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  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration:  11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
This is without doubt, one of the most complete Salvador Dalí tours available. Spend the morning at the unique Dalí Museum in Figueres and finish the day either on his beloved Costa Brava, visiting his home in Port Lligat and the magificent Cap de Creus, or at the castle he built for his wife. It’s a complete surrealistic experience. On this small group walking tour, you'll receive personalized attention from your guide. And by booking ahead, you won't waste any time waiting in line!

Highlights

  • Visit Dalí Museum-Theatre in Figueres
  • Personalized small group and commentary
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Best tour for Dali enthusiasts and you'll see hidden treasures off the beaten path

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What You Can Expect

Salvador Dali Museum, Figueres and Cadaques Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

Visit the beautiful Cadaques

Depart Barcelona and set out for Figueres, the birthplace of Dalí and home to the world famous Dalí Museum-Theatre. Explore where he was born on Monturiol Street and also visit the famous museum. Step inside the surreal world of Salvador Dalí and find a museum like none other. Dalí wanted visitors to see his massive collection as a ‘whole’ work, and for this reason he wanted no catalogues and refused to have his works placed in chronological or subject order. Inside is a world of fantasy mixed with architecture mixed with paintings and sculptures. It’s a complete surrealistic experience. The tour itinerary varies:

From September 16 - June 30 (Winter):
Leave Figueres and head to the beautiful coastal village of Cadaqués. Famous for its white washed Mediterranean houses, narrow shady streets, and sandy bay, this is one of the most picturesque villages on the Costa Brava. But what really stands out for many people is the dramatic drive there, which offers some of the best views in the whole of Catalunya. This is the perfect place for lunch. In the afternoon we will travel just a few minutes up the coast to the even smaller village of Port Lligat, the place where Dalí sought the peace and quiet that truly inspired him and where he built his house. Finally, we will more on to Cap de Creus, the most easterly point of mainland Spain and one of the most starkly beautiful coastal landscapes in the whole of the country.

From July 1 – September 15 (Summer):
Go to another of Dalí’s creations, Pubol Castle in the village of the same name. As well as visiting the castle, there are ample opportunities to eat in a traditional Catalan restaurant. In mid afternoon, your tour will continue to Palamos: one of those rare hidden corners you can still find on the Costa Brava. Dalí visited this region several times in the 1930s, especially a place called Mas Juny, owned by his friend Josep Sert, a famous Catalan painter of the time.

Itinerary

Depart Barcelona at 8:30am and set out for Figueres, the birthplace of Dalí and home to the world famous Dalí Museum-Theatre. From here the tour changes according to the time of year.

From September 16 - June 30 (Winter):
After our morning visit inside the mind of Dalí, we head for the beautiful coastal village of Cadaqués. Famous for its white washed Mediterranean houses, narrow shady streets, and sandy bay, this is one of the most picturesque villages on the Costa Brava.

But what really stands out for many people is the dramatic drive there, which offers some of the best views in the whole of Catalunya.
For lunch, you can enjoy local seafood specialities in one of the numerous terraces facing the Mediterranean, or grab a sandwich and simply relax and appreciate why this place inspired so many artists.

After lunch we will travel just a few minutes up the coast to the even smaller village of Port Lligat, the place where Dalí sought the peace and quiet that truly inspired him. When the artist met the love of his life, Gala, he broke away from his parents and bought a fishermen’s hut there.
It was here that Dalí lived from 1930 onwards, gradually altering and enlarging the original dwelling he bought there and which shared the same name as the bay.

The house of Portlligat must be considered Dalí’s only true home. It was in this studio that he painted the majority of his great works. Every detail of the
house bears his imprint, and the house still contains his original furniture and decoration. Finally, we will more on to Cap de Creus, the most easterly point of mainland Spain and one of the most starkly beautiful coastal landscapes in the whole of the country. We will leave at around 5:00pm and arrive back in Barcelona at around 7:00pm.

From July 1 – September 15 (Summer):
During the height of the summer, the road to Cadaques is often heavily congested, so we take you to another of Dalí’s creations.
The tour travels to the village of Pubol, where there will be ample opportunities to eat in a traditional Catalan restaurant before visiting another masterpiece of Dalí’s: Pubol Castle.

Dalí gave the castle to Gala in the spring of 1970, on the condition that he himself would not enter it unless personally invited by Gala. He carefully restored the old Gothic Renaissance Palace and furnished it with items bought from various antique dealers around the region. Inside, he painted frescoes and later painted two water colours entitled ‘View of Pubol’. In typical Dalí fashion, he promised his wife that he would only ever visit the castle when she invited him!
But, perhaps most lovingly and saddest of all, he also built the crypt where Gala is now buried deep in the bowels of the castle. At the end of his life, Dalí received the title of Marquis Dalí of Pubol, although Dalí only lived in the Castle for 2 years after Gala passed away.

In mid afternoon, your tour will continue to Palamos: one of those rare hidden corners you can still find on the Costa Brava. Dalí visited this region several times in the 1930s, especially a place called Mas Juny, owned by his friend Josep Sert, a famous Catalan painter of the time.

This place was famous for its artistic gatherings and parties, which were attended by Dalí. Even today, the Costa Brava, with its transparent waters and pine forests, is not so different from the 1930s. This rocky coastline has been saved from high buildings and large scale tourism projects and still preserves that ‘wild aspect’ that gave the name to Costa Brava. There is no better homage to Dalí and no better way to finish the day than to enjoy the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The trip to the Dali Museum etc was wonderful. Feliciano, our multi-lingual tour guide ensured the whole day ran smoothly, kept us amused and informed with his knowledge of Dali's life and made sure we all felt comfortable and welcome. A great experience all in all. Many thanks to explorecatalunya.com

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

THIS WAS BY FAR THE MOST INTERESTING TOUR WE EVER HAD.

First of all, we wanted to thank the Tour agency for not cancelling the trip on us. It is the beginning of the season and it was just the 2 of us.
We know that you usually have 4-people -minimum requirement.
We cannot express enough appreciation for allowing the tour for just the 2 of us - it was absolute highlight of the whole trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This trip is our favorite - it was very original, very focused on one subject - Salvador Dali - and having a very friendly and knowledgeable guide only makes it better.

Visiting Dali's house is optional, but we strongly suggest it - it gives that intimate look at how he lived and helps understand him even more.

We instantly fell in love with our guide Jordi.
He is super easy to talk to, endless source of knowledge, with contagious passion for Barcelona and any subject that he is discussing.
There wasn't a question that he couldn't answer.
He is by far the BEST guide we've ever had. We felt like we were with our best friend who was showing us places that he loved and cared very much about.
He paid attention to what we were interested in, making sure to provide us with more details about it, or to stop at certain spots that we mentioned hours earlier, so we can make a picture.
Highly recommend!

And the tour itself was absolutely the best tour we've ever taken. We've traveled a lot and it's getting harder and harder to be surprised. We were completely blown away by this tour.
Do not miss the opportunity to visit Dáli's house.
It is optional in the tour, by so worth it!!!

Wish I could give more than Five stars!!!

TIP: We were super lucky with the weather throughout the whole trip, but It is usually very windy in the fisherman village at the end of the trip, so take a windbreaker

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