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
One of the most curious museums in the area. Toys are grouped by themes and are accompanied by photographs of different periods with children playing, in such a way that visitors can sometimes be transported down memory lane and some even to their own childhood. You will find industrial games and toys from the late XIXth century to the present day. Among the items that stand out: the tin toy, the analogue railway model, the Catalan cardboard dolls (called Pepes), those made with porcelain elements, the theaters printed by Paluzie and Seix Barral in Barcelona, in the late XIXth and early XXth centuries, mechanical toys of German origin, magic lanterns … A visit that will transport you in time.
3. Museu de la Pesca (Fishing Museum), Palamós
In Palamós, the fishing world does not end at the wharf, but continues at the Fishing Museum, unique in the Mediterranean in its specialty. This center displays the past, the present and the future of fishing, through its permanent exhibition and a series of activities related to the maritime and fishing deed of the Costa Brava. A reflection of the work of man on the sea, which becomes a spectacle in this fishing village.
4. Museu de la Confitura (Marmalade Museum), Torrent
The Marmalade Museum is a gastronomic museum opened in 2004 in Torrent. While dropping by, you can discover all the secrets to making a good marmalade, with the most diverse and original tastes you can imagine: from exotic, sweet and bitter fruits, classic or with more unknown mixtures. Apart from visiting their workshop and store, you can also take part in some of the courses that are organized for adults and children as well as taste the pairing that comes out.
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
Located in the building of the former Can Mario factory, around a small forest where you can see the various exhibition spaces. The building itself is already a small museum of modernist construction. The exhibition consists of an audiovisual, a route from the forest to the work at the factory to obtain plugs, discs, paper and agglomerate, a space to experiment and a space for participation. Nowadays, this museum is the largest in the specific world of this matter, so it’s worth visiting it!
8. Terracotta Museu, La Bisbal d’Empordà
The museum is located in the old Terracotta ceramic tile factory, the oldest of La Bisbal d’Empordà, founded in 1928. During the visit you can discover the bricklayer and potter trades as well as the products related to ceramics and its history in La Bisbal d’Empordà, from the low Middle Ages to the present. Then you can take a walk around the village, where you will see that its most emblematic activity is ceramics, and to acquire some typical object.
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!