Perfect day: 24 hours in Girona
Catalonia's foodie capital
This Catalan city makes the ideal mini-break... and not just for foodies, says Nicola Brady.
10am: Riverside Walk
Known by many as the gateway to the Costa Brava, Girona is a little dream of a city. Start off with a walk along the River Onyar. The ramble of amber-hued buildings along the water's edge give off a cool vibe.
How: Fly Aer Lingus (aerlingus.com) to Barcelona and Girona is 40 minutes away by train. Ryanair (ryanair.com) flies direct to Girona from April to October. Stay at Hotel Carlemany (hotelcarlemanygirona.com).
2pm: Girona Cathedral
Plan a visit during Temps de Flors in May, and you'll find the entire city swathed in fresh flowers, from tiny alleyways to the Cathedral's sweeping steps. Outside of the festival, the gothic cathedral is still quite a sight to behold. Use it as a starting point for a stroll atop the ancient city walls, or Passeig de la Muralla, for excellent views out into the countryside (and sneaky glimpses into private gardens).
How: Entrance is €7, including an audio guide. See catedraldegirona.org
5pm: Jewish Quarter
Girona's Jewish Quarter is one of the best preserved in the world, and makes up the bulk of the old town. Set aside a good chunk of time to get lost in the labyrinth of tiny streets, allowing for the temptation of the cafés and bars you'll stumble upon. Pop into the Museum of Jewish History, where the sounds of local choirs rehearsing echo around the old stone walls.
How: Entrance is €4. See girona.cat/call
8pm: Dinner at Cal Ros
Girona is, of course, home to El Celler de Can Roca, frequently lauded as the best restaurant in the world. But if you don't want to sell a limb to get a table (or can't spare the roughly €150 it costs) you won't go hungry. Cal Ros is tucked into the arches of an old town square, dishing up achingly pretty Catalan cuisine at a bargain price - €2.50 for a glass of cava, anyone?
How: See calros-restaurant.com