This Week in Travel: Girona Flower Festival

Posted on May 12, 2011 by

Early this week, I found myself in one of my favorite cities in Spain, Girona, to witness the annual flower festival in is full glory. From 7 to 15 May 2011, the city of Girona will be splashed in rainbow colors as flowers take over its streets and plazas. Temps de Flors started decades ago as a flower display competition, but today it has blossomed into one of the most important festivals of the city. There are over 110 flower displays scattered all over the city: in the main monuments, small squares and even private homes opened to the public for visits.

colorful tulips in Girona, temps de flors, Costa Brava

Sant Marti Church

Earlier that day, our tour started at the Sant Marti Church,perched on the higher grounds of the historical centre. On the steps leading to the church were a stack of brick-game blocks made out of flowers – an interesting play of colors and theme against the grey backdrop of the religious building. Inside the church, the use of fragrant lilies and silk created quite a dreamy wedding atmosphere.

Sant Marti Church, Girona, Spain

As we weaved through the cobblestoned alleys of the historical centre, we would often drop in to private houses that wowed us away with the artistic displays of flowers. In a particular house, there were fiber-lit lamps hanging from the ceiling in one room and a twirling flower bed that dazzled visitors with its kaleidoscopic colors.

electic flower arrangement at Girona Temps de Flors

Fiber lights hanging from ceiling, Girona Temps de Flors

Girona Cathedral

We wound our way to the heart of the city: the Catedral de Girona. Along the steps of the Santa Maria Catedral, a broken piano stood mid-way between a patch of green grass and another patch of colorful flowers. Our guide, long-term Girona resident Carlos Pongiluppi shared with us, “It’s in relation to the requiem. The flowers represent life, while the broken piano signifies death. Beyond the piano, there are no more flowers, meaning the loss of life.”

Cathedral of Girona, Spain

Arabic Bath

The main highlight of the flower festival for me was the Arabic Bath – within the dome-shaped interior, wispy vines and crawling flowers weave together creating a rather Eden-like atmosphere. In its backyard, I found bright orange butterflies (fans used to give the impression of butterflies) and beautiful orchids on display.

Eden in Arabic Bath, Girona

Flower display in private home, Girona Temps de Flors


If you’re in Girona during this time of the year, be sure to catch the flower festival. For more information, check out the Temps de Flors website where you can download the program and itinerary.

This experience was made possible by Costa Brava Tourism Board and Tourism Spain but all opinions are my own. Read more about my travels in Costa Brava here or follow me on Twitter with the #InCostaBrava hashtag.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

6 Responses to “This Week in Travel: Girona Flower Festival”

  1. Sandra Gomez May 12, 2011 10:44 pm #

    Thank you for starting my day with such a feast of nature's beauty.

  2. loca4motion May 13, 2011 9:45 pm #

    What gorgeous photos Nell! Some of them remind me of the alfombras here in Antigua during Semana Santa. I'd love to go to the flower festival one day.

  3. Traveling Ted May 13, 2011 11:23 pm #

    Flowers always enhance the beauty of whatever environment they are introduced to. This time they do the same for your website. Great pictures.

  4. Sonya May 17, 2011 1:04 pm #

    I absolutely love flower festivals. Thanks for sharing this one.

  5. Chris Stott May 17, 2011 3:56 pm #

    Great photos. I love Girona (proposed to my wife there). Will have to check this out next year, we've been meaning to go back.

  6. Akila June 1, 2011 10:36 pm #

    Wow! We're going to be in Girona in September – can't wait to see it.

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