Figueres & Teatre-Museu DalìJanuary 16 in Spain
Setting off later than usual because of our cycle to Cap de Creus, we headed back off the most easterly peninsula in Spain and towards the town of Figueres ('fig tree' in Catalan). There are relatively few LPG stations in Spain so we were happy to be able to top up at one we'd found on MyLPG.eu.
Aside from LPG, the town's other attraction was the Teatre-Museu Dalì. The artist, who was was born and raised here, created a showcase for his works in the old municipal theatre, which is now classed as the largest surrealist object in the world. Well, there was no mistaking it on the approach! A pink, castlated building, whose walls were dotted with plaster croissants and topped with giant eggs and spheres, it certainly stood out. The building itself, inside and out, was Dalì's art, as well as being a showcase for it.
The collections were eclectic and prolific. Many were surreal but some were classic portraits, especially of Dalì's wife and muse Gala. There was interactive art such as the Taxi Plujós (Rainy Taxi), that required €1 in a slot for the interior of the full sized Cadillac to light up and 'rain' to pour down on its occupants. Paintings and structures covered the walls, floors and ceilings, we got to climb stairs to stand under a model giraffe and look down on a room in which the objects had been arranged to resemble the face of Marilyn Monroe. Whereas Vicky didn't like a few of the paintings in frames, we both really enjoyed the overall experience and would definitely recommend it.
Park4Night had once again come up trumps and we were able to park in a free gravel car park 1km away, beside Castell de Sant Ferran. We had initially planned to move on to another overnight spot, but it had been a long day and by the time we got back to the van we had decided to stay put. It was quiet enough and had grass and picnic tables nearby.Read more