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Hiring a car in Girona

With its attractive Jewish quarter and historic town walls, a walk through the riverside city of Girona is like stepping back in time.

Why hire a car at Girona?

That all-important first mile: driving out of Girona?

60-second guide to Girona

In its own head...

“Girona has a peaceful feel all year round. It is an excellent place to enjoy everything a small city has to offer, while escaping from the throngs of tourists and hustle and bustle of the coast.”

...but more realistically

It’s true that the beaches of the Costa Brava, just a thirty minute drive out of the city,are very popular with tourists, but having a hire car means you can get to the quieter beaches a little further along the coast and combine a city break with a beach one, gettingthe best of both worlds.

The vibe

Within the city, the vibe is one of excitable hustle as the eclectic mix of residents go about their day, but head into the countryside, and the atmosphere is noticeably gentler.

The natives

The local population is a mix of Catalan, Jewish, Spanish and Frenchlocals as a result of the city’s colourful history - it’s been invaded and defended from various nationalities keen to adopt it as their own for centuries. After a few hours here, you’ll see why.

The weather

Temperatures in the city are similar to ours; warm summers and cool winters. Further north towards the Pyrenees the temperature drops significantly. Take socks. On the eastern coast in the Costa Brava the temperature increases dramatically. Take sunblock.

The local speciality

For a taste of Catalan luxury, order the local treasure that is black truffle. Rare, and therefore expensive, this delicacy brings hunters to the forests in northern Catalonia every year looking for gourmet gold.

The celebrity

Surrealist painter Salvador Dali is from this part of the world and his works can be viewed in Figueres, a town 30 miles north of Girona.

Did you know?

Geographically, this city is located in northern Spain, but offically, it belongs to the region of Catalonia, a district with its own language, culture and nationality independent of Spain.

They say...

“Girona is the perfect example of a Catalan city. Moreover, it’s a place where ancient grandeur blends in with the region’s contemporary style” – Arrival Guides

Girona Q&A

Where are the car hire desks?

Car hire desks are located at the exit of the main terminal.

What should I buy at duty free?

Crafts and original artwork are available for sale, including jewellery, glasswork and textiles. If you haven’t picked some up already, call in to the duty free store for some last minute souvenirs.

Are there any cashpoints?

Yes, three on the ground floor and one on the first floor of the main terminal.

Where's the best place to eat?

There is a 24-hour café on the ground floor serving simple local dishes - look out for butifarra con mongetes, Catalan sausages served in a bean stew - and a restaurant upstairs.

The secret tip

Need advice on which beach to hit first, or the best place to head for perfect skiing conditions? There is a tourist office in the arrivals hall to help answer your travel and accommodation questions.

The big draw: Girona

Distance: 19 miles

Secluded coves and sandy beaches set against a stunning mountainous backdrop - the Costa Brava is simply breathtaking. Seaside resorts such as Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar continue to attract tourists, but if you are looking for more than sun and sangria you'll find several rustic fishing villages just a stone's throw away.

The big draw: Girona

Distance: 19 miles

Secluded coves and sandy beaches set against a stunning mountainous backdrop - the Costa Brava is simply breathtaking. Seaside resorts such as Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar continue to attract tourists, but if you are looking for more than sun and sangria you'll find several rustic fishing villages just a stone's throw away.