Avoid sightseeing when the sun’s at its hottest, or as Noel Coward put it, ‘Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun’.
It’s obvious really isn’t it? If you’re visiting in the summer and you want to avoid getting seriously hot and bothered - or worse, from the sun, the hours between 12 and 3 are not the time to be exploring the ruins at Empúries or climbing up to the hilltop viewing point at Begur. I’ve ended up with a sun-induced migraine after wandering along the seafront at Llafranc in the early afternoon, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. It’s also of course worth being careful on the beach.
Between 2 and 4pm most Catalans will be having their lunch so many of the beaches, especially the more family-friendly ones, are often a bit quieter but if you do want to take advantage of the extra space, I’m sure you won’t need me to tell you to up the SPF factor on your sunscreen.
If you’re going to more than two of the museums in Girona, get a Museums Discount Card
Girona’s five major museums: The Jewish History Museum, The Cinema Museum, The Archeology and Art Musuems and the History of the City Museum all take part in this card scheme whereby you pay the full price at the first museum you visit and then with The Girona Museos Tiquet M5you’re entitled to 50% of the entrance price of all the others. The M5 Ticket is valid for six months so you can visit different museums on different days and if you’re planning to see more than a couple of these places (and if you’ve got time, I definitely would), it definitely works out cheaper.
Attraction opening hours vary a lot from season to season so do check websites or ask your hotel concierge to check.
Opening hours change a lot in this part of the world, depending on the season, so although I’ve tried to be as comprehensive as possible with my listings, if you’re making a special journey to an attraction, it really is worth checking individual websites or asking your hotel to check for you.
How I’ve picked my things to do:
When it comes to beaches, I’m very much aware that one man (or woman’s) idyllic, pebbly cove has the potential for an afternoon of tantrum-filled hell if you’re travelling with toddlers. Similarly one person’s sporting, scuba-diving dream beach could be a reclusive honeymooner’s nightmare. So bearing that in mind, I’ve not only included the beaches that are my personal favourites but also tried to give as broad a cross section as possible so that there’s at least one beach for all tastes.
You’re pretty much spoilt for choice on the Costa Brava when it comes to attractions with everything from Greco-Roman ruins and medieval villages to water parks and botanical gardens, so, as with the beaches I’ve tried to include something for everyone. Obviously, if you spend longer on the Costa, there are plenty more places to visit but these are just some of my favourites.