On her first weekend, we took a trip to the small medieval town of Girona, an easy train trip from Barcelona. Girona is an ancient, walled city, and has been fought over in almost every century since it was founded as a Roman fortress. As many as 21 beisieges have been counted, earning it the name "Immortal" during its 19th attack. When the Moors came to Spain, Girona was an Islamic town for over 200 years. You can really see this in the labrynth of narrow alleys and pathways. There was also a continuous Jewish presence in the city for six hundred years. As a result of all the different people that have conquered it, the city is a hodgepodge of architectural styles.
We stayed in Hotel Bellmiral, a refurbished 15th century building, in the middle of the medieval quarter. The whole time we walked around Barri Vell, the old part of town, I felt like we were living in the medieval times. If Hollywood were to film a medieval movie in Girona, they wouldn't have to change a thing. It's completely preserved.
This is the Cathedral of Girona, an excellent example of the Catalan Gothic architectural style, and right by our hotel. The foundation has been a place of worship since the Roman times, and before the Christians built the Cathedral, the Moors had built a mosque here. The Cathedral was started in 1038, but most of the structure dates from the 15th century.
This is the main facade, remodelled in the 18th century, and covered in flowers, coats of arms, and statues.