Located in northeastern Catalonia, we find Girona, a magnificent city that has maintained the charm and heritage of the different cultures that have happened during the different periods of history. Ibers, Romans, Medieval, and Jews left their mark in Girona that today we can enjoy. But apart from a charming city, Girona is much more, in the whole province there are different landscapes and locations that make it one of the best regions for the practice of rural tourism.
The coastal part of Girona is what we call Costa Brava, one of the most visited regions of the country in summer, thanks to the large number of beaches typical of the Mediterranean Sea, with crystalline water and steep coastline. In this coastal region there are many municipalities that stand out for its charm and that formerly dedicated exclusively to fishing like Calella de Palafrugell, Palamós, L'Escala, Cadaqués ... Another of the charms of the Costa Brava is the influence that it had Salvador Dalí during his years of life, in Portlligat, Púbol, and especially in Figueres, you can visit the works of art and learn more about the life of one of the best surrealist artists.
Although it is part of the coast, it also has a great heritage that can be visited at any time of the year. The round road that runs along the coast is one of the best options for hiking and being able to visit both the coast landscapes and the small villages of the area. Pals, Sant Pere Pescador, Els Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, or the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes are some of the places of interest that are found in the inner part of the Costa Brava.
Interior of Girona
A large part of the province of Girona is the interior, that is, the entire territory that we find between the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees. The city of Girona, small villages, forests, meadows, wineries ... are some of the attractions of the inner Girona that you can not miss if you make a rural tourism stay in the area.
The main municipality in the area is Girona, a city full of culture and charm, with an old town full of services, restaurants and shops. In Girona we must also highlight the "El Celler de Can Roca" restaurant, which has been named several times as the best restaurant in the world, but if you want to go to lunch, you have to reserve a table one year in advance!
Apart from the city of Girona, in the interior of the province there are many other places of interest to visit or stay there. La Garrotxa, or the Estany de Banyoles (a lake) are two places to visit. In L'Estany, you can do many outdoor activities, both aquatic and in the surrounding area.
La Garrotxa is one of the counties with the most rural houses in Catalonia. It is a traditional region that was originally dedicated almost exclusively to agriculture and livestock. The Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa, La Fageda d'en Jordà, the Vall d'en Bas, or iconic villages such as Castellfollit de la Roca, Beget, or Besalú, are the main attractions of this Catalan region.
In the northernmost part of Girona, we find the Pyrenees, the main mountain system in Catalonia, which is divided between the provinces of Lleida and Girona. The counties of Ripollès and La Cerdanya are the two that belong to the Pyrenees and Girona. In these counties, there are plenty of excursions to the mountains and valleys, and there are also villages with a certain charm such as Camprodon, Alp, Puigcerdà, Bellver de Cerdanya, or Queralbs and the Vall de Núria. All these towns have a clear Romanesque style that identifies them and conforms to the Romanesque route.
In the same way that Girona has a great diversity of territory it also has a very rich gastronomy. Each area has its typical products that are used to make the most traditional elaborations, in the part of the Costa Brava and the Empordà, with a clear marine influence, they are typical of fish and shellfish, such as the anchovies of l’Escala or prawns of Palamós.
The more inland, the more plentiful are dishes, for example, in the case of Girona city, the "xuxo" is typical, a pastry with cream and sugar. In the part of La Garrotxa and the Pyrenees, the meat and vegetables take center stage and emphasize the dishes such as the trinxat de la Cerdanya, escudella, or sausages.
Without forgetting the delicious wines that are produced in the vineyards of the Empordà!