Two hours by train, north of Barcelona, is the town of Figueres. In Figueres is the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum. No trip to Catalonia is complete without a visit to Dali’s self-constructed museum which is a work of art in itself. His idea was to give the visitor an experience of the truly surreal (the word seems to be often misused these days) and the visitor is not disappointed.
The building itself is wonderfully outrageous, and the exhibits give a good insight into Dali’s way of working and sense of humour and you can even see the crypt where the man is now buried. This museum has nearly a million visitors a year, so join the queue and be entertained by the exterior and its adornments while you wait.
Ten-storey-high castles made from humans are built upwards into the blue hot skies. A little five year old shimmies up the concentrated mass of bodies, straddles the top section and raises one hand in the air while a massive burst of cheering and applause breaks free from the Catalan crowd. This is one of the stunning traditions celebrated regularly in Catalonia. The company, culTOURa, runs tours to these events from Barcelona centre.
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