Considering a day trip to Girona from Barcelona in October. Last visit to Barcelona we visited Monserrat. We have four and a half days in Barcelona and it is difficult to get away for a day even if this is our second visit. Is Girona really worth a day away and any suggestions for a day itinerary if we decide to go? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
dgi - Girona is definitely worth a trip. It's a medieval city with gorgeous architecture. You will have the chance to walk on its medieval walls and overlook the city below, visit the Benedictine monastery, and Arab baths. It has plenty to offer. What are your most interests when planning a day trip?
Thanks for the reply. Our interests are really just to see more of Spain - which we have come to adore. Also, perhaps to get away from the city for a while and visit a smaller town. Having said that, I have to say it is really difficult to drag oneself away from Barcelona.
Girona has a nice, reasonably-sized art museum, at least two churches worth visiting (cathedral and St. Felix), the Museum of Jewish History, and the medieval center itself (which is where all the places I've mentioned are located). I think one would need a full day just to walk all the streets there without going inside any buildings.
Girona is a nice change from the hurly-burly in Barcelona. There will be tourists, but they tend to be concentrated in just part of the medieval center, so you can be nearly alone if you wander a bit.
If you don't make it to Girona this time, consider staying there for a few nights on your next visit to northern Spain. It is a very practical base for visiting places like Figueres (Dali Theatre-Museum), Cadaques and Besalu.