Where to stay in Girona – What you need to know

Located in Catalonia, just under an hour and a half by car from Barcelona, Girona is undoubtedly one of the most charming provincial capitals in Spain.

It is a city of human dimensions, with a compact historic centre, easily navigable on foot.

Where to stay in Girona - Best areas and hotels

Where to stay in Girona – Best areas and hotels

Girona is a city with the appeal of large cities, with many surprises, Girona has an extensive cultural offer and multiple leisure and entertainment options.

Also known as the “City of four rivers”, Girona is the capital of Gironés municipality.

With a history dating back two thousand years, the architectural heritage of Girona, especially around Ciutat Vella, showcases the passage of multiple peoples, including Iberians, Romans, Visigoths, Muslims and Jews.

Quaint cobbled streets, a walled quarter and picturesque houses reveal the medieval Girona, while the modern Girona rises from the colorful houses on the banks of the Onyar to Rafael Masó’s noucentism.

Girona has an important airport, and excellent connections by road and rail with Barcelona, Madrid and the main cities of the Spanish Mediterranean.

This Catalan city is popular for its nightlife. Girona has several nightlife options; cozy pubs, breweries, terraces, bars, live music and nightclubs, many of which are open until very late at night.

This is a guide with the best areas to stay in Girona, Catalonia.

The best quarters to stay in Girona, Spain

Best area: Barri Vell (Old Town)

Barri Vell (Old Quarter) houses unique monuments in Europe.

Delimited by Passeig de la Muralla, it comprises the Old Town or Old City, between Torre Gironella and the Onyar river, together with all its artistic heritage and medieval walls.

From here you can visit the Archaeological Walk with an excellent viewpoint over the city.

Ciutat Vella, as it is also known, preserves other civil and religious buildings, including the Casa de l’a Ardiaca, the Chapel of San Nicolás or San Felix’s Basilica, locally famous for its Gothic tower broken by lightning; the current House Pastors Palace of Justice and the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligans.

Ciutat Vella also houses Girona’s old Jewish quarter, as well as the famous and colorful houses on the Onyar river, recognized by their colorful facades.

As it is a very visited area, Barri Vell is home to dozens of hotels.

As an additional fact, the historic center of Girona was the scenario chosen to represent the city of Bravos in the popular TV show Game of Thrones.

Best areas to stay in Girona - Ciutat Vella

Best areas to stay in Girona – Ciutat Vella

Old Town - Best area to stay in Girona

Old Town – Best area to stay in Girona

Girona - Ciutat Vella - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Girona – Ciutat Vella – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • City centre
  • Great area for nightlife
  • Best area for tourists
  • Charming streets
  • Medieval quarter
  • Girona Cathedral

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Ultonia is located in the center of Girona, 3 minutes walk from the historic center, the cathedral and the Arab baths. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a minibar. – from €59.

  • Budget Option

    Hostal Cerverí is located a few steps from the center of Girona and has a restaurant and free WiFi in all areas. The reception is open 24 hours. – from €29 .

  • Midrange Option

    Hotel Peninsular enjoys a central location in Girona, 700 meters from the city’s cathedral and the train and bus stations. Its rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. – from €68 .

  • Luxury Option

    Hotel Nord 1901 Superior is 5 minutes’ walk from Girona Cathedral. It offers a garden terrace with a small pool and rooms with a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. – from €100 .

 

 

 

Around Girona Railway Station (AVE Station)

Estació de Girona provides commuter rail services, regional trains and long distance connections (both regular and high speed).

This station, in addition to the basic services, houses souvenirs shops, cafeterias and restaurants, banking services, car rental and the local bus station.

Located on Plaça d’Espanya, to the south of Ciutat Vella, this area is a great location to stay in Girona if you’re planning to travel by long-distance bus or train around Spain or across the border to France.

Girona Railway Station operates between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm from Monday to Friday and from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on weekends and holidays.

As it is a very busy area, it offers accommodation at various costs, ranging from hostels, to apartments, pensions and chain hotels.

Best neighbourhoods to stay in Girona, Spain - Near the railway station

Best neighbourhoods to stay in Girona, Spain – Near the railway station

Girona - Estació - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Girona – Estació – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Relatively central
  • Great transport connections
  • Different types of accommodation
  • AVE and bus station

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Carlemany Girona enjoys an ideal location 600 meters from the historic Barri Vell and 400 meters from Girona’s train and bus station. It also offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and a 32-inch flat-screen TV. – from €59.

 

 

 

Around Girona – Costa Brava Airport

The Girona-Costa Brava International Airport is located in the municipality of Vilobí d’Onyar, about 12 km from the city of Girona, given its strategic location, it has very good connections with the Costa Brava, Barcelona and the Pyrenees.

It is one of the most important airports in the Iberian Peninsula, especially due to its high low-cost passenger traffic.

It is an important hub for low-cost airlines such as Ryanair or Wizzair.

The airport area is home to restaurants, pharmacies, gas stations and shopping areas.

The Girona-Costa Brava Airport is located away from the city center, so it is a recommended area to stay only if you expect to fly from here to one of the many European destinations offered by Ryanair or any another airline operating there.

Where to stay in Girona - Near the airport

Where to stay in Girona – Near the airport

Why stay here:

  • Close to Girona Airport
  • Recommended for stopovers with low-cost airlines

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Salles Hotel Aeroport de Girona offers a free shuttle service to Girona-Costa Brava Airport, 800 meters away. The property has a large free spa that includes a pool and a hot tub. – from €61.

 

 

 

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My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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