Situated in the Catalonia region of Spain, Girona has historic narrow streets to explore, authentic Catalan cuisine, the Castle Gala, and an impressive walled section. And, of course, it is the gateway to the Costa Brava, with popular resorts such as Calella and Pineda on its rugged coastline.
Spain's Costa Brava coast is home to small coves and inlets, fishing villages and larger resorts, and is ideal for holidays year round.
Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar and Blanes are some of the larger beach resorts, ideal for families and couples alike.
Hiring a car is a great way to explore this part of Spain, which lies close to the French border. You can arrange hire car pick-up at Girona Airport (GRO) north of Barcelona and Girona car hire providers will be able to work with you to find the best package for your needs.
In Girona, visit the Arab baths, museums and Jewish Quarter, which is one of the best-preserved in Europe. The old town in Girona, with ramparts going back to the Roman occupation, is compact and easy to see in one day. You can take an organised archaeological walk around the area, admire the Gothic architecture of the Iglesia de Sant Feliu and then cross the river to the newer town with its boutique shopping and cafes.
Away from Girona itself, a hire car is the best way to make the most of your time on this coastline, giving you the ultimate in freedom.
Take a short drive and visit the Dali Theatre and Museum at Figueres and Calaques for Pubol Castle, which he bought for his wife, Gala. In the museum and castle you can see a collection of Dali's work, furniture and some of Gala's dresses, offering a rare glimpse into their lives.
Just north of Calaques you will find the small fishing village of Port Lligat, where you can visit the Dali Museum-House. The village featured in many of his works including The Sacrament of the Last Supper. The village is situated on the edge of Cap de Creus national park, which offers hiking, vineyard tours and the opportunity to see the Sant Pere de Rodes monastery.
Go to Barcelona for sightseeing in this cosmopolitan city that's situated an hour's drive south of Girona. It's well known for its football team, Gothic quarter, Marine Land, Gaudi architecture and Marbella beach resort, so a day trip to this vibrant city is not to be missed.
From Barcelona you can take in the sights of the Costa Brava as you drive north. The area boasts lots of Blue Flag beaches and you can stop and visit the gardens of Santa Clotilde and the Water World at Lloret de Mar before reaching Palamos. This town is a popular spot with water-sports enthusiasts and great for seafood and txaboli (Basque champagne).