By Regina Winkle-Bryan
A creative celebration of spring, color, and petals, Temps de Flors, or the Flower Festival, is held mid-May each year in Girona. Locals cover the city streets with carpets and sculptures made of fresh flowers. The festival is free to visit, but it’s best to go early in the week when the flowers are at their freshest.
The best time to see the floral displays throughout the old Jewish Quarter and medieval center is from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. when everyone else goes to have lunch. Eat early and avoid lines.
Bring your walking shoes for the cobblestones and some water. Also, when you buy your train tickets in Barcelona get a round-trip ticket because the train sells out during this festival (not a problem during other times of the year).
Temps de Flors will be held from May 9-17, 2015.
Here’s a peek at this colorful and unique festival.
Girona makes for a good day-trip from Barcelona as well as an easy city to spend a few days in. Book a hotel in its old town to stroll former Roman streets and wander the medieval Jewish Quarter. History is abundant in Girona, as are excellent restaurants and unique boutiques. Be sure to try Rocambolesc, a gourmet ice cream shop by Jordi Roca located near the river. Also, for a once-in-lifetime food experience check out what’s on in the VOL Espai Gastronòmic. For those who feel overwhelmed by Barcelona, Girona offers a taste of what a slower-paced city life is like in Catalonia.
If you have a rental car you can use Girona as a base to explore the coves of the Costa Brava, head to Figueres to the Salvador Dalí Museum, or go tasting at the many up-and-coming vineyards in the area.
See more on Temps de Flors on this website:www.gironatempsdeflors.cat