The quiet little town of Figueres, in the province of Girona, gave birth to the most eccentric, troubled, scandalous and revolutionary artist of the twentieth century: Salvador Dali.
From Barcelona you can easily take a trip to the museum bearing his namesake: the Dali Museum Figueres.
The Dali Theater and Museum
For Dali lovers and lovers of surrealism in general the Dali Museum Figueres is a can’t miss. The town of Figueres, despite being an important economic and cultural center on the Costa Brava and a must see for tourists coming from the French border, offers many other attractions. You’ll be happy you made the trip.
The building was a theater destroyed by fire during the Spanish Civil War and later chosen by Dali to house the largest collection of his works. The artist himself was involved directly in its construction, converting every detail of the museum into a work of art.
The building facade, patio, rooms, stairs and furniture all recall surrealist Dali. It’s a fascinating museum much appreciated by visitors who have made the Dali Museum Figueres the second most visited museum in Spain after the Prado in Madrid.
Among the works of art housed by the Dalì Museum Figueres are: Port Alguer (1924), The Spectre of Sex-Appeal (1932), Portrait of Gala with Two Chops Balanced on Her Shoulder (1933), Soft Self-Portrait with Grilled Bacon (1941), Galarina (1944-45), The Basket of Bread (1945), Galatea of the Spheres (1952) and many others.
The Best Tour Package Departing from Barcelona
The best option to get to the Dali Museum is by taking advantage of the offer by attraction giant Ticketbar.
This eliminates the hassle of buying bus/train tickets and waiting in line at the museum. All you’ll have to do is print out the vouchers, show up, and let them take care of the rest.
The tour includes a return ticket to the museum from Barcelona (Estació del Nord) plus museum entrance.
The cost of the ticket is €41.50 for adults and €30.00 for children eight and under.
To get more information about the Dali museum offering from Ticketbar click the blue button below:
NOTE: the bus leaves at 7:45 am from the Estació del Nord and returns to Barcelona at 17:35 pm. The journey takes about an hour and a half, meaning you can easily be back for dinner at one of Barcelona’s best restaurants.
The entry time itself varies between 11.00 and 12.00 depending on ticket availability.
Guided Tour of Girona, Figueres and the Dali Museum
Thanks to our collaboration with Toursime Barcelona you can take advantage of a real guided tour of Girona, Figueres and the Dali Museum Figueres.
Girona is the second largest city in Catalonia and is characterized by its Jewish Quarter and a mix of Roman, Gothic, and Baroque architectural styles. In Figueres the most important thing to see are its stately homes.
The tour costs €73 (children under 8 are free) but if you buy the tickets online you receive a 10% discount. The tour includes:
- A real live tour guide who speaks ENGLISH
- Your own paper guide
- Museum entrance (after skipping the line!)
- Fully equipped/air conditioned tour bus
- Restaurant and shopping discounts
Guided Tour Dates
Departure is at 8:30 from Plaça Catalunya (in front of the giant shopping center El Corte Ingles). It’s recommended to show up 20 minutes early.
Dali guided tour dates run on the following dates:
- From March 15 to November 6: daily except Monday.
- From November 7 to March 26 (2017): Tuesday and Saturday.
How to Get to the Dali Museum Figueres
The address is 5 Plaça Gala i Salvadro Dalì, Figueres. It’s 140km from Barcelona.
- CAR: Take highway P7 towards La Jonquera and exit at Figueres. Then you need to get into the centre of town… but the GPS will explain better than me! ETA: an hour and thirty minutes.
- TRAIN: Leave Barcelona from Estaciò de Sants (you can see the schedule here). Take the Portbou train which takes between two and two and a half hours. One way tickets vary between €11 and €15 depending on the train
- BUS: Catch it at the Estaciò del Norte (a stone’s throw from Arc de Triumf metro) and it takes two and a half hours. A one way ticket costs €19. You can check the schedule on the Station Website.
Dali Museum Figueres Opening Hours
- March, June, and October: from 9:30 to 18:00
- July and September: from 9:00 to 20:00
- November and February: from 10:30 to 18:00
CAREFUL: the museum is closed every Monday from October 31st to March 31st (except holidays), December 25th, January 1st, and January 6th.
For more information consult the official page.
Dali Museum Figueres Prices
- Adults: €12
- Children: FREE under 8 years old
- Groups (25 people or more): €8
All prices include a visit to Dali’s jewellery collection
“I don’t take drugs, I am the drug” – Salvador Dalì
Dali was born on May 11, 1904 in Figueres, a few months after the death of his older brother (who the artist claimed to be a reincarnation of). He had a troubled relationship with his father, a tough and authoritarian man, which hindered any career progress or training of the child.
Thanks to his mother, Dali was able to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, where he was then expelled after declaring that no one was good enough to teach him anything.
He then moved to Paris where he met Picasso and fell in love with his wife Gala, who willingly participated in the odd public appearances of her husband. During the Second World War he moved with his wife to New York where he met Amanda Leer with whom he had an affair for many years.
After 8 years he decided to return to Catalunya where he died in 1989. He was buried in Figueres, in the Theatre Museum dedicated to him.
So that’s a wrap. Let me know how it went at the Dali Museum Figueres in the comments below!