The Costa Brava region of Spain, just north of Barcelona, is home to the Salvador Dalí Triangle, a series of sites related to the famous Spanish surrealist’s life. These are the must-see Dalí sites in Catalonia for anyone interested in 20th-century art history.
Salvador Dalí was born and raised in Figueres, and the city is now home to the Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum. Designed by the artist himself, the museum occupies a theater damaged during the Spanish Civil War, and is now filled with thousands of paintings, holograms, photography, and quirky art installations encompassing Dalí’s life and work.
As a boy, Dalí often traveled with his family to the small Costa Brava beach town of Cadaqués. In 1916, he spent his summer holiday here with Catalan artist Ramon Pichot, a trip that would prove integral to the development of his career.
It was in Portlligat, a small fishing village near Cadaqués, where Dalí lived with Gala, his wife and muse, until her death in 1982. The artist’s former home, overlooking the sea, has been turned into the Salvador Dalí House-Museum; it still retains his original furniture and eccentrically decorated gardens.
In 1969, Dalí purchased Púbol Castle as a gift for Gala, rescuing it from disrepair and transforming it into a structure that matched their eclectic tastes. After Gala’s passing, Dalí moved into the castle. Today the Dalí-Gala Castle Museum-House houses memorabilia from the artist’s life, as well as Gala’s gowns and her subterranean mausoleum.