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The first inhabitants in the region were Iberians. Later, the Romans built a citadel there, which was given the name Gerunda. The Visigoths ruled in Girona until it was conquered by the Moors. Finally, Charlemagne reconquered it in 785 and made it one of the fourteen original countships of Catalonia. Guifre I incorporated Girona to the county of Barcelona in 878. Alfonso I of Aragon declared Girona to be a city in the 11th century.

The 12th century saw a flourishing of the Jewish community of Girona, with one of the most important Kabbalistic schools in Europe. The Rabbi of Girona, Moshe ben Nahman Gerondi was appointed Great Rabbi of Catalonia. The history of the Jewish community of Girona ended in 1492, when the Catholic Kings expelled all the Jews from Spain.

Today, the Jewish ghetto or Call is one of the best preserved in Europe and is a major tourist attraction. On the north side of the old city is the Montjuic (or hill of the Jews in medieval Catalan), where an important religious cemetery was located.

Girona suffered several sieges by the French during the 17th and 18th centuries. Finally, Napoleon conquered the city in 1809, after 7 months of siege. The defensive city walls were demolished in the 19th century to allow for the expansion of the city.

Girona landmarks include Saint Mary's Cathedral and the Passeig de la Muralla.

Dali Triangle

The life and work of the Figueres-born artist are condensed into three emblematic spaces. In the Theatre-Museum, in Figueres, visitors can admire works such as Galarina, The Spectre of Sex Appeal or Leda Atomica; surrealist installations such as the Rainy Taxi or the Mae West room, and Dali's recurring obsessions such as his Empurdanese roots or the figure of Gala, his wife and muse. The second space is the House-Museum in Portlligat, outside Cadaques, a row of fishermen's huts that Dali turned into his residence and workshop; the result is a labyrinthine structure with small spaces strung together and full of split levels, where the furniture and personal objects of the artist are conserved.

The Triangle is completed by the Castle of Pubol, in the municipality of La Pera, in the Baix Emporda, which Dali bought for Gala in fulfilment of his promise to make her the queen of a castle. In addition to the collection of works of art, visitors can see Gala's private rooms, her collection of haute couture dresses, the couple's Cadillac and the crypt where Gala is buried.

Inaugurated in 1974, the Dali Theatre-Museum was built upon the remains of the former Figueres theatre. It contains the broadest range of works spanning the artistic career of Salvador Dali (1904-1989), from his earliest artistic experiences and his creations within the Surrealist movement down to the works of the last years of his life.

Although the work exhibited is basically by Dali, there are also works by other artists who Dalí wanted to include: Antoni Pitxot, Evarist Vallès, the private collection of Salvador Dali with works by El Greco, Marià Fortuny, Modest Urgell, Ernest Meissonier, Marcel Duchamp, Gerard Dou, etc. Similarly, in different galleries of the Theatre-Museum, works can be found by Bouguereau, John de Andrea, Wolf Vostell, Meifrén and Ernst Fuchs, among others.

"Where, if not in my own town, should the most extravagant and solid of my work endure, where if not here? The Municipal Theatre, or what remained of it, struck me as very appropriate, and for three reasons: first, because I am an eminently theatrical painter; second, because the theatre stands right opposite the church where I was baptised; and third, because it was precisely in the hall of the vestibule of the theatre where I gave my first exhibition of painting." Dali

Salvador Dalí decided, early in the 1960's, to construct his museum inside the ruins of the old Municipal Theatre of Figueres designed by the architect Roca i Bros, was constructed between 1849 and 1850 but was destroyed by a fire at the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939.

In 1961, Ramon Guardiola, then the mayor of Figueres, proposed to Salvador Dalí the creation of a museum dedicated to his work. The painter was captivated by the ghostly enchantment of the theatre, designed by the architect Roca i Bros, constructed between 1849 and 1850.

The idea of bringing together his work in the old theatre of Figueres excited Dalí, and he dedicated himself to the task for over a decade, collaborating in it and designing the smallest details, until it became reality with the official inauguration of the Dalí Theatre-Museum on 28th September 1974.

One of the most visible elements of the museum is the transparent grid structure in the form of a geodesic dome crowning the building, an idea by Salvador Dalí which was realised by the Murcian architect Emilio Pérez Piñero (1935-1972).

 

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Tours to Girona and Dali Museum in Figueras

Catalonia is the original heartland of the Catalan language, and remains the most important and largest territory where the language is spoken.

The territory that now constitutes the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, and the adjoining Catalan region of France, was first settled during the Middle Palaeolithic.

Like the rest of the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, it was colonized by Ancient Greeks and Carthaginians and participated in the pre-Roman Iberian culture. With the rest of Iberia, it was part of the Roman Empire, followed by Visigothic rule. The northernmost part of Catalonia was briefly occupied by the Moorish (Muslim-ruled) al-Andalus in the eighth century, but after the defeat of Emir Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqiwas's troops in Tours in 732

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Girona & Figueras

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On this day trip from Barcelona, you will explore the historical city of Girona and see the hometown of renowned surrealist painter Salvador Dali including a visit to the Teatre-Museu Dali.

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Escorted Girona, Figueras and Dali Museum from Barcelona

Duration: 11 1/2hrs

Cost: $88.00 pp

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Your first stop is the historical city of Girona. The houses situated at the very edge of the Onyar river and the bridges which span it, are no doubt one of the most authentic and spectacular sights of Girona.

While here, you will enjoy a 2 hour guided tour of the Jewish quarter of the city. Explore the Arabian baths, Roman building inspired by the Roman public baths with three rooms, each with a different temperature of water in their swimming pools. In spite of the presence of elements of Muslim origin, the construction corresponds to Romanesque.

After your visit you will continue to Figueres, hometown of Salvador Dali for some free time to explore the area. Your admission to the Teatre-Museu Dali and "Dali joies" is included in your tour. Lunch is followed by a visit to the Dali Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of Dali's work in the world. The building itself can be considered a work of art - an absolute must for art lovers!

 

Transfers to Girona & Figueras from Barcelona

Duration: 11 1/2hrs

Cost: $87.00 pp

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Discover the Salvador Dali Museum at Figueres and the magical medieval town of Girona on a full-day trip from Barcelona. Figueres and Girona are two of the most famous attractions in northern Catalonia, making your visit to Barcelona complete. Best of all, this is a partially guided tour and you will have plenty of time to spend at your leisure in both towns.

You'll be amazed by the fascinating, surrealist world of Salvador Dali in his birthplace, Figueres. The Dali Theatre-Museum is the largest surrealistic object in the world, replacing the town's former Municipal Theatre which was destroyed in the Spanish Civil War. Not only is the museum an artwork in itself, it's also home to many famous works by Dali, one of the world's most famous surrealist artists.

You'll also visit the beautiful walled city of Girona, where you will have free time to stroll through one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Europe. Girona was originally built by the Romans as a fortress, and the best way to explore the medieval town is to lose yourself in the alluring labyrinth of narrow streets which still reflect its two centuries of Moorish occupation.

Girona Jewish House

Jewish Heritage

Private Guided Tour

Discover the Jewish heritage with an introduction in Barcelona followed by a car jouney to Girona

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Full Day Tour in Barcelona and Girona

Tour Code: MT-BCN-CAT-3
Departure: Daily (except holidays). Depart 10:30am
Duration: 8 hrs
Cost: On Request

An active Jewish community lived in Barcelona from the Roman Times until it was dissolved after the attacks of 1391. We'll walk the streets of the Call section, where the Jewish used to live in the Middle Ages, to learn about their history and see what is left of their heritage. Of course, we won't miss what is considered the oldest documented Synagogue in Europe. After that, we'll drive to Girona (1 hour ride), to discover its charming and beautifully preserved Jewish Quarter and the Museum of History of the Jewish. After lunch, we'll return to Barcelona.

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See Girona

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Excursion to visit Girona known as the Florence of Catalonia because of its charm and magnificent architectural and artistic heritage. If you have time we'll arrange a segway tour of the city.

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Full Day Scheduled Tour to Girona & Figueras (Dali Museum)

Tour Code: MT-BCN-CAT-2
Tastings : Daily
Duration: 10 1/24hrs.
Cost: From 179 € pp

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To walk around old Girona is not just to stroll along the shadowy alleyways that stretch along the rightbank of the River Onyar: it is to let yourself be captivated by the traces left by the passage of time in the form of architectural and cultural remains. Girona has its origins in the lower Palaeolithic period; the Iberians, the Romans and the Arabs, and notablythe important Jewish community which lived in the city between the 9th and 15th centuries, are just some of the peoples and cultures who successively occupied it. It is no surprise, therefore, that traces of all of these civilisations fill every corner of the streets of the old nucleus of the city.

More than a thousand years of history commingle in the old town, which spreads around the Cathedral, which, with its single broad nave, was built between the 14th and 17th centuries. At the foot of the Cathedral hill extends the Call or Jewish neighbourhood, a labyrinthof streets where the Bonastruc ça Porta Study Centre is located. The Romanesque monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants; the Gothic former collegiate church of Sant Feliu, which conserves the relics of St. Narcissus, the patron of the city; the archaeological walk; the city wall; the Arab Baths; the houses of the Onyar - all of these are obligatory visits for lovers of the silence born of the splendour of history.

Also we will visit Salvador Dalí's theatre-museum in Figueres, Spain’s most visited museum after the Prado.

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• Transportation in comfortable Seat Alambra cruise vehicle or similar for up to six people or Microbus for groups greater than 6
• English Speaking Private Chauffeur and expert wine guide

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Costa Brava & Girona

Excursion to visit Girona known as the Florence of Catalonia because of its charm and magnificent architectural and artistic heritage.

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Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

Duration: 11hrs

Cost: $82.00 pp

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On this day trip from Barcelona, you will visit the city of Girona in the north east of Catalonia before continuing to the Coastal region of Costa Brava.

Leaving Barcelona, you will head to Girona, a city with a long history, believed to be founded around 76 BC. The river Onyar neatly divides the city in two, separating the old town from the new. The city has a rich architectural heritage and you can see evidence of this in its the cathedral founded in 1038 an the Roman walls which you can stroll along when they are open or wander the narrow streets of the old town.

Continue to the Santuari dels Angels, this spot offers panoramic views of the whole Girona region and is the spot Salvador Dali chose for his wedding. From here you will make your way to Pals, a small city that grew from a fortress. Stop here for lunch before you head to the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell. 

The clean lines of the whitewashed houses here will be evident here and you'll have time to explore the rocky coastline or perhaps even take a dip in the inviting waters before returning to Barcelona.

Alt Emporada

Art & Wine Tour

Join us on a wine adventure in Alt Emporda. Whether you are visiting Barcelona for a day or longer, we can arrange a wonderful wine tasting or tour into the vineyards of the Emporada.

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Art & Wine Tour in the Alt Emporda region of Catalonia

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Morning visit to the Dalí Theatre Museum of Figueres which contains a broad spectrum of workscovering the artistic career of Salvador Dalí (1904 – 1989), from his early artistic experiences and his creations within the sphere of surrealism through to works dating from the last years of his life. Some of the most outstanding works on exhibition are Port Alguer (1924), The Spectrum of Sex Appeal(1932), Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon (1941), Poetry from America (1943), Galarina (1944-45), The Bread Basket (1945) and Galatea of the Spheres (1952). Also worth highlighting are the works made especially for the Theatre-Museum: the Mae West room and the Rainy Cadillac.4

After lunch visit to small cellar located in the Alt Emporda, protected by the mountain range of the Albera, where the Pyrenees meet with the Mediterranean sea. The cellar is located in a five century old farmhouse. The vineyards are in a terrain dominated by granite and slate, which are very adequate for the production of quality grapes. The climate of the zone is one of the factors that highly affect the quality of our production; the characteristic dry wind from the north, the Tramontana, that blows most of the year, is often very strong. This local phenomenon limits the production by plant and diminishes the incidence of the mainfungicide diseases, very decisive factors for a good quality of harvest. The tramontana wind takes an important part in the elaboration of our more singular product, the Raisin Wine. At present, the winery works with seven varieties of grapes, four native (the Carignan and the white, red and black Grenaches) and three foreign (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah).

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