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Girona: general information about the city

Girona is a city in north-eastern Catalonia (Spain) with a population of 100,000. It is located 100 kilometres from Barcelona and 70 kilometres from the French border. It is situated at the confluence of four rivers (the Ter, Onyar, Güell and Galligants) and a large part of the surrounding area is classified as a protected area of natural beauty. Its proximity to the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees make it a popular tourist attraction and a place to practise outdoor sports. Girona is endowed with the services of a major city and the charm of a small town, and is especially renowned for its medieval monuments.

Climate

The climate is Mediterranean, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. Average temperatures range between 13 and 17 °C.

Time Zone

Girona is situated in the GMT+1 time zone, the same as Madrid, Paris, Rome, Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw and Copenhagen. As in most European countries, the official time varies during the year: the clock goes forward one hour on the last Sunday in March (from winter to summer time) and back one hour on the last Sunday in October (from summer to winter time).

Communications

Girona is very well connected with Europe and the rest of the world:

Money

The local currency is the euro. It can be exchanged at banks and savings banks. In addition, in large towns and cities and major tourist resorts there are bureaux de change open every day.

Customs

At customs, citizens of countries outside the European Union must declare all purchases and gifts whose value exceeds ¤175.

Tax Free Shopping

Non-European Union residents are entitled to a refund of value added tax (VAT) for any purchase over ¤90. This reimbursement is given in shops with the sign Tax Free Shopping.

Credit cards

It is very common to use a credit card to pay for purchases. Major international credit cards are accepted in most shops, shopping malls and department stores, as well as tourist establishments.

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