Car hire at Girona airport
Hiring a car at Girona airport
Girona airport (GRO) is in the Costa Brava region of Spain, just 12.5km south of the city of Girona. To reach the city, head north on the AP-7. The road then becomes the E-15, which goes north to Figueres and crosses the border into France.
The C-25 takes you west, through the mountains towards Vic, then starts to move slightly further south, passing through Manresa.
If you head south on the AP-7, this will take you towards Barcelona and the rest of the Costa Brava region.
What you need to know
You'll find plenty of choice when it comes to choosing your hire car from Girona airport. As the Costa Brava is such a popular destination for tourists from across the globe, a large number of providers are available to choose from. This means you're sure to find the most competitive prices.
In addition, you have the security of 24/7 support, as well as flexible amendment and cancellation options if you find that your needs change.
Where to pick up your car
Just outside of the arrivals hall, you'll see all of the main car rental suppliers have desks, where you can easily collect your vehicle. Prices can be fairly high if you haven't booked in advance, so make sure that you arrange your car hire through our website before you travel to get the best price.
If you've already arranged your car hire, just head to the desk of your supplier, sign the paperwork and then grab your keys ready to drive off into the Spanish sun.
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Where to go
There are plenty of fantastic locations in the Costa Brava area, with Girona naturally being the closest to the airport.
While this is a very small city, it has the same charm and culture that can be found in many of Spain's larger destinations. It boasts a fantastic choice of museums and historic buildings and also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year.
Girona is surrounded by a number of smaller towns and villages, including Salt, Campdorà and Sant Gregori. Having a hire car means that you're free to visit these smaller suburbs of Spain and really immerse yourself in the culture they have to offer.
Nearby Girona airport
As well as Girona, the airport is just 30 minutes north of Lloret de Mar - another of Spain's popular holiday destinations and home to many stunning beaches.
Having a hire car does, however, give you the freedom to drive along the coast of the Costa Brava and explore some of the much quieter beaches. Many of these will have fewer tourists, meaning you can really relax in the Spanish sun.
Sant Feliu de Guixols is only 30 minutes south-east from Girona airport and is a charming town with rocky headland that is perfect for a walk in the sun. There are also plenty of options for those who love the outdoors, including riding stables that cater to any level of horse rider.
To explore more of the Costa Brava area, you can take your hire car and drive almost anywhere.
Barcelona is just over an hour south-west of Girona airport and is undoubtedly one of Spain's most visited tourist destinations.
As well as its beautiful beaches, Barcelona has a rich history, with many of its buildings dating back to the medieval times and some even as far back as the Romans. The Barri Gòtic is the centre of the old city of Barcelona, where you can see several buildings which have been declared as World Heritage Sites.
Particularly popular is the work of Antoni Gaudí, which can be seen throughout the city. His most well-known architecture is the immense but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882.
Top attractions to visit in Girona
Although much smaller than many other tourist destinations in Spain, Girona has the same Spanish charm, as well as plenty of things to see and do.
Eating and drinking
Girona is known for its high-quality cuisine, boasting more than one Michelin-starred restaurant. As in much of Spain, the area enjoys a variety of cured meats, olive oil and fine wines. A local delicacy in Girona is xuixo pastries, which are sold in the best cake shops in the city.
Many of the bars, restaurants and cafes have terraces where guests can enjoy dinner and drinks in the evening heat. The two main areas for bars and restaurants are Plaça de la Independència and Plaça de Sant Feliu, where you can choose between the quieter bars, or lively bars and nightclubs.
Things to do
Girona is considered one of the most interesting cities in the Costa Brava area, with the Força Vella and the Medieval Quarter showcasing almost 2,000 years of its history. Numerous monuments dating back to the Roman ages still stand today and truly are a sight to marvel at.
The area really does have a rich history, which is showcased in its many museums. The museum of Jewish history tells the story of the area's medieval Jewish communities, while the Girona history museum looks back to its foundation in the first century BC.
If you're looking to do some shopping, then you can find all kinds of shops, ranging from traditional stores to designer boutiques. Browse through a range of international brands, avant-garde decoration, signature jewellery, crafts, antiques and delicatessen products.
Girona is bustling with nature, with rivers flowing through the city centre, Mediterranean and riverbank woodlands, mountain ranges such as the Gavarres, the pretty valley of Sant Daniel, as well as fields, croplands and vegetable gardens.
You'll find yourself lost in the beauty of the area, with so much to see if you go exploring. Despite allowing the area to benefit from urban growth, Girona has managed to retain its natural surroundings.