Girona Journals

Small forgotten valley towns in Catalonia

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A June 2012 trip to Girona by marif

White-water rafting - La Seu dUrgell Photo, Girona, Spain More Photos
Quote: The mountain landscape south of Andorra is cut across by deep lush valleys along which country roads snake their way through small picturesque towns and traditional graceful hamlets. Thrown in amidst such natural beauty is an odd art museum or a sight of great architectural heritage or… who knows?

Girona: steps and bridges

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El Call - Girona's Jewish quarter Photo, Girona, Spain
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The one-hour bus ride from Olot to Girona was a tedious journey along dual-carriage motorways or straight-cut regional roads. As the bus plied east through the A26 to Besalu, the verdant mountainous landscape of the Garrotxa Natural Park soon gave way to gently sloping lowlands, lush with vegetation and crop fields at first but surprisingly barren as the road took a sharp turn south to Banyoles. From here to Girona, the motorway sloped down gently towards industrial areas and commercial suburbs before it linked to the city’s main thoroughfares.Girona’s bus and train stations are near each other on Placa d’Espanya, southeast of the city centre. Riu Onyar, a trickling tributary of Riu Ter, d...Read More
Monastery of Santa Maria - Ripoll Photo, Girona, Spain
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The train from Latour de Carol to Barcelona tracks its way through verdant rugged landscape as it cuts diagonally across the Montgrony mountain range. I boarded the train at Puigcerda, the next station after Latour de Carol. Almost completely deserted with only a handful of people on board, the train meandered along fertile valley corridors, stopping en route at quite a few minor stations, some consisting of nothing more than a small sheltered platform and a ticket booth. At one point along the route, the outstanding peaks of La Molina alpine ski resort, rising abruptly out of the valley floor, overshadowed the train tracks as the sheer majestic height of the mountains shuttered off the propagation of...Read More

Hotel Avenida

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Hotel | "A warm Catalan welcome"

Hotel Avenida Photo, Pyrenees Mountains, France
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Arriving at a destination of your choice as a solo independent traveller without hotel booking necessitates an inescapable hunt for a proper place of accommodation. Although such a feat may be time-consuming and risky, it is nonetheless a first-class orientation tour of adventure, a good means of coming face to face with the various aspects of a locality where you intend to hang out for a couple of days.I reached La Seu d’Urgell early in the morning when the bus station was still deserted and the information office was not yet operating. My sole assistance was a google map printout that I succeeded in downloading the day before. With map in hand, I kicked off towards the city centre, lingering h...Read More

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Hotel Avenida
24, Avinguda De Pau Claris
La Seu d'Urgell, Spain
973 35 01 04

On my way to Girona

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Puigcerda's funicular Photo, Girona, Spain
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La Seu d’Urgell, the small valley town where I spent three days in utter poetic peacefulness, seemed to me so remote from the rest of Spain that I thought it would be appropriate to enquire about the best way to depart. Without any planned itinerary, I was ready to accept any suitable suggestion that would give me another opportunity to stay close to the mountains where I could enjoy in seclusion whatever nature offered.So, I made my way to La Seu’s tourist office, located conveniently inside a recently refurbished ground floor building in the arcad...Read More

A sleepy town perfect for exploration

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White-water rafting - La Seu d'Urgell Photo, Girona, Spain
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Hourly buses depart from Andorra La Vella for Spain from the bus stop on Placa de Guillemo. Not the easiest spot to find unless you ask for directions, it is located a stone’s throw east of Hotel Pyrenees. The bus plies southwest through Andorra La Vella’s main thoroughfare before it reaches the suburb of Santa Coloma. From here, it continues through mountainous terrain to Santa Julia de Loria, a small hamlet on the banks of Riu Gran Valira. Following the downstream course of the river, the bus penetrates a succession of underpass tunnels before it reaches the border and makes its way out of Andorra into Spain.The remaining 8 miles of the trip is a veritable portrait of exceptional scenery...Read More