Catalonia, Spain - Can Rosich, Salvador Dali and Peratallada
I had been to Barcelona and the Costa Brava in 1977 and always thought I would return; in 2014 we were in the south of France with our River Cruise together with Barbara and Mike, and so included a quick 4 night/3 day trip to Catalonia into our itinerary.
We had booked rooms at a 'rural-tourism' B&B near Santa Susanna on the Costa Brava.
Can Rosich was an outstanding find; it is a family owned B&B on a small farm that dates from the 1500's.
There is an inscription engraved on the frontispiece of the main entrance of Can Rosich that shows that the house was rebuilt in 1777 by Miquel Rosich.
The current owners are Montserrat and Matue Valls. Montserrat and her first husband bought the property in 1960 and commenced restoration and renovation. Montserrat's husband died in 1971 and she later married Matue and they continued to develop the property and make it suitable for rural tourism.
Don't stay at the beaches in the crowds; drive 5km into the hills and stay at Can Rosich. Delicious home cooked meals in Catalonian style and amazing breakfasts including the Spanish cured ham Jamón Ibérico. And all for about Euro 70 per night for 2 including breakfast.For less than NZ$120 a night it is a bargain.
Salvador Dali Museum
I like the work of Salvador Dali, both his paintings and sketches, and being in Catalonia I had to visit the Theatre-Museum in Figueres, the city where he was born.
There are 3 main locations for Dali fans in Catalonia ; the Theatre museum in Figueres, his home in Port Lligat, and the 'Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol but we only had time to visit the main museum in Figueres. You probably need 2 days to cover all 3..they are about 40km apart.
There was a lengthy queue for the Museum on a 30 degree day..a couple of folks in the queue fainted.
The wait was worthwhile; the Museum is located on what was once the Municipal Theatre, a 19th century building destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Dalí decided to create his museum on the ruins.
We spent the morning wandering the exhibitions and looking for the originals of the two Dali copies we have at home. We did locate Galatea of the Spheres which he painted in 1952 and which was in the Museum.The "Apparatus and Hand" which he did in 1927 is apparently in another Dali Museum in Florida so we didnt see that one.
One of the more interesting paintings was his oil paining " Gala contemplating the Mediterranean which at 20 metres becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Amazingly, viewing the painting through a camera lens showed Abraham Lincoln very clearly at any distance, but with the naked eye he could only be seen at 20 meters. I know not why....
And for those who didn't know...the Chupa Chups logo was designed in 1969 by Salvador Dalí
I had wanted to take Barbara and Mike to a smaller Spanish medieval village and some Googling turned up Peratallada. Peratallada is a small town in Catalonia and was conveniently located so that we could drive the 75km or so in about an hour from Santa Susanna. Rather than go vai the AP7 Autopisat (motorway) we took the scenic route and drove up the coast via the towns of Palamos, Pallafrugell and Begur and then inland a few kilometers to Peratallada.
The name is derived from pedra tallada, meaning 'carved stone'. Most of the buildings are built from stone carved from the moat which still encircles parts of the town. The beautiful old stone buildings, rutted stone streets and passageways make it a really worthwhile place to wander around
It was Sunday when we visited and so the town was very quiet. We found a nice cafe and managed to order coffee and some snacks; the town got busier as the day went on and numerous souvenir shops and artist galleries also opened.
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