Girona’s high speed train station

February 5, 2010
For anyone that has visited Girona recently, and especially by train, you cannot have failed to notice the major construction works that are going on all around the station. From the elevated train platform you get a great view of the works which will eventually connect Girona to Madrid and Paris via high speed train in some 4 hours. 

The works going on in Girona are to build an underground station below the current one for both the TAV (Tren de Alta Velocidad) and later on conventional trains as well. 

Why, you may ask, are they spending all this time and money putting a new station in the centre of Girona instead of 12 kms out of town at Girona airport for example, where car parking would be easy and no major tunnelling works would be needed? This is a complete mystery to me but knowing how things work in Spain I assume that the "powers that be" are behind it for ego as well as financial reasons…
Anyway, those that live in the centre of town will be inconvenienced for the next 2-3 years but hopefully Girona will become an even better connected and easier to visit city in the future!

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Guest review of Rose Condo, Girona, Spain

January 10, 2010

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Review 3719: Owner, Rose Condo (#74164)

Recommended.  Review by CMM from OR

2bed/2bath apartment in Girona, Catalonia


June 2008, One week


The Rose Condo is located on the top floor of a small apartment building in the heart of Girona’s old town, very close to the river. We loved the area. Very lively, with lots of restaurants and shops, but not a lot of noise at night. There is no dedicated parking spot, but we never had trouble finding parking near the apartment.

Nearby Amenities

There are small grocery stores within a hundred meters or so, and larger ones within half a mile. Countless restaurants, bakeries and artisanal helado stands within easy walking distance.

The House/Apartment

The building is old but has been modernized and is in fine shape. There is a lift that functions perfectly. The building itself if very quiet, but it is quite close to the elevated RENFE train tracks. The train noise did not bother us in the least; to the contrary, our two boys derived endless pleasure in trying to figure out what types of trains were passing by and where they might be headed. The only other noise “issue” was from the myriad of church bells, which of course is to be expected when one stays in the old section of any European city.


There is a small balcony overlooking the river but no usable area outside the apartment itself.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture was in good shape and comfortable. The apartment was very clean and there was plenty of seating for all.


The double bed in the main bedroom upstairs was quite comfortable and the bedroom small but cozy and had drawers for our clothes. The smaller downstairs bedroom (with single bed) was also very nice, but we really didn’t use it much. Our two boys (6 and 8 years old) opted to share the futon in the loft above the living room. The main bathroom upstairs is modern and spacious and met all our needs; there is also a smaller one downstairs that was more than adequate.


The kitchen was small but well-appointed. It was fine for preparing simple meals in the evening. Plenty of dishes and glasses that were of good quality (IKEA, as I recall). We particularly appreciated the fully operational dishwasher.

Problems or Bonuses

Only good ones. The apartment and the location were even nicer than we expected. And we loved Girona and the surrounding area.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

We booked the apartment through, which is similar to VRBO. All of our contact was directly with the owner, Jack, who was pleasant, helpful, and extremely responsive. He has lived in Girona for many years and is a good source of local information.

The apartment was reasonably priced (under priced, really): we paid €500 for the week. There was no cleaning fee or security deposit required.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We would absolutely stay here again. During our 14-week trip to Europe this summer, we stayed in 10 different vacation rentals. This was definitely one of the best, and Girona was one of our favorite locales.

Things to do in this area

The city of Girona is delightful–small enough to explore easily on foot, lots of historical sights, charming neighborhoods, and great restaurants and shops. But the best thing about it is its proximity to the wonderful towns on the Costa Brava. We particularly enjoyed Cadaques, L’Escala, Calella Palafrugel, and (across the French border) Collioure. And Port Bou, just below the French border, makes a delightful day trip on the train, if you don’t feel like driving.

With regard to restaurants, there is an embarassment of riches. We particularly like the Basque restaurant down the street and the Irish pub around the corner from it, which was very friendly and had excellent food as well. (Sorry, I can’t remember their names.)

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Winter walk- Calella to Llafranc

January 9, 2010
While the whole of Europe is experiencing winter storms here on the Costa Brava there were snow flurries today, something that only happens about every 10 years.

Despite the weather an easy walk from Calella de Palafrugell to Llafranc is a great way to clear the cobwebs and the sights are uplifting along the coastal path or "cami de ronda".
Some of my favourite Mediterranean pines are along this path, old, huge, mature and weather beaten but splendid in their setting and providing much needed shade in the summer months.
So come visit the Costa Brava this year, even in the depths of winter it's spectacular… 

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Masia Freixa, Terrassa

January 3, 2010

Masia Freixa was also designed by the architect Lluis Muncunill in 1907/10 and shows clear influnces of Antoni Gaudi in it's organic shapes.

Commissioned by the industrialist Josep Freixa to convert an industrial space into a private residence it is now set in a public park and the building itself is used by the municipal music school.
It is extraordinarily interesting visually which shows the great imagination the Modernists used to create buildings which still surprise and give us pleasure many years later.

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The Science Museum of Terrassa

January 3, 2010

The Science and Technology Museum has been established in the restored textile mill of Aymerich, Amat i Jover, which was the largest in Terrassa when it was built in 1907/08, closed in 1976 and bought by the Catalan government subsequently to house the museum.

The building was designed by Lluis Muncunill who was responsible for many buildings both private and public while he was the Terrassa city architect.
The mill itself is impressive both in its size (11,000 sq metres) and also in the details; the use of bricks in curved shapes, the large north facing windows to allow in the maximum amount of light and the simplicity of the metalwork throughout make this a delightful building to wander around enjoying all the various exhibitions.
Of special mention is the detailed explanation of how the textile mill worked from the raw material stage to the finished product with much of the original machinery on display.

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Terrassa a Modernist gem

January 3, 2010

Terrassa is only 28 kms from Barcelona and close to Sabadell which also developed in a similar way at the start of the Catalan Industrial revolution in the mid 19th Century.

Both these cities were at the vanguard of textile manufacture and as such the legacy they have left us is visible as textile mills, houses built for industrialists of the time and public buildings using architects that tried to reflect the new materials at their disposal (bricks, ironwork, glass, tiles) in a style which was collectively known as Modernism.
Terrassa has managed to preserve and re-use some of these buildings, turning them into wonderful public spaces like museums, art galleries and schools while others are protected but used as private dwellings or business premises. The tourist information offices have a map that highlights the main buildings and routes around town, all of which are marked with a signpost.
I will try to reflect the variety of buildings and capture some of the beauty of the details in the pictures below:

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Girona m’enamora!

November 27, 2009


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Girona m’enamora!

November 27, 2009

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Cycling around wineries in the Empordà

November 23, 2009

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La Gola del Ter

November 22, 2009

La Gola is where the river Ter flows into the Mediterranean Sea, having started in the Pyrenees mountains around the ski resort of Vallter 2000 some 220 kms away.

The fields on either side of the Ter are very flat, fertile land where cultivation of fruit, wheat, corn and rice takes place. There are also wetlands which although cultivated, are also part of the Aiguamolls Nature Reserve, famous for a wide range of migratory birds.
There are many paths signposted telling you where to go and being flat the area is perfect for cycling and walking.
Of course no exercise is possible if at the end there is not a meal contemplated and in this case the local specialities involve rice and seafood which is one type of "arroz" and in other parts of Spain would be called a "paella".
A delicacy called "angulas" are found where eels breed in fresh water rivers producing millions of tiny eels which are caught at night in nets and currently retail for 500€ to1,300€ a kilo depending on season, if you can find them.
The small restaurants around La Gola are some of the few places you will be able to taste this amazing dish cooked in olive oil and garlic and hot peppers, once tried never forgotten!

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