Visit the splendid medieval Jewish Call in Girona and the surrealistic Dalí museum in Figueres.
Once we cross the Onyar river through a pedestrian bridge built by Eiffel or while entering the Old City through a Roman city gate an almost magnetic feeling will lead us to the always charming narrow lanes of El Call.
Strolling through Girona’s El Call, one of the best preserved medieval Jewish quarters in Western Europe, is a treat for your eyes and soul. Home to numerous philosophers, medicine doctors and poets, this community saw the birth of the medieval Kabbalah, together with Narbonne and Barcelona.
Enter the romanesque public baths, with their frigidarium, tepidarium and caldarium and feel the sober atmosphere of such remote times.
The gothic cathedral, with a challenging 22.98 m. broad central nave, boasts a spectacular Gothic altarpiece in the high altar made of golden silver, translucent enamel and precious gemmae, unique in its kind worldwide. The adjacent small museum shows an alabaster Gothic statue dedicated to Charlemagne, revered as a saint. In the collection there is a magnificent piece: the millennium old Creation tapestry, showing among others Jewish citizens and Jerusalem. There is no other example of such a splendid, refined and priceless embroidery in all Europe. It is only partially comparable with its contemporary Tapisserie de Bayeux, in France. Even older is the Manuscript of the Apocalypse or Beatus, an illustrated book from the year 975.
The Jewish heritage Museum, located in a very well preserved complex of medieval buildings, patios and gardens, allows you to discover the 6 centuries long, deep track that the Jewish community left in the making and consolidation of medieval Catalonia and the Crown of Aragon.
Teatre-Museu Dalí in Figueres.
This is the largest and most impressive surrealistic art centre in the world. Salvador Dalí transformed the 19th century Municipal theatre hall, burned in 1939, into his most meaningful museum and a life-long representative theatrical unique piece of art.
Two different areas and 3 floors encompass the wide artistic progress of the painter: from his earliest youth works of impressionism to futurism, cubism and finally surrealism and his last works of art. At the end a unique and exquisite collection of some world class 40 jewels designed by the artist complete the experience of seeing the world with Dalí’s eyes and soul.
A special set of his works scattered around the building, which is crowned by a monumental geodesic glass volt, make up a surreal atmosphere embracing the whole area.