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.
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