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The Girona Arab Baths (Banys Arabs Girona) are a Romanesque 12th century creation built for King Alfons I.
Destroyed at the latter end of the 13th century by French invasion, the Girona Arab Baths were rebuilt between 1294 and 1296 and later incorporated into the convent built on the site in the 17th century.
Today visitors can enter the Girona Arab Baths with their stunning stonework, majestic columns, rectangular structure, frigidarium, apodyterium, and octagonal pool.
Exploring Girona and surroundings, Catalonia, Spain
Around 90 minutes north of Barcelona, Girona is one of Catalonia’s larger cities, ringed by Roman walls, with a rich cultural heritage and certainly well worth a weekend break. Venture further and you’ll find perfectly preserved medieval villages, and a stretch of the Costa Brava untainted by mass tourism.Girona Riverside (c) Rupert Parker
Barcelona is Catalonia’s largest and most famous city and I’ve enjoyed exploring it in the past. This time I pick up a car from the airport, bypass the centre, and head north on the highway. I’m tempted by the turnoffs to the Costa Brava and resorts like Tossa de Mar but my first stop is going to be another city of culture.
The so-called “City of the Four Rivers”, shows us a historic centre dominated by medieval buildings and reminders of Romans, Arabs and Jews.
Inside the walled enclosure of "La Força Vella" you can find the culiminating works of its historical destiny. Its excellent position between the Pyrenean chain and the Costa Brava makes a multitude of trips possible, for example, to natural areas which are worthy of mention. Everywhere, the traveller will have the opportunity to try the regional cuisine which brings together in its recipes products of the sea and the mountains.
Set in the valley of the Ter, at the confluence of four rivers, we find the city of Girona. One of them, the Onyar, divides the historic centre from the modern city. The old centre of this Catalan city preserves remains of its long history, from the time it was founded by the Romans in the 1 st century B. C. To them we owe its original wall, whose remains stretch from the Archaeological Walk to the Wall Gardens.
Set in this walled enclosure (La Força Vella), stands the Cathedral. Its Romanesque origin is shown in its fortress-like appearance and strategic location, although the most outstanding aspect is an immense Gothic nave, the widest in Medieval European architecture. Inside, it preserves one of the textile jewels of Catalan Romanesque, the Creation Tapestry. Beside the entrance staircase to the cathedral is the Pia Alomoina, an old charitable institution in Gothic style. Girona has other key pieces of religious architecture, like the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, a historic-artistic monument or the church of Sant Nicolau. These are Romanesque churches whose apses and octagonal cupolas deserve a close look as they form key elements of the Catalan medieval style. The convent of Sant Doménech, built in Gothic style and clear example of the importance of the religious orders in the colonisation and repopulation of Catalonia during the Middle Ages, stands amid gardens. Also to this historical period belong important displays of Arab and Jewish art, the result of these cultures living side-by-side with Christianity for centuries. So, you will discover the multitude of small streets making up El Call, the Jewish quarter of Girona. Calle Força is the heart of this district, which had a synagogue and centres of cabbalistic study. The Plaça del Oli and the Plaça del Vi maintain all their flavour and, in them are some of the greatest jewels of medieval palace architecture, like the Fontana d’Or. The Call is currently one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Spain. Not far from here, a Capuchin convent houses the Arab Baths, where we should point out a pavilion built on eight fine columns and crowned by an octagonal cupola. Before crossing the river and walking towards modern Girona, you can climb up to the belltower of Sant Feliu or go to the Pont de Pedra (Stone Bridge) over the Onyar, where you can get overhead views of all the houses in the city and their façades painted in ochres, dark blues and copper. On the other side of the river you will find one of the most beautiful examples of Catalan Modernism, the work of Rafael Masó. Outstanding buildings are the Teixidor Factory and the Punxa House, among others. The Hospital de Santa Caterina, a Baroque building from the 17 th century, is also in this area. And, on the other side of the Passeig Devesa, is one of the recreational areas for the people of Girona, the Parc Devesa. This is an exotic forest area largest made up of plane trees, giving a strong contrast with the city's medieval architecture.
Girona's excellent position, at the end of the Pyrenean chain and the Costa Brava, bathed by the Mediterranean sea, makes it easy for you to tour the whole province. The coastline that unfolds from Portbou (in the north) to Blanes (in the south) is made up of medieval churches, fishing villages, Roman remains, wide beaches and coves with clear water, among areas of cliffs. In all of them, the juxtaposition of sea and mountains forms an unforgettable landscape. You must not miss places like El Port de la Selva, with its monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes the Cap de Creus Natural Park the landscapes of Cadaqués and the gulf of Roses historic-artistic sites like Pals or walled towns beside the sea, like Tossa del Mar. And these are just some examples. Right on the Costa Brava, in the village of Begur and on Aiguablava beach, is its Parador de Turismo. It is a modern building that has all kinds of leisure facilities as well as enviable views of the cliffs of Punta D'es Muts, on which it is located. This lovely environment, surrounded by sea and pinewoods, is a fantastic place for discovering Girona cuisine. The combination of products from the coast and inland create recipes like snail stew, flame-grilled vegetables with romesco sauce (made with almonds and chorizo pepper) or rice with fish as starters. Among second courses, you can choose from grilled fish, chicken with spiny lobster or rabbit with chocolate. "Crema catalana" (custard with caramelised sugar on top) or apples in puff pastry, might be among the desserts you choose. All this suitably accompanied by whites, reds and rosés with the Ampurdán-Costa Brava Denomination of Origin. The summits and valleys of the Eastern Pyrenees are also worth a detailed tour. The valleys of Ribes and Núria soften a mountainous landscape crowned by high summits and crossed by fast-flowing rivers. The natural and landscape wealth of the Pyrenees is enriched by the medieval buildings of Puigcerdá or Sant Joan de les Abadesses, the popular architecture of mountain villages like Queralbs or ski stations like those at La Molina or Masella. The high natural value of Girona has earned the protection, as natural parks, of the Empordà wetlands and the Volcanic Area of La Garrotxa. These places are very different from one another. which tell us of the richness of this Catalan province. They can be toured with the help of information offered by their information centres.
HAMMAM AL ÁNDALUS GRANADA
In 1998 with the opening of Hammam Al-Andalus Granada, the first Arab bath was opened in Spain, five centuries after its closure. This XIII century building is located at the foot of the Alhambra and behind the Church of Santa Ana, an old mosque.
Both for its location and theIn 1998 with the opening of Hammam Al-Andalus Granada, the first Arab bath was opened in Spain, five centuries after its closure.
This XIII century building is located at the foot of the Alhambra and behind the Church of Santa Ana, an old mosque. Both for its location and the pools of water found during archaeological excavations, it is concluded that in this same place an original Hammam was placed.
The mosaics with geometric designs, columns carved with arabesque motif, arches and vaults punctuated by skylights that complete the recreation of the former epicenter of the Andalusian society.
Tour through the Hammam:
The tour of the Hammam is all based on the customer. However, we recommend starting with a warm water shower and then going to the warm room (36°) in order to keep the beginning of the session to the same body temperature.
Once relaxed and your skin is ready to start the tour, we go to the hot room (39°) and the Turkish bath (90°). The action of steam and high temperatures contribute to the elasticity of the skin and its hydration. The pores are dilated and start sweating, which facilitates deep cleaning of the epidermis. The steam also promotes vasodilation and the elimination of toxins
During the bath, a masseur continues the process of relaxation through relaxing or exfoliating massages, removing dead skin cells and cleansing it of impurities and toxins. Finally, in the cold room (17°-18°) one rests to recover the usual temperature. Cold water clears muscles, activates blood flow even more and, once out of the water, the body is relaxed and has a feeling of lightness in the extremities.
It is advisable to hydrate the body throughout the entire route. In the relaxation room we can get green tea with mint. Green tea has antioxidant properties, it hydrates and stimulates, and also, taking 4 to 5 cups a day, has basically no contraindications.
Thank you very much for everything and we hope you enjoy "A bath in history"
3. El Call
Source: flickr El Call
When you consider that Spain’s Jews were expelled by the Catholic Monarchs way back at the end of the 15th century it’s remarkable that so much of Girona’s Jewish Quarter should still be here.
This ghetto took shape around the 1100s and was developed over the next 300 years, becoming one of the largest in Spain.
At its peak Girona had one of medieval Europe’s most important Kabbalistic schools, where a host of important Jewish thinkers and poets lived.
It’s a very photogenic area, with stone walls and crevasse-like alleys with stairways and secret gardens.
Stop at the Museum of Jewish History to get some context about Girona’s historic Jewish community.
Welcome to Ronda Today!
Welcome to one of Spain's most visited cities (and for good reason.) Our little city is very compact and in fact from arriving in Ronda, to seeing the Real Maestranza bullring, the Puente Nuevo and El Tajo gorge, the many beautiful churches, our museums, or the wonderful coffee shops and tapas bars, we have it all within a short 30 minute walk.
If you're only in Ronda for one day be sure to read our Michelle Obama tour of Ronda, but if you're likely to be here for two days or more, then our most popular walks include the walk to the Virgen de la Cabeza, or Mr Henderson's Railway Walk. And, of course the spectacular Natural Park of the Sierra de Grazalema
A walking tour of Ronda is a pleasant and enjoyable way to spend a lazy few hours, almost everything you could want to see in Ronda is no more than 200-300 metres from the new bridge.
Click here to read more about Ronda
But to really get the most out of Ronda, book a hotel, stay with us for a few days and immerse yourself into the City of Dreams.
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Saturday, from 10 am to 5:30 pm
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Carrer Ferran el Catòlic, s/n
Historiographical texts: Culturània
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Carrer Ferran el Catòlic, s/n
Textos historiogràfics: Culturània
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HAMMAM AL ÁNDALUS CORDOBA
We are a culture of Water that was born in ancient Rome and is refined to a millenary Andalusian legacy that today, interpreted in a contemporary way, lives in each hammam of our Collection.
Authentic Arab Baths of Al-Andalus, settled on the archaeological remains of singular buildings, of a beauty and harmony that predispose to the serenity and to the maximum well-being.
Scenarios where each one of our rituals is complicit in stimulating the most hedonistic sensibility.
Pleasure and relaxation that, after pampering the body and opening the senses, are the door to feel more intimate emotions than those that reach the soul.
Tour of the Hammam:
The tour of the Hammam is to the client's liking. However, we recommend starting with a shower of warm water and then moving to the warm room (36º) in order to maintain the start of the session at the same body temperature.
Once relaxed and with the skin ready to start the journey, we went to the hot room (39 º) and Turkish bath (90 º). The action of steam and high temperatures contribute to the elasticity and hydration of the skin. The pores expand and sweating begins, which facilitates the deep cleaning of the epidermis. The steam, in addition, favors the vasodilation and the elimination of toxins.
During the bath the masseuse continues the process of relaxation through relaxing massages or exfoliating massages, eliminating dead cells of the skin and cleaning it of impurities and toxins.
Finally, in the cold room (17º -18º) it rests to recover the usual temperature. The action of cold water decongests muscles, activates circulation even more and once out of the water, the body is relaxed and with a feeling of lightness in the extremities.
It is advisable to hydrate the body throughout the entire journey. In the relaxation room we can serve a green tea with mint. Green tea has antioxidant properties, it is Moisturizing, stimulating and taking up to 4 - 5 cups a day, has hardly any contraindications.
Thank you very much for everything and we hope you enjoy "A bath in history".
Girona in Spain is a treat for Game of Thrones fans. Here are the things you can do when you visit
Girona, located in Costa Brava’s Catalonia region of Spain, is a city with a rich history, culture and heritage. Comprised of vintage buildings, cobbled streets and squares, this medieval town’s imperious walls were first built by the Romans and later expanded in early 800 century, during the reign of the Charlemagne empire, followed by another overhaul in the 14th century. As of today, one can walk along the ramparts and explore most of the old town, see Girona’s skyline among other adventures.
Even though Girona is a quaint town, one of the best things to do while you’re here is to explore the various museums ranging from a city history museum, a Jewish history museum and a cinema museum.
Located less than two hours from Barcelona, Girona was also a popular shoot location for Game of Thrones (GoT). While medieval Europe’s old town served as a major setting for Braavos in Season 6 of GoT, some streets and important landmarks became King’s Landing for the show with minimal CGI work. Barcelona and Girona are connected via convenient train routes.
The locals in Girona mostly speak Catalan instead of Spanish. With technology’s advent, VR is playing an important role in exploring the city by facilitating guided tours.
Here are some of the things to do, places to visit in Girona and relive the fond memories of Game of Thrones from an architecture and culture perspective:
Cathedral of Girona: The city’s most celebrated icon, the Gothic cathedral on the scenic Placa de la Catedral is quite a sight to behold, sitting on 91 stone steps. Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, it features the world’s widest Gothic nave and was a perfect location to film many scenes in season six of Game of Thrones. The spectacular Baroque staircase outside the cathedral was used as the exterior for the Great Sept of Baelor in King’s Landing, where Jaime Lannister had a showdown with the High Sparrow to prevent Queen Margaery’s atonement.
The Jewish Quarter: Girona’s Jewish Quarter in the ancient Forca Vella, an imposing fortress built by the Romans is replete with cobbled streets, winding alleyways and narrow archways serving up as an ideal setting for the fictional city of Braavos. The scenes where Arya Stark becomes blind and is forced to beg on the streets and fights the Waif is filmed on the stone steps of Carrer del Bisbe Josep Cartañà, the small alleyway that loops just behind Girona Cathedral.
Placa dels Jurats: Girona’s festival square Plaça dels Jurats is a popular venue for theatre and concerts during summer and was also the place where Arya watched the outdoor play while spying on the lead actress by order of Jaqen H’ghar (then known as the many-faced God). Moreover, the bridge between the Placa dels Jurats and the Sant Pere de Galligants Abbey is used as the bridge in Braavos where the waif, masked as an old woman, stabbed Arya.
Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants: This is a Benedictine Abbey built in the 12th century and is one of Catalonia’s most important Romanesque sites which also houses the Archaeological Museum. The monastery was used as the setting for the Maesters’ citadel in Braavos, King’s Landing and Oldtown. One can see the interiors of the monastery clearly in the scene featuring Samwell Tarly along with Gilly and the baby.
Eiffel Bridge: Built by Gustav Eiffel, this bridge in Girona was constructed just before the Eiffel Tower. It’s also called the Pont de les Peixateries Velles and spans across the Onyar River, making it an important landmark in Girona.
Temps de Flors (flower festival): Girona hosts a wide array of festivals throughout the year but Temps de Flors is the highlight. It’s held every year in May. It sees a large number of floral artists who come together to decorate various sites around town. The flower installations are added to the architectural richness of the churches, Girona cathedral, museums and Banys Arabs (the Arabic Baths).
Game of Thrones route and locations in Girona
The shooting of Game of Thrones in Girona (near Barcelona, Spain) ended on 16 September 2015. Since then the city has become a cult destination for fans of the HBO series. Girona was chosen from among many other international candidates for the great conservation of its historical heritage, becoming one of the privileged locations to host the filming of the most expensive series in the history of television.
Our hotel offers its guests a Game of Thrones Tour of 2h30 ’at a reduced price of € 20 / pax and the groups are of a minimum of 2 maximum 8 people. The morning tour is at 10:30 am and the afternoon tour at 3:00 pm It can be hired during the reservation of the stay as an extra service.
Below is a list of all the Girona locations that appeared in Game of Thrones during its sixth season, so you can visit them feeling like Arya Stark struggling to survive Bravoos, or like a Lannister enjoying power in Baelor’s Sept. Are you visiting Barcelona? Come to Girona too, we are located at only 1 hour far away!
1. Great Sept of Baelor - Girona Cathedral
The cathedral scene had the most extras, about 200 Tyrell soldiers, several dozen sparrows, beggars, etc. and the bonus of Jaime Lannister riding up the stairs of the imposing building on horseback. All with magnificent sea views (obviously digitally added).
Margaery, played by actress Natalie Dormer, is the real star of this scene, not Cersei Lannister. Many people confuse this moment with the walk of shame scene that was filmed in Dubrovnik (Croatia).