Girona is well-known for its medieval history because it is one of the many medieval towns and cities in Costa Brava. But it also has a rich Roman past. The Força Vella Fortress was built by the Romans in the first century BC. It remained unchanged until the year 1.000, and today you can still see parts of the walled fortress.
The other fortified part is the Medieval Quarter, which was an extension of the Roman walls in the 14th and 15th centuries. With newer ramparts, you can see sections of them as you wander along the city’s walled walkways.
At the heart of the Força Vella is Girona´s Cathedral. Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, this place is unique because you can see a variety of different artistic styles. From the Romanesque tower and cloister to the baroque façade, the cathedral is a worthy visit to journey through the ages.
While in the Força Vella, a labyrinth of narrow streets will highlight your arrival in the Jewish Quarter of Girona. These alleys were home to Jews from the 9th to the 15th centuries. Still maintaining a lot of its medieval atmosphere, it is one of the best-preserved Jewish Quarters in the world and marks the importance of the culture in Girona.
Some staircases will lead you to the highest part of the city where you can enjoy the old city panoramas. Over time the city extended towards the river and a stroll across the water will transport you to the contemporary side of the city.