Need to know
Ryanair (0818 303 030; ryanair.com) flies direct to Girona from Dublin, Knock and Cork.
Places to stay
Hotel Carlemany (0034 972 211 212; carlemany.es) is in the newer part of Girona, but well-placed for a jaunt to the old town. It also houses an exceptional restaurant and serves a great breakfast. Doubles from €75.
Hostal Satuna (0034 972 622 198; hostalsatuna.com) has five double rooms, with balconies overlooking the bay. Stagger up the stairs after a beautiful meal and wake to the sound of the ocean below.
Double rooms from €120, with breakfast.
On the beach of Escala, the Hostal Spa Empuries (0034 972 770 207; hostalempuries.com) has stunning rooms, a world-class spa and a truly green ethos Double rooms from €107.