- Distance: 1,5 km
- Childrens: Suitable for children
With “Bridges of Girona Route” we propose you a different and original way to discover the city. This route allows to visit some of the most prominent places in Girona in a few hours or, if you enjoy a few days of stay, get an initial idea of the city and then go deeper.
The Old Town and the Mercadal Quarter of Girona are separated by the Onyar river. This feature has meant that, historically, the role of bridges has been very important in the communication between the two main axes of the city. These constructions have ended up becoming an important architectural reference for the population.
Pont de Sant Feliu
We start our route in the parking of La Copa, a place from where we will enjoy a spectacular view of the Church of Sant Feliu, with the Cathedral just behind it. At this point we will find the first of the bridges that we will meet during our route, the Sant Feliu Bridge. Built in 1995, its architecture already indicates that it is a very modern bridge, and serves as a gateway to the old town of Girona.
After crossing the Onyar river we will find the Cul de la Lleona on the right. It’s an iconic sculpture to which, according to tradition, we must kiss the ass if we want to return to the city. Surely we must queue, the Cul de la Lleona is usually very busy! After having fulfilled the ritual - or maybe not - we can enjoy the monumentality of Sant Feliu Church for a few minutes, just before heading Calderers street towards the center of the city.
Pont d'en Gómez
The narrow and charming Calderers street already offers us a first impression of the architecture and aesthetics of the old town of Girona. At the end of this street, next to a pharmacy and hidden by the facades of the Onyar houses, we will find the access to the Pont d'en Gómez. This bridge has much more history than the first we have found. It was built in 1916, and owes its name to the owner of the house that had to be partially demolished to build this step over the Onyar.
This bridge will lead us to José Canalejas street, which will serve as an access route to the spectacular Plaça de la Independència. It’s a space surrounded by neoclassical buildings with arcades, where we will find a large number of bars and restaurants with a rich and varied gastronomic offer. The sculpture that we find in the square’s center is a monument dedicated to the defenders of the city during the 1808 and 1809 sieges.
Pont de Sant Agustí
Following our route to the city center, under the arcades, we will find the access that leads us to the Pont de Sant Agustí. The structure takes its name from the old convent that worked in this space between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. This bridge has undergone numerous renovations during its history. The structure we see today is from 1973.
We cross for the third time the Onyar river to go to l'Argenteria and Rambla de la Llibertat, two of the mains streets that no visitor to the city can miss. This is one of the main commercial and tourist centers of the city. In this place we will find a lot of small shops, some of them historic like the Geli Bookstore, and many small bars and restaurants.
During our walk along the Rambla we will see that another bridge appears on the right. We're going to pass by. But nothing happens, we'll visit it a little later!
Pont de Pedra
At the end of the Rambla we will find the most monumental bridge in Girona. Pont de Pedra, located very close to the historic Peninsular Hotel, dates from 1856 and links the Old Town with the Eixample. From this location we can enjoy a spectacular and privileged view of the Onyar houses. It’s possible that the most curious visitors and observers are able to find some kind of surprise among the stones that form the bridge railing.
After crossing the Pont de Pedra, we will find Santa Clara Street. In this street we will turn to the right heading towards Plaça de la Independencia that we have visited previously. Santa Clara street is another of the main attractions of the city to enjoy a quiet walk and visit some of its small shops.
Pont de les Peixateries Velles
When we start to glimpse the Plaça de la Independència access we will have to turn right, because we have already arrived at what is probably the most photographed and well-known bridge in Girona: Pont de les Peixateries Velles, also known as Pont de Ferro.
This bridge dates from 1877, and was built by the French company Eiffel et Cie., the same company responsible for the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, which was inaugurated somewhat later, in 1889.
Once we have crossed the Onyar for the fifth time, we will be located on the Rambla de la Llibertat.
If you still have time, we recommend that at this point you explore the Old Town of Girona.
Some great options are to head towards the Cort Reial and Pujada de Sant Domenec, where you will discover some of the charming places that have appeared in numerous films, or go to La Força street to visit the Jewish quarter and the Girona Cathedral, also converted into a filming set during the Game of Thrones sixth season.