Crossing points at Castello D’Empuries, Roses and all this within the littoral environment. The time is recommended all year round thanks to its climate. We have to limit the tourists to take trip to see and enjoy the artistic, natural, gastronomic route. Well if it takes advantage with a car and enjoy the passage route to the meet.
This route takes us to the northeastern sector of the province of Girona, near the border with France, for towns with a tourist attraction that blend of art and gastronomy.
The Alt Empordà is located halfway between the sea and the mountains, is a land of beautiful landscapes and colors, something that I appreciated the genius Salvador Dalí to establish their residence here.
Therefore, from the temple of surrealism to the temple of modern cuisine, from Figueres to Roses, and finished in a charming fishing village, Cadaqués, open to the gentle Mediterranean Sea.
Figueres, the center of surrealism.
Figueres is the capital of the Alt Empordà, a city of services and has experienced a tourism boom in recent decades, especially since the inauguration of the Teatro-Museo Dalí. This, alongside the Toy Museum, the Museum of the Empordà and the collection of clocks Martí Amiel, offering a complete museum of great value. But it is undoubtedly the first which concentrates most of the interest of visitors.
Salvador Dalí, Surrealism universal genius, chose the former Municipal Theater of Figueres to establish its own museum. Opened in 1974 contains an extensive collection of works that collectively describe the pictorial history of Catalan artist. Linking the concepts of theater and museum has been designed this great space with a carefully stage, develops a surreal journey where nothing is what it seems: a living room that is actually the face of Mae West, the table ‘Gala looking the sea ‘becomes the face of Abraham Lincoln … And with this experience, the best paintings of surrealist Dalí: Port Alguer, The Specter of Sex Appeal, Soft Self Portrait with Fried Bacon, Poetry of America. The Cosmic Athletes, Galarina, The basket of bread, or atomic Leda Galatea of the Spheres. In an annex building is located the permanent exhibition ‘Dalí-JOIES’, which includes the thirty-seven gold jewelry and precious stones from the Owen Cheatham collection and twenty-seven drawings and paintings on paper that Salvador Dalí made for designing jewelry.
The city has other attractions monumental, both civil and religious vast for a single day visit. Mention the convent of the Capuchin church of Sant Pere and the hermitage of Sant Pau and most interesting religious buildings. And noble and burgher houses along the central streets, like the house Romaguera (neoclassical), house-Soler Puig (modernist) or the old house Pagès.
Special mention deserves the San Fernando Castle, situated on a hilltop, the largest fortification in the eighteenth-century Europe, with capacity for 6,000 men. It is one of the most important examples of military engineering, highlighting the defensive ramparts, the impressive stables and the huge square.
Castelló d’Ampurias, the village
Continuing our journey towards the coast we arrived in Castelló d’Empuries, with a population of over eight thousand people, reached its period of greatest splendor during the Middle Ages, when the family of the Counts of Empúries moved his residence there. Remnants of that era are the remains of the wall and one of its doors, the church of Santa Maria (XIII century), Old Bridge, the Grand Market and the house.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are the various convents of the town: San Agustín, Santo Domingo and Santa Clara. It also has two museums: the Ecomuseum Farinera, stating the traditional mode of production of flour, and Prison, where the cells are preserved in the fourteenth century.
In recent years, the construction of urbanization Empuriabrava, near the sea, has revitalized economic activity in the locality, to the point of becoming one of the centers of coastal tourism on the Costa Brava. Has an important offer hospitality, service and sports.
Roses, facing the Mediterranean cuisine
The coastal town of Roses is an essentially Mediterranean town with tourist and seafaring tradition. It’s beautiful beaches and coves are elected each year by thousands of vacationers who find here a mild climate and a wide range of sports, hospitality and services.
Its architectural heritage is another attraction of Roses, including samples from prehistory to the present. Historic-artistic, collects traces of different eras, including the archaeological site of the Greek city of Rhodes, founded in the year 776 BC, the Greek district, the Roman villa or the Romanesque monastery of Santa María (XI century).
Also interesting are the megalithic set, one of the largest in the province and consists of three dolmens, the castle of the Trinity (XVI century), the parish church or the modern home Mallol.
The cuisine here is a world of its most significant temples: the restaurant El Bulli, Ferran Adrià with the head, considered one of the most influential and respected chefs in the present. The Mediterranean cuisine is the star, and ‘suquet peix of’ the most typical dish, culinary essence of this fishing village.
Cadaques, a fishing village
Cadaques, a small coastal town, is also linked to the figure of Salvador Dalí, as there is Portlligat house, where the artist lived for some seasons. The mild climate and good gastronomy and wines make this town a good place to end our way.
If you have time, you can visit the nearby Parque Natural del Cabo de Creus, with 10,787 square meters of land and sea area of 13,073, and its lighthouse, the easternmost point of Spain.