Every year, in May, Girona celebrates Spring with Temps de Flors, the floral festival decorating the Barri Vell – the historical city – with striking colors and beautiful shapes.Girona, Temps de Flors. Yellow GerberasLaunched 57 years ago as a small flower exhibition and competition, Temps de Flors has grown over the years and now attracts visitors from all over the world. The Festival is a hymn to color, joy and creativity, a wonderful celebration of a beautiful city and one of the many gems in Costa Brava.Girona, Temps de Flors. Suspended ChairsThere are flowers everywhere. Decorating the walls of historical buildings, into lovely ancient courtyards, along the streets and even in small cozy private gardens.Girona, Temps de Flors. Fantasy in WhiteBesides a few more traditional compositions, strolling along the cobblestone streets, watching into the patios is like having a walk in the world of imagination.Girona, Temps de Flors. Red Carnations in the CourtyardI was stricken by the exquisite taste of the compositions, awesome in their simplicity, perfectly blending with the surrounding space, enhancing the beauty of the city and its medieval architecture.Girona, Temps de Flors. Celebrating the FieldsThe entire city participates to the festival with a floral touch. The windows of apparel shops showcased everything having a floral theme, some bars offered flower cocktails, every shopkeeper contributed with a little touch.Girona, Temps de Flors. Floral DrinksLooking up while walking along the cobblestone streets close to the Cathedral, original installations create a roof of artificial flowers made up of different materials, offering a lovely effect.Girona, Temps de Flors. Flowers like ButterfliesThe climax of Temps de Flores is at the Cathedral, where a cascade of fucsia and white flowers between a brilliant green carpet adorned the 86 steps in front of the façade.Girona, Temps de Flors. A Cascade of FlowersIn the wonderful medieval cloister, simple floral arrangements underline the elegant columns, with their beautifully carved capitals.Girona, Temps de Flors. Red Calla Lilies in the CloisterCreativity has no limits at Girona flower festival, as in this lovely decorated clock. And while I stroll around this awesome medieval city, I think that time flies too quickly. Girona… I’ll be back!Girona, Temps de Flors. Floral ClockUseful InformationGetting There:Girona is easily reached by train from Barcelona. There are frequent rides and the journey last about 90 minutes.Alternatively, Girona-Costa Brava airport connects many European cities through low-cost carriers.When to visit Girona Flower Festival:The only downside of Temps de Flor is that being such a fabulous event, it has become very popular, thus the narrow streets and the courtyards are often overcrowded. If you have the chance, better avoid the weekend and visit the Festival the first days, when the flowers are fresher. A trick to avoid the crowd – at least for a while – is stopping for an early lunch break and walk around when most people are having a bite in one of the many welcoming restaurants._____Note: Warm thanks to the Costa Brava Pirineu de Girona Tourism Board for inviting me to discover this beautiful area of Spain. While I enjoyed the wonderful hospitality, the opinions expressed are exclusively mine. More reading on Costa Brava: 5 Attractions in Cadaquès 12 Responses Charu December 3rd, 2012 What a beautiful time of year and delicious photos! Thank you Simon. Reply Jenna October 13th, 2012 Not only would I love to visit Girona, but I would also love to see this time of the year. What a lovely way for people to express creativity and to add a unique aesthetic to the city. Jenna recently posted..What’s New: My blogging news Reply Leigh May 31st, 2012 I love flower shows and made the trip one year to see the Chelsea Garden Show. There are a lot of very creative people in Girona – and this is one show I’d LOVE to see. Leigh recently posted..Photos from Hiking the Heather Trail, Manning Provincial Park Reply Simon May 31st, 2012 I’m sure you would love it, Leigh. And the city is so pretty! Reply Nancie May 31st, 2012 Gorgeous! One of my tricks when visiting these kinds of festivals is to arrive as early as possible and avoid the crowds. Thankfully, I’m a morning person. Nancie recently posted..Travel Photo Thursday — May 30th, 2012 — Amazing Critters I’ve Encountered On My Travels Reply Simon May 31st, 2012 Good tip, Nancie. I also like strolling around early in the morning, especially in late Spring and Summer. It’s cooler, less crowded and the light is so much nicer. Reply Simon May 29th, 2012 Yes, Girona is really lovely. I look forward to reading your views on the city. Reply Sophie May 29th, 2012 Girona is a sweet city – so much more relaxed and walkable than Barcelona. I’ve been meaning to do a post about all the wonderful stone stairways there. Love the cathedral flower shot. Sophie recently posted..Postcard from Lesbos Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.Name* Email* Website × two = 18Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.