Set in Catalonia, in North-Eastern Spain, Costa Brava is among the most beautiful coastlines in the country. It’s studded with adorable villages, dramatic rocky coves, colorful architecture and that Mediterranean vibe can be felt everywhere.
One of the main attractions in this region is the so-called “Dalí’s Triangle”. Three places where he and his muse Gala led an exuberant life, and where he created the art that to this day fascinates millions.
This is a perfect roadtrip to take, especially for couples (100% romantic). But also for anyone who enjoys good food, wine and whimsical architecture and art.
This was the first stop connected with Salvador Dalí that we made on the trip.
The little town of Púbol is dominated by Gala’s noble house that actually carries the name of a “palace”. It’s a very sober building, perched at the entrance to the town and surrounded by gardens.
This summer terrace with its rocking chairs overlooks picturesque Catalonian meadows… It invites to imagine how the couple might have enjoyed some pleasant conversations here during siesta.
Girona was our base during this trip. The city is split in half by the river and that’s where the most iconic views are.
But there is no shortage of views.
Our first thing to do in Girona was to walk along the city wall itinerary – a fun way to spend time, climbing up and down the medieval walls, while seeing the city from different points.
The best breakfast place in Girona
I was not impressed with the amount of good eateries in Girona, so when I finally stumbled upon La Fábrica – that was the breakfast hangout for the duration of the trip.
Of course I could not help but go for the heavenly Rrrrrocambolesque ice cream, by one of the Adria brothers. The warm violet ice cream sandwich was a revelation.
A tiny town, like so many on Costa Brava, is washed by the gentle Mediterranean waters, apparently still home to some fishermen (the beached boats looked like they were still being maintained).
Dalí’s original dwelling in Portlligat was based in a small house, which he later expanded by buying adjacent properties and revamping the inner space. The result of this long-time expansion is this home and museum that we can visit today and that has an unusual layout (Dalí didn’t ever do “plain”).
This was my favorite out of the three Dalí’s places.
Cadaqués is just a short drive away from Portlligat, on the other side of a huge rock that protrudes into the sea. Home to artists, the Bohemian spirit cannot escape you here.
This little town is worth visiting for a tour of the castle. It holds a huge private library and an interesting wine museum.
Salvador Dalí’s museum-theater in Figueres attracts millions of visitors every year. From the buidling’s exterior to the exhibits inside, it will not disappoint.
Being an archeology junkie, one of the highlights of the Costa Brava trip for me was our tour of the Greek and Roman ruins at Empuries.
The guide was the one who really made us submerge into the past. He was very entertaining and knowledgeable and instantly won over the kids in the group. I am definitely planning on bringing my kids one day back for a tour of Empuries.
Perhaps, this is THE Spanish village that struck me with its 100% Medieval-ness.
Pals is really tiny and there are not many restaurants, so if you are planning to have lunch there, book a good place in advance.
Cala Sa Tuna
Another coastal location that’s worth visiting is Cala Sa Tuna, off Begur. Beach time!