Are you interested in Salvador Dali’s art? Have you also heard of a lovely town called Girona that is also in the area? Would you like to visit both in one single day?
Salvador Dali was born in a town called Figueres, and there he created his own delirant museum – against his wife Gala’s will. It’s a surreal place designed to surprise you at each step you take, that will remind you of a fun fair.
Girona is a beautifully kept medieval town with a labyrinth of alleys and backstreets, an important Cathedral and a restored Jewish Section with a sad history. It is so scenic that it was chosen to be Braavos in the 6th season of Games of Thrones!
The short distance between these two towns makes it easy to explore Girona and Figueres in one day trip. But visiting both places on your own is pretty tricky as you need to be constantly paying attention to train schedules. Of course, unless you prefer to rent a car and drive. Plus at the Dali Museum there are no audioguides and you can feel a bit lost (almost cheated!) in front of such an explosion of weirdness. Getting oriented in Girona isn’t easy either, and you can miss so much without someone point out at the relevant details and bringing the stones into life.
This is why we’ve designed this day trip to Girona and Figueres that provides the comfort of a private driver to take you to the sites, and the efficiency and knowledge of our licensed guides to show you around.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (traffic, your pace and main interests, museum reservations, season of the year…)
Your guide and your driver will pick you up at your hotel/apartment and take you to Figueres, driving along a highway that as soon as the industrial suburbs of Barcelona are left behind starts crossing farmlands, pine tree woods and the Montseny mountains, until it reaches the Empordà area where Figueres is located.
During the ride, your guide will start filling you in about Dali’s life, so you have a strong background that allows you to understand even better what you are about to see in the museum.
Dali used the ruins of the old theater of his hometown to create there his museum: a place that would be the highest exponent of Surrealism. With a theatrical air and a peculiar sense of humor that will occasionally make you feel like you are in a vintage funfair, you’ll find here a fine selection of some of Dali’s most important pieces, together with some artwork he designed in purpose of the museum.
Your guide will get you to skip the lines (specially long in the high season), and show you around the museum, relating what you’ve been learning in the car with the works there. After this visit, your opinion about Dali will have changed forever!
After visiting the museum, get back to the car to be taken to Girona: a pleasant ride back the same road you took in the morning, during which you can continue discussing what you’ve seen at the museum and get ready for what awaits you in you next stop.
Follow your guide across the bridge over the Onyar River that takes you to the Old Town to enjoy a Girona walking tour around its medieval alleys and backstreets, maybe a visit of the Medieval Baths and a walk along the gardens of the city walls, a view of the Cathedral and a visit of its intriguing Call – the old Jewish Section.
Your guide will adapt the tour to your interests, and you’ll be able to decide if you wish to pay the fees to enter any site (Baths, Cathedral, Museum of History of the Jewish…) or just walk around and see them from outside.
Your guide will take you to some local restaurant where you can have a lovely meal tasting Catalan and Spanish specialties.
Back to the car, enjoy a little nap or continue chatting with your tour guide about what you’ve seen today, ask any other questions you might have about the local history and culture, and get recommendations for the rest of your stay.
You’ll be dropped back at your hotel or apartment or other location of your choice within the city limits.
This tour is our best-selling full day out of town (our half day best seller is Montserrat). So anyone wanting to see the top sites near Barcelona should do both tours, or at least one of them.
The Dali Museum and Girona tour is perfect for those interested in museums and art (bonus if there’s a special interest in Surrealism or Salvador Dali himself), but also enjoy strolling around historical towns (specially medieval areas or places with a Jewish past).
If you are traveling with kids, this tour can child-friendly if we focus more on the exploration of the sites than the academic part. Girona offers plenty of opportunities to explore, and legends and cool stories to listen to. But take into account that many Dali works have a strong (although somehow hidden) sexual component: depending on the maturity of your kids, your guide will chose to share it discreetly with the adults only, adapt it for the kids, or skip it totally. If your kids aren’t much into museums or art, you might want to consider skipping the Dali Museum and going to the beach after Girona instead.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, please note that in the Dali Museum there are sections of steps and no elevator, and that in Girona there are also stairs and uphill cobblestone streets (although there is a little tourist train that you can take to spare you the walk). If you don’t have much stamina, you might want to take a shorter tour (6 hours) and visit only the Dali Museum or only Girona.
If you are a Salvador Dali fan, you can check here all our Dali Museum tours from Barcelona.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and museum tickets sell out, too.
This Girona, Figueres and Dali Museum day trip from Barcelona is:
|AVAILABLE||June to September: Monday thru Sunday
October to May: Tuesday to Sunday
|SOME SITES CLOSED||Sunday: the only parts of the Cathedral of Girona that can be visited are the museum and the cloister only, but not the inside.
Monday: the Museum of History of the Jewish is closed.
|NOT AVAILABLE||Monday (October thru May)|
|UNIQUE||In May Girona celebrates the “Time of Flowers” festival. A great time to visit it!|
Recommended starting times:
|Alternatively:||8AM (March thru October)|
We had a great trip to Barcelona with the help of ForeverBarcelona Tours. Each day was perfect! Miriam took us on a day trip to Figueres and Girona. Worth the 90 minute drive! Make sure to add it to your itinerary.