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Girona boasts a magnificant medieval centre, but it is not only this aspect that makes the city a great stopover on your way to Barcelona or the Costa Brava.

St Augsti Bridge, Girona

Firstly, its interesting bridges along the River Onyar. The St Agusti Bridge alongside the colorful facades, the Pedra or ‘Stone’ Bridge near the Main Square and the the red metal Pescateries Bridge designed by Eiffel.

Pescateries Bridge by Eiffel, Girona

The Cathedral is a lot older than its Baroque facade suggests from Cathedral Square there is an impressive set of steps up to the main entrance.

Girona Cathedral

Art Museum stands alongside the Cathedral and is hosted in the Palau Espiscopal Building.

Art Museum, Girona

The city has a second great church, the 13th Century St Feliu. The atmosphere inside is peaceful and fresh making it a great escape from the burning streets in summer.

St Feliu Church, Girona

Cathedral Square and the area behind behind St Feliu next to the river host many nice bars and restaurants. Independence Square is also a nice place to chill out with some food and drink.

Independence - Independencia Square, Girona

Other museums to check out include the Bonastruc Ca Porta Jewish Museum in the Call Jewish Quarter off Forca Street, which bears witness to the city’s rich Jewish history.

Jewish Museum - Bonastruc Ca Porta, Girona

Forca Street and the Rambla Libertat both offer interesting shopping options.

Libertat Rambla, Girona

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Tarragona Station and Port

When popping off the train at the railway station besides the port one might be forgiven for thinking that the industrial landscape that surrounds this area will dominate the city. It is true that industry in these parts employees thousands of people especially connected to the oil refinery, however, just a few steps away one will come across a very interesting city centre.

Start the tour on the Rambla street where you can enjoy a drink on a terrace or whilst looking out onto the Mediterranean besides the Roger Lauri Monument. Here one has a bird’s eye view of Miracle Beach which although crowded in summer, must be one of the best urban beaches around.

Miracle Beach, Tarragona

From here it is easy to move into the Roman part of the city which used to be called Tarraco. The Pretoriat, Circus and Forum are all worth looking into as it the amazing Amifiteatre. If time allows you can also pop into the Architecture Museum.

Roman Statue, Tarragona

Roman Pretoriat, Circus and Forum, Tarragona

Time for refreshments, and no better place than the nearby Font Square with loads of interesting bars with their summer terraces. Make time to enjoy the facades of the square, some of which have seen better days.

Font Square, Tarragona

At the top of the town you will find the Cathedral, built between 1171 and 1331 with its beautiful cloister and museums. Although at present in reforms, it still makes for an interesting visit.

Cathedral Cloister, Tarragona