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Catalunya

Girona

Girona is a beautiful city in the North East of Catalunya. It is the capital of the province of the same name and of the comarca of the Gironès. It is located 99 km (62 mi) northeast of Barcelona. Girona is one of the major Catalan cities.  It’s known for its medieval architecture, walled Old Quarter (Barri Vell) and the Roman remains of the Força Vella fortress

  • 02 Wellness Centre

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

    Fitness & wellbeing centre in the heart of Girona offering fantastic indoor & outdoor pools, personal training and a range of aerobic classes including spinning. Also on offer are physiotherapy sessions to aid arthritus and osteoporosis. For pregnant women there are ante-natal classes and you can also indulge in a chocolate massage among other beauty treatments.
    Calle Pau Vila i Dinarès 20/ Calle Migdia 20 972210268 www.02centrowellness.com/parcmigida

    Comments: 
    "There are swimming classes for babies from 3 months and also water activities for children from 3 to 14 years"

  • Girona Gimnàs

    Recommended by Lisa Richardson

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    Centrally located gym with large fitness room, a range of classes includes spinning, Kung Fu & Pilates. It also has a beauty salon.
    Passeig Olot 1-3
    972402030
    www.gimnasgirona.com

  • Punt Groc Gym

    Recommended by Lisa Richardson

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    Large gym in the centre of Girona with fitness room, excercise classes, squash courts, Kick-boxing classes, beauty salon, hydro-massage pool and tanning studio.  Opening hours Mon-Fri 7am to 11pm. Saturday 10am-2pm and 5-9pm.
    Calle Bonastru de Porta, 24 Baixos
    www.gimnaspuntgroc.com

    Comments: 
    "They also offer Karate classes for children. Free parking for 1 hour."

  • Dentist - Dr Nicholas Jones

    Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw

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    Dr Jones having opened, run and now passed on his very popular dental clinic in Barcelona has opened a new clinic in Girona providing kind, gentle, top quality, professional dentistry at affordable prices.
The dental clinic is situated near the train station in Girona. 
He provides General Dentistry, Aesthetic Dentistry, Smile Improvement, Implants, Dentures, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery and Tooth Whitening.
 All examinations and estimates are free with no obligation.
 They can also spread the cost of treatments via monthly payments.
 There is parking near to the clinic.
    www.nickteeth.com

    Comments:
    "Nick is fantastic - very personable and great advice - phoned him yesterday about my one year old boy who had chipped his teeth in a fall and he gave practical advice over the phone - would highly recommend him." (RL, Nov 2007)

  • Cupcake workshops for kids, Costa Brava

    Recommended by Chantal Fraser

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    Helen Scott runs Tickety Boo, which as well as offering a range of delicious things to eat, can organize fantastic cupcake workshops for your child`s birthday. Lasts around 2 hours and is very well priced. She can also make the birthday cake and bring a piñata!
    00 ]34 628604313
    ticketyboo6n2@gmail.com

    Comments:
    "Helen organized the most wonderful cupcake workshop for my 6 year old daughter, who invited 9 friends, a mix of boys and girls. Each were given 4 cupcakes to decorate using a variety for yummy delights including mini marshmallows, sprinkles, lots of piped icing and other edible treats. The children took their cupcakes home in a pretty box and the best thing of all Helen cleared everything up and went on to play a game with the children whilst the birthday tea was being prepared!! Highly recommend her!" (CF, Feb 2013)  

  • Costa Brava Classifieds

    Recommended by Sarah Reed

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    English language site offering information on everything from plumbers and estate agents to holiday lets and for sale items in the Girona area.
    www.costabravaclassifieds.com

  • Institut de Bellesa

    Recommended by Lisa Richardson

    Salon for all your beauty needs
    VISAGE Calle Ballesteries 41, 972228901

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  • Lucas Fox Real Estate Agency - Costa Brava

    Recommended by Hugh Roper

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    Since its inception in 2007, Lucas Fox Costa Brava has grown to become a well respected Real Estate agency offering a wide range of luxury coastal villas, country houses (Masias), townhouses, castles and designer apartments. Lucas Fox has a specific focus on the sought-after coastal areas around Begur including Llafranc, Tamariu, Calella de Palafrugell and Aiguablava. It also has a growing portfolio of properties in and around the southern areas including Platja dAro/SAgaró, Tossa de Mar, Blanes  and Lloret. Its inland portfolio includes properties in the exclusive Empordà region. A fully personalized search service is free of charge.
    Lucas Fox also operates in Barcelona, Sitges, Mallorca, Ibiza, Madrid, Andalucia and Portugal. 
    For more information contact: Tom Maidment +34 648092334 tom@lucasfox.com
    www.lucasfox.com 

    Comments:
    "As a family we wanted to find someone in the region that listened to us, opened our eyes to the potential in the area, and were willing to put the time in. In Tom at Lucas Fox, we found that person! The quality of the properties on offer at Lucas Fox were exceptional. The website was simple to navigate and we were able to select those which we wished to see. Tom collected us from the airport, and spent a number of days driving us around the region, showing us the properties, as well as giving us some pointers on things to consider. We made three trips over several months, and never felt under pressure from Tom.Having found our perfect home, Lucas Fox was able to assist in the buying process. Well written guides assisted our knowledge, and introductions to lawyers, banks and notaries were very helpful. Once complete, the Lucas Fox team continued to be of service, with access to an extensive network of local suppliers of relevant services. We feel we our relationship with Tom and the Lucas Fox team extends beyond the transaction of buying a house abroad, to the establishment of a long term trusted partner in our overseas adventure"
    (HR, April 2013)

  • Joiner/Builder - Neil Rigby

    Recommended by Sarah Reed

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    Highly recommended joiner & builder based in Begur. Specializes in carpentry but can do anything from fitting a kitchen to building a treehouse.
    Neil Rigby 620455399

  • Psychotherapist Susan Baker, Girona

    Recommended by Evie Majors

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    Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. Susan Baker has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has practiced for over 20 years in America and 8 in Catalonia. Telephone consultations available.
    Calle Sèquia 20, 3r 3a Girona 17001 Tel. 629182751 Email. S.BakerPsy.D@gmail.com
    http://susanbaker.atspace.eu

    Comments:
    “I would like to recommend a psychotherapy service. Susan is a psychologist based in Girona. I had some difficulty adapting to life when I moved here first, and was lucky enough to find an English-speaking therapist that I felt comfortable with to work on that, and to focus on what direction I wanted my life to take now that I was here. The therapy helped me to feel ready to make the decision to have children. I now have one child and another on the way! Susan was extremely helpful and supportive during that time, and has been ever since” (EM, March 2011)

  • Beauty Therapist - Julia Clarke

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    Based in Begur on the Costa Brava, Julia offers a range of beauty treatments, from manicures & pedicures to facials and massages. She can travel to your home or you can go to hers.
    Email: juliasolvela@hotmail.com
    Tel:  66 66 87 093

    Comments:

    "Julia is great if you fancy some pampering without having to leave the house! Perfect for girly weekends" (CF, Sept 2010)

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