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Fresh & Funky: Girona’s Flower Festival

Orange Fans in Girona's Flower Festival

Girona’s Flower Festival In Photos

Take one city that oozes with medieval charm and Mediterranean style, throw in hundreds of thousands of petals and then let creativity run wild. The result is the Temps de Flors, or Festival of Flowers, in Girona. Every year, this Spanish town scraps admission fees and lets the scent of roses fill the air. Queues thread around the cloisters, crowds fill the squares, while classical music drifts across the streets. Shops display tulip stickers and buttercup cakes, while poets use broken pianos and flower cascades to reflect the pain of a life cut short.

Whichever way you look at it, there’s something interesting to look at.

The Temps de Flors in Pictures

 

Yellow cables as tree roots in Girona's Flower Festival

Arabic Baths in Girona decked out for the Feria de Flores

 

Musical notes at the Flower Festival

Orchids in Girona's Temps de Flors

Moss and green stones in Girona's Flower Festival

Green leaf balls in GironaFlashing wands at the Girona Flower Festival

Black and white flower image Festival Girona

Flowers in jars

 

Main square flower festival girona

Flower wall

Flower washing lineflower ladder

White flowers at festival

Flower festival butterflies
I travelled to Girona as a guest of Visit Costa Brava. All pics, words and thoughts (such as they are) are always mine…

Which is your favourite photo from the Flower Festival?

27 Responses to Fresh & Funky: Girona’s Flower Festival

  1. Gemma May 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    I love these photos… and can’t choose only one! I wish Girona city was always decorated this way :)

    • Abi May 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

      While Girona looked beautiful during this time, I’m guessing that the hayfever sufferers would complain if it were always like this…

  2. Sophie May 11, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    I discovered Girona by chance a few years ago. Had never heard of it and hopped off the Barcelona train on an impulse and ended up spending a night there instead of in Barcelona. I especially liked a dusty old book shop in the old town and all the cool, mysterious stairs that seemed to be around every corner.

    Excellent photos, Abi – my faves are the notes.

    • Abi May 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

      Girona came as a wonderful surprise to me, too. Underrated, I think.

  3. Jack May 11, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Great images; they totally capture the eclectic mix of artistic displays that we saw. Extremely difficult choice; I think I’d go along with the notes…but only by a quaver.

    • Abi May 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

      Hehe ;)

  4. Sabrina May 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Gorgeous flowers! The pictures are really stunning. I think my favorite is the one with the green round flower-thingies – what are they??

    • Abi May 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

      Ivy (I think!) leaves pinned into spheres. Not sure whether they had polystyrene balls beneath them or whether the whole structure was built from leaves.

  5. Steve May 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Hmmm, favourite eh? I have a top 3, in no particular order: The single orange fan at the top, the leaf ball fellas with the pearl pins, and the church pews…. All stunning though – quite fancy checking this festival out for myself one year. Reminds me of a garden festival I saw in Bilbao a few years ago….

    • Abi May 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

      Hm…You’re all surprising me with your choices. Good job I posted so many photos!

      Personally, I think I’d go for the three orange fans as butterflies…or the washing line display.

  6. Laurel May 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Beautiful photos, I especially love the first one of the fans and I love the idea of a flower festival.

    • Abi May 17, 2011 at 7:53 am #

      It’s on such a huge scale as well – I barely showed the proverbial tip of the iceberg here.

  7. Kymri May 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Wow! They’re all great (and nicely photographed too!), but my favorite is the flowers in the hanging laundry. Nice!

    • Abi May 17, 2011 at 7:55 am #

      They also had orange T shirts draped along the riverbanks as though someone had washed them and laid them out to dry. Quite cool.

  8. Wanderluster May 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    So poetic, so creative! I can’t pick a favorite.

  9. jackie May 14, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    Simply stunning work. Jaw dropping.

    • Abi May 20, 2011 at 9:02 am #

      The whole festival is so inspiring & creative.

  10. Bluegreen Kirk June 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    My favorite photo is the last one. Love the color and the fact that they look like large butterflies.

    • Abi September 14, 2011 at 10:06 am #

      I love it. They looked so impressive in the middle of the Arabic Baths…

  11. Abby June 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Wow! These pictures are so beautiful! Girona’s come a long way since I first visited many years ago — I think it got a big boost when Ryan Air started flying from there… Then again, Spaniards love their festivals. So happy, colorful and stunning!

    • Abi April 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      Yes they do – there are more festivals in Spain than days of the year! And you’re right, it’s much easier to get to now with the Ryanair flights.

  12. Zablon Mukuba June 24, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    Great pictures

    • Abi April 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

      Thank you

  13. Laurel February 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    I was just in Girona and loved it, but your photos are making me want to go back for the flower festival – it looks amazing!

    • Abi April 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

      It’s coming up again next month!I hope you get to go…

  14. Ayla June 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Hey, I was happy to see this since I’m from Girona. It’s true it’s gotten much easier to go there with Ryanair-and for us to travel too. And I love the Temps de flors festival, altough the city gets pretty much crowded.
    Btw, altough politically Girona and the rest of Catalonia (capital Barcelona) is part of Spain, you should know we have our own language (catalan) and our own culture, traditions, folclore and gastronomy. We’re a different country inside Spain… So please, I’d be grateful if you didn’t call us spaniards but catalans instead.

    • Abi June 24, 2012 at 12:33 am #

      Hi Ayla, thanks for stopping by and letting us know what you think. I’m sure no-one meant any harm by using the word “Spaniard” – the meaning was the same as if someone had said “Europeans love their festivals.”

      As for me, I’m well aware that Catalonia has its own language, culture, folklore and so on – please browse around the rest of the blog! I’m a frequent visitor to the region – both the areas within France and Spain. It’s a controversial subject, though, as I’m sure you appreciate, and there are many who would disagree with the definition you’ve put forward. And those who would disagree with the explanation I’ve given. And so on.

      Let’s enjoy the festival, appreciate the various cultures in the world and celebrate the chance we get to travel and understand the world from different points of view. Perhaps over a drink the next time I’m in Girona?! Cheers.

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