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'''Bus:''' If you want to travel to Girona from Barcelona city you can take a bus. That bus stops in the center of Barcelona, in Estació d'Autobusos Barcelona Nord (Barcelona's main bus terminal).
'''Trains''' from Barcelona to Girona leaves approximately every hour from Barcelona Estació de Sants (with other stops at Passeig de Gràcia/Aragó and Clot). The journey takes 1h20m from Girona to Barcelona Sants and the ticket costs about 8 €, depending on the train type (Media Distancia is faster, Regional is cheaper). There is no train station at the airport, so the only route is from the station in the city centre. If you are arriving at the airport a taxi will cost approx €20 to reach the train station [http://www.gironaairport.net]. You can check it at Renfe's Train Time Tables page:
*bus service from Girona airport to Perpignan''' [http://www.frogbus.com'''Express]
==Eat==
In the old town, many touristy cafes offer ''menu del dia'' for €10-13, even on Sun. Areas with dense coverage of faceless touristy cafes are: Plaça Independencia; Rambla de la Lliberitat (near cathedrals). However, try to avoid the restaurants at and near Rambla de la Llibertat, they are very touristy, waiters do not speak English and even if you do find menus in English they are usually poorly translated and the dish you get can vary substantially from its description in the menu. Especially avoid tapas at these restaurants, aside that it is not an authentic Catalunian dish, you will get just a poorly styled mish-mash at one small plate.
Like any other Catalan city, cafes are closed from 4PM until dinner time (about 8-8:30PM). Exceptions are only touristy cafes at Rambla de la Lliberitat.
* '''Gran Muralla''', Francesc Eiximenis. The best selection of Japanese and Chinese food, featuring sushi, beijing duck, thai salad.[http://www.cuina-asiatica.com ] [http://www.g-muralla-asiatica.com ]
* <eat name="el El Pou del Call" alt="" address="C/ Força, 14" directions="" phone="972 22 37 74" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">Excellent and good value local Catalonian dishes.</eat>
* <eat name="König" alt="" address="Four locations" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.konig.escat/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></eat>
:* <eat name="Frankfurter König 1" alt="" address="Avinguda Jaume I, 1" directions="" phone="972 212 621" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Cheap food such us pizzas, steak, french fries; and also a place to have a drink.</eat>
:* <eat name="Frankfurter König 2" alt="" address="Pl. Independència, 2" directions="" phone="972 202 099" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
*<eat name="1900" alt="" address="C/ Obra, 2" directions="in a small square, near the Ponta de Pedra" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Drinks €1-4" lat="" long="">Coffees, teas, and hot chocolates. Simple selection of pastries and waffle. Reasonably priced and delicious with the bonus of free wi-fi. Beautiful place with gorgeous, clean bathrooms.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Basque Restaurants:" ></eat>
:* <eat name="Txalaka" alt="" address="Carrer Bonastruc de Porta 4">Very good Basque restaurant serving pintxos (similar to tapas). Can be crowded with locals in the evening after 22:00 (which is a good sign for a restaurant!)</eat>
:* <eat name="Zanpanzar" alt="" address="Carrer Cort-Reial, 10, 17004" phone="972 21 28 43 " url="">Fantastic atmosphere, good for a quick tapa and beer</eat>
:* <eat name="Lizarran" alt="" address="Plaça de la Independència, 14, 17001" phone="" url="http://www.lizarran.es/en/">One of the 200 Lizarran restaurants across 8 different countries</eat>
 
Good quality Restaurants (20€ - 30€)
* <eat name="Divinum" alt="" address="Carrer del General Fournàs, 2, 17004" directions="" phone="872 080 218" url="http://www.divinum.cat/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Great wine and cheese tasting, tapas, sometimes live Jazz music. Reasonable price. It's a small place, so you might need to book.</eat>
* <eat name="La Poma" alt="" address="Carrer Cort-Reial, 16, 17004" directions="" phone="972 21 29 09" url="http://www.restaurantlapoma.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Cosy and modern place with exquisite dishes and a wide and varied wine list.</eat>
* <eat name="Vintages" alt="" address="Carrer Cort-Reial, 17004" directions="" phone="972 206 326" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Seasonal products and dishes. Wide wine list.</eat>
* <eat name="Draps" alt="" address="Carrer Cort-reial, 2, 17004" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.restaurantdrapsgirona.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Good dishes. Most of them are made to share in 2 people, so the prices have to be divided in 2.</eat>
 
 
High quality Restaurants (over 40€)
* <eat name="El Celler de Can Roca" alt="" address="Can Sunyer, 48 17007" phone="972 222 157" url="http://www.cellercanroca.com/">3 Michelin stars. 2nd position in "The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012" </eat>
* <eat name="La Massana" alt="" address="Carrer Bonastruc de Porta, 10, 17001 " directions="" phone="" url="http://www.restaurantmassana.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">1 Michelin star</eat>
* <eat name="Nu" alt="" address="Carrer d'Abeuradors, 4, 17004" directions="" phone="972 22 52 30" url="http://www.nurestaurant.cat/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Excellent and creative menu. The owner also owns La Massana which has a michelin star.</eat>
 
Sweet
* <eat name="Rocambolesc" alt="" address="Carrer Santa Clara, 50, 17001" directions="" phone="" url="http://rocambolesc.com/" hours="" price="" lat="41.9847285" long="2.8234599">From 2€ - 3€. Ice cream parlor by one of the brothers of "El Celler de Can Roca (3 Michelin star)".</eat>
* <eat name="Llagurt" alt="" address="Carrer Argenteria, 3" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.llagurt.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Wide variety of artisan and organic iogurts.</eat>
==Drink==
* '''City Arms''', Güell. English pub.
* '''<drink name="La Bodega" alt="" address="Carrer Bonaventura Carreras i Peralta, 2" directions="" phone="" url="http://labodegadegirona.blogspot.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Very good atmosphere. Small winery situated in the heart of the Old Town, where people stand outside drinking wine or beer. Each cup costs around 2€, with some snacks included. </drink> *<drink name="Babel" address="Carrer de Cort-Reial 3" phone="" url="" >Nice bar, nice food and cosy place to have a few. English friendly.</drink> *<drink name="Cu-Cut!" address="Plaça independència, 10, 17001" phone="" url="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cu-Cut/245480589003" >Nice place for the first(s) drink(s), and maybe the last too.</drink> *<drink name="Siddharta'''" address="Pedret, 116, Pedret. 17007" phone="" url="" >A suitable place to try the drink named "tisana" (in Catalan).</drink> *<drink name="Mckiernan's" address="Rambla de la Llibertat, 32, 17004" phone="" url="" >An Irish pub, crowded on weekends. Suitable place to have a drink. English friendly.</drink> *<drink name="Sunset Jazz Club" alt="" address="Carrer de Jaume Pons Martí, 12, 17004" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.sunsetjazz-club.com/english/WELCOME.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Live music shows, some of the top musicians of the national and international scenes, in addition to the great live jazz shows. Wide selection of the international classics and self created cocktails. Very cosy place.</drink>
* '''Mckiernan's''' Rambla <drink name="The River Cafè" alt="" address="Carrer de la Llibertatles Ballesteries, 23, 17004" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Live music, drinks and food. An Irish pub, crowded on weekendsOpened all day. Suitable place to have a </drink.>
* '''Babel''', Carrer de Cort-Reial 3. Nice bar, nice food and cosy place to have a few. <drink name="City Arms" address="Güell" phone="" url="" >English friendly.pub</drink>
==Sleep==
* '''Hotel Bellavista'''Hostels. The only 5 star hotel in GironaGood prices.
* <sleep name="Equity Point Girona" alt="" address="Plaça Catalunya 23" directions="" phone="+34 93 231 2045" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://equity-point.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €15 including breakfast, internet access and bottom linen">Hostel that has clean and cheap rooms. The staff also plan activities for the evening for visitors.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Xanascat. Alberg Cerverí" alt="" address="Carrer Dels Ciutadans, 9, 17004" directions="" phone="+34 972 21 80 03" url="http://www.xanascat.cat/showhostel.tjc?id=237&index=7" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €15 including breakfast, internet access" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">It is located in the centre of the city, only a 100 meters away from the Town hall and from the Avenue</sleep>
 
Hotels:
* <sleep name="Hotel Ultonia" alt="" address="Gran Via de Jaume I, 22" directions="" phone="+034 972 203 850" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotelultoniagirona.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
* '''Hotel Ciutat de Girona''', Hortes. Another 4 star hotel located near the downtown.
 
* '''Hotel Bellavista'''. The only 5 star hotel in Girona.
==Stay safe==
As is typical with these region of Catalonia, it can get quite hot in the summer. Take care and drink plenty of water throughout the day. There are a number of public water fountains which anyone can make use of and they are clearly marked on the city maps you get from the tourists office.
As for crime, Girona is generally a very safe town with a vigilant local population. It experiences crime that is typical of any city its size, but visitors have little to worry about from the town itself beyond possibly pickpocketing in large crowds. However, it is not uncommon to see local drunks and other vagabonds at the entrances to the footbridges across the Onyar River, especially on the Old Town side. While they generally keep to themselves, they will often beg for change; giving them money is to be discouraged and they are best ignored.
While not the destination that Barcelona is for "stag" parties from Northern Europe, Girona does see its fair share of them given that many of them fly in to the Girona Airport on their way to Barcelona.
==Get out==
 
* [[Barcelona]] - An hour to the south by train and the capital of Catalonia with an endless list of things to see and do.
* [[Figueres]] - A town approximately 30 minutes to the north by train with the famous Dalí museum and an active Old Town core.
* [[Tossa de Mar]] - While unfortunately deeply slathered in beach tourists, the original old town of the city is quite lovely to walk.
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