From Girona Preserving Tranquillity
Settled by the ancient Iberians, the city was desired by every major empire in the Iberian Peninsula, undergoing twenty-five sieges and being captured seven times throughout its history. Today, its fortified walls are still standing, offering visitors the opportunity to walk around nearly the entire Old Quarter. Maybe even more imposing than the fortifications is the monumental Cathedral. A late Gothic structure built on foundations dating back to the Romans, it has the second largest nave in the world behind St. Peter’s Basilica. The Cathedral museum has the 12th century Tapestry of Creation on display, a piece which has been compared to the Bayeux Tapestry for its historical importance. Perhaps the city’s most distinctive site is its Jewish quarter, which solidified in the 1100s, and developed for the next 300 years, becoming one of the largest in Spain.
To Madrid Moor to Love
While the area has been populated since the Palaeolithic era, no official settlement existed on the site until an Arab fortress was built along the river in the 9th century. However, it wasn’t until King Philip II made Madrid the capital in 1561 that it truly began to flourish, seeing the population grow almost 10 fold in the 16th century. Today, the historic centre is known as the "Madrid of Los Austrias" in honor to the Hapsburg monarchs. The fantastic 17th century Plaza Mayor embodies the city’s 16th and 17th century splendor. The surrounding area is the aristocratic center, where visitors can find the 17th century Royal Palace, and take a tour through its decadent halls. Along with the vast selection of historic buildings, the city is also home to over 60 museums,spanning the entirety of human knowledge. For many, the highlight is the Prado Museum, which is considered one of the world's most important art galleries, while the Reina Sofía National Art Centre is dedicated to contemporary Spanish art and contains works by Picasso, and Salvador Dalí, among others.
Private transfer from Girona to Madrid with a local, English-speaking driver.
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Convenient, affordable, and faster than a train. Custom sightseeing itineraries available.