One of my favourite museums that I have ever been to is the Salvador Dali House and Museum in Portlligat, Cadaqués, Spain. The setting, the beauty of the actual house, and then the fascinating peak into the world of Mr Dali make this a must visit.
If you are looking for a scenic Spanish getaway, Cadaqués is the perfect destination. It is a former fishing village, which was once accessible only by sea, and the winding streets and ocean front houses and still reminiscent of the quaint town that it once was. Now though, you will find an abundance of fine restaurants, cafes, and boutiques.
Every thing here reminds me of the South of France – the white sea-front houses still have me leafing through my snaps of this place in awe, and yet a coffee will cost you half the price. You will see from the stunning scenery how it inspired Mr Salvador Dali himself.
Buy Your Ticket Beforehand!
Up on the hillside, just a short walk from the centre of town, you retrace Dali’s steps and find your way to his back door. The crowds gather early – but this is still nothing compared to the crush of more popular tourist destinations – you still feel like one of the first to discover this gem.
Not unlike any other tourist destination, however, entry tickets book up in advance. My small group managed to sweet talk the door men and were allowed to buy tickets on the door. I wouldn’t recommend taking this risk though, my powers of persuasion are second to none (I literally had no involvement with this hustle, but who’s going to believe you!?)
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Salvador Dali House and Museum
Salvador Dali had a love of taxidermy and luscious prints – I was in captivated with the colourful silks and fabrics throughout. Inside, you get the sense that he is going to walk through the door at any moment: Everything is left as though he has just popped out to get a newspaper. His studio to me was the most spellbinding part of the house, with his brushes set at his easel and an unfinished painting standing waiting for completion.
The house is light and airy, as though part of the landscape beyond, and when you have dreamily drifted through you reach his outdoor area which is the most fascinating tapestry of colour, texture, and art. The pool stretches along the length of the walled outdoor space, as though a continuation of the ocean – a bright blue splash amongst his artwork.
Whether you are an art, interior, or history lover, or just someone who loves finding a hidden gem amongst the usual tourist crush – Cadaqués and the home of Salvador Dali will captivate and inspire.
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