A couple of days ago I read on the news that Ron Wood, from the Rolling Stones, visited Cadaques before going to Barcelona for watching a FCBarcelona game. It’s funny how a little coastal village can be so popular, but at the same time so cute and not too crowded. Maybe because it’s a bit tricky to get there and the roads are bit winding. I guess it has become popular due to Salvador Dalí, who used to spend summers there.
During the 1950s, tourism was established here as in many other coastal towns,. Any other little village in the world, has received so many famous artists such as Salvador Dali. Matisse, Picasso, Duchamps, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Joan Miró and André Derain. Salvador Dalí’s House in Cadaques, several museums and various art galleries, make an ideal place for a cultural holiday in the village. The City Council also organizes lots of cultural activities.
Waking at the Natural Park of Cap Creus including a picnic is also a very popular option within nature enthusiasts. This is the official website of Cap de Creus. Check it out for planning your activities (sorry, it is in Catalan or Spanish, not in English. Feel free to contact me for any help)
I would recommend you to stay in Cadaqués for one or two days. No more than that. The village is so cute, and you’ll be able to make some beautiful excursions, but in summer it’s quite crowded and it’s not one of those places for enjoying ‘beach holidays’. The main beach is quite rocky and narrow with many boats anchored in the Bay. Therefore, it is a very good village for walking, taking pictures, enjoy the sunshine, its restaurants, museums… but not for swimming and getting nice tanned color on your skin.
How to get to Cadaqués from Barcelona
Ver Cadaques Spain larger map
Take the A-7 motorway and the exit #4 (Figueres-Roses). Follow the signs towards Roses, and from there, keep drivint to Cadaqués.
As I mention, the road access to the village is quite winding. Take some ginger pills with you just in case!!
Things to do in Cadaques
Once you’ll be in Cadaqués, go for a walk through the village. Forget about heels. Streets are sealed with cobblestones, so take comfortable shoes with you.
If you ever go there in summer, check out the ‘festa major’ schedule. It will be quite crowded, but, it’s quite a genuine event. Girls do runs at the main square of the village with a jug full of water on their head. It’s fun to watch the show, I recommend it.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Print this map of Cadaques, it is going to be quite useful during your visit.[/quote]
Enjoy some hiking and visit the Cap de Creus, which is a natural, beautiful park. Walking around there is like going to the end of the world. Its impressive cliffs that shelter hidden coves and small islands are the common picture in this part of the Costa Brava. That area is well known by divers. Visit the tip of Cap de Creus, where you’ll find the mythical Creus Lighthouse, a museum of Geology and a tourism office.
On the way to the Cap de Creus National park, stop and visit (previous booking needed) the Salvador Dali’s House, which is in Port Lligat. This place, north town, is surrounded by a wonderful landscape. The complex consists of a set of fishermen’s huts which were acquired by the painter and his wife Gala. Inside, you’ll find Dali’s workshop, a library, several rooms, a beautiful garden and a swimming pool.
Find out other exhibitions dedicated to Dali in the Cadaques Municipal Museum.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Before leaving Cadaques, don’t you forget to buy ‘taps’, popular sweets in the area. Those are like a sponge cake covered with sugar. Delicious! Try them![/quote]
And on the way back to Barcelona, stop in Figueres and visit the Dali’s Museum. It’s quite a genuine museum.
I leave you with some other nice shots of Cadaqués.
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