Images of Girona

Nestled in the upper north east corner of Spain and Catalonia, sandwiched between Barcelona and the French border, is the city and region of Girona.

I spent the winter of 2014-15 living in Girona for three months. I had the pleasure to see much of the province as well as experience Christmas, Three Kings Day, and attend several local festivals.

Girona is one of my favorite places in Europe and I continually tell people about it, as it is often overshadowed by its larger neighbor to the south, Barcelona.

If you want to know why I love Girona, you can probably best understand by seeing it for yourself.

Night time view of the City of Girona

The image of the buildings along the River Onyar is probably the most iconic views of the City of Girona. The Basilica, seen in the background of the photo, was my north star for navigating the city. My apartment was nearby, so if I could see the Basilica, I knew how to get back.

Girona at night

The Old Town of Girona has the look and feel of a classic European city. It is no wonder why it was chosen as a shooting location King’s Landing in Game of Thrones.

Girona is profoundly Catalonian

The map may show Girona as part of Spain, but the city and the region are profoundly Catalonian. I found Catalonian flags everywhere and I can’t say I saw a Spanish flag once.

Pyreneese Mountains in the Morning

The Pyrenees are some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. One morning I was up in the mountains and I turned around and saw this. I immediately took several photos to capture the many layers of the mountains and hills.

Castellfollit de la Roca

The town of Castellfollit de la Roca is unique because it is literally perched on a cliff. The view from the bottom of the cliff is incredible.

Chapel in La Garrotxa

The Hermitage Of Sant Martí Del Corb is located in Garrotxa National Park. It requires some walking to get there, but it is one of the most simple and beautiful chapels you will find anywhere in the region.

Inside the Garrotxa crater

Garrotxa National Park is best known for its volcano, which is one of only a few in Europe. In the middle of the volcano’s caldera is the hermitage of Santa Margarida. It is one of only a handful of buildings you can find anywhere which is located inside a volcano.


The town of Besalu is a classic walled medieval town with a wonderful bridge.

Town in the clouds

Most of the towns and villages in Girona are beautiful in their own right, but occasionally in context of the landscape, they can be stunning.

Dog in the door

We found this happy dog inside a house up in the mountains, but he really wanted to come outside and play.

Abstract landscape

This is an abstract shot of a farm field outside of the village of Santa Pau. The fog, the trees and the land made for an interesting image.


The farmland and countryside of Girona is just as beautiful as the mountains and the seaside.

Calves at dairy farm

I visited a dairy farm in Girona, which was very different from the dairy farms I saw growing up in Wisconsin. It was much smaller, and less mechanized. It isn’t the sort of place that most people will visit, but it did show a side of the region that few people get to see.


I was able to attend a sheepdog competition. It was amazing to see how smart and well trained these animals are.


The sheep were not as smart as the dogs, but still photogenic.

Church in Lloret del Mar
The Church of Sant Roma in Lloret del Mar.

Sunset over Lloret del Mar
I captured this beautiful sunset in Lloret del Mar on Christmas Day.

Garden in Lloret del Mar

The coastal view from the Santa Clotilde Gardens in Lloret del Mar.

Tree looking up

A tree in the forest outside the city of Girona.

Holiday Performance
The Shepherds of Girona or “Els Pastorets de Girona” is a traditional play put on by the community in Girona between Christmas and Three Kings Day. I was able to attend and photograph a performance.

Pooping Nativity figures

Catalonia has a bizarre custom of having a figure in every nativity scene of someone pooping. The figure is called a “caganer” which literally means “the crapper”. The statues are so identified with this part of Catalonia that you can find stores which sell custom states of caganer celeberities all year round.

6 thoughts on “Images of Girona”

  1. Beautiful pictures! I flew into Girona once (ryanAir to Barcelona), but didnt get the chance to explore the city unfortunately. Next time I deifnitely will

  2. Were they there as weary of tourists as people in Barcelona? We have been avoiding Spain ever since we got robbed there and nowadays Europe looks really scary compared to the rest of the world

    • Girona gets a fraction of the tourists that Barcelona does.

      I also wouldn’t paint an entire continent because of something that happened in one city.

  3. The photos are beautiful. The colors in the Hermitage of Sant Marti Del Corb are so vivid. The image of the Village of Santa Pau was one of my favorites. I enjoy photos that capture simplicity but have so much to see. I am interested on how you captured the Pyrenees mountains. What was the aperture and shutter speed you used to capture the lighting that brought out the different shades of blue?

  4. Incredibly beautiful photos and interesting descriptions of this area! I have never been to this part of the world! My sister did part of the El Camino in June and she loved it! It’s on my list!

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