I should have done more research before visiting Girona. I would have found out it was used as a filming location for Game of Thrones. As it is, I walked up a cobbled street, rounded a bend, under an archway and saw the magnificent Cathedral, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona, before me.
The staircase is instantly recognisable if you have watched Game of Thrones, and according to that site I linked above, they used several locations around the old city.
The view from the front of the Cathedral doesn’t quite match what viewers saw in Game of Thrones. The sea and a much bigger courtyard appear in the show.
Buildings surround the Cathedral, with shuttered rooms and small balconies.
I really want to come back some time. The old city is full of atmosphere and narrow streets.