Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House Castell de Pubol

Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House Castell de Pubol

Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House Castell de Pubol
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Medeival castle painter Dali presented to his wife, Gala, is now a museum. Closed 1 January to 14 March
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Phileasfox
Wales33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Frankly, a bit underwhelming. We had previously (in earlier years) visited Figueres and Port Ligat. Both of these places gave you a feel for Dali and Gala, and their lives. Castell de Pubol felt like 'somewhere where someone once lived' and seemed souless, put together without much thought, and really, nothing special. The gardens are gloomy and overgrown, nothing like they originally were designed to be. A bit of a disappointment really.
Written September 25, 2022
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MJH027
Rainham, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
The last piece of the jigsaw for us, and although a small castle, the setting is picture postcard perfect and the house contains Dali memorabilia unique to the location.
Not as busy as other Dali former homes, so was able to really take our time and enjoy both the castle and the village. Both are well worth a visit.
Written July 29, 2020
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KatrinaMolini
Corciano, Italy11,089 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
My husband and I were wondering for a while if we need to buy tickets to this place in advance (online). We didn’t know the exact time we would arrive so we didn’t book anything. At the end, it was really not necessary. We came to Púbol at 11 AM in November. The castle had only a few visitors. It was quiet and nice. I wouldn’t call it a castle exactly. It’s more like a big mansion with a nice garden. In the garden you will find some Dali’s statues (favorite were, of course, the elephants). The place where the museum is located is a tiny village with nothing going on. We did enjoy it though and spend a wonderful hour there. I recommend to visit it if you are planning to go to Figueres on the same day (which we did). Beautiful peaceful place and fair price to enter.
Written November 18, 2019
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DoctorJoeE
North Caldwell, NJ449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Holy smokes.
To state my biases straight out, I'm not a huge museum guy -- call me what you will, but if it's not the Met in NY, the British Museum, or the Louvre, and it's not raining cats & dogs, I'd much rather do something (anything) else, particularly if it's a museum devoted to a single artist, which is usually a much larger display of ego than of art.
But WOW!
The Dali Museum is simply overwhelming, and you must go, even if you hate museums or surrealism or both.
There are many famous works, including the monumental "Rainy Cadillac" (Dali's '41 Caddy convertible with a fat lady on the hood, dummy passengers getting rained on inside, and a boat on a flagpole high overhead); the Palace of the Wind room with its magnificent ceiling fresco; and the ever popular Mae West room; but in a sense the Museum as a whole is itself a work of art -- maybe even Dali's masterpiece -- because it, and everything in it, was conceived and designed by the artist himself as a collective sensory experience -- a Cliff's Notes of surrealism, if you will. Dali literally gave this project his "all" -- he's buried here, and his grave lies among the exhibits!
Don't forget the jewelry collection (included in admission price) -- not really jewelry so much as sculpture using gold & precious stones as the media of expression -- magnificent stuff.
There is little other reason to visit Figueres, IMO, but this museum is more than enough reason all by itself.
Stay at the El Moli bed-and-breakfast nearby (see my review), and drink it all in. It's an experience simply not to be missed.
Written November 6, 2009
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CraigerPhilly
Philadelphia, PA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
Using Calella de Parafrugel as a base, we were able to visit Pubol, Figueres, and Cadaqués. Three very different sites and all were highlights of our trip. The Castella and it's setting are so charming, tucked into a small village. 15th C. walls hide the fantasy-world of Dali's art and love for Gala.
Written September 17, 2013
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SuZeeDee
Cork, Ireland57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011
If you're a Dali fan I think this one is a must. Wandering around this castle that he bought for his wife is a bit like taking a trip back in time.

The site is wonderfully preserved and cared for and easy to wander around. Like a lot of old buildings there are lots of steps. narrow passageways and low doors, but it's all part of the charm.

I would have liked to have had the option of a guided tour, or some sort of audio guide - but the only option was a printed guide. This was easy to follow however, and each nominated place is clearly marked so no problems matching the spot with the text.
Do take a wander in the garden, and look out for the spindly-legged elephants! It's a wonderful spot and well worth a visit.
Written September 15, 2011
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kf59traveler
Washington DC, DC464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This museum is very interesting to see from point of view what a great artist could give as a present to his one and only beloved muse and how he could decorate it for her. Even if you do not like Dali, the Pubol castle is interesting for its own history, severe looks, heraldic, church sharing the wall with the castle and remains of old village. Although Dali is a modern artist, he deeply admired traditions, classics, titles, and hierarchy. In the castle of Pubol he even tried to preserve some old and romantically looking cracks in the walls. Then there is a delightful “dalinized" garden ..... Very narrow and tall alleys of trees and blooming jasmine, fountains and elephants on dragonfly legs walking on top of this greenery.

Practicalities: Museum is not in Figueres but 40-50 km away. From train station Flaca (station between Girona and Figueres) we took a taxi. If you do not see any car at the taxi stand, ask the sale person of train station cafeteria to call for a driver. The drivers are somewhere around reading papers, having coffee and waiting for clients. We were charged 10 euros one way (about 4-5 km) and we called the same driver on our way back. I guess you can walk but you have to known where to go and it would not be a comfortable walk in the absence of proper shoulder on the auto road. Museum has a nice shop with plenty of books about Dali, Gala and Pubol castle on several languages including English, German, French, Russian, etc. Long and large stand with information about castle of Pubol in English in the former stables by the restrooms. There are additional souvenir shops and restaurant just outside the museum. The Pubol museum and its garden were nearly empty on Sunday in late May when we were there.
Written June 15, 2010
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CADCardiff
Cardiff, UK158 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
It's hard to be in Catalunya and not get to grips with the Dali triangle (Figueras, Cadeques, Pubol). Fans of the ultimate poseur and his muse will no doubt love a visit to Pubol to the tomb of Gala, interred in the castle home Dali found and restored for her. Pubol is a picturesque village in Girona province, rural Catalunya, Spain. From the tiny villages of Foixa and Flaca, it's 20-30mins by cycle; or a short drive - public transport in this rural district is a little bit of a challenge. It is essential to book in advance online, via the website as visitor numbers are strictly controlled and allocated to timed slots during the day.

The castle and gardens are picturesque but sterile, despite their affectations of character. No matter how hard this surrealist may try, the whole place smacks of an odd, constrained and possibly unconsummated coupling. It is a melancholy place - yes some will say that's the point. However, absolutely committed fans who wish to track every detail, log and photograph every possession will perhaps find reward here. Otherwise, as a life long art lover and arts professional, I can honestly say I have never visited anywhere quite so soulless.
Written September 6, 2017
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MifferSmiff
Coleford, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
My wife and I love to find out of the way places to visit when on holiday and Dali's name being attached to this village and castle definitely pulled us in. Dali gave the castle (more of a very old fortified big house than what we would perhaps think of as a castle to be honest) to his wife who he obviously adored. It is beautifully preserved and contains many bits and pieces of Dali and Galas lives spent together here... unfortunately we ran out of time as the place is mesmirising and we could easily have spent an entire afternoon there... .
Written August 1, 2017
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James W
Clearwater, FL570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This castle, purchased by Dali for his wife Gala, is quite interesting. The castle itself is nicely preserved since its renovation by Dali. The adjacent garden is lush, quiet and contains several of Dali's sculptures. Within the castle is more of Dali's art made specifically for Gala and her castle. Touring the castle and grounds was a pleasure. The castle is located in a very small town. We used a train, then taxi, to get to the castle. Fortunately, we had a local friend arrange the taxis for us. If you choose this method of transport, be sure to arrange for your return taxi ahead of time because there will be no taxis waiting here. Also, there is a very lovely restaurant/café adjacent to the castle.
Written October 12, 2016
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