24 HOURS IN GIRONA

David Miró, Pa­cific re­gional di­rec­tor of Cata­lan Tourist Board, Gov­ern­ment of Cat­alo­nia

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» 8AM Boldúa (dat­ing to 1939) serves a bril­liant crois­sant and cof­fee combo. Its prime lo­ca­tion along Barcelona’s shop­ping belt, Pas­seig de Grà­cia, of­fers a pic­ture-per­fect shot of the tree-lined boule­vard and An­toni Gaudi’s mod­ernist ar­chi­tec­ture. Car­rer de Balmes, 149, 08006 Barcelona, Spain. Tel: +34 932 18 04 17

» 9AM Hop on board a high-speed train to­wards Girona from Barcelona Sants. The short ride of 37 min­utes can be booked through raileu­rope.com. Plaça dels Paï­sos Cata­lans, 1-7, 08014 Barcelona, Spain. Tel: +34 93 285 3834 » 10AM Stroll through the sto­ried Jewish quar­ter of El Call (He­brew for com­mu­nity) start­ing from Plaça Sant Jaume. Within is one of Europe’s old­est syn­a­gogues, Sino­goga Ma­jor de Barcelona, as well as fe­male Jewish baths, a kosher store and the quaint Café Caelum. At the lat­ter, or­der the tal­lat (es­presso shot with a splash of steamed milk). Calle de la Forca, Girona, Spain.

» 12PM Tuck into pro­gres­sive Cata­lan fare at the three Miche­lin-starred El Celler de Can Roca. The Roca broth­ers – Joan, Josep and Jordi – present the re­gion’s boun­teous of­fer­ings us­ing cut­tingedge culi­nary tech­niques. Car­rer de

Can Sun­yer, 48, 17007 Girona, Spain.

Tel: +34 972 22 21 57

» 2PM Cross the Eif­fel Bridge for Ro­cam­bo­lesc, the ice cream par­lour by Jordi Roca. Have a shot of ratafia (sweet al­co­holic bev­er­age) as a di­ges­tif be­fore in­dulging in the Va­len­coco, a co­conut ice cream mod­elled af­ter Span­ish model, An­drés Ve­len­coso. Car­rer de Santa Clara, 50, 17001 Girona, Spain. Tel: +34 972 41 66 67

» 3PM AVIS of­fers quick car rentals for a road trip (one hour) to Olot where Fageda d’en Jordà re­sides. The for­est is teem­ing with tow­er­ing beech trees which flour­ished on soil nour­ished by the lava flow of Croscat vol­cano. Opt for a horse car­riage ride for an un­for­get­table, fairy tale-es­que ex­pe­ri­ence. Car­rer Fageda, s/n, 17810 Can Blanc, Girona, Spain. Tel: +34 972 26 81 12

» 6PM Catch the sun­set at the pic­turesque medieval town, Be­salú (20 min­utes away). A great van­tage point would be the an­cient bridge, Pont Vell. Re­mem­ber to grab an

orx­ata (sweet milk drink made from ground tiger nuts) from the lo­cal joints nearby. 08241 Man­resa, Barcelona.

» 8PM Make your way back to Barcelona for tra­di­tional Span­ish fare at Restau­rant Sense Pressa. The un­pre­ten­tious fam­ily restau­rant is home to a mouth-wa­ter­ing plate of beef carpac­cio as well as grilled sar­dines dressed sim­ply with lemon and gar­lic. Car­rer d’en­ric Grana­dos, 96, 08008 Barcelona, Spain. Tel: +34 932 18 15 44

» 11PM Cap off the ad­ven­ture with a cara­jillo (cof­fee drink with brandy, whisky or anisette) over at Mirablau. A tram ride away (stop at Tibid­abo Moun­tain), the bar comes with a stun­ning panorama of Barcelona’s sky­line. Plaça del Doc­tor An­dreu, s/n, 08035 Barcelona, Spain. Tel: +34 934 18 58 79

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