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Figueres Girona Spain European Trip

Figueres Girona Spain European Trip

Figueres-Girona Salvador Dalí and the Dalí Theatre-Museum.

Figueres is a charming town in the Girona province of Spain, located just a short drive from the French border. As the birthplace of surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, it’s no surprise that the town is home to the famous Dalí Theatre-Museum, a must-visit attraction for art lovers.

In addition to the museum, Figueres has plenty of other things to see and do. The town’s historic centre is filled with beautiful buildings, quaint streets, and lively squares. The Santa Maria Basilica, located in the heart of the town, is a stunning Gothic church that is well worth a visit.

For those looking to do some shopping, Figueres has a range of stores selling everything from local crafts and souvenirs to high-end fashion and jewellery.

Foodies will love Figueres’ excellent restaurants, which serve up delicious Catalan cuisine. The town is also known for its sweet pastries, such as xuixo and croissant de llimona.

If you’re interested in nature, the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park is just a short drive from Figueres. This beautiful nature reserve is home to a wide range of bird species, as well as other animals and plants.

Overall, Figueres is a wonderful destination for tourists looking to experience the best of Catalonia. With its rich culture, beautiful architecture, delicious food, and stunning natural surroundings, it’s definitely worth a visit. So why not add it to your travel itinerary and discover all that this charming town has to offer?

Tickets for the Dalí Theatre-Museum Figueres Girona Spain

Galatea of the Spheres Salvador Dali
Galatea of the Spheres Salvador Dali

We booked tickets online for this museum at their website here. From 10.30 to 6.00 pm (last admission: 5.15 pm)

Website bookings are cheaper than direct bookings at the museum.

General 17€, Student 11€ Junior (9-18 years) 11€ Senior +65 11€ Disability 33% 11€ Companion Disability 33% 11€ Disability 50% free Companion Disability 50% free Under 8 years free.

The Dalí Theatre-Museum includes two museum areas:

The first area is formed by the old burnt-out theatre converted into a theatre museum in accordance with the criteria and design of Salvador Dalí himself (rooms 1 to 18). This space is a unique art object where each part is an intrinsic part of the whole.

The second is the complex of rooms formed as a result of the progressive extensions of the Theatre Museum (rooms 19 to 24).

The exhibition rooms will start to close 15 minutes before the official closing time.

The route covers 24 rooms. If we take into account the idiosyncrasy of Salvador Dalí, the origin of the Dalí Theatre-Museum, then perhaps we ought to recommend you not to follow a preconceived route.

The Woman at the Window

Salvador Painting Woman at the Window in Figueres
Salvador Dali.
Woman at the Window in Figueres
Salvador Dali.

“The Woman at the Window” is a painting by the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali, which he created in 1925. The painting features a female figure standing at a window, looking out into a strange and surreal landscape.

The woman in the painting is depicted in a ghostly, ethereal manner, with a pale complexion and delicate features. She appears to be standing in a dreamlike state, gazing out at the strange and otherworldly landscape outside.

The landscape itself is a typical example of Dali’s surrealistic style, featuring strange, distorted objects and shapes, such as melting clocks and distorted forms. The sky is a deep blue, and the landscape is dominated by a large rock formation that seems to defy gravity.

Mae West room at The Dalí Theatre-Museum

Mae West room at The Dalí Theatre-Museum
Mae West room at The Dalí Theatre-Museum

Room 11, also known as the Mae West Room or the Room of Enigma, is a surrealistic installation at the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain. This iconic exhibit showcases the creative genius of Salvador Dalí and his unique approach to combining art, architecture, and interior design.

At first glance, the Mae West room appears to be a collection of random objects and furniture. However, when viewed from a specific angle, the objects come together to form a giant portrait of the Hollywood actress Mae West.

The portrait of Mae West is made up of various objects, including a sofa that forms her lips, a rug that represents her hair, the eyes a view of Paris, and a nose-shaped fireplace.

This creates an illusion of depth and perspective that immerses the viewer in the painting. The walls of the room are adorned with paintings and sculptures by Dalí. This includes a famous telephone sculpture that represents the nose of Mae West.

The architect Oscar Tusquets and the architectural technician Pedro Aldàmiz collaborated with Dalí to undertake the project. Dalí designed this three-dimensional room based on his work the gouache on newspaper collage ‘Mae West’s Face Used as an Apartment’, which he created in 1934.

In essence, the Mae West room is a masterful example of the way in which Dalí merged different art forms to create a unique, immersive experience for the viewer. It is a highlight of the Dalí Theatre Museum and remains one of the most sought-after attractions for visitors to the museum.

Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso were both drawn to Cadaqués Girona

the Salvador Dalí House Museum.
The Salvador Dalí House Museum.

Originally we were going to visit Cadaqués to see the Salvador Dalí House Museum. We had also planned to go to the Museu de Cadaqués. They have some work by Picasso. Sadly the museum was temporarily closed. We decided instead to leave Cadaqués for a future time.

Picasso was born in Spain in 1881 and spent much of his life working in various cities throughout Europe. One of his favourite destinations, however, was the picturesque coastal town of Cadaqués, located in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Salvador Dali was also drawn to Cadaqués for its picturesque landscapes, including the dramatic rocky coastline and crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. He also appreciated the town’s bohemian atmosphere, which attracted a number of artists, writers, and intellectuals. Dali first visited Cadaqués as a child and returned often throughout his life, eventually purchasing a house in the nearby village of Portlligat. Today, Cadaqués is still closely associated with Dali, and many visitors come to explore the town’s vibrant art scene and learn more about the life and work of this iconic artist.

Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí and the Dalí Theatre-Museum

Salvador Dali Painting
A Salvador Dali Painting inspired while at Cadaqués

Salvador Dalí is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, known for his surrealist paintings and sculptures. His birthplace, Figueres, is home to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, which is dedicated to his life and work.

The museum is a surreal and fascinating experience, designed by Dalí himself. It features a collection of over 1,500 works by the artist, including paintings, sculptures, and installations.

Visitors can explore the museum’s various galleries, each with its own unique theme and atmosphere. Highlights include the Mae West Room, which features a giant sofa shaped like the actress’s lips, and the Rainy Taxi Room, which has a taxi hanging from the ceiling.

The museum also features a crypt where Dalí is buried, as well as an outdoor courtyard filled with sculptures and a beautiful fountain.

Overall, the Dalí Theatre-Museum is a must-visit attraction for art lovers and anyone interested in surrealism. It offers a unique insight into the mind of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. So why not add it to your travel itinerary and discover all that this fascinating museum has to offer?

Website link to the Museum

Location of the Dalí Theatre-Museum Figueres Girona Spain

Search on Google for free parking and you will see plenty of parking places. You may need to arrive early as local workers get the better parking spots. We parked on the N-260 17600 Figueres, Girona. Top right (Aparacament) of this map above the Petrem sign.

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