Salvador and Gala Dali's castle home in Pubol
Updated: 21 Oct 2021
by: Barcelona Travel Hacks
Summary: 13km EASY circular walking route from Flaca to Dala Gali's castle home in Pubol. The route passes via farmland, La Pera village and Pedrinya hamlet.
Address: Plaza Gala Dali, Pubol. 17120
Summary of Prices:
|Train/Bus Fare||Entry Ticket||Additional Information|
|Adult||26.30 Euros||8.00 Euros||Students, Over 65 years, 6.00 Euros|
|Child||26.30 Euros||Free||For under 8 years old|
|Group/Family Ticket: Group reservation via firstname.lastname@example.org|
About Salvador and Gala Dali castle home in Pubol:
The Gala Dali Castle is in a small village called pubol which is not served by rail or bus networks however this EASY 13km circular route from Flaca Regional Renfe train station passes via the picturesque village of La Pera before arriving at Pubol village.
Salvador Dali, Catalan surrealist painter 1904-1989, bought the castle in 1969 as an almost ruin and refurbished it sympathetically to serve as a home for himself and his wife Gala Dali so that she could have a quiet and secluded place. The basement is Gala Dali's tomb mausoleum being interred there upon her death in 1982.
The castle dates from the 11th Century with the current structure being from late 14th century to early 15th century. After restoration by Dali, the castle comprises a ground floor garage which houses the horse drawn carriage and a Cadillac. The first floor is the main living space accessed via a staircase in the inner courtyard. Rooms on the first floor are a reception hall leading onto a lounge and piano room that connects onto two bedrooms. Gala's Bedroom has a bathroom with a magnificent fireplace. On the other side of the first floor is a kitchen, dining room and main hall with Dali's painting studio and another magnificent fireplace.
From the main hall there is an outside patio with stairs leading down to the garage and garden. The garden is a beautiful almost maze-like space with paths, statues, a pond and green pagoda. The statues are a mix of Greek style figures and Salvador Dali's surrealist elephant sculptures.
The castle was purchased by Dali as a gift for Gala who he was madly in love with. Salvador Dali had a home and studio in the nearby town of Portlligat near Cadaques. Salvador Dali stipulated that he could not access the castle without Gala's written permission.
Below is a quote from his written works Confessions inconfessables (1973) about the castle and Gala.
"Everything celebrates the cult of Gala, even the round room, with its perfect echo that crowns the building as a whole and which is like a dome of this Galactic cathedral. When I walk around this house, I look at myself and I see my concentricity. I like its Moorish rigour. I needed to offer Gala a case more solemnly worthy of our love. That is why I gave her a mansion built on the remains of a 12th century castle: the old castle of Pubol in La Bisbal, where she would reign like an absolute sovereign, right up to the point that I could visit her only by hand-written invitation from her. I limited myself to the pleasure of decorating her ceilings so that when she raised her eyes, she would always find me in her sky".
At the Gala Dali Castle in the garden you will find the famous elephant sculptures as well as many other original Dali works.
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Visiting Salvador and Gala Dali castle home in Pubol:
Gala Dali's Castle in Pubol has been open to the public since 1996 as a museum space.
The Gala Dali castle is open from 10:30h till 18:00h every day except Monday.
Currently there is no cloakroom for depositing bags (due to covid) so you have to wear a rucksack on the chest or carry a bag in front of you to prevent damage to any of the furniture.
There is a limited number of visitors allowed at any time due to covid and a facemask is obligatory inside the castle and garden. It is advisable to book the ticket in advance. Allow two hours to walk from Flaca train station to Gala Dali Castle.
The Gala Dali castle contains many original Salvador Dali works. The website lists the Dali works on display with the option to purchase a high quality print
Note: At the moment I cannot post any photos of the interior of the Gala Dali Castle museum but I am seeking rights clearance from the Dali Foundation to include these photos.
Once you have finished visiting Gala Dali Castle, you can walk down to Plaza de la Constitucion in Pubol where you will find the Caterina Roma sudio & gallery. This is a free entry gallery with beautiful pottery pieces with a shop where you can purchase a unique piece.
Places to eat in Pubol village:
Can Bosch Restaurant
La Terrasseta Bar
Es! Carxofa Restaurant
Getting To Salvador and Gala Dali castle home in Pubol:
Pubol is a tiny village in the Catalan countryside and is not served directly by any public transport. However, The nearest train station is Flaca on the R11, MD and RG1 Regional rail lines. From Flaca it is about a 4km walk to Pubol. There is also a Sarfa Bus that stops on the edge of La Pera village which is about 1.5Km walk from Pubol.
I visited the castle as a day activity doing a 13Km circular route starting and ending at Flaca Renfe station, following rural roads in sunflower fields. See the wikiloc tab for my route.
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Author: Barcelona Travel Hacks