This is my favorite city in Catalonia, for both historical and gastronomical reasons. It’s just an hour away from Barcelona (you can take the high-speed train) and it’s worth the effort to make a visit. The restaurants here are phenomenal, and cheaper than in the capital. I recommend Casa Marieta for their excellent traditional Catalan food and Draps for their large portions and incredible chocolate dessert. Another great reason to visit Girona is its Jewish quarter, one of the oldest in Europe, and probably the best preserved.