Walking through Girona
• Walk on Girona
If you relax on the Costa Brava and you a little tired of the beaches and the tourist bustle, go to Girona, at least half a day. This quiet town is easily accessible from any point of the coast. Do not buy a tour, just get on the bus and after an hour and a half will walk through the narrow stone streets of the city is slowly awakening. Girona I liked, so I visited her twice. Today, I spend a tour.
For the first time my wife and I visited Girona as much as in 2010, while en route from Figueres to Barcelona. Literally jumped for an hour to eat dinner, and then quickly went on their way.
Then we do not have time to make an impression on this city, because only visited a small square surrounded by covered galleries on the perimeter and plenty of restaurants. Here it is (Independence Square):
The area is surrounded by a dense ring of buildings, so you can comfortably relax in the shade, sitting in a café or on a bench.
At that time it held a full introduction. I arrived in town on the first Saturday bus from Lloret de Mar (6 euros and 1 hour on the road), and found the town was almost empty.
Only just started to open cafes, small shops, fruit and pastry.
It's great that we managed to catch a nice morning light. He gave the photos a special mood. Some landscape and travel photographers generally prefer to shoot only at sunrise or sunset.
But often there is simply no such opportunity or just too lazy to get up early. We'll work on it.
Storefront handmade dolls.
One of the most striking and characteristic sights of the city are home to the Onyar river. This river flows through the whole Girona, dividing it into a modern and old parts.
These houses were built in the late Middle Ages on the site of a protective fortress wall that surrounded the city. And a variety of colorful, they have preserved their traditional appearance and are living to this day.
There is no promenade as such. Colorful houses fit close to the water and watch them can only be one of many bridge over the river.
For example, here from this most famous bridge, which designed and built the Gustave Eiffel. Yes, the same one that 13 years later and built a tower in Paris.
a recognizable style, right?
This bridge is one of the earliest buildings of the French engineer.
Eifel during his lifetime was known as the initiator of building bridges of steel and the use of metal ties, significantly increasing the strength of structures. He designed about twenty bridges around the world, and in Girona can see one of the most compact of his creations, which was revolutionary for its time.
can be accessed directly in the old town on this bridge.
In the meantime, I show an interesting architectural feature of Girona, which I have never been met. Strolling through the old town, I looked in one of the arches and stumbled on the stairs leading to some wall. Upstairs, I found myself on a small observation deck and saw that you can go down with her other hand. The steps led me to another site, then through a maze of passages and ladders to another, and so on. For the sake of curiosity, I continued to go up and down on those stairs, but they did not end.
As it turned out, the old city of Girona is almost completely surrounded by the longest ramparts. Some fragments of the wall belong to the early Middle Ages, some have been rebuilt or restored in our time. Endless maze of stairs, passages and bridges connects all parts of the wall in a single chain, on which you can get from the beginning to the end. Except for the area adjacent to the river, which was completely destroyed by Napoleon during the 7-month siege of the city. Now at this point it is a series of the most colorful houses, forming a natural wall of the old city from the west.
Initially, Girona was built as a fortress to protect the main road of the Iberian Peninsula, the Via Augusta, which connected Rome and Seville. Actually it is of strategic importance in many respects determined the fate of the city. Because of its importance, Girona was a tasty morsel. Who has not tried to kill her: Visigoths, Arabs, French, Spanish - Girona and so called city of a thousand sieges.
All over the walls there's such observation towers, which you can climb up the long spiral staircase.
A top offering stunning views of the entire city.
Pyrenees come close to the town is very close. Hence, just a stone's throw from France and Andorra - all 200 kilometers.
These are the turrets found on the wall. See how modern brick laid on top of the old masonry. Looks, of course, not really, but it allows you to go through the wall from the beginning to the end and admire the city from above.
Several faculties of the University of Girona are located in the monastery of San Domenech - one of the oldest Gothic Catalan buildings, built in the 13th century.
And finally, take a walk on the evening city.