The bright and varied colours of many of the houses in coastal Catalan fishing towns and villages (Collioure, Port Vendres…) began with the fishermen using up paint left over from decorating their colourful Catalan ‘barques’.
In fact, over the border In Cadaquès, Dalí actually asked the fishermen to clean their brushes on his door after painting their boats. Today, you can see the resulting abstract piece of work when you arrive at his former home, now a museum.

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