This three star hotel is nestled between two coves just outside the lovely town of Cadaques. Cadaques was favourite retreat of the famous catalan artist Salvador Dali which surrounding rocky scenery inspired much of his work. His house in nearby Port Lligat is now a museum but pre-booking is essential for visitors.
This is one of the best hotels in Cadaques and while we feel that the bedrooms would benefit from an upgrade, they are comfortable, spacious and, the rooms to the front, provide magnificent views of the sea.
Surrounded by gardens and with a large terrace out front, the hotel offers a number of leisure facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna, mini-golf and tennis court. The hotel also has two restaurants.
The town of Cadaques is a pleasant 15 minute walk from the hotel, particularly lovely in the evening with the lights of Cadaques twinkling in the distance and the sound of the sea lapping on the shore.
THE DALI TRIANGLE
The collectionist Reynold Morse, the founder of the Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg (U.S A.), was the first to use the term "Daliland" to refer to the painter's native Catalan region of Emporda, which he considered essential to the understanding of his cosmography. The Dali route is shaped like a triangle, with Figueres, Cadaques-Portlligat and Pubol as the three corners. Each of these places is easily visited from Girona.FIGUERES
, where Salvador Dalí was born and died, is where the Theatre-Museum is located. The Theatre-Museum, built over the former 19th century Municipal Theatre which was burnt down at the end of the Civil War, was officially opened on 28 September 1974. Most of Dalí´s works are in this museum and Dalí himself is also buried here alongside the church that was the scene of both his christening and his funeral.CADAQUES,
a white-walled fishing village at the tip of the Cap de Creus peninsula, was the Dalis' summer home. Here, one can see many of the landscapes painted by the young Dali. When Dali met Gala, he broke away from his family and bought a fishermen's hut situated between a small jetty and the road to Cadaques, in the village of PORTLLIGAT
. He lived here permanently from 1930 onwards - except during the Civil War and the ensuing years- gradually altering and enlarging the property. The house and garden, which is full of olive trees, together occupy some 10,000 m2, and the site has been protected by law since 1953. Every detail of the house bears his imprint, from the dissected bone at the entrance to the sculpture known as Our Lord of the Refuse in the middle of the garden. The most significant feature, however, are the large eggs standing on the roof, which he later repeated in the remodeling of Torre Galatea in Figueres. The house still contains the original furniture and decoration - the paintings and documents are at the Theatre-Museum - which has been open to the public since 1997.PUBOL
Castle stands in a small hamlet a few kilometres from La Bisbal. Dali gave the castle to Gala in the spring of 1970, on the condition that he himself would not enter it unless personally invited by Gala. He restored the old Gothic-Renaissance palace, furnished it with items bought from antique dealers in the area and filled the garden with sculptures. He painted some frescoes inside and later did two water colours entitled View of Púbol and another painting, Gala's Castle at Púbol. In the basement he built the crypt where Gala is buried. On the day of her death, 10 June 1982, Dali left Portlligat and went to live in Púbol alongside his muse. During the two years he spent there, he painted his last oil paintings, signed his will, created the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, directed the Dalinization of Torre Galatea in Figueres, and received the title of Marquis Dalí of Púbol.
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