PALAMÓS-DALI BESALU & GIRONA TOUR
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PALAMÓS-DALI BESALU & GIRONA TOUR⇢
Visit to Dalí Museum
We will leave Palamós towards the city of Figueres to contemplate a unique museum in the world, the Salvador Dalí Theater-Museum, with the most exquisite art and painting collections of Salvador Dalí, with more than 1 M visitors a year. Then we will visit the church of Sant Pere, a Romanesque church with elements of the Gothic in the fourteenth century. Figueras is the capital of the Alt Empordá region, famous for
its wine cellars and its beautiful coast.
We will continue to Besalú, monumental sample of the medieval Catalan world. Nestled in the region of La Garrotxa, it is one step away from the spectacular landscape of the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa and the last foothills of the eastern sector of the Girona Pyrenees. We will walk along the Old
Bridge of Besalú, built in the eleventh century on a Roman bridge, and rebuilt in the fourteenth century.
We will visit the city center, flooded with streets and facades as part of its medieval heritage. During the tour we visit the ecclesiastical monuments found in the town, such as the churches of Sant Pere, Santa María and Sant Vicenç, which alternate Romanesque elements with other Gothic ones. On the other hand, in the Jewish quarter you can visit medieval baths, dedicated to the Hebrew ritual ablutions.
We will leave for the city of Girona, known as the city of the 4 rivers, with its ownhistory, and a charming historical center. We will make a walking tour of the main tourist icons of the city of Girona, especially its Cathedral, a building that combines several artistic styles from different eras such as Gothic and Roman.
Next we will visit the Arab baths of Girona, built in the 12th century and located within the convent of the Capuchins. The Walls of Girona will be the next stop: used as a defense of the city against possible invaders, today a privileged place where you can enjoy a unique view of the territory.
We will return to Palamos in the afternoon.
INFORMATION OF FIGUERES - BESALU Y GIRONA ♥
In the 10th century it was under the domain of the San Pere de Rodes monastery.
In the S. XII was in the hands of the monastery of Santa María de Vilabertran.
In 1267 Jaume I gave Figueres the right to be an independent municipality.
In the second half of the century. XVIII Figueres becomes the capital of Alt Empordà.
Between 1753 and 1766 the castle and the military base of San Ferran was built, This made an economic transformation and also an increase in the population
Between 1808 and 1814 Napoleon’s troops invade.
In 1877 the railway station was inaugurated.
In 1894 they open the bullring.
Besalú and its History
Some evidence of human presence in the municipal territory of Besalú belong to the remains of a small, oval cabin located near Can Barraca, on the northwest side of the current population, which was inhabited at the end of the second millennium BC (1200 – 1100 BC). Now speaking of the center of Besalú, the oldest documented remains are defined in a small combustion structure of the first iron age (650-600 BC) found in the Devesa, at the end of the Santa Maria hill .
Girona and its History
Its history comes from the settlements of the Iberians of the tribe of the destitute in the villages that surround and close the Plain of Girona. Around 77 BC Pompey made the construction of an oppidum on the Via Heráclea and the Romans founded the original Girona, named in Latin Gerunda.
This city was repopulated with the inhabitants of the town of San Julián de Ramis so it became an important center of the region, with the articulation of a Roman ager that surrounded the city. Although Gerunda was inside, far from the coast, it had a good connection to the port of Ampurias.
Salvador Dalí Theater-Museum
It is a museum dedicated entirely to the painter Salvador Dalí is located in the Gala-Salvador Dalí square, number 5, in Figueras, the Theater-Museum was the third most visited museum in Spain in 2017, with 1 207 149 visitors, being located in the position number 40 of its ranking of the 100 most visited art museums in the world. Due to its large influx of public and commercial management, it could be the only Spanish museum that can fully finance itself with its own income
Managed by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation. The artist left in his will a large number of works of art to the Spanish State, these were distributed between this museum and the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.
Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa
The park is an impressive volcanic landscape of the Peninsula and is one of the most prominent in Europe. The park houses 38 volcanic cones, more than twenty basaltic lava flows and many biological and cultural charms. This Natural space consists of thirteen municipalities, the majority on the banks of the Fluvià.
Its vegetation is varied and very abundant, with more than a thousand species in a territory of holm oak, oak and beech, among them the Fageda d’en Jordà (Hayedo de Jordà). It is of great fauna diversity.
The most named volcanoes are those of Santa Margarida, Montsacopa and Croscat, these are the largest and also the youngest in the Iberian Peninsula. To them is added an architectural heritage that includes churches and castles.
Churches of Sant Pere
The oldest remains that were preserved in the parish church of Figueres come from the X-XI centuries. They constitute in the part of a wall of the north face with a loophole, next to the bell tower. In the decline of the fourteenth century, King Pedro the Cerimonious ordered the construction of a new church in Figueres; The Gothic-style temple with a single nave, without a cruise or an ambulatory, rose above the Romanesque building. At present, it maintains its original form as far as the apse began.
The Girona Wall
It is the best viewpoint in the city. From the wall you can see, not only the rooftops, but also the Cathedral, to the Pyrenees in the background.
From the walls built in the 1st century BC, between the 70s and 80s, to the renovations that were made on the occasion of the War of Independence, the walls of Girona have been present in bloody struggles and fierce sieges. After the second half of the nineteenth century they no longer had their defensive importance and changed to be an obstacle to growth, also for the urban benefit of the city.
In the first third of the twentieth century, the wall canvases that did not allow for urban expansion are laid down, and those that did not hinder the new construction of housing and communication roads remain standing, that is, the sections corresponding to the west side of the city .
DATES OF THE PALAMÓS-DALI BESALU & GIRONA TOUR ≔
All year except Christmas, New Year and St. Stephen
WHAT DOES THE PALAMÓS-DALI BESALU & GIRONA TOUR INCLUDE ★
• Private vehicle transfer or Minibus
• Guide throughout the tour
• Visit to the Dalí Museum
• Visit Besalú
• Visit Garrotxa Natural Park
• Visit Arab Baths in Girona
CONDITIONS AND CANCELLATION POLICY ☜
- Maximum capacity: 15 people.
- Meeting point: Pick up at the Hotel of Hospedaje.
- It is essentialto have received the reservation confirmation.
1-day tours are cancelable up to 24 hours before.
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