We leave Barcelona towards Girona where we will spend the morning. We start with a tour of the historic city, the most interesting of Catalonia and pass by the famous Lleona (lioness), one of the symbols of the city.
It is a medieval statue of a lioness climbing on a column. A legend says that every inhabitant of Girone going on a journey, or any passing traveler returning home has to “kiss the bottom of the statue” to get luck. I didn’t do that, but it was funny to see other tourists trying. The current statue is actually a copy, the original being in the Museum of Art.
We continue our tour on the heights of the city. From the ramparts, we see the bell tower of the church of Sant Feliu.
We continue our way to the cathedral, which stands in the most authentic square of the city, Força Vella.
Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, it consists of a set of walls and different styles and spaces from the Romanesque (cloister and tower of Charlemagne) to the Barroque facade and grand staircase. Its most distinctive feature is the nave, whose Gothic vault is the widest in the world (23 meters).
We then go down to the city center by the Call, the Jewish Quarter.
This is one of the most emblematic areas of the Força Vella, a maze of alleyways and courtyards, in which still floats the flavor of the medieval period. This is one of the best preserved Jewish communities in the world, and clear evidence of the importance that had Jewish culture in Girona. A little further down, we get on Rambla de la Llibertat, a beautiful long street, parallel to the river Onyar and the main commercial and entertainment street of Girona. During the visit, I befriended with a group of retired people who invited me to have lunch with them. I accept willingly and we spend the next hour and a half discussing about the travels we both made in a restaurant on Independència square, a very popular place due to the presence of numerous places to eat.
We then slowly go back to our starting point by crossing the Onyar by one of the bridges and admire the houses with colorful facades overlooking the river, the most evocative image of the city.
We reach the parking where our bus waits for us and we head towards Figueres, and especifically the Dalí Theater-Museum. The visit of Girona was nice, but nothing more. I must say that I have not visited the entire city, but only its historical center and it was enough.