Travel Blogs from Girona
... in the ocean (yes, in the ocean...on a floaty thingy, haha). We continued on to a beach bar and danced the night away. It was a lovely evening!
Within those few days I was in Roses, I went to Cadaques that is just 30 minutes north of Roses. It is a very small town, but BEAUTIFUL! I hiked 8km to Cap de Creus, visited some virgin beaches, bathed naked in the crystal clear blue mediterranean waters, and I loved every second of it. ...
This afternoon we head past the foot of the Pyrenees to Sant Pol to do some kayaking and snorkelling. We wind around the bay on our kayaks and take in the sights. The water is a crystal clear green. Of course we rock each other's boats and splash about along the way. I don't see very many fish around however. But definately a fun outdoorsy afternoon.
... and rehydrating so I can keep on going.... Did I forget the beer and wine? Oh yes, and the afternoon naps!
Now so far this is all good if you like cycling but it gets even better because Bike Breaks is promoting a "Cycling Festival" culminating in a first ever "Gran Fondo" starting June 16 to June 21 and it just so happens that I will be here. Just lucky I guess.... I have offered my services as a volunteer for the festivities and I ...
... returned with a bottle of red wine and a corkscrew. She looked as nervous as a pilot about to take-off on her first solo flight. She opened the bottle, poured a sample to taste and test, then filled two glasses, placed the bottle on the table and returned to the restaurant.
Battery Boy could see Video Girl looking at the bottle, looking at the glasses, looking back at the bottle, looking at him and looking in the direction of the restaurant door. ...
... to them and they found a vacant parking bay opposite the museum. As they jumped from the car, they hurriedly collected their camera equipment and headed to the main entrance of the museum.
As they approached the ticket booth the security guard, held his hand up as if he was stopping traffic and said, "Cerrado, cerrado, volver maņana!" "What do you mean you're closed, come back tomorrow?", demanded Battery Boy. The guard said nothing and slammed the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Costabella Girona
First class bargain
Better than we expected. Excellent clean room, helpful staff. Cheap and good dinner from restaurant though limited for vegetarians. free sauna and jacussi (well we think it was free!).Amazing value plus a staggering breakfast choice. Can walk to station for train to Barcelona (8 euros!) along river through old town, about 30-40 minutes. taxi from airport to hotel 30 euros.
Read the reviews and must agree in the affirmative, the hotel is superb. The reception staff are friendly and helpful, the restaurant staff are also very helpful, and the ladies that tidy up your room are very efficient.
All the little things that impressed me were; Free tea, coffee, cakes and fruit in the reception area all day long. Free internet (unfortunately it wasn't working), The whole place had such a friendly feel about it. We stopped there for 3 nights at the end of September, moving to another hotel in the centre of Girona for the next 3 nights. The reception staff said we were more than welcome to use the pool and facilities if we wanted as we were checking out for our next hotel as our next hotel didn't have sauna, jacuzzi etc.
The only downer I could put on the place, (and I'm picking) is that it is a 15 minute walk to get to Girona centre, and there is not much around the hotel. This is fine if you have a car, or if you don't mind the walk. Be sure to take the road that forks to the left, otherwise your walk is likely to be more like 25 minutes. A taxi is about €5 to the centre
Breakfast cost €9, and was good value for myself. There is bacon egg, sausage, toast, lots of fresh fruit, yoghurts, cakes, cold meats, tea, coffee, cold, fruit juices. The food is mostly of Spanish (or Catalan) style so don't expect the bacon to be M&S or the eggs to be like we get at home. You are on holiday and have to accept that being abroad they cook their food different than us.
Across the road from a massive hospital didn't seem to be of any detriment. The mini-bar in the room is rather pricey, but if you go to the vending machine by the pool, it is more than twice as cheap for beers and soft drinks. There is also a massive supermarket only 5 minutes walk away toward Girona that is very cheap.
If you want to eat out in Girona at night, I was amazed after reading that Girona is small??? I found hundreds of places to eat, and amongst our favourite places was Plaza Independencia which was an absolute gem. There are several Italian pasta places, a superb tapas bar, a rather pricey, but popular Japanese, and Indian, pizzarias, and loads more eateries with so much Mediterranean chic cafe bar ambience. There is also a chain of sandwich shops that you can find across the Iberian Penninsular called Bocatta where you will find some good grub to satisfy your hunger during the day.
The whole city is very authentic Catalan/Spanish and it is helpful to speak a bit of Spanish to converse, and they appreciate it very much. It is a refreshing change to visit a place like Girona, where the crime is low and there isn't the tendency for bars, (the disco nightlife is near non existant when you consider it's a massive student city) to try and drag you in and hassle you to eat there.
We did a day trip to Loret De Mar, and found it to be very tacky and full of old people, Germans and Brits in tight football shirts, not our cup of tea at all. We also went to Figueras to see the Dali Museum which was superb. We caught the train to Figueras and the bus to Loret. They both cost about €4 return and took about 40 minutes. The public transport is superb, and you can find both terminus's very close to the city centre, near Pizza Hut.
Sights to see in Girona; Arab Baths, Cathedral, Jewish Quarter, City Walls, many bridges going over the river Onyar.
High quality bargain
We found this hotel by driving into town, and finding that it was impossible to find any of the small hotels (hidden) in the old section near the cathedral. Room rate was reasonable, though not really cheap, but the room was excellent, and a sumptuous breakfast buffet was included. From here you can drive and park closer to the "tourist" area, or it's a pleasant 15 minute walk. Comes with free parking.
After a hectic few days in Barca we moved onto Girona and chose the Costabella due to the fact it has a pool as we wanted to relax a bit as well as carry on with our sightseeing. Bonus, nobody else really used the pool during the day so it was like having a private villa. The vending machine next to the pool was also a winner as the beer was much cheaper than from the bar inside. Also has jacuzzi and sauna, free coffee and cakes during the day and excellent clean rooms. 10 Minute walk to town is not the most scenic but that all changes once you reach the Old Town. Beautiful city, excellent choice of bars and restaurants and easy to find your way around. Would definately recommend Girona.
Myself and 3 girlfriends visited Gerona for long weekend. We booked our flights and hotel separately.
We got a real bargain on the hotel so we didn't know what to expect when we got there. What we found was a really clean hotel with equally clean twin rooms. The staff were very friendly and helpful although it would be useful to have a little spanish under your belt as english is hardly spoken anywhere in this part of Spain.
The hotel has a swimming pool and while we were there nobody else used it which was fantastic. The lobby area has free tea and coffee throughout the day and the bar itself is well stocked.
The only downside is the breakfast which costs 9 euros per person. They possibly aren't into breakfast in the same way as northern europeans and although we didn't like it , it in no way affected the quality of our stay.
The hotel is located about a ten minute walk to the main town which is just beautiful but the hotel will call you a cab which will arrive promptly if you prefer not to walk. The old town is fantastic and vehicles are not allowed in that part. It still maintains a medieval feel as the buildings and cobbled streets are lovely for wandering around. There's also a wealth of bars and restaurants to choose from.
It's also an excellent location for the coast which is unlike any other coastline in Spain in my opinion. It's just wonderful and a day in Llefranc is well worth a visit as it has a wonderful beach and cultural history with Salvador Dali having lived nearby.
We found the spanish people so helpful and friendly and when we got lost a taxi driver looked after us and refused to take the fare.Would that happen in other cities?
If you're looking for a piece of Spain unspoilt by tourism similar to 20/ 30 years ago then this is the place for you
Nice pleasant hotel
Nice clean hotel, good quality room/bathroom. Swimming pool excellent - needed after a hot day touristing. Free Internet usage definitely useful. Hotel staff always very pleasant and helpful. Not in the centre of town but you can walk to the Cathedral in 20 mins. However taxis plentiful and the reception can magic one up in minutes !! Cost about 6 Euros to the rail/bus station - well worth it. Rail return Barcelona 10.80 Euro return. Bus return to Lloret for the seaside was 8 Euros - takes 45 mins. Further 2.30Euro return will get you to Tossa - much quieter and fascinating mediaeval fortified town. Champion supermercado just up the road - do your shopping there. Enjoyed stay very much
Lovely hotel, beautiful city
This is a really lovely hotel. It is only 15 minutes walk to the city centre or 5 mins in a taxi for about 6 euro, and it was nice to be in a peaceful location out of town in a hotel with a pool as it was so hot. The breakfast buffet is fantastic with a wide choice and quite good value at 8 euro 50. There is a lovely pool area and a raised sun terrace which makes up for the fact that none of the rooms have individual terraces or balconies. The service is excellent and English is spoken by all the reception staff. Girona itself is a wonderful city, plenty to see and do in a long weekend and great places to eat and drink. Barcelona is only 1 hr 15 by train and it cost about 12 euro return.
A wonderful hotel experience.
Beautiful, modern hotel. Walking distance to center of town. Very good breakfast buffet. Pleasant staff. Free internet access. A nice place in a wonderful town.
I got this hotel on Expedia for $65/night, which is incredible considering the recent remodeling job. There is a beautiful little outdoor swimming pool, an indoor sauna and jacuzzi, spacious rooms with big beds and gorgeous bathrooms, a nice little restaurant, a game room and a lounge with fireplace and free internet access. There are complimentary snacks/fruit coffee and tea offered in the lobby throughout the day, and the parking lot is free. You can't walk to anything in town, but it's a quick, 3 minute drive away. Located directly across from the hospital. Only (and I mean ONLY) problem is that all of the floors are marble, and the doors are very thin, so you can hear people opening and closing doors throughout the night. I solved this problem by turning the fan on inside the room at night. Incredible value, great service, and very comfortable sleeping. I would stay here again for sure!!!! (Especially in summer when you can use the pool!)
Very quite & comfortable
It's a very cute & comfortable hotel and I had a very good time, in the jacuzzy with the waiter. I recommend it.Ana Curtis.