Once you’re finished at the Dalí Theatre/Museum, Cadaqués is less than an hour away and well worth the visit. In fact, this place is so stunning that I was originally going to write just one Discover Dalí post, but Cadaqués is gorgeous enough to warrant its own discussion.
How to Get to Cadaqués
To get to Cadaqués, you have to go through winding mountain roads. Take your time; there is no rush.The easiest way to get to Cadaqués is to rent a car, and it is only 2 hours from Barcelona. I was in a hurry because I read that if you were not on time for your pre-booked house tour, they would start without you and not accommodate you otherwise. The tours are limited to 8 people every 15 minutes, led by a staff member through the home, and I didn’t want to miss my chance to enter.
I erred on the side of caution and arrived early, only to find my fretting was for naught. The staff was welcoming and, since we arrived early, placed us on an earlier tour. I was there in January, so your experience might be different during peak season. Still, something about this area struck me with a “hakuna matata” sort of vibe. Maybe it was the tranquil waters or mountain air, but there was a feeling in Cadaqués like there was nothing bad ever happened here.
Dalí House Tour
The tour of the house is worthwhile and gives you insight into man behind the Dalí legend, and his relationship with Gala. They had an obsession with swans, stuffed animals (like, real ones) and eggs. Oh, and clocks. Because it all came down to a shared human fear of aging and wanting to hold on to the one you love forever. What at first glance appears strange is really quite beautiful once you understand the symbolism behind Dalí’s works.
The most personal part of the home, and what I could have spent hours observing, were all the original photographs, hung up by Dalí and Gala of their life together. Truly, what a pair!
If life is a fragile and ever-elusive thing, these two really made an effort to seize it for all it’s worth.
Explore Port Lligat
Once you’re done touring the home, you’re released onto the premises on your own. You can spend as much time as you like here. There’s a lookout adorned with–you guessed it–an egg. There’s also a backyard, pool area, big lips as couches and a random phone booth. There’s also a movie you can watch in a separate screening area. It’s all meant to entertain you, and Dalí puts you in a playful mood. Once you’re done, stop by the local village for lunch or dinner before ending your Day of Dalí.
This was one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever visited, and it gave me valuable insight into a man that so few understand. Salvador Dali pushed the boundaries of art and invention, encouraging us to make the most of our time and creativity. If you are a fan of Salvador Dalí, or of art and nature in general, then you can’t leave Barcelona without making a visit to Cadaqués. It’s a must-see! Till next time, safe travels.
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