Girona: What’s on in October

In October, Girona will hold three more festivals; I love this city!  Find out more below.

Girona’s ultimate festival

Spanning two weekends, this is my favourite time of year in Girona.  The city celebrates its patron saint, Sant Narcis, in style: with an amusement fair, chestnuts, drinks stalls (barracas), castellers and performances.  Make sure that you are in Girona for this festival.

  • 27th October – 5th November
  • All over the city (the amusement park and drinks stands will be located at Parc de la Devesa)

Taste Festival

In mid-October, Girona hosts Firatast, a festival of food with traditional tapas from all over Spain.  Enter a huge hall with stalls exhibiting food from all over the country, offering snack-sized taste-bites, allowing you to try as many different samples as you like.  (Beware of going tapas crazy though, as price-wise it will tot up).

Temporada alta

The annual festival of performing arts with over 80 performances of music, dance, theatre, circus and film.  The line-up is endless featuring international artists as well as new finds.  Check out the programme:

 

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Girona: What’s on in September

What’s on in September?  Swords, beer and jazz.  Check out the line-up of events and opportunities below.

Charge the battlefield

Don’t be surprised if you wander around a corner in the old town and find yourself in the middle of an epic battle.  The weekend of 16th and 17th, the Old Town will be brimming with reenactments and activities based around the Napoleonic sieges.  In particular, catch the parade starting at Plaça de Sant Feliu at noon and follow it all the way to Plaça de la Independencia on the Saturday.

Become a beer expert

Head to Plaça de la Independencia, to soak up the atmosphere and the artesan beer at the Craft Beer Fair.  Don’t worry if you’ve an empty stomach, there’ll be food stalls too.

  • Plaça de la Independencia
  • 18 hr – midnight
  • 23rd, 24rd, 25th Sep.

Make the most of the Jazz Festival

Check out the national and international Jazz artists bringing their music to Girona.  They’ll be at various locations across the city for a whole two weeks.

Girona: What’s on in August

Although many locals abandon Girona in August to the scorching sun, there is plenty to do.  Check my top picks out below:

Music under the stars

In the evening, head to the gardens behind the cathedral.  One of the most atmospheric night-time venues of the city, the gardens will host a food market from 19 – 23hr and concerts from 21hr onwards.

Guided tour

Book on to a guided tour of the Jewish Quarter.  The tour will explore the history of the Jewish Quarter – one of the most historic and beautiful areas of the city.  You will also get the chance to visit the Museum of Jewish History.

  • Every Sunday in August, 12.30hr
  • Meeting venue: Museu d’Història dels Jueus (Jewish Museum)
  • 6€ (and 3€ for children under 14)
  • For more info and to book: callgirona@ajgirona.cat or (+34) 972 216 761

Experience Game of Thrones

Girona takes centre stage in many of the key scenes of the sixth season.  Tour the scene locations and find out more.  For Game of Throne geeks this will be worth it, but for the less obsessed, beware the price (see below).

  • Every Tuesday and Friday in August , 18.30hr
  • Meeting venue: Sant Lluc Church
  • 20€ (Children under 12 go free)
  • Catalan, Spanish, English and French

Girona: What’s on in July

This month, Girona continues to live up to its reputation of being Spain’s ‘City of Festivals’.  Check out the music and theatre festivals below:

Theatre Festival

Throughout July, Girona hosts a range of theatre performers in multiple venues.  If you struggle with Spanish or Catalan, check out the comedic acrobats, Circo Los, at their outdoor performance on 24th July.

 Notes al parc

At the weekends, Girona’s parks and gardens come to life with a series of small concerts.

Guitar Festival

The performances vary from rock to flamenco feature but in the spotlight at the centre of them all is the guitar.

Girona: What’s on in June

If you’ve got post-Temps-de-Flors blues, do not fear; Girona has got yet more cultural titbits lined up for you in June …

Sant Joan

The tradition of celebrating the shortest night of the year is taken seriously here.  And as with all originally religious celebrations in Catalonia, what better way to celebrate than with a party?  The day of Sant Joan (St. John) is celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and fiestas.  Head to Barcelona or the beach or simply enjoy the festivities here, in Girona.

  • All towns and cities
  • Night-time, 23rd June

Beer Festival

If you went to the wine festival, you’ll know that this is definitely worth going to!  Soak up the atmosphere along with beer and tapas.

  • At the junction next to Correos by Placa Independencia
  • Thurs. 8th and Fri. 9th June: 18hr – 24hr
  • Sat. 10th June: 12hr – 24hr
  • Concerts: 20.30hr every day

Guided tour of medieval Girona

When friends come and visit you in Girona, are you embarrassed by your lack of historical knowledge?  Problem-solved: go on one of the weekly guided tours of the old town … or send your friend on it!

Tapa & Tapa

A selection of bars and restaurants across the city are offering specially created tapas menus throughout the middle of June.  And not only that, you will also get a special offer on a beer to go with it.  See the website and map below to find out where to go.

A dramatic experience of monastery life

Enjoy a free tour of Sant Pere de Galligants Monastery in central Girona.  The creative tour aims to quite literally bring the lives of people in 12th century to life through drama.

Temps de Flors Agenda (in English)

I’ve translated the best bits of the agenda for the festival this weekend.  So if English is easier than Catalan for you, check this out because on top of the flower exhibitions, there is tonnes going on.  Concerts, fire performances, museums…  (My top picks are highlighted).

Friday 19th May:

18 hr Concert at the Jewish History Museum (Located in the centre of the Old Town, in an atmospheric courtyard of the museum)

19 hr A Capella Concert at Placa de la Independencia

Saturday 20th May:

11 hr – 13 hr Choir performances at the Jewish History Museum

12 hr + 13 hr Concert at Jardins del Alemanys (Gardens nestled behind the Cathedral)

17 hr Concert at Jardins del Alemanys

16 hr – 20 hr Secret Concert at the rooftop bar (On top of Hotel Ultonia)

16.30 hr – 19.30 hr Choir performances at the Jewish History Museum

18.30 hr Concert at Jardins del Alemanys

18 hr  Traditional Sardanes performance at Placa del Vi (Behind the Ramblas)

22 – 24 hr The Musical Fire Kult performance at Placa de Sant Feliu (Visual and musical performance of fire instruments.  Not entirely sure what this is but it sounds great!)

21 hr Guided night walk of Temps de Flors.  12 euros.  More information and how to book at http://www.hotelsgirona.net

10 – 24 hr All museums are open until midnight.  (Free entry).

Sunday 21st May:

18 hr A Cappella performance by Black Voices at Placa de la Independencia

Girona: What’s on in May

If you live in Girona, don’t go away – enjoy your weekends here.  If you don’t live in Girona, get here fast!  May is Girona’s ultimate month for culture.

1. Flowers, flowers, flowers …

Girona is always beautiful, but May is the month that it truly blossoms.  Literally.  For two weeks, Temps de Flors festival will adorn the historic city with flower exhibitions.  You can follow a route through the flowers, crumbling walls and historic buildings.  At the same time, workshops, expositions and flower-filled menus will vie for your attention.  This celebration of all that is beautiful is not to be missed.

2. The Acapella Music Festival

As if your senses weren’t already overwhelmed enough with the sight, smell and taste of flowers, the Acappella Festival will also charm Girona throughout the middle of May.  The line-up features international choirs singing throughout the city and often for free.  In particular, be sure to check out the atmospheric, evening performances in Plaça Independencia.

3. Museums for free!

If you are yet to explore Girona’s museums, then May is the month.  The Museum of History, Cinema, Jewish History, Art and Archaeology… There are so many opportunities this month, and all of them are free…

  • 7th May (Museums are free on the first Sunday of every month).
  • 18th May (International Museum Day)
  • 20th May, 19.30-24.00pm (The Night of the Museums)
  • http://www.girona.cat/turisme/cat

4. The Moscow Ballet

Try ballet – well, watching ballet; see the Moscow Ballet perform for just €38 at the Auditorium.  You won’t need to be able to understand the language, you’ll get a full theatre experience and you’ll be watching the ultimate ballet masters in action.