The façade of Girona cathedral viewed from the foot of its great preceding staircase. The façade is baroque and has a large rose window at the top. Image by JD Andrews.
Getting to know Girona with a tourist guide allows you to discover the city from different perspectives: cultural, artistic, natural, historical… From July 4 to September 12, Girona City Council organizes about forty free guided tours with the aim of showing the different faces of the city. The initiative also includes a series of inclusive tours that provide audio description service, sign language interpretation or adaptation for people with intellectual disabilities or reduced mobility.
Inclusive guided tours with audio description
The first experience was last July 11th, when a group of 12 people, 5 of them visually impaired, participated in the day tour “The Girona that was wearing black”. For an hour and a half, the participants toured the Barri Vell accompanied by a guide from the Girona Guides Association and an audio guide from MultiSignes. In this way, they were able to have a grasp of the history and anecdotes of the convents, monasteries and religious orders present in the city.
At each stop, the audio guide intervened so that the visually impaired could situate themselves and learn about the visual details of the space. Afterwards, the guide went over the anecdotes of the city’s long religious history. Stories featuring the life outside the city walls of the Benedictine nuns of Sant Daniel; the Josefinas convent, where a tunnel came out of the well that communicated with the bishop and could be used in case of a siege; the Esclavas del Santísimo, of strict enclosure, or the Carmelitas Convent, famous for its Claustro de los Colgados (Cloister of the Hanged Men), were some 200 people previously condemned to death were buried in the 18th century.
The next guided tour with audio description will be on Thursday 13 August in a cinema-related visit. A guided walking tour through the Barri Vell of Girona that will visit the shooting locations of the series Game of Thrones. In addition to visiting the places, the participants will also be able to learn about the anecdotes experienced before, during and after the shooting. In this case, the visit will be made by GIGS Girona.
Guided tours with sign language interpretation
In fact, the Game of Thrones tour was already carried out last July 23, in this case with sign language interpretation in Catalan for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
The other activity that will incorporate sign language interpretation will be the visit “Legends of Girona”, a walk through some of the oldest legends in the city starring fantastic characters, saints and funny animals. On August 14, the visit, carried out by the Association of Guides of Girona, will have sign language interpretation in Catalan.
Guided tours adapted for people with intellectual disabilities and reduced mobility
Other activities have also been adapted for people with intellectual disabilities. This is the case of the tour “Gerunda: the origins of the city”. This tour explores Girona’s oldest past through the history of a fictional character: Lucius Valerius, a former Roman legionnaire who returns to the city after twenty years of fighting in the imperial army. What was the Roman “Gerunda” like more than twenty centuries ago? Find out on this inclusive tour by La Mosca Tours.
And from the Roman Gerunda to medieval Girona. In this case, the Association of Guides of Girona has prepared the visit “A walk through history: medieval Girona”, an accessible tour for people with reduced mobility.