Project Description

Girona is a human-scale city, but adorned with the charm of big cities. Go for a calm walk through the old town, visit some monuments and museums, browse at ease streets and squares while enjoying the tourist services, cultural activities, festivals, restaurants… And these are but only a selection of its many attractions!

The Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres, the largest surreal museum in the world is housed in a 19th century building that was the former Municipal Theatre, destroyed at the end of the civil war. It is on its ruins that Salvador Dalí decided to build his museum. A great visit to do if you love his art!

NICE WALK IN GIRONA

We leave Barcelona towards Girona where we will spend the morning. We start with a tour of the historic city, the most interesting of Catalonia and pass by the famous Lleona (lioness), one of the symbols of the city.

It is a medieval statue of a lioness climbing on a column. A legend says that every inhabitant of Girone going on a journey, or any passing traveler returning home has to “kiss the bottom of the statue” to get luck. I didn’t do that, but it was funny to see other tourists trying. The current statue is actually a copy, the original being in the Museum of Art.

We continue our tour on the heights of the city. From the ramparts, we see the bell tower of the church of Sant Feliu.

We continue our way to the cathedral, which stands in the most authentic square of the city, Força Vella.

Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, it consists of a set of walls and different styles and spaces from the Romanesque (cloister and tower of Charlemagne) to the Barroque facade and grand staircase. Its most distinctive feature is the nave, whose Gothic vault is the widest in the world (23 meters).

We then go down to the city center by the Call, the Jewish Quarter.

This is one of the most emblematic areas of the Força Vella, a maze of alleyways and courtyards, in which still floats the flavor of the medieval period. This is one of the best preserved Jewish communities in the world, and clear evidence of the importance that had Jewish culture in Girona. A little further down, we get on Rambla de la Llibertat, a beautiful long street, parallel to the river Onyar and the main commercial and entertainment street of Girona. During the visit, I befriended with a group of retired people who invited me to have lunch with them. I accept willingly and we spend the next hour and a half discussing about the travels we both made in a restaurant on Independència square, a very popular place due to the presence of numerous places to eat.

We then slowly go back to our starting point by crossing the Onyar by one of the bridges and admire the houses with colorful facades overlooking the river, the most evocative image of the city.

We reach the parking where our bus waits for us and we head towards Figueres, and especifically the Dalí Theater-Museum. The visit of Girona was nice, but nothing more. I must say that I have not visited the entire city, but only its historical center and it was enough.

THEATER-MUSEUM TOTALLY SURREAL!

When we arrived in Figueres, it was raining cats and dogs. We immediately forget the planned walking tour of the city because 10 seconds outside of the bus would be equivalent to jump fully dressed in a pool. Our driver, comprehensive, stops in front of the entrance of the Dali theater-museum and we run to take refuge inside. We’ll spend a few hours totally surreal, that’s the least we can say!

There are a lot of people here and as the museum is a very narrow place, it is almost impossible to move or even to go into certain rooms. There are endless queues to shoot some of the works of the master, I’ve never seen that before…

I manage my visit the best I can, but I miss quite a lot of rooms. The place is enormous, strange and totally exuberant, like the artist himself! Whether you like Dalí or not, I’m sure you will not be disappointed! We go back to Barcelona in the evening, while it was still raining a lot…

SCHEDULES

From November to February: 10.30am to 6pm.

From March to June and October: 9.30am to 6pm.

Frm July to September: 9am to 8pm.

Night tours in August from 10pm to 1am.

FEES AND IFORMATION

Single ticket to Dalí museum + jewelry exhibition: € 12.-

Visitors are requested to deposit bags, umbrellas, luggage or large object to the baggage room.

It is forbidden to visit the museum with a backpack, a purse or a stroller.

It is forbidden to smoke, eat or drink in the museum.