GIRONA

Girona

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.

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

Colorful yellow and orange houses and Eiffel Bridge, Old fish stalls, reflected in water river Onyar, in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Church of Sant Feliu at background.
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What to eat in Girona?

Pals rice

This unusual rice ('arròs' in Catalan) was introduced by Arabs from Valencia, and it's thought that in the 12th century, the rice of Empordà contributed to the feeding of all of Catalonia. The most well-known varieties that are grown in the town of Pals are the traditional 'el bahia' and 'el bomba', and the more modern 'el carneroli' and 'el nembo'. It can be used in numerous different dishes, especially rice stews, a typical Empordà plate, as the rice doesn't overcook and go too mushy.

 

Fesol d’ull ros

This local bean, also known as the 'banyolí' bean, is a typical kind of legume from the Baix Empordà and Estany area, and has been grown here for many centuries. You can spot them by their brownish colour and the lack of a black eye ('ull negre'). Recently, and thanks to efforts to promote regional products by various restaurateurs, its cultivation has been expanded. They're excellent eaten with shredded cod ('bacallà escaixat') or grilled vegetables ('escalivada')

 

Beef with wild mushrooms

In times past, Girona wasn't really a place to find beef ('vedella', which can also be translated as veal), especially not among the working classes who were more used to pork or chicken. However, this dish became popular as one served at town festivals ('festa majors') and celebrations, a recipe for special occasions. The combination of the juicy meat (which nowadays may well have been raised in Girona) that has been well stewed, the mountain, mossy scents of the wild mushrooms ('bolets'), and the slow-cooked sauce is just superb. This is a great dish for dipping your bread into, and is perfect for all carnivores.

Palamós Prawns

Prawns ('gambes') have been fished for generations off the coast of Palamós and other seaside towns such as Blanes, Arenys, Roses and the more southerly Tarragona. Tasty, red and fat, they share a maritime current with the prawns from Soller in Mallorca, which are from the same family. There's not much more that needs to be said about this gastronomic treat. Enjoy them simply grilled with salt, garlic and parsley; and savour the moment.

Xuixo

This very sweet pastry filled with cream was created in the 1920s, and is the Girona adaptation of a French treat called 'chou a la créme'. Nowadays what you'll find is a deep-fried pastry covered with sugar. You can buy them in bakeries outside Girona, but we say that only the ones made in the city are the authentic 'xiuxos' (pron. 'CHOO-chos'), and the most memorable. A must-try.

 

DNSG 2020 has been postponed

Over the last few weeks, we have been following the evolution of the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak both locally and internationally closely.

Due to the increased spread worldwide, and because our first priority is to ensure the health and well-being of all the attendees to this event, we, the Organizing Committee of the DNSG 2020 together with the DNSG board, have decided to postpone the DNSG 2020 Symposium, scheduled for June 15, 16 and 17, 2020 since the current priority is the health of all the participants of the DNSG 2020 Symposium.

For the mentioned above, we would like to announce that the new dates for the Conference are 7, 8 and 9 June 2021 at the same venue (Hotel Cap Roig); and maintaining, as much as possible, the scientific program.

We will inform you of the changes related to this postponement.

We would like to apologize for any inconvenience it may cause, but we hope you will understand our decision considering the exceptionality of the pandemia.

The DNSG Organizing Committee promises to deliver an unforgettable event in Platja d’Aro which we anticipate to be well attended and we hope you are able to be a part of. We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support and understanding during these difficult times. We look forward to seeing you in Platja d’Aro!