Gerona (in Catalan and officially, Girona) is a city and municipality of over 95,000 inhabitants situated about 100 kilometers from the city of Barcelona. The town is situated 75 meters from the sea and is traversed by the rivers Ter, Güell, and Oñar Galligants.
The city of Girona currently only provides busses as the only public transport. It has no seaport and there are three types of trains, regional trains, long distance trains and international trains; also is expected a complete refurbishment of the station with the arrival of the high speed train to the city.
A large number of roads are crossing the municipality of Girona which are mandatory access roads to get to the Costa Brava, the interior of Girona and France.
Girona has great summers with temperatures around 25º C and during the winter temperatures are low and this can cause frost. Usually, Girona has a warm climate, with many sunny days and little rainfall. The coastal area can reach a few degrees more but has a nice sea breeze.
The most important artistic heritage of Girona is concentrated in the old town; the city is surrounded by a wall that can be walked along the Passeig Arqueològic and the Passeig de la Muralla, where you can enjoy excellent views.
El patrimonio artístico más relevante de Girona se concentra en el casco antiguo; la ciudad se encuentra rodeada por una muralla que puede recorrerse por el Passeig Arqueològic y el Passeig de la Murallla, donde es posible disfrutar de un excelente mirador.
The Oñar houses are unique riverside buildings next to the Oñar River providing a beautiful view to its inhabitants and visitors. Each of the facades is painted conscientiously following the patterns in a palette of colors elaborated by Enric Ansesa, Jaume Faix and two architects.
Like other cities in the world, the Jewish Quarter of Girona is priceless, so much so that many tourists dream about walking the medieval of stone alleys of this area. Not surprisingly, this is one of the best preserved medieval centres in Europe. Outstanding are the Centre Bonastruc Center Ça Porta, a former synagogue which now serves as a study center and just north is the Montjuic, or also known as Mount of the Jews.
Girona Cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria, reaches the highest point of Girona; it also has the widest Gothic nave in the world with a total width of nearly 23 meters and is furthermore the widest of any existing style, just behind St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
Other places that stand out in the city of Girona: the Independence Square referring to the Spanish War of Independence, one of the best known and busiest places in the municipality. La Rambla de la Libertad, the old medieval area. The bridges over the river Oñar, among others.
Another attraction for tourists is the beach area of the Costa Brava, a group of beaches and coves that are characterized by clear water free from contamination and which are mandatory when traveling through the municipality.
Girona has several museums: Museum of the History of the City, located in the heart of Barri Vell, representing the entire history of the city; Archaeology Museum of Catalonia, Museum of Art, Museum-Treasure of the Cathedral, Museum of Film and the Museum of the History of the Jews.
Finally, another place of interest is the Municipal Theatre of Gerona and the theatre La Planeta, with interesting independent works.
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