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Temps de Flors: Girona’s incredible Flower Festival

For nine days in May (11th to 19th in 2024), Girona celebrates its acclaimed Temps de Flors, a festival that dresses the city with beautiful flowers, striking colours, and penetrating aromas.

Girona’s historic centre’s monuments, courtyards, and urban locations transform into floral creations and ornamental gardens. All flower shows are free of charge, and it’s a unique opportunity to access monuments and buildings usually not open to the public.

We’ve been to Temps de Flors thrice and put together a guide with tips and tricks for making the most of this amazing event.

Sounds good thus far? Keep scrolling to discover more!

* Post written for the first time in May 2023 and updated in April 2024.

A flower display in Girona

What is Temps de Flors

Temps de Flors (translated as Flower’s Time) is a flower exhibition that has been celebrated annually in Girona since 1954.

During the nine days of the festival, Girona is more colourful than ever! Throughout the city, and especially in the historic district, you can find monuments, streets, and courtyards decorated with superb floral arrangements. There are actually more than a hundred floral displays around.

Everything revolves around flowers: associations prepare flower exhibitions, citizens adorn their balconies, and shopkeepers decorate shop windows. Even restaurants offer floral menus!

During the festival, the city will also host concerts, workshops, art exhibitions, and dance performances. Check the festival’s agenda to find out what’s happening on the day you visit.

To get a taste of what Temps de Flors is and what you can expect, take a look at this video from our local friend Maria:

Practical info about Temps de Flors

When is the festival

Mark your calendars! The much-awaited Temps de Flors festival will take place from May 11 to 19, 2024.

⚠️ Important!

Even if you’ve already visited Temps de Flors another year, don’t let this stop you from going again! The floral designs are renewed every edition, so each Temps de Flors festival is unrepeatable and unique.

We’ve been there three times, and each one has been drastically different from the others.

A person standing in front of a floral display at the Temps de Flors Festival

Where does the festival take place

Temps de Flors is held yearly in Girona’s historic city centre and the medieval Jewish quarter known as El Call.

The most impressive floral displays include the Arab baths, the Cathedral steps, the Capella de Sant Nicolau, and Les Sarraïnes.

Over a hundred exhibits are on display, some in patios, monuments, and other spaces that aren’t usually open to the public. So, it’s an excellent opportunity to visit spots of the city you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see.

👌 Our tip

To make the most of your visit to Temps de Flors, we recommend checking out the map with the locations of all the floral displays in advance. You can then design an itinerary or decide which ones you really don’t want to miss.

Street decorations during Temps de Flors in Girona

Tips for making your Temps de Flors visit smoother

1. Avoid weekends if possible

If you can visit the festival on a weekday, we can’t recommend it enough! 

Temps de Flors is very popular with locals, who usually go there on weekends. That means the narrow streets of Girona’s historic centre get pretty crowded!

If you visit on a weekend, be patient. Typically, you queue up to see the most popular displays, especially on Sunday mornings.

But don’t get frustrated! The queues don’t take that long, and the worst you’ll wait for is around 15 minutes.

2. Be patient

This follows from tip number 1 and is especially relevant again on weekends.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, restaurants get very crowded, especially at lunchtime (from 1 to 3 pm), and service may be slower than usual. So, the best thing you can do is to book in advance or be patient, relax, and enjoy the floral displays while queuing to get some food.

One of the flower exhibitions at in 2017

3. Take advantage of the festival to discover monuments for free

Temps de Flors is a great excuse to explore the city and discover locations you otherwise couldn’t or should pay to see.

Sites such as the Banys Àrabs or the Girona History Museum, which you usually have to pay to visit, are free during Temps de Flors.

4. Stay overnight (and book in advance!)

Temps de Flors makes a fabulous day trip from Barcelona, and you can see the festival (more or less) in one day. But we think spending at least a night in Girona is something you should consider!

An extra day will allow you to enjoy the festival at a slower pace, soak up the atmosphere, and visit Girona and its main highlights without rushing from one place to another. Also, you’ll see the floral displays on the River Onyar lit up at night, which is when they’re most beautiful!

⚠️ Important!

On the weekends of the festival, hotels in the city centre book up 2 to 3 months in advance. Yes, you heard that right! So, either book early or be prepared to stay in a less central location

How to get to Girona from Barcelona

If you visit Temps de Flors without staying overnight, we highly recommend you travel by public transport.

It isn’t easy to park in Girona during the Temps de Flors festival, and even less during the weekends. So, we advise you not to go by car.

The train station is only 20 minutes from the historic centre, where you’ll find the festival and the best things to do in Girona.

You can get to Girona from Barcelona by taking the high-speed AVE train from Estació de Sants in Barcelona. The train has a journey time of just 35 minutes!

The other option is to take a public bus from the bus station Estació del Nord.

How to move around Girona during Temps de Flors

Girona is a middle-sized city, ideal for exploring on foot or by bike. You can rent a public bike for just 2€ a day.

During the festival, you can use one of the three suggested itineraries to move around the city and see the floral exhibitions. You can pick up a map with the itineraries at the tourist office and from volunteers along the route.

An art exhibition of Temps de Flors

While you’re in Girona…

🏰 Are you a fan of GoT? Join this Game of Thrones tour, which you’ll enjoy no matter if you’re a Lannister or Stark fan! The walk lasts 2 hours and takes you to the sites where the 6th season of the show was filmed.

🚶🏼We recommend this guided walking tour if you’d like to discover Girona with a local. It lasts 3 hours, and you’ll visit Girona’s most important monuments, learn about its history and legends, and learn more about Girona’s Jewish heritage.

🍸 Looking for the best things to do and see in Girona while you’re there? From sipping vermouth to soaking up the views from the medieval walls, you’ll find the best experiences in our guide.

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