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Top Things to Do in Girona, Spain

For many first-time visitors to Spain, Madrid or Barcelona top their list for attractive cities to visit. These are areas highly frequented by tourists and with many well-known things to see and do. But for travelers looking for a destination a bit more off the beaten path, Girona is a fantastic place in Spain to visit. Not only is it less densely crowded with tourists than many other cities in Spain, but it has so much of its own unique charm to offer. It’s a great place to relax and feel like you’re really experiencing the local culture, not just a bunch of other backpacking travelers. So check out some of our top picks for things to do here:

Make your own walking tour

Since it’s smaller than the more popular cities in Spain, Girona is a great city to see by foot. If you want to have some information before you go, you can get the travel guide and Wifi for forgeign tourists in Girona (Spain) that can give you all the info you need. Or you can always set out in an exploratory mode to see whatever sights come your way. The city has some beautiful architecture, street cafes and museums to visit.

Eat tapas

When in Spain, you absolutely must partake in the local tradition of tapas, or small plates of local food. Spanish tapas are generally meat-heavy, including braised beef and fish options that will leave you wanting more. In Spain they love to pair food with particular drinks so let your bartender or restaurateur help you select the proper bites and drinks to pair.

Soak in the culture

Girona has gorgeous churches, museums and other areas to visit that will give you a great taste for the local culture. The Museu d’Arte is wonderful for those who are interested in seeing some art pieces on their holiday, and the cathedral in the center of town will impress everyone with its massive Gothic nave. The Jewish Quarter is full of sights to teach you about this part of the city’s history as well.

 

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Women Gamers Dominate Social Games

The rise of mobile phones over the past decade has changed the outlook on video games and those who plays them considerably. Where previously, games such as Final Fantasy, Street Fighter and Call of Duty dominated the market and were considered to be very male centric, the rise of mobile phone games, and free-to-play business models has lead to a huge upswing in female gamers.

 

Research and Markets has conducted a study into mobile devices which demonstrates that the social gaming sector is set to reach $17.4billion by the year 2019, an enormous growth upon its valuation of $5.4billion in 2012. This is, in part, down to some games integration on social media, with games like Candy Crush Saga being heavily integrated into Facebook. It is also down to the accessibility of games, with them being freely available on many different platforms.

As well as this, it is important to note that the amount of women who play social casino games has risen 22% in 2013. A survey by International Game Technology also showed that over a third of players on social casino games are women. IGT’s vice president said:

“Poker is traditionally thought of as a male-dominated game, but our data proves that female poker players are on the rise in social casino.”

The IGT survey also revealed that women spend an equal amount of time per week playing online, free-to-play poker games as men.

David Williams, Head of Consumer PR at Ladbrokes Casino highlighted that, “The rate at which social gaming is growing is undoubtedly one of the most exciting developments on our landscape. The history books are littered with concepts that have withered quickly on the vine but there's no doubt in our minds that this is an area set to explode. Being in the right place at the right time to influence consumer behaviour and offer discerning customers precisely what they want - and more - will be key to leveraging the cash benefits of social gaming for big firms." 

In the United States, the 10 top grossing mobile games account for 25% of revenue for iPhones, 36% of revenue for iPads and on Google Play, 27%. Four of the top ten games on the iPad are social casino and bingo games published by organisations such as DoubleDown, GSN and Big Fish.

A study from Harris Interactive and Amazon discovered that women are the driving force behind free-to-play games, with 84% of women preferring them, and 27% being willing to actually pay for a game. It means that as games designers come to release a game, they are more likely to market a free-to-play game towards women, and are more likely to make a game aimed at women, free-to-play.

 

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