Girona has the charm of a big city, but without the crowds; it’s a city it’s a city that always surprises pleasantly. Because it’s so small and has been dominated by so many different cultures, Girona has a special charm about it that few cities in the world have. It was founded by Iberians from the Indigets tribe, but the Romans did not take long to conquer it for their military interests. They called in Gerunda. It then passed into the hands of the Visigoths and the Muslims, until the Emperor Charlemagne conquered it and founded the Spanish March as a buffer zone to defend his territory from Islam. Herein lie the origins of what today is Catalonia. There are plenty of things to see in Girona, but we recommend the Cathedral, which has the widest gothic nave in the world; the Jewish Quarter in the old city centre, where the streets have not changed their configuration for centuries; the Arab baths and the Onyar houses, so characteristic of the old quarters, overhanging the Onyar river as it flows through the city. Each of these houses is painted on the river side to follow a colour pattern designed by Enric Ansesa. You can reach Girona by bus or train by new line RG1. Timetable and map below.