Car hire in Girona

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Girona is an ancient town in Catalonia, first settled several thousand years ago, and now home to around 100,000 people, including a sizeable Jewish community who still inhabit the attractive Jewish quarter. The town makes an excellent stopping-off point for a tour round Catalonia, and is within easy reach of the more cosmopolitan Barcelona. This proximity to one of the most highly-regarded cities in the world is a double-edged sword for the town, which is often overlooked in favour of its glamourous neighbour. Still, Girona benefits from curious tourists eager to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city in order to get a taste of a more authentic Catalonian experience. In fact, nationwide polls have consistently voted Girona as the preferred domicile for citizens. It's not hard to see why. Geographically, Girona is perfectly positioned at the confluence of the rivers Ter, Guell, Galligants and Onyar, and has been a focal point for occupying forces since before the days of the Roman Empire. The magnificent Old Town, narrow streets cutting a swathe through its fierce heart, is set on the east bank of the River Onyar, and the Rambla runs alongside it.

Things to do in Girona

There can be few pleasures greater than idling along the Rambla, which runs parallel to the river. The concourse is potted with cafes and tourist-friendly restaurants, and the new town on the west bank has yet more shopping and hotels, and a few more restaurants for the budget-conscious traveller. A mass exodus of locals during August – especially on the weekend – will please tourists looking for a quiet weekend of exploration and decent dining.

Top 3 Must See: Girona

  • The ‘Passeig Archaeologic’ archaeological walk

  • Placa de la Independencia

  • Art Museum

The most solid piece of advice for any visitor travelling with Ryanair – which, in typical style, disembarks it's 'Barcelona' flights at the slightly more remote Girona, is to spend at least one night and day in the city before heading to Barcelona itself. That allows plenty of time to explore the cathedrals and the famous Jewish Quarter, known locally as The Call. The cathedral is a particular point of interest, as it has the widest Gothic nave in all of Europe.

Drive around Girona

Girona is a fine city to simply walk around. It's size lends itself well to pedestrians, but car hire is still a good idea if you want to leave the city and see the rest of Catalonia. And getting to Barcelona is far more enjoyable from behind the wheel of a hire care than a bus window, so visitors are well-advised to rent a vehicle in Girona before departing for Barcelona, and returning the car on your way back to the airport. Whatever type of vehicle you need, car hire in Girona is available from a huge variety of companies, both local and international. Rental company GoCarHire.co.uk offers a wide selection of cars – check out their 'car hire Girona' section for a comprehensive choice of rental vehicles.