Gerona is a city and Spanish municipality, capital of the homonymous province and of the region of the Gironés, in the autonomous community of Catalonia. It belongs to the area of the Girona counties (Comarques Gironines) and to the urban system of Gerona, according to the General Territorial Plan of Catalonia. The city is crossed by the rivers Ter, Güell, Galligants and Oñar, at an altitude of 75 m above sea level. Its municipal term limits to the north with San Julián de Ramis and Sarriá de Ter, to the east with Celrá, to the southeast with Juyá and Quart, to the southwest with Fornells de la Selva, Vilablareix and Salt, and to the west with San Gregorio. It is the center of the urban area of Gerona and the urban system of Gerona.
Its historical center or Barri Vell is one of the most evocative of Catalonia, counting on monumental elements unique in Europe. It is bounded in the east by the so-called Paseo de la Muralla, the round road of the old Carolingian walls (9th century) and the lower medieval (14th and 15th century). Among its monuments are the Call, an old Jewish quarter, one of the best preserved in Spain; As well as the famous and colorful Casas del Oñar, built on the banks of this river and very close to the Cathedral, a grandiose single nave, which is the widest in the world in Gothic style.
In 2016, the city was awarded the European Prize, a distinction granted annually by the Council of Europe since 1955 to those municipalities that have made remarkable efforts to promote the ideal of European unity. It was the second Spanish city in obtaining the award, after Santiago de Compostela (1985).