My Girona For The Rhythm Of Catalonia

By on October 10, 2016

From the historical centre on the right bank to the commercial hub of the left the potent combination of old and modern makes Girona glorious. The capital of its own province, this is home to the most diverse night-life and dining found anywhere in Catalonia.

It’s a mix of cobbled lanes and magnificent medieval walls intermingled with Gothic churches, superb galleries, fascinating museums and modernista mansions. There are lots of shops for the tourist and some bigger well-known names for those who need their fix of retail therapy. The newer town centre on the west bank has wider streets and contains more shops and hotels, plus slightly cheaper restaurants. The main business district stretches from Carrer de la Barca in the historic centre right over to Carrer Emili Grahit in the more modern part of the city.

This colourful place with trademark painted houses carries the added bonus of being close to the French border at the confluence of the rivers Ter, Onyar, Galligants, and Güell. Barcelona can be found just 99 kilometres to the south, and of course it’s the gateway to the charismatic Cost Brava with its secluded rocky coves and beautiful beaches. You’ll discover flat fertile plains ideal for rural tourism with several camp-sites, cycling and walking routes. The Pyrenees are also close by where you can ski and snowboard all year round.

From the Mardi Gras to Holy Week, St Narcissus’ Fair and Festival to Girona Flower Time, Gastronomy Week to St George’s Day, there are lots of exciting events and festivals to enjoy throughout the year. Girona has a deep and natural heritage. Rivers flow through the city centre, Mediterranean and riverbank woodlands, and the Gavarres mountain ranges are a delight. The pretty valley of Sant Daniel always awakens the senses, and wherever you wander there are croplands and bright grasslands. Visitors can enjoy ballooning, cycling, walking and several water sports here. Girona is more than just Barcelona’s little brother.

Those choosing to make straight for the obvious outlying attractions are actually missing out on a genuine Spanish gem. Girona would also make a wonderful base, enabling potential investors to get the very best of all worlds across the regions of the province, consisting of El Alt Empordá, Pla de I’Estany, Selva, Ripollés, Cerdanya, El Gironés, La Garrotxa and El Baix Empordá.

Catalonia has two official languages, Catalan and Spanish. The majority of people here speak in Catalan, though they can both express themselves and speak in Spanish. In the tourist sector, the vast majority of firms offer their services in different languages, mainly in English and French.

You could secure two adjoining luxury apartments in the heart of the historic quarter of Girona city with direct views to the 15th century cathedral. Deep in the historic quarter each one bedroomed apartment boasts a large living area, an open-plan kitchen-dining room and a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The entrance to the apartments from the street is via a grand hallway, shared with the neighbouring property, with a beautiful interior patio typical of this style of period construction. Both apartments enjoy their own independent entrance from the main hallway, have high ceilings, large windows and plenty of natural light.

It would be possible to knock through the adjoining walls and convert the two apartments into one large property. Given the existing dimensions of the rooms, it would also be possible to create additional bedrooms, if required. The apartment does not have access to a private parking space though residents have access to parking in the street. You’ll need funding of €840,000. (wwwlucasfox.com – ref LFCB901).

Just a short drive away lies the former Greek colony of Roses, stretching between the sea and the mountains, right on the Costa Brava. It’s the location of a wonderful villa with three bedrooms in a lovely residential area. The bathrooms are pure luxury and two of the bedrooms lead onto the garden. The dining room and living room give direct access to the swimming-pool. The intelligent distribution makes this property very functional and comfortable. The property also submits to an amazing 47 metre mooring. It’s a terrific bargain at €980,000. (www.green-acres.es/en/properties/34284a-W-014ROG.htm).

In terms of Catalonian charisma Barcelona may be beautiful – but Girona is truly Glorious.

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