Mas Miró: a fascinating farm

Artist Joan Miró’s former holiday farm, located in the Catalan town of Montroig del Camp, is still a fascinating place to visit. The building complex, consisting of a house, a chapel and a staff residence, gives you a glimpse into the life of the Spanish surrealist. Nearly everything has been left as it was shortly before his death in 1983. Ready for an afternoon of history and culture on your camping holiday in Catalonia?

Source of inspiration

Mas Miró is located on the outskirts of Montroig del Camp, a town in the province of Tarragona. The entire complex, which was a gift from the artist’s father, includes buildings dating from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It was here that Miró decided to devote himself to painting, and here where his first works were created: a self-portrait and a few paintings inspired by peasant life. Although he made regular jaunts to Barcelona and occasionally lived on Mallorca, Miró often spent his summers at Mas Miró.

Front view of Mas Miró (Copyright Fundació Mas Miró Mont-roig del Camp)

In the footsteps of Miró

The main building at Mas Miró is a white, four-storey house centred around a large terrace with a palm tree. On one side of the building, you’ll find the old carriage entrance. On the other side is staff housing, and the neo-Gothic chapel is adjacent to the carriage house.

The workshop is just a few metres from the main building, near the chapel. The Catalan vaults are the true standouts in this small space, just a single floor and an attic. The large windows provide plenty of sunlight, which was, of course, perfect for a painter. The studio opens onto a smaller terrace that looks out across the orchard and the sea. There’s a footpath close to the complex that runs past some of the places reflected in Miró’s most famous works.

One of the rooms in Mas Miró

Exploring with an audio guide

You can explore Mas Miró with an audio guide that will provide you with plenty of interesting information about the complex, its famous former resident, his youth, and sources of inspiration. You can also download a free audio guide on your mobile phone, so you can learn at your leisure as you walk around the complex. We recommend you read up on Miró’s work in advance, as there’s none of his artwork (not even copies) for you to admire here. You’ll have to hop in the car for that.

Eye in eye with the masterpieces

If you are curious about Miró’s colourful creations, then head to Barcelona, which is home to the Fundació Joan Miró, a large museum nestled on the beautiful Montjuïc hillside. Here you can marvel at more than a hundred works of art. It’s just an hour and a half by car from Mas Miró. Palma de Mallorca, where Miró lived, also boasts a museum dedicated to the surrealist.

Cycling to Miró

If you are camping, there are options literally around the corner. There are campsites less than five kilometres from the farm complex. But there are other alternatives a bit further away, too. We’ve got a few tips for you!

Want to know more?

For more information, please visit the website of Mas Miró, where you can find everything you need to know about opening hours and entrance fees. You can also buy tickets on the website. Be sure to let us know if you’ve ever been to Mas Miró or a museum that featured his work. And don’t forget to mention what you thought of it, of course!

Jeroen Timmermans
  • Author: Jeroen Timmermans
  • From Calais to Cannes, and from Nantes to Nancy: Jeroen has definitely done his fair share of exploring in France. With his parents and his brother, he spent weeks at the most beautiful campsites in a trailer tent. Then, the family travelled around the rest of Europe in a motorhome. Now he loves his cultural city breaks. He particularly loves funiculars and cable cars.

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