Are you looking to visit Girona anytime soon? If this is so, you should consider opting for a car hire service. By renting a car, you have the liberty to tour the city with ease without the fatigue from public transport. Also, you can visit different sites at your own pace, taking spontaneous stops to check out sites you did not plan for. There are several car rental agencies that you can rent at affordable rates.
Girona is a city in Catalonia, which is located at the meeting of the rivers Onyar, Ter, Galligants, and Güell. The city is officially recorded to have a population of 101,852, as at 2019, which makes it a major Catalan city. It also shares a name with the province for which it is located. The city sits at 99 km (62 miles) northeast of Barcelona. Girona has a complete mix of cool winters and hot summers with July being the driest month. The good thing is that rainfall is evenly spread throughout the year.
Girona is home to one tertiary institution which is the Universitat de Girona. The university was reconstituted in 1991 and has since served many students from different regions with several campuses and buildings around Girona. Girona also has a robust economy with well-established infrastructures. One of the major economic infrastructures is in transport. There is a well-structured rail transport system with a major railway station to the west of the Old Town. The city is also home to a diverse cultures spanning across several human endeavours with major ones in:
Girona is bordered to the west by Vic and to the south-west by Sabadell. However, the city is at the border of Spain and is bordered by the Mediterranean to the west and to the North by Pyrénées-Orientales (France). There are several sites available for tourists to visit in Girona. We will be suggesting quite a few to you. The first site on our list is the Wall Walk. This magnificent site was first built by the Romans. It was then expanded during the time of Charlemagne in the early 800s and reconstructed in the 14th century.
As you go through the walkway, you will find regular watchtowers with stairways leading up to vantage points to see the skyline of Girona. There are some parts of the walkway that is a bit tapered and might seem hard to walk on. However, with good walking shoes, you are safe. You can also head back down to street level at intervals to take a break in the gardens. Another site to visit is the Girona Cathedral. The building was constructed several hundreds of years back and offers a majestic view to tourists as they visit.
After you have successfully booked a car, you can now explore the city and other amazing places close to the city. You can drive to Santa Coloma de Farners which is 27.8 km (17.2 miles) from Girona. This town indulges in mainly commercial, with several merchants coming from different regions to trade. The town is also active in the aspect of summer tourism, forestry and agricultural products which also contributes to the development of the city. In the town, you will find several gothic structures that date back to the 9th century.
You can also check out Sant Martí de Llémena which is 20.5km (23 miles) from Girona. This is a quiet municipality in the comarca of Girona with four villages. The town has a church which dates back to several hundred years that is still functional till date. You can also take a drive to Cassà de la Selva, a quiet town, approximately 12.1 km (8 miles) south of Girona. The city is well-grounded in transport which consists of train and bus line serving Girona and Costa Brava town like Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Platja d’Aro or Palamós.
You can also explore with your rental car to Angles. This city is 18.1 km (11.2 miles) west to Girona. Angles is a surreal municipality located in Girona. It has a small population of a little over five thousand people. The town is home to the famous painter Remedios Varo Uranga, who was a Surrealist painter. If you are a lover of nature, you could spend some time gazing at the scenery in the city.
While you are exploring do not forget to visit, Figueres. A city is a home to many notable individuals. Some of which is Salvador Dalí, who was a surrealist artist, he also designed, the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, a museum that mainly showcases art collections. The city is also the home of the first person to invent a submarine powered by machine, Narcís Monturiol. The city is just 40.8 km (30.3 miles) south of Girona. Apart from the popular individuals born in the town, the city is also home to several ancient structures.
There are quite a few airports accessible to Girona, however, Girona–Costa Brava Airport is the major airport that serves the province. The airport was built in 1965 and has since served passengers. It is located 12.5 km (7.8 miles) southwest of Girona. It is sometimes used as an alternative airport for Barcelona, even though the airport is 74 km (46 miles) north of the centre of Barcelona.
The number of passengers served in 2018 is around two million which is approximately 5% increase from the number recorded in 2017. The airport has a one two-storey passenger terminal building with 33 check-in desks and 11 boarding gates with several functional bus lines. Furthermore, passengers have access to car rental services while at the airport. Some of them are Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Firefly and Sixt.
Many of the rental services, offers online bookings which makes it easier since you do not need to be physically present to rent the car. From the airport, people often visit places like Brussels, Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Birmingham. That being said, another close airport to Girona is Camp de vol de Gurb. This is a small airstrip located in Vic, a neighbouring city to Girona, although the airstrip is not for commercial use.
Girona has well-connected roads which are highly maintained. You can easily connect from one area of the city to another area. The speed limits are set for different roads and different vehicles. For motorways, vehicles like cars and motorbikes have a speed limit of 120 km/h (74.6 mph) while the speed limit for buses and vans are set at 100 km/h (62.1 mph). For trucks and vehicles with a trailer weighing less than 750 kg, the speed limit is set at 90 km/h while same vehicles weighing more than 750 kg are not allowed to go over 80 km/h (50 mph).
There are also speed limits set for standard roads. However, the difference in most cases is not more than 10 km/h (6.2 mph). Speed limits for built-up areas is set at 50 km/h (31 mph) for all vehicles. While driving at Girona, it is common to come across police checkpoints where they check for drink driving, seat belts and some other details related to driving. The purpose is to ensure that drivers and cars on the road are in good conditions.
The city is also at the centre of a few major routes in the country example is the AP-7 route. There are several parking options around the city. Some of these options are Aparcament SABA which is a walkable distance from the La Devesa Park. There is also the Parking La Copa not far from the Riu Ter river. You can also use the Parking Maragall Girona at the centre of the city. However, most parking centres are only found in the centre of the city and it might be quite tricky if you are going to the outskirts.