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From Madrid to Barcelona, big cities are some of the most popular parts of a tour of Spain, but the country is also home to some smaller destinations that are just as impressive. Among them is the Catalan city of Girona, which is renowned for its historic architecture, delicious cuisine and stunning natural scenery.
The most well-known area of Girona is its Barri Vell, or Old Quarter. This section, which dates back to the Roman Empire, is home to one of the oldest structures in the city. You can spend hours exploring Barri Vell, but you'll certainly want to save some time to visit the Girona Cathedral, arguably the most recognizable building in Girona.
The enormous cathedral dates as far back as the 11th century, though it was not officially completed until the 1700s. The church has a number of impressive features including its 75-foot nave, making it the widest in the Gothic architecture world. You'll also want to take note of its cloister gallery, which includes some stunning artwork.
Of course, the Girona Cathedral and the Barri Vell are not the only attractions the city has to offer. Girona is also a great spot to enjoy some of the world famous Catalan cuisine. There is certainly no lack of local cafes, restaurants and tapas bars, but one in particular - Celler de Can Roca - has earned international acclaim.
Before leaving Girona, you should make a point to enjoy some of the city's natural scenery. It's hard not to appreciate the stunning backdrop created by the Pyrenees, and a quick journey to Costa Brava is the perfect way to wrap up a tour of Spain.
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