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In Search of Dalí

Sun, sea and Salvador Dalí
Holiday information
Nights: 7
Accommodation: one 3-star hotel; two 4-star hotels
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
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Girona and Barcelona are both immensely rewarding cities so, given how easy it is to build them into the itinerary, it will be hard to resist a stay in at least one of them, if not both.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided, fly-drive holiday in eastern Catalonia (hire car included)
  • charming villages
  • great food and wine
  • art and intrigue amid the ‘Dalí Triangle’
  • finish by the sea in pretty Cadaqués

 

We love eastern Catalonia for its laid-back charm. The rolling Empordà plain is dotted with market towns and medieval villages of honey-coloured stone, linked by quiet lanes that pass tiny vineyards, cornfields and olive groves. This harmonious landscape meets the Mediterranean along a delightfully unspoiled stretch of the Costa Brava, where you can linger over lunch in colourful fishing villages, and seek out an ideal swimming spot in secluded, sandy coves. And then there’s the extraordinary quality of the light, which seems to cast a spell on this entire corner of Spain, and which has helped to nurture an astonishing artistic legacy.

When I paint, the sea roars. Others splash about in the bath.
     
Salvador Dalí – Spanish surrealist painter (1904-1989)

This legacy is, of course, most famously represented by the life and work of Salvador Dalí, one of the world’s most celebrated artists. During this week-long holiday, you get to appreciate the scenery and the places that so inspired him (including pretty, seaside Cadaqués), and also take in the ‘Dalí Triangle’ itself: Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol (now a fascinating museum); the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres – the largest Surrealist structure in the world; and Port Lligat, where the Dalí House is another popular museum, providing further insight into the life and times of this tortured genius. But it’s not all about Dalí, of course: the countryside and coastal scenery is sublime, and so is the food. Wherever you go, your taste buds and palate will be assaulted by a delicious array of home-grown flavours – from food and wine made with passion and flair. And when you add the superlative cities of Girona and Barcelona into the mix (either – or both – would make very easy additions to our itinerary), you have a truly captivating blend.

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