Girona’s wall: everything you need to know
At present, the wall of Girona is one of the main attractions of the city along with the Jewish quarter.
And is not for less.
This Carolingian construction is part of the identity of Girona and gives us an unforgettable walk and beautiful views of the city.
Do you want to know more about the famous Roman wall of Girona?
We will tell you everything below.
Historical background of the Girona wall
The first enclosure of this wall dates neither more nor less than the 1st century BC, coinciding with the Roman foundation of Gerunda. Some studies even speak that it could have been built on the remains of a wall of Iberian origin.
When it was still under the Roman presence, this wall was reinforced several times, to defend itself from the attack of the invaders (such as barbarian raids).
Later, during the Carolingian era (between the 9th and 10th centuries), the great reforms of the Girona wall were carried out. Especially because Girona was a strategic point, as it was right on the border between the Carolingian empire and the Arab territories.
Later, during the fourteenth century, the medieval wall of Girona emerged.
On the one hand, the one that already existed (known as Força Vella or old fortress) was consolidated, which became a fortress within the city. And in addition, new walls were built to protect the population that had settled in the surroundings.
Later, the wall of Girona would still receive several reforms, while other parts fell and suffered damage as a result of the wars.
Today, we can still enjoy these ramparts that have been an unflappable witness to the busy and turbulent history of the city.
Girona’s Roman wall: what to expect
At present, the Girona wall has 4 access points and it is possible to walk along its walls. In addition, it has legal protection figures as they have been declared assets of cultural interest and assets of national interest.
To fully enjoy them, it is best to hire one of our tours that include visits to the wall, such as the Jewish Girona Tour or the Medieval Girona Tour.
What can you see when you visit the walls of Girona?
Passeig de la muralla Girona (walk of the walls of Girona)
This tour of the walls of Girona can be done in a walk of about 3 km.
During this part of the route you will be able to enjoy the best panoramic views of the city, up to each of the towers of the Girona wall.
From this height you can see the cathedral, the river Oñar, the Jewish quarter and the bell tower of San Félix. In addition, walking along the top of this wall is already worth it.
Visit the wall of Girona!
Entrance to the walls of Girona is free, although you can only visit it within the established hours.
On the other hand, although you can go on your own, our advice is to hire a guided tour. And precisely in Girona Tour we have 2 different tours in which we explore the wall:
- Medieval Girona Tour: on this guided tour, in addition to the walls of Girona, we take you through the Jewish quarter, the Arab baths and Sant Pere de Galligants.
- Visit Jewish Girona: a walk through the Jewish quarter and the medieval walls of Girona.
What are you waiting for to start experiencing the wall for real, with its anecdotes, its history and the legends around it? Our local guide will be in charge of taking you through this tour of the walls. You’ll see everything they have to tell.
Don’t leave Girona without visiting a place as emblematic as this one.
And, if possible, run it in our company.
How to get to the Girona Tour meeting point
The starting point of “Girona Tour: Guided Visits and Tours in Girona | Gironatour.com” is located in the heart of Plaça de Catalunya, 17004 Girona. Although depending on the visit the meeting point may vary.
You will find us right next to the Gelateria La Gioconda ice cream parlor.
A 4-minute walk from the Jardines de la Muralla and a 3-minute walk from the Girona City Hall building.
1 minute walk from the Cadaqués Casino Bar