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“The real Dali-Gala (Casa Museu Castell Gala Dali)”

Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol)
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Private Salvador Dali Day Trip to Figueres and the Costa Brava from Barcelona
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Pubol
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Owner description: Medeival castle painter Dali presented to his wife, Gala, is now a museum. Closed 1 January to 14 March
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“The real Dali-Gala (Casa Museu Castell Gala Dali)”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

If you are really interested in going beyond the 'bizarre' and 'spectacular' Dali, you will love this Museum. TDali bought the castell as a present for his muse/beloved Gala, who accepted it with the condition that Dali would visit her only after receiving a 'written invitation'. This condition suited perfectly Dali's view of 'corteus love'. Gala lived there during the 1970s and after his death, Dali was also living in the beautiful castle.

You don't need a 'written invitation' but good instructions, since, it is quite difficult to find in guides or websites how to get there. Take a train from Barcelona (Station Sants) toward Figueres (there you can visit the Teatre Museu Dali, much more popular and thus horribly crowded). It is approximately 1.5 hour from Barcelona, just before getting to Figueres get off in Flaca. Cross the street and take a bus toward La Pera-times and bus numbers are clearly specified in the bus stop. Be aware that there are two La Pera stops. At La Pera (Gasolinera) take the road to your right. You will walk for 20 minutes, amongst amazing sunflowers fields and mythical mountains. Far in the distance you will see the castle.

The castle keeps the furniture and style of the famous couple, but don't expect the extravaganza of the museums. On the opposite, this is sober and intimate way of knowing about the muse and the artist. Photo albums with pictures of the couple gives you a glimpse into the daily life of the famous Gala, and you somehow expect to see her walking through the Italian garden or find her sitting in the library quitely reading by the window. Just few works of Dali adorn the house: tokens of love and admiration.

The shop is also worth a visit, and we got a couple of nice souvenirs to take home.

Visited July 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Interesting but unusual”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

The museum is not to our personal taste in art, but if you are in Pubol it is worth visiting. The grounds are lovely.

Visited April 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Very cool”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

Púbol is a beautiful little village, but really the only thing to see is the Dalí-Gala house. My family and I happen to all really love his artwork, so we visited all the museums (in Figueras and Cadaques). I liked this house more than Port Lligat house in Cadaques, but it's a little out of the way and there isn't as much to do as there is in Cadaques. They don't provide that much information about the different rooms, but it's still an interesting visit and scattered all throughout are works of art by Dalí, though obviously not his most famous works. The garden is very pretty and the surreal fountainhead and elephant statues were really fun. My favorite room was the one with all of Gala's vintage gowns on display.

Visited June 2012
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“Worth the trip to Pubol”
Reviewed June 6, 2012

We visited the museum in Figueres and had enough time for one more museum so we decided to visit the castle in Pubol. It was well worth our time. We found the place fascinating in it's simplicity and gave us an insight into the lives of Gala and Salvador Dali. Finding the place was a bit difficult even with a GPS so get a good map.

Visited May 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

Great insight into Dali's lifestyle. Be sure to book ahead.

Visited May 2012
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