​​​We’re going on a tour of the studios of some of Spain’s most important artists. Won’t you join us? Get ready for a rewarding journey. The trains of Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation are your high-speed link to the heart of Spanish culture. 
There are many Spanish artists who have always stood out for their works, be they ground breaking, full of emotional power that moves us, or imbued with light and colours, shapes and materials. We hope you are as fascinated by them as we are.

Portlligat: Dalí

Dalí set up shop in a corner of the Costa Brava called Portlligat. It’s in a pristine setting, where the Mediterranean takes over the senses, with colours spanning the full range of blues and greens. The smell of the sea, the fields of olive trees and the kitchens of fishermen. Feeling the sand beneath your feet and being able to cool off in a dreamy cove. With so many bucolic experiences, it’s no wonder Dalí chose this endlessly inspirational location. 

His home studio in Portlligat, near Cadaqués, is open to visitors. The house itself is a surreal work of art, with rooms on different levels, much like a labyrinth. Everything in it draws your attention, with numerous details invading the painter’s refuge. A bear greets you the second you walk in. But the most interesting room is Dalí’s studio. That’s where he would retreat to work, to a brightly lit space containing the painter’s utensils, such as brushes and easels, where he crafted his incomparable art.​

Cau Ferrat: Santiago Rusiñol

Entrance door to the museum and panoramic view of Sitges

Rusiñol found his painting paradise in Sitges, la Blanca Subur. His home studio is Cau Ferrat, which, following a years-long renovation, is now open to visitors. More than a home, you get the impression of entering a ship loaded with artistic treasures. That’s because in addition to being a great painter, he was a passionate collector, which is why you’ll find objects made of wrought iron and ceramic, religious items and, of course, large paintings by the artist, by Ramón Casas, Josep M. Sert, and even El Greco. 

The windows look out to the sea, and inside, many of the walls are dotted with coloured tiles, while others are painted a deep, Mediterranean blue. As with Dalí’s studio in Portlligat, Rusiñol’s is also very bright, and Sitges can boast having a wonderful climate and sunny days. Rusiñol was the premier Modernisme painter, and Cau Ferrat is where the artists and intellectuals of the day would get together. After your visit, you can say you were on one of the most beautiful balconies in the Mediterranean.

Park Güell and Sagrada Familia: Antoni Gaudí

Gaudi House Museum

Yes, the most universally renowned architect, he who adorned the city of Barcelona with his street lamps, wrought iron doors, buildings, palaces, gardens, and who even dared to build a cathedral. The Sagrada Familia is the most visited building in Spain, and it’s where Gaudí lived out his final months before being struck by a tram​ and killed. So absorbed was he by his work on the Sagrada Familia that moving in was the most sensible thing to do. His room was destroyed during the Civil War, but a simulation exists thanks to photos that were preserved of his studio.

But between 1906 and 1925, before moving into the Sagrada Familia, he lived in the exhibit house that was built in Park Güell. It’s now open to visitors, who can find there furniture and objects designed by Gaudí, as well as documents that are stored there. It has become his de facto museum house. The palm trees and the large amount of vegetation surrounding the house create an oasis, and its strategic location provides stunning views of the city. It’s easy to imagine yourself sitting in the shade of the trees, talking with Gaudí about his original projects. 


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