1.) Take a train to see the Dali Museum in Figueres
Even if it’s not in Barcelona, it’s really easy to get to the museum by train. He was born and bred in Figueres and so the museum has one of the greatest collection of Dali’s works in the world. The museum itself is like a work of art so you may admire its architecture as well!
2.) Visit Marsella Bar
Marsella is a really famous bar in Barcelona where Dali used to spend time, just as Picasso, Miro or Hemingway did. It’s really famous for its Absynthe so you should try this drink, but be careful, Absynthe was known for turning people crazy in the 20s… which may explain the uniqueness of Dali’s paintings! This bar is close to Las Ramblas, so the city center, but be careful because it’s not a very safe area at night. Still, if you want to feel la bohème of the early 20s it’s your place!
3.) Visit the Dalmau Art Gallery
This gallery was the first place where his works were exhibited and Picasso even visited it to admire Dali. Even if the collaboration between Dali and the Dalmau art gallery was not to last, it remains an important place to see if you love art and Dali’s work in particular. Today, it’s still a great art place in Barcelona as it welcomes pieces from new artists and up-and-coming painters! Consell de Cent is, in fact, the main street for the Art Galeries. After a long morning visiting the exhibitions in those galleries do not forget to take a tapas meal in « La Catalana », one of the most well-known tapas restaurant in the city.
4.) Admire the works of Antonio Gaudi just as Dali did
Gaudi was another famous Catalan architect : he designed, among several other famous buildings around Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the Parc Güell and the Casa Batllo. Dali was a huge fan of his work, so take some time to admire his constructions and his art: look at the colors and the shapes that inspired Dali so profoundly!
5.) Watch Little Ashes (2008)
This movie is about Dali’s young and love life. It is simply terrific and astonishingly different; if you can watch it in Spanish, it’ll be like killing two birds with one stone! But you should be aware that this movie is not like anything else you may have already seen.
Facts about the Salvador Dali
Dalí was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Spain on May 11, 1904. He passed on in January 23, 1989, aged 84. His major fields were; painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, writing and film. Dali is also famous for his long hair and sideburns.
Salvador Dali, Barcelona
Dali is one of the characters who have made the Spanish history even more actual and interesting. Thanks to him, among others, Barcelona is a City of Art.
How to get there
You have to take the train to Figueres. It takes around one hour and 45 minutes but this is the easiest and cheapest way.
Liceu (L3) , Paral.lel (L2, L3)
- 13 million visitors a year 99%
- Incredibly detailed 80%
- Contains hidden mysteries 70%
From November to February, the museum is open between 10:30 am and 6:00pm;
From March to June, it is open between 9:30 am and 6:00 pm;
From July to September it is 9:30 am – 8:00 pm;
In October it is between 9:30 am and 6:00 pm.
Attractions related to Dali
For the true Dali addicts, there are two things you have to do:
1.) Reach Pension Dali:
Boqueria, 12, 08002 Barcelone, located just near Las Ramblas.
2.) Travel with Dali:
Even better than living in a place which bears the name of your favorite artist, you can even travel with Dali! In Montmartre (Paris, France), you can find L’Espace Dali (a kind of Dali’s museum), which is the one and only French museum entirely dedicated to surrealism.