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4 cities not to miss in Catalonia

Visiting Catalonia? Well.. it has a lot to offer! Stunning nature, interesting heritage and traditions. It is important to remember though that it is not just about Barcelona. There are other Catalan cities that should not be missed when exploring this part of Europe.

Girona

When I visited Girona last summer it was a love at first sight. Its picturesque houses overlooking the river Onyar and the old town with a variety of architectural styles took my breath away.

Girona

Girona

The heritage of the city goes back to the Roman times but there were also the Visigoths and later the Moors who left their mark. The 12th century was the time when the Jewish community flourished in Girona adding even more to that rich mix of influences.

The old fortifications played a crucial role in protecting Girona from invaders for hundreds of years. These days it is possible to walk along the city walls and admire the Collegiate Church of Sant Feliu and the ancient Cathedral from a distance.

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In the surreal world of Dalí

Slicing up eyeballs and eccentric dreams

What is the first art piece that comes to mind when you think of Salvador Dalí? The Burning Giraffe, iconic melting watches, the elephants on spindly legs? Maybe Un Chien Andalou that he made with fellow surrealist Luis Buñuel featuring the image of an eye being cut by a razor? In my case it is the Lobster Telephone. This surreal creation was purchased by Tate in 1981. It became an important part of Tate Modern’s collection that I have seen many times when visiting and later living in London. When I moved to Barcelona last year Dalí’s Theatre-Museum in Figueres and his house in Portlligat seemed like great places to start exploring Catalonia.

Dalí's Statue in Cadaques

Dalí’s Statue in Cadaques

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