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This tour of the Dalí Museum and the medieval town of Girona are a must for lovers of art and history. Barcelona is known for embracing the modern and outlandish when it comes to art and architecture, with all visitors to the city determined to take in the works of Antoni Gaudí and visit the Picasso museum. However, if you have some time to spare in your busy schedule, no trip to Catalonia is complete without a visit to the Salvador Dalí museum, located in the artist’s hometown of Figueres. BarcelonaTours has put together this brilliant combination ensuring you get to fully experience these unique locations in just one day.
This tour combines a visit to the museum with a tour of the historic city of Girona. Previously popular with locals for a quiet weekend by the river, and with tourists for the spectacular Girona Cathedral, the city was thrust into the spotlight after many of its biggest attractions, as well as secret corners, were used in the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones”. Now it attracts lovers of medieval history and television fans alike and walking its charming streets is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Dalí Theatre and Museum Visit
This surrealist wonderland perfectly encapsulates what Dalí was all about. We don’t want to spoil too many of the surprises that await you in this incredible, vibrant building, but our advice is to expect the unexpected. The building itself was constructed on the ruins of the town’s old theatre (which burned down during the Spanish Civil War) in the 1960s and 70s, and has since been extended into several buildings that surround the museum.
Dalí was quoted as saying that he wanted his museum “to be a single block, a labyrinth, a great surrealist object. It will be [a] totally theatrical museum. The people who come to see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream”. He is even buried beneath the stage and therefore will forever be a part of his creation. This immersive and dramatic wonderland cannot and should not be missed.
Girona City Tour
Girona City, in the Girona province, is another major city of Cataluña. This city boasts an astounding cathedral which cuts a stark figure in the skyline of the old town centre, which has streets as winding and mysterious as those in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter.
Another great attraction is the old city wall; although it may be hard to believe, this little city has been under siege many times throughout history and the city wall was an important defence. While a large portion was destroyed to allow the expansion of the city in the late 19th century, a renovation and reconstruction of the remaining wall sections have created the Passeig de la Murella, or “Wall Walk”, offering a beautiful view over the old centre.
Add the colourful houses lining the river, delicious cafés and restaurants (and, if it’s your thing, pretending that you’re exploring Braavos), a tour of Girona makes a delightful addition to any stay in Catalonia.