Flights to Girona land at Girona Costa Brava Airport, which is located under 16 kilometres from the city of Girona in Catalonia, Spain. Despite being a working airport since 1965, the number of passengers was small until the arrival of Ryanair services in the early 21st century, which saw the number of passengers rise to a peak of over five million. UK passengers often fly into Girona on their way to Barcelona or the extensive beaches of the Costa Brava. Ryanair is one of the major low cost airlines flying into Girona Costa Brava Airport, offering flights from Manchester, Bournemouth and London Stansted. Other options for travellers to the region include Thomson Airways flights that see services to Girona from Manchester, London Gatwick and Birmingham. A number of bus services take passengers into the centre of Girona from the main terminal building. Those travelling to Barcelona can also catch a direct bus services taking just over one hour to arrive in the centre of the city.
Located in the very north east of Spain, Girona is built on a number of rivers and offers buildings built directly on the banks of the water to create stunning views of the city. Many visitors enjoy spending time exploring the old town of the city, which retains its city walls and gates that are now found within the boundaries of the modern city. The major site of Girona is the Gothic style cathedral that replaced an earlier version used by the Moors as a Mosque. The cathedral has an entrance of 86 steps that is one of the best known in Spain for its extravagant appearance and architectural style.