The Dali Triangle-Making The Most Out Of Your Trip

By Jackie De Burca, Author of Salvador Dalí at Home (release October 2018)

Salvador Dali Portlligat House Museum


To take in the Dalí Triangle at your leisure, it’s best to do it over at least a 2 day period. From Figueres to Cadaques, or from Figueres to Púbol, is around a 40km journey, and from Cadaques to Púbol is a 60km trip. In terms of a travel itinerary, if you are coming from Girona town, it may suit you to visit Púbol first, and then go on to Figueres and finally Cadaques. Of course, whilst this is logistically more sensible, it does mean that you won’t see the museums in the order of how Dalí spent his life, if that is something that you would like to do.

Friends of the Dalí Museums

If you intend to do the Dalí Triangle, and you are an admirer of his work, it may interest you to know that for €1 more than you will pay as an individual entering the three museums, you could become a Friend of the Dalí Musuems.

(This photo of Dali Theatre-Museum (Teatro-Museo Dali) is courtesy of TripAdvisor)

The annual costs are as highlighted below, and by becoming a friend, you will gain free entry to the museums, along with events, gatherings and talks. There are cultural trips, conferences, film projections, excursions, and surrealistic window dressing competitions in the shops of Figueres. The association was founded in 1993, and today is a popular, dynamic body with members around the world.

To join the association the annual costs are:

  • €35 for an individual
  • €50 for a family

Entrance guide to the musuems:

  • Dalí Theatre Museum Figueres – €14 for an individual
  • Dalí House Museum Portlligat, Cadaques – €11 for an individual
  • Gala Dalí Castle House Púbol – €8 for an individual


The Dalí Triangle is split between these three places in the province of Girona:

1. Figueres Dali Theatre Museum – surrealist collection and Dalí Jewels

Gala-Salvador Dalí Square 5, Figueres 17600, Phone: 972 677 500

Details of opening hours and ticket prices are here:

This photo of Dali Theatre-Museum (Teatro-Museo Dali) is courtesy of TripAdvisor

This is where you’ll see the broadest selection of Dalí’s work, with pieces that span his entire career. The Dalí Theatre Museum was inaugurated in 1974, and needs to be appreciated as a whole. The artist conceived the world’s biggest surrealist object in order to give you, the visitor, a tangible experience of being inside his unique, captivating world. The museum was run by Dalí’s close friend and co-painter Antoni Pitxot i Soler, who helped him to set it up until late in his life. He passed away on 12th June 2015.

When the mayor of Figueres, in 1961, proposed this to him, Dalí said:

“Where, if not in my own town, should the most extravagant and solid of my work endure, where if not here? The Municipal Theatre, or what remained of it, struck me as very appropriate, and for three reasons: first, because I am an eminently theatrical painter; second, because the theatre stands right opposite the church where I was baptised; and third, because it was precisely in the hall of the vestibule of the theatre where I gave my first exhibition of painting.”

Apart from the large variety of works that you can see of Dalí’s there, you can also lose yourself in the wonder of the works that he created specifically for the museum, such as Mae West room. Additionally there are pieces from a good selection of other notable artists housed there, including works of El Greco, Antoni Pixot and Marcel Duchamp amongst others. He is buried in the theatre museum’s crypt.

2. Portlligat, Cadaques – Dalí’s home workshop – the Dalí House Museum in Portlligat

Portlligat, Cadaqués 17488 – Phone: 972 251 015

Details of opening hours and ticket prices are here:

(This photo of Dali Museum-House is courtesy of TripAdvisor)

This was where Dalí both lived and worked from 1930 until 1982, at which stage he started living at Púbol Castle after Gala’s death. As you can imagine, this is the place where the man himself and his life are most tangible.

Although you will have reserved your ticket beforehand, you do need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your visit is due to commence, to pick up your ticket. The visiting process is tightly organised, as small groups of up to 8 people are let in every ten minutes. So if you don’t pick up your ticket, at least 30 minutes before, you will lose it and it can be sold to someone else. You need to give yourself plenty of time for the journey, because of this and also as the road is wavy, and of course gets very busy in the height of the season. Even out of the main season, the 40km trip from Figueres to Portlligat, Cadaques, can take around an hour. Once you go in, the visit itself takes around 50 minutes to an hour.

3. Púbol – Gala Dalí Castle House

Castell de Púbol, Gala Dalí Square, Púbol-la Pera 17120 – Phone: 972 488 655

Details of opening hours and ticket prices are here:

(This photo of Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol) is courtesy of TripAdvisor)

Dalí bought the castle for Gala in 1969, and he moved there when she died in 1982, having enterred her there. Apparently she took lovers right into her eighties, and it is said that Dalí could only visit her by way of a written invitation.

If you wish to visit the castle last, in keeping with the logical order of Dalí’s life, one suggestion is to go here at the end of your Dalí Triangle trip, and then continue on to Madremanya. Less than a 10 minute drive away from Púbol, is this wonderful stone village, which appears to have stood still in time. If you want to know more about it, check out our Madremanya Travel Guide.

The Dalí Triangle – Some Essential Facts

When making your travel plans, please note that on many Mondays, the museums are closed, as they are on New Year’s Day, Christmas Day and a few other days throughout the year. Each link below lists these. Also you need to arrive at the museums at least 45 minutes before their closing time, which of course would give you a tight amount of time to appreciate them fully anyhow!

You cannot use flash photography in the museums, if you do so, your camera will be temporarily taken from you. For those with reduced mobility, please note that the access in the Dalí Theatre Museum in Figueres is limited, and isn’t actually possible in the Dalí House Museum, in Portlligat, Cadaques. No animals are allowed in any of the museums, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind. You can’t eat, drink or smoke in the museums either, with the exception of the Dalí by Night, which is at the Figueres Dalí Theatre Museum, for a month during the summer, each year. During that event, visitors are offered a glass of cava.

To do the Dalí Triangle it is necessary to book beforehand, with the exception being the Dalí Theatre Museum in Figueres, where you can only reserve for groups of over 25 people – you can find all the relevant information on this website:


Salvador Dalí’s Brother Salvador

Cadaques Spain Travel Guide


When Dalí was born, he was named Salvador after his older brother who had died 9 months earlier of gastroenteritis. His parents told him from the age of five, that he was his older brother’s reincarnation. He took this concept on board and believed in it, and images of his dead brother, Salvador, appear in some of his later works, such as the 1963 Portrait of My Dead Brother.

Summers In Cadaqués

His family went to their house in Cadaqués during the summer holidays, and Dalí played football there with his childhood friends, FC Barcelona players, Josep Samitier and Sagibarba. He also discovered modern painting, in 1916, while there, through Ramon Pichot- a local artist, and his family, who went to Paris quite regularly. His father, who was a middle class lawyer and notary, organised an exhibition of his charcoal drawings in their home, in 1917. His parents built his first art studio in Cadaques.

Dalí’s Mother

His mother died when he was just 16 years old, and this is what he said about her death:

“was the greatest blow I had experienced in my life. I worshipped her… I could not resign myself to the loss of a being on whom I counted to make invisible the unavoidable blemishes of my soul.”

Dalí’s Marriage

(This photo of Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol) is courtesy of TripAdvisor)

His wife was Gala Dalí, who was born Elena Ivanovna Diakonova, to an intellectual family in Kazan, in the Russian Empire. She was previously married to French poet, Paul Eduard, and was a muse for Dalí and an inspiration for a a number of other artists and writers.

In 1969 he bought the castle in Púbol for Gala. Apart from being his muse and wife, Gala was also 10 years older than him and already had a child from her previous marriage. She didn’t take to motherhood however, in fact she apparently hated it. Dalí’s father disinherited him because of his marriage, which did last until Gala’s death. She is seen many times in his work as a model, and is frequently portrayed in religious roles, such as the virgin, in the Madonna of Port Lligat. His immense love for her is evident in his work.

However she was not flavour of the month with lots of people, and there are numerous descriptions of her published, such as being a monster of hype and megalomania..being rat-eyed and so on ..In an article that was published in 1998 in Vanity Fair, it i said that Gala only allowed Dalí to visit her in the castle, by written invitation. She continued to take lovers when she was in her eighties! If you want to know more, you can read the Vanity Fair feature, which has the title Dali’s Demon Bride.

Dalí’s Work

His creations were in the fields of painting, sculpture, writing, drawing, photography and film. Below are some of his best known works.

1931 – The Persistence of Memory

1935 – Face of Mae West Which May Be Used as an Apartment

1936 – Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War)

(This photo of Dali Theatre-Museum (Teatro-Museo Dali) is courtesy of TripAdvisor)

1937 – Swans Reflecting Elephants

1939 – Ballerina in a Death’s Head

1944 – Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening

1964 – The Temptation of St. Anthony

1948 – The Elephants

1952 – Galatea of the Spheres

1954 – Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus)

Salvador Dalí Basic Facts

His full name is: Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech (Dalí is the first family surname and comes from his father’s side and Domenech is the second family name, from his mother’s side)

Date of birth and death: Born 11th May 1904 in Figueres – Died 23rd January 1989 in Figueres

Father: Salvador Dalí i Cusí – lawyer and notary

Mother: Felipa Domenech Ferrés

Wife: Gala Dalí – Born Elena Ivanovna Diakonova, to an intellectual family in Kazan, Russian Empire. She was previously married to French poet, Paul Eduard, and was a muse for Dalí and an inspiration for a a number of other artists and writers.

16 Responses to The Dali Triangle-Making The Most Out Of Your Trip

  1. anna parker May 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    His quote about his mother I have not come across before, but I think that he has it spot on. Incredible architecture – the gold figurines in the windows is way before its time! I’m glad that they do let you take photos, I agree no flash – but I am always disappointed if we visit somewhere and are banned entirely from taking photos as that is how I remember my trips

    • Jackie De Burca May 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      I love his quote about his mother, Anna, in particular: “make invisible the unavoidable blemishes of my soul..”

  2. Kathryn Burrington May 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    Goodness, there’s an awful lot I didn’t know about Dali and his life!
    I saw a wonderful exhibition of his work in London a few years ago but it would be far better to visit these places and see things in situ.
    And as for his wife… still taking lover’s in her eighties… I can’t imagine having the energy!

    • Jackie De Burca May 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

      Cadaques especially is a wonderful place to visit to see and feel Dali, but just for the place itself also. Yes his wife was obviously a young, energetic 80 something year old! 🙂

  3. noel May 15, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    What a comprehensive history about this Artist and visionary. I wish I had more time to go to the area when I was in Girona, but my timeframe was so limited. Will have to do this another time.

    • Jackie De Burca May 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

      Thanks Noel, I only hope that I can have told something about this amazing man that not everyone knew!

  4. Paul (@luxury__travel) May 17, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    Lots of great information here, Jackie. I had no idea there was such a thing as a Dali Triangle, and learnt lots of other things from this one post. For instance, I had no idea that he had an older brother and that there were in fact two Salvador Dalis.

    • Jackie De Burca May 18, 2014 at 8:40 am #

      Thanks Paul, yes it is an interesting story about his brother. Imagine the young Dali accepting that he was a reincarnation of his older brother. 🙂

  5. Jempi May 18, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Hi Jackie, interesting facts you mention here about Salvador Dali. Happy to see an article about this man’s life and his habitat with facts I’ve never knew before. Thanks a lot!

    • Jackie De Burca May 19, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

      Thanks Jempi, really glad that you learnt some new stuff about this amazing man!!

  6. Chris Boothman May 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    I probably don’t appreciate the work of Dali the way that I should do but what I can appreciate is the quality of information you have provided here Jackie on the Dali Triangle and surrounding area. I think it would be really cool to take some time to explore this region whilst taking in valuable informationa and learning more about the great figure Dali was.

    • Jackie De Burca May 21, 2014 at 8:26 am #

      Cheers Chris. Like art in general, there is no should I believe, it will either do something for you, or not as the case might be. 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind comment. I think you’d love the area for sure.

  7. Sherri Smith September 6, 2016 at 5:18 am #

    My dad was in the U.S. Air Force and I was born in Figueres. I was two weeks old when he was transferred to California. My sister and I are planning a trip to Spain next year and this will be on our list of places to go. Thanks for all the information.

    • Jackie De Burca September 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      Hi Sherri
      Apologies in my delay in replying, but I have been away a lot over the last few weeks. How wonderful that you will get to visit your early roots next year. I am so curious to hear how it feels to you. I hope you and your sister have a super time, do let me know how it goes for you.

      Warm regards

  8. Cari October 1, 2017 at 11:48 am #

    I have just returned from Spain and we did two of the triangle. Unfortunately made a mistake thinking Pubol was closer to Cadaqués so didn’t make Galas castle. Very hard if you don’t drive. But this article is brilliant.

    • Jackie De Burca October 12, 2017 at 5:09 am #

      Hi Carl,
      Sorry to hear that you didn’t make it to Pubol, and thanks so much for your kind comments about the article. I hope your trip was great apart from the missing part of the Triangle. 🙂
      Warm wishes,

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