TRAVEL FACTS

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GET­TING THERE

Qan­tas has daily flights from Syd­ney to Barcelona con­nect­ing through Dubai. Ei­ther rent a car at the air­port or take a train to Sants sta­tion and then change to the high-speed train to Girona. qan­tas.com; renfe.com/EN/vi­a­jeros/in­dex.html

WHEN TO GO

The best time to visit is dur­ing the Spring (March to May) and Au­tumn (Septem­ber to Novem­ber). Sum­mer is also lovely but more crowded.

WHERE TO STAY

• Nord 1901 Ho­tel is a charm­ing bou­tique ho­tel with a court­yard pool in the Girona Old Quar­ter. nord1901.com

• Ho­tel Per­al­ada Wine Spa and Golf of­fers a serene five-star re­treat, wine spa and golf course in the heart of Em­porda wine coun­try. hotelper­al­ada.com

• Lo­cated in a 16th cen­tury stone farm­house out­side the Me­dieval vil­lage of Pals, Ho­tel Gas­tro­nomic Es Por­tal is bou­tique ho­tel with a lovely gourmet restau­rant. es­portal­ho­tel.com

• The win­ery es­tate of Finca Bell-Lloc has rooms, apart­ments and pri­vate houses for rent. fin­ca­bell-lloc.com/en/ WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

• The World No. 3 restau­rant, the three-Miche­lin-starred El Celler de Can Roca in Girona of­fers a sub­lime culi­nary ad­ven­ture with whim­si­cal de­gus­ta­tion menus. celler­can­roca.com

• Vi­cus Restau­rant, in the vil­lage of Pals, is a small fam­ily-owned restau­rant of­fer­ing in­spired sea­sonal dishes with con­tem­po­rary flair. vi­cus­restau­rant.com/en

• Lo­cated in an ivy-draped me­dieval cas­tle, the oneMiche­lin-starred Castell Per­al­ada Restau­rant of­fers in­ven­tive food and wine by El Bulli alum­nae. casin­op­er­al­ada.com/en

• Tucked un­der arch­ways in Girona’s Old Town, Plaça del Vi 7 is the pas­sion pro­ject of Roger Viusa, named among the best som­me­liers in the world. Taste the best lo­cal wine and tapas.

WHAT TO DO

• Take a Girona Food Tour. giron­afood­tours.com

• Fol­low the Em­porda Wine Route. doem­porda.cat/en

• Visit the three mu­se­ums in the Dali Tri­an­gle.

sal­vador-dali.org/en

• Aussie-owned UTracks of­fers an 8-day self-guided Cat­alo­nia by Bike tour and 7-day ‘In the Foot­steps of Dali’ guided and self-guided walk­ing tours. utracks.com

• For more se­ri­ous cy­cling, check out Bike Breaks in Girona for bike hire, cy­cling hol­i­days and day trips. girona­cy­cle­cen­tre.com FUR­THER IN­FOR­MA­TION

• en.costabrava.org

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