ALL ABOUT DALI: DALI MUSEUM FIGUERES, PORTLLIGAT Y CADAQUES
This tour focuses in life and work of Salvador Dalí, born in Figueres in 1904 where his last creation, the Dalí Theatre-Museum is located. The museum building is in itself, as in all of Dalí’s works, a unique and original piece, with a surrealist touch. He built and designed it himself in 1974.
After guided visit of the Dali Museum we will head to Cadaques –Portlligat. Cadaques is one of the most stunning landscapes of the Costa Brava, known as the white pearl of the Catalan coast, has long been a favourite with artists, starting with Dali. This tiny fishing port also leads to the Cap de Creus headland, one of Europe’s most beautiful marine and terrestrial nature reserves.
The current House-Museum in Portlligat was Salvador Dalí’s only placed of residence, the place where he normally lived and worked until 1982.
Once in Figueres you will find the Dalí Theatre-Museum, which houses a large collection of his surrealist works. On the way we will see the beautiful landscape of Empordà region, farms, crops, the ending of the Pyrenees in the north, the Costa Brava on the east. The visit in the museum will take about an hour. We will see the tomb of Dalí right beneath the ancient stage of the theatre and guide you in most of the rooms of the museum. Anyway there will be some free time for you to wander on your own in the museum and visit the exhibition of jewels designed by Dalí between 1941 and 1970.
Afterwards we will head to Cadaques, a little fishing village on the Catalan coast, a few kilometres from the French border. The only road leading to the village, which is also spectacular, was built just fifty years ago, leaving this tiny Catalan fishing village cut off for many centuries. Dali, whose statue surveys the port of Cadaqués, spent all his holidays on this coast, before buying a fishing hut, and then another at Portlligat in 1930, a few hundred metres from the centre of the village – attracted by both the quality of the light and the secluded wilderness. Today, this amazing house-museum, where nothing has been moved since the artist’s death, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world.
- The road is 40 km far from Figueres to Portlligat and may take more than one hour. In summer it may even take longer because of the wavy and busy road..
- Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended as there is some walking involved.
- If you have reduced mobility, please contact us before booking. We do our best to welcome everyone on board, especially with transport available!
WHAT WILL YOU SEE
Figueres: Capital of the region of the Alt Emporda, covers a floodplain situated within the province of Gerona. The town with deep Catalonian roots and known to be the birthplace of Salvador Dali offers the visitor the posibillity to visit the Theatre-Museum Dali, dedicated to the great surrealist painter. Without question one of the historic milestones that has marked the personality of the town was the birth of Salvador Dali. The Theatre-Museum Dali, situated in the old municipal theatre, converts itself into one of the main cultural appointments of the town. Designed by the artist himself it has an important exposition whichs, through numerous works, allows a tour along the course of he who was considered as the master of Surrealism. The premises were enlarged with the Tower Galatea, where the brilliant painter died. The area Dali Jewels includes the thirtyseven jewels of gold and precious stones of the Owen Cheatham collection, two jewels which were made later on, and the 27 drawings and paintings Dali made for the designs between 1941 and 1970. This exposition illustrates perfectly the different stages in his artistic evolution. The two storeys that harbor the collection of jewels have an independent entrance from the museum so that the visit can be done in a seperate way.
Cadaqués: The “pearl of the Costa Brava”, this is how many know the beautiful coastal town of Cadaqués. Famous for being the Catalan town where Salvador Dalí lived, but also has a number of attractions that we can not overlook. In addition to the Dalí Museum and also recommending that you get to know the Dalí house, a visit to Cadaqués may also include a visit to the Church of Santa María de Cadaqués. A church on top of Cadaqués that has a “late” Gothic style since it was built with funds from local fishermen to replace the previous church destroyed during an attack in 1543. The exterior is white and in a somewhat fortified style has an octagonal bell tower and an austere façade with a central ox-eye window and two windows with twin lancets above the entrance. The interior of a single nave with several side chapels reflects in a way, the golden extravagance of the Baroque period that also represents. Another plan not to be missed when visiting Cadaqués is to discover its streets. The whole municipality has a very special charm, which in fact is present in all the towns of Costa. In this case, we can discover a certain medieval style and of course, step on the rastell, which is the pavement made with sea stones and that, made by hand, covered Cadaqués and is still preserved in many of its streets.
WHY GAUDÍ TOURS?
- Skip line at all top sites. No need to pre-purchase tickets yourself.
- Experts in Gaudí and Modernism
- Professional and fully licensed local guides
- Totally flexible.
- Personalized visit adapting to your characteristics, age, condition or interests.
- Small Group preference (1 – 9 people). We use individual radio guide for each assistant with big group..
- No burdens, no agglomerations, no rush.
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