The Costa Brava is synonymous with fantastic landscapes, relaxation, celebration, holidays, but also culture. In this article, you’ll be able to discover a major component of Costa Brava culture: the Dalinian triangle, which comprises the places where Salvador Dalí, the great master of painting and sculpture, left his mark. To learn more about Salvador Dalí's universe, the best you can do is to book your tickets for the Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains right now and enjoy exceptional moments on the Costa Brava!
The Dalí Museum is one of the jewels of Figueres
It is impossible to talk about Dali and the Costa Brava without referring to the famous museum-theater dedicated to him in Figueres, which was inaugurated in 1974. As surprising as it is interesting, visiting this place will take you a full day. The Dali Museum Theatre, recognizable from afar, colored pink and surmounted by large eggs, was one of the places where the artist and his wife and muse Gala lived. The Dalí Museum Theatre was built on the remains of the former municipal theater and is also located just opposite the church where the artist was baptized. If the place is so special, it is because it was designed by the artist himself, specifying that he wanted it in his own image. Inside, you can (re)discover famous works such as Gala's portraits, surrealist paintings, sculptures, but also the Mae West lounge. Next to the museum, you will also have the opportunity to admire the impressive collection of jewelry created by Dali.
Before or after the visit to the museum, a visit to the city where Dali died is essential. Indeed, it is a charming small town whose alleys are a real invitation to stroll around. There, you will also be able to admire a large fortress, the castle of Saint Ferran, and enjoy the liveliness of its city center.
Visit one of the places and views that the artist enjoyed
Portlligat Bay is located very close to Cadaques. Dalí bought a fisherman's house there in 1930. You will need to book your tickets in advance to visit the museum-house where the artist lived and that he transformed to its image. This place, and particularly its very special light, inspired the artist throughout his youth, and he also chose the natural setting of Portlligat to create his Christ of Saint John of the Cross or even The Madonna of Portlligat.
A village dominated by the castle that Dali gave to his wife Gala in 1069, Pubol is the last point in the Dalinian triangle not to be missed. This small 14th century castle houses objects as beautiful as they are surprising: a throne, elephants, Wagner's heads, the artist's Cadillac or a ceiling that will not leave you indifferent. While she was living there, Dali did not visit Gala without a written invitation, considering that this place should be for her a threshold where she reigned as absolute queen.
“In this privileged place, reality and the sublime almost touch.” as Dali used to say. After immersing yourself in the artist's wonderful world, the best way to get home is on board our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains, where you will have all the necessary calm and comfort to look at your photos or leaf through a book that you will have acquired during your visits.