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July 13 2015 | Art | Empordà

El Teatre-Museu Dalí de Figueres: una experiència surrealista

 

They say that Empordà is a land of geniuses… And who is the most internationally well-known of them all?  Without a doubt it's Salvador Dalí.

 

Today we suggest that you visit the Dalí Theater-Museum and immerse yourselves in the work of the greatest Surrealist in the world.  This singular space is found just 15 km from our cellar in the town of Figueres.

 

Thousands of people make the pilgrimage every year to the Empordà capital to visit the museum as if it were a religious or spiritual center.  You could in fact say that it's the Mecca of Surrealism.  Russians, Israelis, South Koreans, Taiwanese, Japanese, Australians, Americans, and let's not forget the French, or the rest of Europe… All these visitors lose themselves in a maze of exhibit rooms, like the Palau del Vent or Les Peixateries, as these passages conform to the theme of a Theater of Surrealism.  And to exacerbate this point, they take selfies next to the pieces Poetry of America, Portrait of Pablo Picasso in the Twenty-first century, Galatea of the Spheres, or Atomic Leda.

 

Then everyone steps over the tomb of the master (the part visible under the dome), while they are trying to make out the portrait of President Lincoln, and simultaneously raise their heads to admire the large geodesic dome.  First however, they had attempted to discover why it rains inside a Cadillac parked in the middle of the patio of the old theater… just one of Dalí's mysteries. But the pilgrimage doesn't end here, as they religiously wait their turn to walk up the narrow steps that will allow them to contemplate Mae West's face.

 

Finally, after this wondrous journey, they arrive at the museum gift shop where they'll buy souvenirs, which are again, highly surreal.  As a finishing touch, when they exit through the door and turn their heads one last time, they see a tower (Torre Galatea) with a large red façade where there have been attached loaves of breads with three points (in actual size) and at the top, a crown of gigantic eggs interspersed with golden mannequins.

 

Now only one question remains: Are you ready to immerse yourselves in the Dalí Universe?  If so, one recommendation: don't forget the diving suit that you will find at the entrance of this theater that is both local and universal.

 

 

Useful Info:

  • Hours: Winter from 10:30 to 18:00 / Summer from 09:00 to 20:00
  • Admission price: 12€
  • Duration of the visit: 2 hours
  • On rainy days as well as all of the Summer, there are lengthy lines.
  • During the month of August, the Dalí Theater-Museum is open during the nights.
  • You can purchase your ticket via the website: www.salvador-dali.org

 

If you would like to eat something before or after visiting the museum, here you have some good restaurants where you'll also be able to find our wines…

 

Restaurant Shang-Haï. 

In the smallest alley of Figueres you'll find this cozy, stalwart Chinese restaurant.  It was opened more than 40 years and was the first Chinese restaurant in whole province of Girona.  There they make the best beef sautée in the area, which can be paired with a chilled bottle of Lledoner Rosat from our winery.

Address: Carrer de la Jonquera, 8

 

Mesón Asador.

Originally the menu only had typical dishes found in the Spanish "spit-fired" style, but with time they have expanded their offer with a large variety of seasonal dishes and seafood.

Address: Pujada del Castell, 4

 

Antaviana.

A cozy restaurant with high quality cuisine and excellent wine.

Address: Carrer Llers 5-7

 

Restaurant Hotel Duran. 

To complement a visit to the Dalí Mueum, you can't miss this restaurant which was frequented by the Surrealist genius.

 

Can Jeroni. 

If going to the train station, you have to stop and eat at Can Jeroni, serving quality, traditional cuisine.

Address: Carrer de Castelló, 36

 

Bistrot Cap i Pota.

They specialize in cheese and wine.  Also a great option if you are looking for traditional cooking.

Address: Carrer Vilafant, 35

 

El Pelegrí. 

In this restaurant you will be able to sample the best dishes of Empordà cuisine.

Address: Avinguda Salvador Dalí, 68

 

Motel Empordà.  And if you are heading towards France, you have to stop at El Motel and have an excellent meal made of fresh market ingredients.  This is a classic restaurant with more than 50 years in service and it counts the famed Catalan writer, Josep Pla as one of its legendary clients.

Address: Av. Salvador Dalí i Doménech, 170

 

 

 

 

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