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Dalí's Triangle in Girona

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  • Salvador Dalí House-Museum, Cadaqués © Turespaña

    Salvador Dalí House-Museum, Cadaqués © Turespaña

  • View of the exterior of the Dalí Museum in Figueres © Turespaña

    View of the exterior of the Dalí Museum in Figueres © Turespaña

  

Following in the footsteps of Dalí and his particular Surrealism

In the northeast of Spain we find the region of Empordà, in Catalonia. Here, in these landscapes, we'll find the footprint of the Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. Born in Figueres, he lived most of his life in other parts of this area, because he never wanted to move far away.
 

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It is a route that may be covered in one day.

We suggest starting in the small village of Púbol, where we can find an old medieval castle that Dalí bought and gave to his wife Gala in 1969. The painter's muse lived there during the last years of her life and her body lies there in a crypt.


In the 1970s, Dalí spent most of his time restoring and decorating this residence. He also set up his last workshop here, between 1982 and 1984. The building and the gardens, with large elephant sculptures, all have a Romantic and French look.


Inside we find the old kitchen, turned into a bathroom, the Piano Room, Gala's private rooms, and the actual crypt. There is also a set of Dalí's drawings, his Cadillac and a collection of haute couture costumes belonging to his wife.
Our next destination is Figueres, where the painter was born. For this, we'll head towards the town of Parlavà, where we'll take the C-252 road to the town (36 kilometres). In Figueres we can find the Dalí Theatre-Museum, situated in a Neoclassical building; the old Municipal Theatre, which was restored and renovated by Dalí. He turned it into the Surrealist monument that it is today.


His works of art make up a large collection including paintings and decorations, as well as pieces by other artists that Dalí wished to include. It has three different spaces: the Theatre-Museum as such; the set of rooms that hold part of Dalí's legacy, in the Galatea Tower; and the Dalí-Joyas exhibition hall.
The last part of our route will take us to the magical fishing town of Cadaqués, on the coast of Cabo de Creus. For this, we'll take the C-68 road to the town of Roses (17 kilometres). When we get there, a winding local road will take us to Cadaqués, after another 17 kilometres.


On the outskirts of the town, next to the small cove of Portlligat, there used to be a small group of fishermen. Dalí took up residence in one of the houses in 1930 and was the only stable home he had. Today we can see the consecutive extensions and renovations he carried out over almost half a century, after buying the rest of houses on the site. In the Portlligat House-Museum we'll see Dalí's workshop, the library, some private rooms, the garden and the swimming pool. The site is striking because of its labyrinthine structure and warmth of the furniture and decoration.


From here we'll be able to end the route with a series of excursions in the Cabo de Creus Nature Reserve. Along its paths we'll be able to enjoy its amazing cliffs and coves, and the cultural attractions of its towns.
The Mediterranean coastline belongs to the Costa Brava, which has important tourist destinations such as Roses, Sant Pere Pescador and L'Escala. In Roses, for example, it is worth seeing its Renaissance citadel, with the remains of the Greek colony of Rhodes inside. In the region of L'Escala we can also find the remains of the ancient Greco-Roman town of Empúries.

 

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