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For many it’s a day trip, just a 40-minute train journey from Barcelona; for others, it’s a Spanish destination all on its own. However you decide to fit the historic Catalan town of Gerona (Girona in Catalan) and its surrounding region into your holiday itinerary, you can’t afford to miss one of Costa Brava’s most photogenic cities.
A medieval city fused by its Gothic architecture, medieval walls and narrow winding streets, Gerona is a town that not only transports you back in time but also captures your senses. With breathtaking vistas of Catalonia and its iconic cathedrals of Santa María de Girona and the Basilica de Sant Feliu, to ancient fortifications where visitors can walk the walls and climb the towers to enjoy panoramic views of Gerona and the surrounding countryside, Gerona has it all!
But beyond its historic beauty lies unforgettable luxury experiences for the most discerning traveller. Here are some of those can’t-miss activities:
From Treehouses to Spanish Farmhouses
Five-star hotel accommodations can indeed be found in Gerona. But for a unique lodging experience, look beyond the norm and take advantage of Gerona’s villas and treehouses for a truly luxury experience. Step back in time without compromising modern luxury by staying in a 17th-century old flour mill, fully refurbished and located just a few kilometers from the Costa Brava.
If total relaxation tops your list, look no further than the Hotel Mas Can Mai, designed to guarantee guests privacy and exclusivity. This traditional Catalan farmhouse was modernized and converted into a boutique hotel in 2014, offering a delicate and avant-garde design. A saltwater pool and farm-to-table organic meals round out some of the property’s amenities, but nothing beats its location in the midst of nature only 20 minutes away from Costa Brava and 10 from Girona.
Desire a completely unique experience? Then just look up. Amongst the tree line in the heart of Les Guilleries, a natural park and sierra in the northeast of Catalonia, find the Cabanes als arbres. These wooden cabins perched on branches give you direct contact with nature and are also fully equipped with all the essentials—even a fireplace!
A Gastronomy Adventure Like No Other
If high gastronomy and fine wine are among the top items on your holiday to-do list, then one of the most unforgettable experiences in Gerona and the surrounding Costa Brava region is to discover its five-star dining experiences. The Michelin Route through the Costa Brava maps dining options at 15 Michelin restaurants—with a total of 19 stars—with some of the best food in Spain. Make sure not to miss these three:
El Celler de Can Roca: the sole Michelin three-star restaurant in the Costa Brava. The restaurant perennially hovers near the top of The World’s 50, being named the best restaurant in the world in 2013, 2015 and 2018.
The sole female Michelin Star chef in the Costa Brava, Chef Fina Puigdevall, focuses on cuisine of the Pyrenees and La Garrotxa at Les Cols. Menus change with the seasons, with a focus on volcanic cuisine.
Set inside the Hotel Vistabella, Els Brancs in Roses offers dishes using local ingredients with a more international twist.
Wine Lovers: Hire a Private Sommelier
Catalan wines in Emporda, the wine region stretching from just outside of Girona all the way to the French border, produces some of the best wine in all of Spain. But, getting to learn about Emporda wine from a private sommelier is truly a one-of-a kind, incredible experience. The majority of wine produced in this region is red, but White Grenache, Muscat and Chardonnay whites are found.
FLOAT IN A HOT AIR BALLOON OVER COSTA BRAVA
By far, a can’t-miss luxury experience in Costa Brava is taking a hot air balloon ride, coasting over the countryside close to the Pyrenees. Experience a bird’s-eye view of the Costa Brava, the Medes Islands and the Bay of Roses. Float toward the south and see Foixà, a small medieval town with a castle and a lookout point which the writer Josep Pla depicted as a hidden delight. Flying to the east you will see Montgrí mountain range, Estartit or l'Escala. To the north, you'll see Sant Pere Pescador, Sant Martí d'Empúries and Figueres.
However you choose to experience Gerona and the Costa Brava region, luxury awaits around every corner to deliver you a most unforgettable trip!
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