What to see in Girona
The Onyar Houses, also known as the River Houses or the Hanging Houses, are a series of houses whose façades face the homonymous river, between the sections including Argentina and Rambla streets in the Old Town of Girona. They are among the great attractions of the city.
A notable aspect of these houses is their spontaneous growth, with a great diversity in volumes presenting facades projecting over the river as if they were galleries where virtual empty spaces and open horizons predominate. This makes the architectural complex unique and original.
Among the most representative houses is Masó House, the birthplace of the famous architect Rafael Masó i Valentí, who became a symbol of the Noucentismo architectural style of Girona.
The origin of these peculiar traditional homes dates back to the settlements built on top of the medieval wall of Girona. Little by little, they gained height and overhangs, especially during the 19th century. The result was this diverse and exclusive complex.
After a long period of deterioration, in 2010 the Onyar Houses in the Pont de Sant Agustí area were subjected to extensive restoration under the direction of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Thus, they recovered their brilliance and richness while being completely modernized.
Due to the beauty, originality and immense appeal of these strange and exotic homes, the Onyar Houses were officially added to the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia.