Figueres is a small town in Costa Brava mostly known for the world-famous Dali Theater and Museum.
The rest of Figueres is equally interesting, however. It is an old beautiful town that would stand well on its own, even if Dali never set foot there. And, unbeknownst to us, we got there during the local festival called Festes de la Santa Creu. That didn’t hurt. 😎
We got to Figueres from Lloret de Mar by bus, with a transfer in Girona. At first, we wanted to take a bus to Girona and change for the train to Figueres (I’m a sucker for railway travel), but from what we understood at the Lloret bus station, the train wasn’t running that day or at all. And that turned out to be a good thing, because the whole transfer in Girona took about 3 minutes and we were on our way. We left Lloret at 8:30 and were at the Museum entrance at 9:45. While Timmy, who had been to the Museum last year, opted to walk around the town instead, I entered the Museum about 10:10 after staying in a very small line. Perfect!
The Dali Theater and Museum
One thing I didn’t like about the museum is the lack of audio-guides and the over-abundance of real guides. Ok, that’s two things, but seriously! There is one group after another after another after another. For some small rooms, like the Mae West Room, it’s a disaster, as one group of 20 people is following another group of 20 people and a short line of 3 to 4 people turns into 20 in a blink of an eye. Look at this photo. Does it look like Mae West to you? It doesn’t, since everyone pushes your hand. It’s a circus in there!
And why don’t they offer audio guides? That would be a perfect upsell thing! And quite convenient to visitors, because, let’s face it, the museum is a little bit chaotic, too. I’ve been to a much smaller Dali museum in Paris, and their audio guides were simply perfect.
Oh, well. In every other aspect, this museum is astonishing! I’ve never seen anything like it!
The above is not my picture. It’s a public domain Wiki photo that shows the side of the museum I didn’t see. LOL!
Here are more photos from the outside.
And from the inside.
While I was taking it all in at the museum, Timmy was doing my job–chronicling the city life. We reunited in about 3 hours, but by then we didn’t have much time. We had planned to stop in Girona on the way back, and our bus was leaving in about 45 minutes. Like I said, it was a big local festival, and everyone was having a lot of fun, and so we had to make the best of the limited time we still had.
An important priest came into town. A couple of denizens told us it was an archbishop, but some others insisted on a cardinal.
These purple-wearing men are a group called Colla Castellera de Figueres, and they are going to build a live pyramid.
Just like this.
Not everyone is building pyramids. Some are just dancing.
Others parade in old cars around the old square.
All in all, Figueres is a beautiful and vibrant town you’ll want to come back to. And the Dali Museum is only one reason why.
Next post: Girona. Stay tuned!
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