Capital of the Girona province in northeast Catalonia, Spain, the city of Girona has witnessed rise and fall of several rules including Romans, Moors and the Jews. In 1492, Girona was retained by the Catholic Kings and later fell to Napolean in the 19th century. Not surprisingly, the city is a fusion of several cultures and rich in heritage.
The River Onyar forks its way through Girona dividing it into the old city or Barri Vell and the new city. Look out for the Pont de les Peixateries, the bridge whose design bears a lot of resemblance to the Eiffel Tower. The river is flanked by red and ochre colored buildings and alongside the river runs the Rambla Llibertat that has an arcade of shops, restaurants and cafes. A walk up this street takes you to the famous cathedral of Girona consisting of one single Gothic nave that is almost 23 meters in width and considered to be one of the widest of this kind in Europe. Girona has still preserved the area inhabited by the Jewish community until 1492 represented by a maze of narrow streets and alleys.
The Centre Bonastruc ça Porta is a museum dedicated to the Jewish community in Girona. Also worth a look are the Arab Baths – a bathhouse consisting of the frigidarium, caldarium and the tepidarium - built in the 12th century that has traces of both Roman and Moor architecture. Another architectural treasure worth visiting is the Romanesque Sant Pere de Galligants monastery. Girona has a moderate climate with lots of sunshine.