Girona only has a population approaching 100,000 and yet this week we have had and will have a truly international flavour with the 10th Religious and World Music Festival and the massive Tour de France cycling race hitting town tomorrow.
The Music Festival has seen performers of real status and has mixed many styles of music both classical and contemporary, from Fauré’s Requiem choirs to the modern beat of Rokia Traoré (Mali) and Khaled (Algeria) both wonderful performers supported by excellent musicians.
During the festival there is also a temporary (shame!) food court set up with many cuisines from all over the world where you can eat either before or after the concerts and is right next to the cathedral steps and cloisters venues.
The setting for some of the concerts is the other part which makes this festival stand out-where else can you sit outside on a balmy night on the steps of a cathedral listening to top class acts while taking in the beautiful buildings around the Old Town? Not very many, let me tell you so get down to Girona quick!
On second thoughts with the Tour starting in Girona and finishing in Barcelona tomorrow will bring enough chaos to our small town, so just watch it on TV instead and come visit when there are fewer people around!