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Girona: Private History Tour

1. Girona: Private History Tour

The ancient walled city of Girona stands on a fortress-like hill, high above the confluence of the Onyar and Ter rivers. With the help of a local guide, discover the most important monuments of Girona, its history, its Jewish heritage and also its legends. This private tour can be tailored to your specific needs and interests. Founded by Iberians, the Romans later named the city Gerunda and established it as an important stopping point on the Via Augusta, linking Iberia with Rome. The most important time for the city, however, was the middle ages. Due to its location near the French border, the city was under siege several times and much of its buildings were built during this time.  Explore the city's 15th-century cathedral, boasting the widest unsupported gothic arch in the world which dominates the skyline. In the lower part of the city, enjoy the steep alleyways and the brightly painted façades of the houses overlooking the Onyar river which provide the most emblematic image of the city. Among the bridges that span the river are the lightweight Gómez bridge and the Ferreries Velles bridge which was designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1877. For those interested in The Game of Thrones series, the guide can show the locations where the 6th season was filmed.

Girona: Small Group Jewish History Tour of Girona and Besalú

2. Girona: Small Group Jewish History Tour of Girona and Besalú

Home to a historic Jewish quarter, Girona has steep steps and old world charm. Despite the expulsion of Jews in 1492 from the area, today the “call dels jueus” remains in the same location it has been since the Middle Ages. Enjoy a guided visit to the Museum of Jewish History located where the third and lasts Synagogue of Girona were located before the expulsion. Break for lunch and explore before continuing on to the small country village of Besalú. This town has housed a traditional mikveh and synagogue since the 13th-century. It remains one of the most important Jewish areas in Catalonia and in 1966 was declared a national historic and artistic site. Traces of ancient Jewish history continue to be discovered in Besalú and the town remains similar to how it was back when it was home to a rich Jewish population. Wander the irregular medieval streets and snap photos of the ancient steps, arches, stone houses and shops that still sell local handicrafts and goods. Don’t forget to pass over the striking Romanesque bridge that provides access to the town over the Fluvià river, one of the most memorable sights in town.

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