Here’s an epic day trip for fans of THAT OTHER ’GAME’

Sunday Times - - Travel -

About 100km north­east of Barcelona, Girona is worth a visit for the same rea­son that the lo­ca­tion scouts of HBO’s Game of Thrones picked it. This at­trac­tive city of nar­row Ro­man and Byzan­tine al­ley­ways and Ro­manesque and Gothic arches played back­drop parts in the fic­tional lo­ca­tions of both Braavos and King’s Land­ing in the se­ries. Em­brac­ing its association with the show, the city has or­gan­ised Game of Thrones tours, and one can buy an ice cream in the shape of char­ac­ter Jaime Lan­nis­ter’s am­pu­tated hand.

Girona even has its own La Ram­bla, town cen­tre and fresh food mar­ket, al­though much smaller than Barcelona’s.

If you sup­port the un­der­dog, this year the lo­cal foot­ball club, Girona FC, was pro­moted to La Liga from the Se­gunda División, and has achieved re­mark­able suc­cess. As a re­sult they’ve had to in­crease their sta­dium to seat 19 000 from the orig­i­nal 13 000 ca­pac­ity.

Pic­ture: Keith Tamkei

IF A RIVER SAYS ITS NAME Girona curves along the On­yar.

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