Living Like a Local in Girona in my Wimdu Apartment

view from my bedroom in our Wimdu apartment in Girona, Catalonia, Spain

I love living like a local wherever I go and staying with Wimdu makes it easy to feel like a local.

I first stayed with Wimdu in Durban, South Africa, in a turn of the century town house.  In addition to a list of recommended restaurants that I never would have found on my own, the instructions also included how to get monkeys out of the house – apparently shaking a broom at them does the trick!  It’s these little things which make me feel right at home.

Flash forward to Girona.  It was not my first time in Girona, I had been there earlier this year when I volunteered at MONA,  a chimpanzee sanctuary.   It was there that my Chimpanzee Love Affair with Charlie began and sadly ended just as quickly as it began.
living room in our Wimdu apartment in Girona, Catalonia, Spain The difference being with this visit I wasn’t volunteering with chimps, or worrying about how to chase monkeys out of my apartment.  I was  here for a TBEX Conference.  And instead of retreating back to a lonely hotel room as I had done when volunteering, I retreated back to my room mates/fellow travel bloggers, Isabel from Diaro de a Bordo, Barbara from Hole in the Donut and Heather from Heather on her travels.  We gabbed and giggled, sharing our future blogging plans, giving each other advice and encouragement.  I learned a lot from these ladies and treasure the time I spent with them.

I had a built in community of three lovely ladies.  It would have been virtually impossible for the four of us to share a hotel room AND have our own beds, but it was easy in our  Wimdu apartment.  It had three bedrooms (2 single beds, 1 double) and a pull out couch which Barbara slept on.
bedroom in our Wimdu apartment in Girona, Catalonia, Spain Our apartment was so newly renovated that they had just finished moving in the furniture by the time I had arrived.  It was simply furnished, but more importantly in my books, it was really clean.  There was also a kitchen including a microwave.  Almost immediately upon arriving I went out to buy a few items for breakfast.  I never miss any opportunity to eat delicious Catalan Jamón (ham) and find at least several opportunities to do so throughout the day!  I loved having a kitchen, which would have been missing in a hotel room.  Plus it meant that I didn’t have to eat breakfast out every day.
bedroom in our Wimdu apartment in Girona, Catalonia, Spain I also LOVED the location. Our apartment was located on Calle Bellaire right in the heart of the Old Town.  The Girona Cathedral was just steps from our door, as were the Jewish Quarter and Arab Baths.  We were only a 20 minute walk to the conference center.

Our Wimdu apartment offered AMAZING VALUE.

It cost just ~€100 night.  That’s just €25/person a night for an entire furnished apartment!  Our apartment was simply furnished, but Wimdu has over 50,000 properties across the globe, so you can find something for every budget if you are looking for something more luxurious.

The only downside was that while our Wimdu apartment had Wifi as promised, the connection was slow at times.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in our Wimdu apartment in Girona – in large part because it offered me a built-in community – which is the epitome of living like a local.

See more of Girona from this great video by Heather on her travels:

Know Before You Book a Wimdu Property

  • Each of the properties lists its amenities  but it’s worth while checking the details carefully.  I.e. if Wifi is important to you, ask how strong the connection is before you book, or if a property says that it sleeps four, ask if that’s in two beds or four separate beds.
  • Some properties require a cash deposit.  Discuss this with your host before you book.
  • Use Wimdu’s Map feature to easily see where properties are located.  I love this feature!
  • Girona also makes a great base for exploring the Pyrenees.

Many thanks to Wimdu for hosting me.  As always all opinions expressed are my own.

Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.



  1. Bobbi Lee Hitchon November 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    I just posted something about my stay with Wimdu this weekend in Brooklyn, so your article caught my eye. I pretty much had the same experience!!! It’s a great way to live like a local. It’s cool you got to share it with some other great great bloggers. What a great experience.

    • Laurel November 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      @Bobbi Lee – Glad to hear that you also had a great experience with Wimdu. It’s a great way to feel like a local.

  2. Zhu November 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    I was contacted by Wimdu as well 😉

    I think staying in an apartment abroad can be a great idea, especially in big cities because you can save on food expenses and enjoy life as a local!

  3. Jennifer November 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    We like apartment rentals too and have stayed at some really great ones throughout Europe. Great tip about verifying the amenities.

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