Girona Historic Centre & Flower Festival Temps de Flors 2024
Historic medieval centre of Girona is decorated with large colourful floral displays that transform the city in May of each year
Event Start: May 11, 2024 10:00h
Event End: May 19, 2024 17:00h
Updated: Jan 8, 2024by: Barcelona Travel HacksViews: 1.9k
About Girona Historic Centre & Flower Festival Temps de Flors 2024
A medieval city with over 2000 years of history. The Força Vella dates back to the Roman foundation while the medieval extension of the city walls was carried out during the 14th and 15th centuries. The highlights of Girona are rounded off by the impressive old Jewish Quarter or Call, with its beautiful streets and porticoed squares.
Girona Flower festival, Temps de Flors is celebrated for a week in May with the streets and buildings of the historic centre decorated with flowers.
Attractions in Girona Historic Centre
The Força Vella: In the first century BC, the Romans built a fortress with an almost triangular perimeter (a kind of acropolis) which is known as Força Vella. This was the first city enclosure and it remained unchanged until the year 1000. There is a walking path along the top of the walls that offers spectacular views of the city and surrounding countryside.
Girona Cathedral: Located at the heart of the Força Vella. Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, it includes a series of walls and spaces in different styles, from Romanesque (the cloister and Charlemagne tower) to the baroque facade and steps. Its most singular feature is its large Gothic nave (15th-16th centuries) which, at a width of 23 metres, is the widest of its kind in the world.
Pl. de la Catedral, 17004 Girona
Girona Arab Baths:Banys Àrabs. A singular Romanesque construction (12th century) inspired by Roman baths, its most outstanding elements include the entrance, which was used as a changing room and relaxation area and is covered with a barrel vault, and the cupola covering the central pool, which is supported by slim columns with ornately decorated capitals.
Carrer del Rei Ferran el Catolic, 17004 Girona
The Houses on the River Onyar: Brightly painted facades of the houses overlooking the Onyar (the river that crosses the city) One of these houses is the Fundacio Rafael Maso / Casa Maso, which is a museum open to the public. Of particular interest among the bridges that span the river are the slender and lightweight Gomez bridge and the Palanques Vermelles bridge (1827), which was built by the Eiffel company.
Carrer de les Ballesteries 29, 17004 Girona
Jewish Quarter: Located within the Força Vella. It consists of a labyrinth of narrow streets and patios that have maintained their medieval atmosphere. It is one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in the world and even has a museum - Museu d'Historia dels Jueus.
Carrer de la Força 8, 17004 Girona
Sant Pere de Galligants and Sant Nicolau: Small Romanesque temple that is now a museum.
Carrer de Santa Llucia 8, 17007 Girona
Plaça de la Independcia: Designed by Marta Sureda on the site of the old convent of Sant Agusta, this is Girona's most popular square with a large number of restaurants. In the centre of the square stands a monument (1894) commemorating the 1809 defenders of the city of Girona, created by the sculptor Antoni Parera.
Museu d'Art de Girona is an Episcopal Palace transformed into a museum with Romanesque to modern art.
Pujada de la Catedral 12, 17004 Girona
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Visiting Girona Historic Centre & Flower Festival Temps de Flors 2024
The Temps dels Flors flower show is free to visit.
The floral exhibition converts different monuments, courtyards and urban locations into unique ornamental gardens throught the city. You will find a wonderful ensemble of striking colours and penetrating aromas as you wander around the medieval streets. You might even recognise some of the locations from the TV series Game of Thrones.
Girona host many festivals throughout the year and the Temps del Flors (flower festival) is the most internationally know. This is a very popular festival in Spain so I recommend starting this day trip from Barcelona early, by aiming to be in the city at 10am. This will allow time to explore all the displays and buildings and take time for a nice lunch.
Discover the various floral installations by following the Temps de Flors festival map found in the documents section of this page. Some decorations are hidden in corners, small courtyards, and gardens, and the map will help you find them all.
The flower festival takes place at the same time as the International Festival of A Capella Music, so you will hear great music in the city while visiting during the flower show.