When to fly
Gerona (or Girona) is blessed with a warm climate, with hot summers and cool winters. The city is at its least crowded in the shoulder seasons of March to May and September to November. These very pleasant months are also among the cheaper times to fly. The winter months of December to February are the off-peak season, where days are mild but temperatures can reach near to freezing point. If you would prefer to explore Gerona in the cool weather, then this can be a great time to look for accomadation and cheap flight deals to Gerona. July and August are exceptionally hot, and many local residents leave Gerona for the seaside. This may potentially affect what is open in the city, which is something to bear in mind before booking your flight to Gerona.
The city also becomes busy during its many festivals and events. One such example is Saint John’s Eve, in June, which celebrates saying goodbye to spring and hello to summer. This is also known as the Night of Fire as people gather round bonfires with friends and family. Make the night more special by attending the celebrations of the arrival of the famous Flama del Canigo (Canigo Flame). This is a torch lit by the large fire at the summit of the Canigo Mountain and carried down the mountain in a relay. The Festival of Sant Narcis is another busy time in Gerona, as a week of non-stop activities takes place including a traditional procession, the famous fire-run, street markets and live music concerts. Book a flight to Gerona now and be a part of the city’s biggest annual festival (takes place in October).
Gerona is a beautiful city in the Spanish province of Catalonia and is renowned for being the most popular city to live in amongst the Spaniards. A visit to Gerona effortlessly blends old and new Spanish traditions. Gerona trades the big city bustle of its near neighbour Barcelona for a more relaxed feel, and it is the perfect city to stroll around. The old and new towns are separated by the Onyar River. The picturesque old town is still surrounded by the ancient city walls, which are well worth the climb as you gain a panoramic view of the city from the top. Restaurants serving Catalonian food take advantage of the climate by offering diners the option to eat outside. The beautiful cobbled streets of the old town, flanked by tall old houses, trace their history back to the days of the Roman Empire when Gerona was an important Catalonian city because of its position at the meeting point of the Ter, Onyar, Galligants and Güell rivers. The visitors will enjoy simply walking around the old town, and a visit to the city's cathedral and its second church the Església de Sant Feliu are recommended. The famous Arab Baths are also worth seeing. Many hotels and the newer shopping area are in the new town on the other side of the Onyar.
Getting around Gerona
The layout of the city and its compact nature means that a car is unnecessary and parking spots are difficult to find. Consequently, Gerona is best explored on foot especially as many of the city's secrets can only be uncovered as you stroll around, finding your favourite cafes, shops and bars by chance.
All flights to Girona land at Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO), located some 8 miles from the city. Buses from the airport run into the city centre every hour and take 25 minutes. Taxis are also available at the airport and this form of transport is recommended for parties of four people or more. If you are renting a car, the journey is around 20 minutes depending on the traffic.