cathedral: During the Muslim period, 715-785, the building worked as a mosque. This Gothic church has the second biggest nave in the world, with 22.98 m width, only after Saint Peter Basilica in the Vatican, with 25 m width. The Cathedral is located in the middle of the old city and in the highest part.
Sant Feliu Church: This was the main temple of the city until the construction of the Cathedral. The church is dedicated to Sant Feliu, who was a martyr died during the Christian persecution promoted by the roman emperor Diocletian. Inside the church there is the tomb of saint Narcissus.
Sant Pere de Galligants Monastery: Built in Romanesque style actually has the archaeological museum of Girona.
Jewish quarter: Both Jewish quarters from Girona and Besalú are the best preserved in Europe.
Arabic Baths: This structure is known under the name of Arabic bath because its architecture has the clear influence from the Muslim architecture.
The City Walls: From the French gardens we can start the way through the ancient city walls. From there we have great panoramic views of the old city.
GIRONA AND GAME OF THRONES
Some parts of the old city of Girona have been chosen as a locations for the Game of Thrones sixth season. Specifically, Girona was turned into Braavos, King’s Landing and the Citadel of the Oldtown.
In the narrow streets of the Jewish quarter, the Arabic Baths and the back of the Cathedral were filmed some scenes recreating Braavos with Arya as a main character. The Cathedral stairs were transformed into the Great Sept of Baelor in King’s Landing, and were filmed some important scenes such as the shame way of the queen Margaery and the entrance of Jaime Lannister on his horse. Finally, in the last chapter of the season, we see how the church of the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants is transformed into the Citadel Library, where Samwell Tarly goes to became maestre.
* This tour starts from Julià Travel Gray Line Spain office at: Carrer de Balmes nº 5, Barcelona
* Please check-in at the counter at least 15 minutes before the departure time
* Julià Travel Gray Line Spain contact: 0034 93 317 64 54 / [email protected]
* Cancellation policy: a 100% cancellation penalty applies if cancelled 24 hours or less prior to travel date or in case of no-show