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)
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).
Palacio Ferial de Girona (Located at the southern end of Parc de la Devesa)
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:
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.
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)
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).
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:
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.
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.
All towns and cities
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