Alemanys 5

  • Location: City
    Restaurant El Celler de Can Roca: 4km (15 mins by car)
    Jewish Quarter: In walking distance
    Secret beach El Canadell: 41km (1h by car)
    Dalí Triangle: 22km (35 mins by car)
  • Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO): 16km (25 mins by car)
    Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN): 116km (1h 40 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Good public transport
    Free parking

This house is stunningly beautiful, its architecture gracefully merging ancient and modern elements.
Book way in advance to get a table at nearby three Michelin stars restaurant El Celler de Can Roca!
You’ll be staying in central Girona, which is a great location from where you can walk everywhere.
Alemanys 5 is perfect for a group vacation, just book both apartments to have space for up to 10.

If you are only renting one apartment, be aware that El Badiu has no access to the pool or garden.

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An introduction to Alemanys 5

How would you describe Alemanys 5 in a nutshell?

Alemanys 5 sits proudly in the historic quarter of the medieval town of Girona in Spain. The old house was brilliantly restored by architect Anna Noguera and is now available as a five-bedroom luxury villa rental or two individual apartment rentals. Modern interiors serve as an enchanting contrast to the warm lighting and the rustic natural stone. The fluidity of spaces extends out to the inner courtyard with a luscious green garden, a plunge pool and a seating area for alfresco dining. Enjoy the views of Plaça de Sant Domènec from the veranda or head out to explore Catalonia with its beautiful pristine beaches.

You bought Alemanys 5 about 10 years ago. When did you start remodeling it?

Yes, we bought it 10 years ago but it was in a very bad state structurally, because there had been some recent alterations to it. My wife, who is the architect, took quite a lot of time designing the different spaces and once we had agreed on the layout of the building, we needed a construction company that was able to understand the old, but open to the new as well.

Overall the work took more than 3 years, because each step was difficult. When you start doing things in an older house, you tend to find surprises and you have to reconsider what to do.

When we bought the house our idea was to live and work there, but during that time we had children and had settled in Barcelona, so it was difficult to change everything. So now we are using it as a vacation home and rent it out.

My wife approached the old house in a modern way, like an evolution without breaking with the past. She worked with natural light and the materials’ quality — stone, wood, iron and concrete. We were assisted by some good friends. The furniture is from a friend who owns a magnificent decoration studio in Girona. The lighting, kitchen, and even the pool were also done by friends. The dining table was my project. It has wheels so you can easily move it to the veranda and enjoy dinner outside.

Girona looks like a very rich, historic city.

It’s one of the richest cities in Spain. People don’t show their wealth here, but you can feel it.

The old city center is one of the best-preserved areas in Spain, together with Toledo. It has been touched by a lot of cultures. In fact, in the 14th Century, Girona had one of the main Kabbalistic schools of the Jewish world and you can still find traces of its Roman and French past as well.

When you look back, what has been the biggest reward renting out Alemanys 5?

I am in the hospitality business and I like welcoming people at home, so I try to establish a relationship with them. And with some of them we have even become friends — for example there’s a German creative director at an advertising agency who likes food like me, or one of the world's greatest cycling champions who regularly comes for a visit.

It’s also great when people write comments like this is the ‘best rental ever’, or that we’re a ‘stunning apartment in a charming city’.

What’s one of the most typical dish in this area of Spain?

The region of Gerona is known for its mix of meat and seafood dishes, like chicken with prawns, pork with lobster or pork feet with crayfish, which is very delicious. You can find very good quality fish, vegetables and meat at the market and we have a lot of good wine sellers in the city as well.

Girona also has some of the best restaurants in the world. ‘El Bulli’ for example was considered to be the best restaurant in the world for four years and its chef Ferran Adrian chef of the decade. Or ‘El Cellar de Can Roca’, which is number four on the list.

Eating and cooking is an important part of the house. We even have an outside fireplace where I like to do barbecues. For me it’s a way to relax on the weekends.

Is there a special place in Girona that makes you feel at home?

In Girona we have several bridges that connect the old pedestrian area with the newer one on the other side. It’s very nice to cross these bridges, walking down both sides. You have ducks, seagulls and fishes there and all the houses are painted in different colors. It’s like a painting. It’s beautiful.

There are lots of nice shops and there is often music in the streets, so it’s a very nice area for walking and hanging out. It’s like the center of a village.

El Badiu veranda and kitchen
El Badiu living room
El Badiu living room
El Badiu kitchen
El Badiu bathroom
El Badiu master suite
El Jardin dining room
Alemanys 5 interior
Alemanys 5 garden
Alemanys 5 pool detail

Alemanys 5 rooms & rates

The house is 500 sqm on four levels and is split up into two apartments. On the ground floor is our garage and a bike storage room. El Jardí is on the first floor with two bedrooms, a living room and a fully-equipped kitchen. It has access to the private garden and our plunge pool. El Badiu has the second floor and the third floor with one master suite and two junior suites. There is a kitchen and a dining room, as well as a veranda with a fireplace and a barbecue station.

  • El Badiu for 2-6 people / 180 m²
    325 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 2 Single bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 2 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 2 Baby cot (on req.)

    El Badiu (The Veranda) at Alemanys 5 is a 180 sqm duplex equipped with a master suite and two children suites, kitchen-dining room, great living room with fireplace and a spectacular veranda terrace facing south with exclusive views over the old quarter.

    Facilities also include: air conditioning, free WiFi broadband Internet access, plasma TV with satellite channels, home-cinema DVD and sound system with iPod connection.

    Bedroom 1 – 1 extra large double bed
    Bedroom 2 – 1 single bed + 1 trundle bed
    Bedroom 3 – 1 single bed + 1 trundle bed

    Bathroom 1 – toilet, bath tub, shower
    Bathroom 2 – toilet, shower
    Bathroom 3 – toilet, shower
    Bathroom 4 – toilet

  • El Jardi for 2-4 people / 90 m²
    250 / night
    • 2 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 2 Baby cot (on req.)

    El Jardi (The Garden) at Alemanys 5 is a 90 sqm apartment equipped with a two double bedrooms, large kitchen-dining room and a a private sunny garden with swimming pool.

    Facilities also include: air conditioning, free WiFi broadband Internet access, plasma TV with satellite channels, home-cinema DVD and sound system with iPod connection.

    Bedroom 1 – 2 single beds, can be joined to create a large double bed
    Bedroom 2 – 2 single beds, can be joined to create a large double bed
    Bathroom 1 – toilet, shower

  • Alemanys 5 - The whole house for 4-10 people / 270 m²
    600 / night
    • 2 Twin bedroom
    • 3 Double bedroom
    • 2 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 2 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 2 Living room
    • 2 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 2 Baby cot (on req.)

    Alemanys 5 is also available to be rented as a whole house, consisting of the two apartments El Badiu and El Jardi.

    Facilities include: free WiFi, air conditioning, plasma TV with satellite channels, home-cinema DVD and sound system with iPod connection, a fireplace, a spectacular sunny veranda terrace and a private sunny garden with swimming pool.

Included in the rates
Rates include air conditioning, WiFi, all linen, and final cleaning.
Optional extras
Services on request: breakfast, grocery shopping, private chef, daily cleaning, baby sitter, baby cot and chair and private parking in the garage (EUR 25 per day).
Extra charges payable at the property
Arrivals or departures between 00h00 and 07h00 will be subjected to an extra charge of EUR 25
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome, baby cots (EUR 15 per night) and high chairs are available upon request.
Minimum stay
3 - 4 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Concierge service
  • Babysitting on request
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Movies/DVDs
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Playground
  • Hair dryer

Our guests very much appreciate the assistance of our housekeepers, who are our neighbours. Tony is a very good cook and Montse speaks a lot of languages, so they meet the guests and take care of them if they need anything.

The quality of the service is very important, so if the guests don’t want to cook, they just go next door and have breakfast, lunch or dinner. And if they want, Tony can cook at home for them as well. We also have an outside fireplace for a BBQ.

Things to do in Costa Brava & Girona

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Cycling

Girona is very well-placed to go to a lot of places. In Girona itself you have the Jewish quarter and the Cathedral, which is the biggest cathedral in the world after St. Peter’s. You have two of the top 10 restaurants in the world, one of the world’s best cycling areas and very good golf courses. And you also have one of the biggest urban forests in Spain with some trees coming up to 70-80 meters tall.

Near Girona you have the Salvador Dali museum and Dali’s house in Cadaques, which is a very charming old fishing village. Of course you also have the city of Barcelona and the Costa Brava where you can still find very romantic beaches. And you can even go skiing not very far away in La Molina. So, it’s quite a small city but with a lot of things to do.

Alemanys 5 reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We had a fantastic stay at Alehamny 5 it is a beautiful apartment and nice and quiet. It made us feel at home. Great location and so much to do in the area. Will definitely return.
Thanks
Janelle P.
stayed at Alemanys 5 in January 2019
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We loved everything about our stay at Alemanys 5. Our only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer. Stunning property, wonderfully located, Montse was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and Juan Manuel was responsive and wonderful to work with in making the booking. Definitely a 5 rating! Hope we can return soon. Kind regards, Marion and family
Marion B. (Thailand)
stayed at Alemanys 5 in July 2016
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Very good!
Chantal V. (Netherlands)
stayed at Alemanys 5 in April 2015
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
5 stars! Everything was fantastic – the house is a very special place. Already plotting my return.
Celeste H. (USA)
stayed at Alemanys 5 in June 2015

The location of Alemanys 5

It’s a good mix between city and countryside where we are here. Girona has about 80,000 inhabitants but it only takes about 5 mins by bike to get up into the mountains and the forest. On the other hand, we have the second best restaurant in the world — the three Michelin star El Celler de Can Roca — just fifteen mins from here. There are lots of other charming and cozy restaurants and bars, very good shops, museums, theaters and cinemas in Girona, so you have a lot of cultural life here too.

And Girona is very well-placed to go to a lot of places. You are only 1 hour from Barcelona, in 1.5 hours you can be skiing and in less than 40 mins you can be on the beach diving or swimming. At the end of 2012, we will have a high speed train connecting Girona with Barcelona in only half an hour, and with Paris in 5 or 6 hours. So that’s strategically very well situated, isn’t it?

When is the best time to visit Costa Brava?

I think Girona is a city that you can enjoy at any time of the year. For example, each spring there is a flower exhibition — it’s in its 65th year now — which is magnificent. In summer, it’s very hot so that’s when our swimming pool and the veranda are the places to be. In autumn you have Spain’s most important music, dance and theater festival, and then in winter, we light the fireplace, so it gets very romantic.