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“Dali's home” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portlligat House-Museum

Portlligat House-Museum
E-17488 Cadaques, Spain
+34 972 251 015
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Cadaques
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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San Francisco, California
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“Dali's home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

I was so happy when I learned that you could actually visit Salvador Dali's home. It is in an exquisite area on the Meditteranean Sea. Not easy to get to but worth it.

Visited June 2013
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“Dali House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

A wonderful experience to wander around the house shared by Dali and Gala; beautiful, strange and funny. Well worth a trip!

Visited May 2013
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“By George-it's amazing-a must see !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

Flipping hell-have u ever seen such a picturesque setting and the views down to the house via the twisting roads are worth it if you are not the nervous type. I loved it and could see why Dali would live there-by the way when we were there there is a house beside it for sale (guess it wouldn't be too quiet with all the tourists though). Stunning location and then his amazing labyrinth of cottages that made up his and the missus pad. Loved some of his windows out to the view that he made into picture like visions-what an artist. It's so cool to get a feel of how he lived but nearly feels a bit invasive. Great to see all his little ideas and nick backs and his studio was awsome. Only drive there if you don't mind heights and narrow twisty roads. otherwise it's all worth it especially if u make a few stops and take all the area in-its so pretty. Book in advance over web and you can just stroll up and spend a good hour or two seeing how a great artist lived and worked...among those heavenly views. This is a ten!!!

Visited June 2013
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“Dali House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

A lovely tour in a scenic village, 10 min walk from Cadaques. Must get tickets ahead and arrive 30 min ahead or they will be given away. The house tour is done in small groups, with a multilingual guide and is lovely and interesting,

Visited June 2013
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“Wonderful counterpoint to hurried Figueres museum visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

When you hear that Dali closed this house and never returned after his wife Gala died, you understand that this house was the Real Thing, and is lovingly preserved as exactly as possible in the state he left it. And what a HOUSE, or should I say "houses" since Dali bought the neighboring fishermens' cottages to make this complex.
The rooms themselves and their contents are just as surreal and bonkers as you would expect, but through it all you can really understand why Dali and Gala loved this place so much, and why they spent so much time here. Gala's oval, echoing sitting room, the mezzanine bedroom with a mirror to reflect the first sun to hit Spanish soil every morning, even the occasional cricket cages all seem to be borne of a deep sense of love, of fun and a crazy sense of style.
Some of the rooms are alarmingly small - only the bedroom and Dali's studio are really of any appreciable size - and you wonder how they managed, but when you get outside to the garden, you realise that *this* is where they must have spent most time.
The terraced, tree-lined garden is a real maze (sadly most of it closed to visitors), but you can climb to the very top for a terrific view over Port Lligat harbor, into a round, sky-lit room where, curiously, a dilapidated piano watches a film loop of Dali in his prime, and lastly and most wonderfully, to the unhinged pool area, fountains at one end and a lush, luxurious shaded veranda/barbecue area at the other. Truly, Dali knew how to live, and the house at Port Lligat is in some ways a better way to try to know the man, than to visit the crowded and hurried museum in Figueres.

Visited June 2013
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