Cultural Escapes to enjoy the summer in Catalonia
Summer is for many of us synonymous with free time, time to discover and, in short, time to do all those activities that our day-to-day lives make difficult for us. Therefore, from Setdart we want to provide you with a simple guide of recommendations in which either from the beach or from the mountain you can enjoy the leisure and culture.
Maricel Museum and Cau Ferrat Museum (Sitges)
For beach and good weather lovers, Sitges is one of the favorite destinations. But this charming village on the Catalan coast is much more than that. In fact, since the late nineteenth century it became one of the most important artistic references where some of the most renowned artists in the international modernist panorama of Catalonia, such as Santiago Rusiñol and Ramon Casas, settled.
Part of his legacy can be found in museums as representative as the Cau Ferrat, which was, in fact, Rusiñol’s own house-workshop. In it, you will find the collections gathered by the artist himself, whose collecting zeal made this place a temple for modernism and that will not leave you indifferent. Among the most relevant artists in the collection, you will find works by Darío de Regoyos, Ramón Casas, Zurbarán or Picasso, among others.
Another space that houses more than 10 centuries of history through its pieces and paintings is the museum Maricel. In its rooms you will be able to enjoy contemplating works of artists as recognized and valued as Marià Fortuny, Santiago Rusiñol, Josep Llimona, Arcadi Mas i Fontdevila, Joan Rebull, Pere Pruna… in short, a privileged showcase of the great Catalan artistic references. Artists that, in addition, you can find recurrently in our auctions.
Dalí Museum (Figueres)
In Figueres, in the province of Girona, we find the museum dedicated to the most eccentric and surrealist artist of the 20th century, Salvador Dalí. In his hometown, the Dalí Theater-Museum is one of the places you can not miss, either for its monumental surrealist morphology, for the pieces it houses inside, or because the remains of the artist himself rest there, under a slab without inscription.
Designed to be a completely immersive experience where every detail transports us to the deepest Dalinian surrealism, its 22 spaces are configured so that the viewer can make the tour in a totally free way, without following a chronological or thematic axis.
Gaudí Centre (Reus)
Opened in 2007, this cultural center in the city of Reus is configured as a space where art and technology merge to make available to visitors the life and work of the architect Antoni Gaudí.
Located in the heart of the old part of the city, you can immerse yourself in a myriad of sensory and interactive experiences, thanks to the latest technology available in the center. Can you imagine playing with space, light or water as the modernist genius did in his creations? Thanks to its multiple audiovisual resources, it is now possible to delve into the secrets of its architecture and its personal artistic imagination.
Sanctuary of the Mare de Deu de Montserrat (Montferrí)
Known as “the other holy family” in the small town of Montferrí, province of Tarragona, is the Santuari de la Mare de Deu de Montserrat, one of the most outstanding modernist works of the architect Josep Maria Jujol, who worked with Gaudí on the facade and decoration of buildings as admired as the Batlló house and La Pedrera.
The construction of this modernist chapel began in 1925, but was not completed until 1999. This point of connection with the Sagrada Familia is not unique, as its morphology also resembles, in reduced dimensions, Gaudí’s cathedral.
During the visit you will be able to appreciate that it is located far from the urban center, on top of a hill and surrounded by vineyards. The inhabitants of Montferrí, in gratitude for their grape harvests, went on pilgrimage to Montserrat. This sanctuary is undoubtedly a modernist jewel that preserves its naturalistic spirit.
Diocesan Museum (Lleida)
Finally, for those who prefer to spend their vacations away from the heat of the beach, enjoying the countless hiking trails offered by the interior of Catalonia, the city of Lleida is home to one of the greatest treasures of the province, the Diocesan Museum.
With an exhibition that brings together more than a thousand objects, this museum will allow you to take a journey through the history and heritage of Lleida, from the Bronze Age to the nineteenth century. All this thanks to the centenary collections it holds, such as archaeology or the Cathedral of Lleida, whose exhibition promotes the values of heritage and culture, touring the history and art of Lleida.