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 …
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.
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Night-time, 23rd June
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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)
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.
The Auditorium, Girona
€38 per person
See Swan Lake on 4th May at 8pm or Sleeping Beauty on 5th May at 8pm
Girona can sometimes seem a little sleepy but this definitely isn’t true for the month of March! Whether you’re into music, art or cars, there is something for you…
1) Black Music Festival
Featuring 20 concerts in 20 days, Girona’s annual Black Music Festival returns to venues across the city. The diverse line-up ranges from Gloria Gaynor to The Chinese Man – whose act actually is called “The Chinese Man” – it’s not a racist mistake on behalf of the festival organisers! – I checked). Tickets are affordable at €6-18.
Feeling cultural and sophisticated? Look no further than the Art Museu’s Vermut d’Art event: take a guided stroll around three of Girona’s most impressive buildings and then enjoy a well-deserved aperitif of cheese and wine. The tour will take you through the Basilica of Sant Feliu, the cathedral, the Girona Art Museum and end in the gardens of the Palacio Episcopal. Tickets are just €4.50 and it’s recommended that you reserve on 972 20 38 34.
The oldest rally in Spain, Rally Costa Brava, will celebrate its 65th year. The weekend event will centre in Girona, with races starting and leaving close to the podium on Ramon Folch Avenue, (outside Correos, next to Placa Independència).
Get your weekend off to a good start, meeting new people and practising languages in the warmth of La Fabrica. The stone-walled cycle café-come-bar always buzzes with that Friday night feeling and the laughter of language mishaps. Last month, I arrived, late and nervous, to be welcomed within seconds by the first group I tumbled into. The group featured a Catalan, two Italians and a French guy and proceeded to invite me onto a meal. Definitely recommend!