Have you ever met Dalí? His bizarre mind created a unique world of symbols and landscapes worth exploring through his museums. Get surreal! He is one of the most celebrated Catalan artists and his three museums can be visited in the Empordà-Costa Brava area, north of Barcelona, rather close to the French border. Figueres, Theater-museum Dalí; Cadaqués, Salvador Dalí House; Púbol, Gala Dalí Castle.
The Teatre-Museu Dalí is not a museum in the traditional sense of the word. Set in the town’s reconstructed theatre that held Dalí’s very first exhibition as a teenager, the museum is one that is bound to leave an imprint. It is a space that has been uniquely adapted for Dalí’s own artistic creations, one in which you are the actor in his surreal show. Are you ready for something out of this world? This is an astounding and memorable first-person experience and a unique opportunity to enter the minds of one of the world’s most renowned (and bizarre!) artists. Know nothing about Salvador Dalí? Even better! A visit to his museum is quite the experience whatever your interests. If you are already acquainted with Dalí this experience will only heighten your appreciation for the master of Surrealism!
If you want to get even more surreal his home by the sea at Cadaqués is a great spot to visit and stay. If you are staying somewhere in Costa Brava it can be a day excursion but it is also a great area to stay one o two nights. Indeed it is quite an isolated spot and we suggest you take one day to also explore Cap de Creus National Park and the charming village of Cadaqués.
This Castle was a gift from Dalí to his wife and muse Gala, the artistic name of Elena Ivanovna Diakonova. Exploring this surreal home is also a short trip to the unusual relationship between Gala and Salvador Dalí. The castle in Púbol is only 30 minutes away from Girona town and it offers a great combination of surreal art with medieval charm.
If you stay a few days in Girona or any Costa Brava town there are many natural parks to visit like Parc Natural del Cap de Creus or Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, a bird reserve in Roses gulf. Also, if you are a hiker, the Camins de Ronda are easygoing tracks along the seashore to discover the most hidden gems of this brave coast!
It is good to know this area is boasting of seafood restaurants and Michelin stars chefs.
One particular spot we are very fond of and we would like you to know about it and visit it if you have the occasion is this now-abandoned old romanesque monastery on a high spot in a hill and with astonishing views over the Mediterranean sea: Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and the town of El Port de la Selva.
To visit one of the museums of Dalí and add the visit of Girona or one town in Costa Brava is a complete day trip from Barcelona.
From Barcelona to Figueres the best option is the high-speed train (AVE) and a taxi from the train station to Figueres city center. For a combination of two of the museums, a minivan and private driver will allow more flexibility. Please note: walking and stairs are going to be present throughout the visit. Total duration for this tour is 5 to 8 hours.
Theater-museum Dalí in Figueres. Salvador Dalí House Portlligat in Cadequés. Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol. (maximum two museums in one day, distances don’t permit more). If you are staying in Girona area, ask us.
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