Tourists can do just about everything worth doing in this city of nearly 100,000. The Pyrenees are in view from town, and the Costa Brava is about 32 km (20 miles) to the east with brochure-worthy beaches. The historical preservation is excellent, and visitors to these sites will not be disappointed. The Roman wall built in the first century BC was rebuilt in the mid-1300s on the foundation of the original structure. Visitors can still climb the old towers. The Cathedral and the 14th century Gothic church also provide historical interest as does the old Jewish Quarter, El Call, having survived the expulsion of the Jews from Spain a few centuries ago.
Girona sits at the confluence of four rivers, and the city has had the good sense to allow housing along a large span of riverbank area. A panoramic view of the area along the Onyar River is a popular photography subject. The 19th century Independence Square is surrounded by businesses and a few cafes, and most visitors end up here at some point. The pedestrian bridge, Pont de la Princesa, contains padlocks of lovers signifying their bonds. Tourist information can be found beside one river at the south end of the Rambla where many “touristy” restaurants and street cafes are available.
Girona is located an hour to the north by train from Barcelona, making it an easy day trip from the Catalonian capital.