Girona - where buzz does not mean crowds.
I found it more manageable as a city than say, Barcelona. Of course, you can't beat the architecture and coolness of Barca but Girona is a lovely city to walk through and just soak in the colors and historical buildings all around.
|Boira's Cod Brandada|
|Occi's prawn carpaccio and foie gras shavings|
The city's proximity to the Costa Brava strip in the same province means a day trip to L'Escala is very doable. A small sleepy town which wakes up to many times its population of 6,000 in the peak seasons, of visitors who come to enjoy the unspoiled beaches....
the quaint little town centre with buildings from the past.....
|Anchovies on tomato paste toast|
If you just want a province which offers a myriad of things to do, but with a laid-back kind of feel, and get fed very well, Girona is just what you might be looking for.