El Call is Girona's Jewish quarter where Jews lived happily with Christians until they were expelled from the city. Narrow lanes thread their way up to Sant Feliu and the cathedral. Stairwells connect these lanes and if you're lucky you can take a peek at the courtyards and patios of the houses. The best way to explore the quarter - get lost!
C/Força leads right into the heart of the quarter with numerous lanes and stairwells leading off it.
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Sant Feliu is the second most important church after the cathedral. It is a lot quieter and smaller but nevertheless still exquisite.
The curved stone ceiling gives an impressive backdrop to the tomb of Saint Narcis - the patron saint of Girona. It is not visited as much as the cathedral so it's more peaceful for prayer and contemplation.
Just by the entrance to the church there is a terrace which gives good views over the modern side of Girona and the hills around the city.
Don't miss the tower of the church - remarkable because the top of it was toppled by a lightning strike in 1581 and it was never replaced which is probably just as well as it is the symbol of Girona
Just look for the tower right next to Santa María cathedral - all lanes in the old city eventually lead to the church.
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The cathedral is at the heart of the city and its impressive nave is the second widest in the world. Its mixture of Gothic and Romanesque architecture is stunning with an ornate façade with delicately carved and handsome sculptures and rose windows. The best time to see the cathedral is at sunset when the light reflects off the polished marble and lights are turned on in the Torre de Carlemany.
You can't miss it - the cathedral looms over old Girona all of the winding lanes lead to it eventually.
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Though it's been extensively restored, pieces of the original Roman Wall survive, and it's possible to walk almost the entire way around the city's old town on it, providing fantastic views of both the town and the wooded hills of Catalunya's mostly ignored interior. Also, it's free to get up there but some of the entry points aren't always easy to find. The best place to start your tour of the walls is in front of the Eglisa de San. Felix (St. Felix Church), walking to it's left (as you look at it) and following the street uphill until you reach some gardens. Through these gardens are stairways leading up several levels and finally to the walls themselves. It really is glorious from the top and even in the height of summer, you'll be one of the few people up there.
I know that most people get off the plane at Girona and head straight for Barcelona. However, if you are looking for somewhere that's not so busy for a couple of days, consider Girona. I really like it along the riverside with the painted houses. There are several museums, the medieval part of the city and a great choice of restaurants where you can have a set 3 course meal for around 12 euros.
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