The Costa Brava is much more than sun and beach, bars and restaurants. On the Costa Brava we can also find very peculiar museums suitable for everybody. Today we have prepared a list of some of the most curious museums with cultural, gastronomic, maritime or recreational themes. Because culture is always a plus, and on the Costa Brava we have museums for all tastes!
1. Salvador Dalí House, Portlligat
The Salvador Dalí house was built on former fishing huts in Portlligat, where the painter lived and worked habitually from 1930 until the death of Gala in 1982. Inside, the labyrinthine structure makes it easy to get lost and the decoration is made up of unconnected objects collected by Dalí himself throughout his life. In 1997, it opened to the public, as mandatory place to know the painter’s universe better. Among its rooms, you can contemplate his workshop, the library, the rooms where their private life passed and the garden and pool area. Advance online booking is mandatory.
2. Museu del Joguet (Toys Museum), Figueres
3. Museu de la Pesca (Fishing Museum), Palamós
4. Museu de la Confitura (Marmalade Museum), Torrent
5. Museu de la Mediterrània (Mediterranean Museum), Torroella de Montgrí
This interactive and dynamic Torroella de Montgrí museum, is totally focused on the Mediterranean. It’s located in Can Quintana, a XVth-XVIth century manor house. It does not contain exclusively a permanent exhibition, but spaces dedicated to the pictorial and contemporary art. It also hosts temporary exhibitions related to the museum’s thematic, where the common theme are sound and the music, wanting to depict the Mediterranean Sea with the “five senses.”
6. Museu de l’Anxova i de la Sal (Anchovy and Salt Museum), L’Escala
L’Escala has preserved, throughout the centuries, an industry that has given it its wordlwide reputation: the anchovy salmon. The Anchovy and Salt Museum shows the history of fishing and salting of blue fish, from the XVIth century to the present, and immerses us in a time, heritage and unique knowledge of the Catalan coast. The Museum also organizes the Festa de la Sal (Salt Party) since 1997. Every third Saturday in September, on the natural stage of the beach of the old port, the village of l’Escala pays tribute to the fishermen and salute ancestors with a sample of seafaring trades, traditional songs and dances.
7. Museu del Suro (Cork Museum), Palafrugell
8. Terracotta Museu, La Bisbal d’Empordà
9. Ecomuseu-Farinera (Ecomuseum-Flour Mill), Castelló d’Empúries
This museum in the town of Castelló d’Empúries shows how men and women who are dedicated to wheat grain cultivation in this area of the Empordà live. The Ecomuseum-Farinera exposes the process of grinding the different wheat types in order to obtain the flour. Various fine machines, dated from the end of the XIXth century and the first half of the XXth century, are held in the factory, which serve to the production process. Most of the interior structures of the flour mill are made of wood, giving it an ancient, but modern air at the same time.
10. Museu d’Arqueologia (Museum of Archeology), Sant Martí d’Empúries
The Archeology Museum of Catalonia (MAC) aims to conserve, research and disseminate archaeological remains in Catalonia, which illustrate the different historical periods between prehistory and the medieval period. This site in Empúries was an ancient Greek colony founded by the foceus and subsequently Roman, located at the southern tip of the Gulf of Roses, in the northeast of the current municipality of l’Escala, in the south of Sant Martí d’Empúries , which conserves the name. The museum itself offers very interesting guided tours that will take you back centuries.
Whether you visit the Costa Brava in winter or summer, these museums that we propose, large and small, will help you give a cultural touch to your visit!