Girona Flower Festival
Girona and Hotels Ultonia prepare a new Flower Festival every year, streets, buildings, monuments, shops and gardens in Girona are decorated every year since 1954
Girona Flower Festival is the visual language of flowers and the imaginative floral creations carried out by hundreds of participants, professionals and amateurs alike, transform once a year and edition after edition, the Girona capital into a subtle show of aromas, textures and colours. The monuments, the houses and their interior courtyards, the streets, the gardens, and the natural places, emerge covered with the elegance of surprising vegetal and floral elements.
Moreover, during the nine days of the festival (it starts on a Saturday and ends the following Sunday) the city reinforces its cultural, tourist, gastronomic and social offer, becoming a point of interest for tourists in Europe. The Cathedral, Sant Feliu church, Sant Nicolau church, “Els Jurats” square, Sant Martí church, Sant Lluc church, the Arab Baths, Sarraïnes, Gironella Tower, “Els Alemanys” Gardens and the Lleó Avinay House are some must-see places during Girona Flower Festival.
Is Girona Flower Festival the ideal moment to visit Girona?
Throughout the capital of Girona there are many cultural shows for all ages, the city and its shops look their best, and it is the ideal time to discover the interior of buildings and historic sites of the city for free, many of which remain closed to the public for the rest of the year or can only be accessed by paying an entrance fee.
Concerts, workshops, dance exhibitions, sardanes, special exhibitions, activities for the youngest, and Catalan exhibitions are some options that you will find in a full calendar of activities, which you can consult on the official city hall website or the official website of the festival.
All its floral exhibitions are totally free, and it is a unique opportunity to access buildings and areas that are normally paid
Recommendations for visiting the Girona Flower Festival
The floral designs are renewed every edition, so each Girona Flower Festival is unique and unrepeatable. We encourage you to share all your photos on social media using the hashtags #TempsdeFlors and #101GironaMoments.
The busiest days are the Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend, when there are large crowds and serious parking problems in the city center. To avoid these crowds it is preferable to come during the week, especially to be able to access all the spaces without having to stand in long queues, especially if you are travelling with older people or children.
The nights are another one of the ideal moments to visit the Girona Flower Festival, the light games and the fact that some exhibitions open exclusively during the night hours during the week make this option one of the most attractive
In case you decide to visit the city without staying over, if you come by car you have to keep in mind that it is not easy to park in Girona during the days of the Girona Flower Festival, and less so on weekends. It is advisable to travel by train (20 minutes walk from the historic centre), bus or taxi to the entrance of the historic centre of the city. Two days are needed to cover the whole festival circuit, and comfortable shoes for long days.
If you need more directions or recommendations to enjoy Girona Flower Festival, our reception team will provide you with the official map of the festival and the best suggestions. Remember that if you stay at our hotels, you will be able to reach the main points of interest of the festival within a few minutes' walk, as well as being able to leave your car in our guarded car park, an exclusive option for customers who book through our official website.
Where to stay during the Girona Flower Season
Make the most of a unique experience like Flower Time. Don't worry about the schedules, and the way back home, stay at our hotels and make the most of your trip to Girona. Hoteles Ultonia is located right in the centre of Girona city, 5 minutes walk from the historic centre. Through our website you will find flexible rates with the possibility of changing your reservation up to 24 hours before your arrival, but remember to make your reservation well in advance so you don't run out of availability. We also offer a parking service in our own building.
The history of Girona Flower Festival
Over sixty years ago, a group of Girona entrepreneurs decided to organize the first edition of what they called the "Provincial Flower Exhibition Contest" in the foyer of the Municipal Theatre. The good response and the interest of the public who visited that space in 1954 encouraged the organization to continue with an event that has become one of the festivals of reference in Southern Europe, and that has helped place Girona on the international map.
Girona Flower Festival after that first and successful edition, evolved over the years with the participation and involvement of citizens and the social fabric of the city. From the Theater foyer, which that first year was already small, the Festival moved to the Parchment Room of the Public Library and then to the St. Peter of Galligants Monastery. Afterwards it was moved to the Sant Domènech convent and cloister, and finally began to extend through several courtyards and gardens of the old town, such as “Els Jurats” square, the Cathedral cloister or the gardens of Narcís Figueras square.
The posters of Girona Flower Festival, are another outstanding element of the certainly. Every year the Girona City Council organizes an exhibition at the La Mercè Cultural Centre, where all the posters for Flowertime can be seen, including the one from the first edition in 1954. You can see them all, through the following link.
The volunteerism of Girona Flower Festival, the engine of the festival
The different floral projects that make up the Girona Flower Festival are usually presented at the beginning of the year, when the city council distributes the budget and spaces with the utmost care. These projects can be presented by any person, group of friends, non-profit organization, or institution willing to collaborate with one of the most important flower festivals in Southern Europe. Obviously, the limit of the creations is always set by the economic logic, and the real capacity to carry them out successfully.
Once spaces and budgets are distributed, we start to work in more depth on aspects such as the preparation, structure and material of each proposal. The idea is to have everything ready until a week or days before the festival, and then work everything at the last minute, yes, let's not forget that Girona Flower Festival always involves a real race against the clock due to the very nature of the floral material, which loses freshness as the days go by.
Girona Flower Festival ends up becoming a beautiful activity that unites the people of Girona, regardless of their age, strengthening their creative and associative capacity and extracting the best of themselves as citizens. As a result of this success, for example, in 2019 up to 171 floral projects were presented, divided into 3 categories of participation: 111 floral exhibitions in patios, monuments and gardens; 49 urban floral exhibitions; and 11 establishments with floral decoration. More than 1,100 volunteers were needed for this goal, a spectacular figure that continues to grow year after year.
Hotels Ultonia Girona offer everything you need to enjoy a stay in Girona with all the comfort, adapting to customer needs, whether for leisure or business. Whichever room best suits your needs you will have air conditioning, satellite TV, safe and minibar.
Hotels Ultonia Girona
The Ultonia Girona Hotels are located in the heart of the city, rooted in super history and heritage since 1962. Our privileged location allows Our customers to walk to the main points of interest of the historic center. There is no better way to discover the beautiful city of Girona.
Rooted in the history of Girona
The Ultonia Building is an architectural work of monumentalist aesthetics, included in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia. It is located in one of the chamfers of the city's expansion, and was built on the Baluarte de la Santa Cruz, a small vestige of the old wall that surrounded the city. This building opened its doors in 1945.