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Spain: Costa Brava

 Read more about Girona, Spain
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Globe Correspondent / March 7, 2004

How to get there

The lowest round-trip air fare from Boston to Barcelona at press time was $476 on Air Italia. From Barcelona, it's possible to visit Girona and the Costa Brava without renting a car. The Ca2 train from Barcelona to Girona departs every hour, and takes slightly more than an hour. Buses run from Girona to Calella de Palafrugell. Cars can be rented at the train station in Girona. A Spain Flexipass costs $175 for second class and $225 for first class for three days of travel in two months. Rail and Drive versions are also available. Rail passes must be bought in the United States before traveling to Europe. (Rail Europe: 888-382-7245, www.raileurope.com).

Where to stay

Hotel Carlemany
Plaza Miquel Santalo
17002 Girona
011-34-972-21-12-12
www.carlemany.es
Comfortable accommodations in a contemporary hotel that cradles an open plaza. Ninety spacious soundproofed rooms. It's a brief walk to the old part of town. Doubles about $140-$195. Breakfast buffet, $12.

Hotel Casamar
Del Nero, 3
17221 Llafranc
011-34-972-30-01-04
On the path between Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell. Twenty-five rooms in a two-star hotel with 10-star views. Closed January-March. Doubles about $65-$180.

Hotel Llafranch
Passeig Cipsela, 16
17211 Llafranc
011-34-972-30-02-08
www.hllafranch.com
A simple hotel in the heart of this seaside town. Former hangout of Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Xavier Cugat, and other 1960s luminaries. Doubles about $85-$270.

Where to eat

Boira
Plaza Independencia, 10 Girona
011-34-972-20-30-96
Contemporary menu with a Catalan spin. Salads, grilled and roasted fish, pork with prawns, and duck with pears and cloves. $7.50-$16.

Bar Gelpi
Voltes, 11 Calella de Palafrugell
Tasty tapas served beneath multicolored umbrellas by the sea. Croquettas, patatas ali oli, grilled sardines, calamari, tortilla Espanola, and more. $4-$12.

What to do

Museum of the History of the Jews
8, Forca Street 17004
Girona
011-34-972-216-761
www.ajgirona.org/call/eng/
Permanent exhibitions about the Jews in Catalonia, a collection of tombstones from Medieval times, plus a schedule of activities including music, theater, and dance.

More information

www.costabrava.org

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