Located in Cap de Creus National Park, Cadaqués is a small town that is protected and hidden from the rest of Alt Empordà. It has the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the Pení Mountain on the other side. It is a place that started out as a fishing town and it now survives thanks to tourism. Its beaches, its small coves, narrow streets, the old part of town, the “rastell”, the white houses with blue windows…its tranquility, the breeze, the sea…What makes Cadaqués so special? It might be the place itself, or the hotel where you decided to stay in, or the beauty of the Cap de Creus. Sublime and incomparable.
Whatever it is, it’s clear that many people have known how to appreciate it. Cadaqués has been the home of many important artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Federico García Lorca, Luis Buñuel, Marcel Duchamp, Josep Pla, Magritte and, of course, Salvador Dalí, among others. They were also captured by Cadaqués. I think no one is able to resist its peace and light.
You can have a great day in town. You can stroll on the historic part of town, where each street could belong to an amazing painting. You can visit the church of Santa María de Cadaqués, built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Or you can go into de Cadaqués Museum that offers temporal exhibits related to the town. Other important places: Casa Serinyana, the beach or the Sant Badliri chapel from the 18th century.
When you visit Cadaqués, what will make you fall in love with it?
I’m not a fan of Dalí. I think he’s a completely overrated artist, with great aptitude but he ended up becoming a clown and greedy businessman. Saying this, the Theater Museum in Figueres is worth seeing and I really enjoyed my visit there. Its name describes just what it is – it’s a theater where you can see the representation of the life and work of the artist, as well as his death, as his body is buried there below the museum’s dome.
I visited in November and there were a good amount of people at the museum. I’ve been told summer is intolerable. With the entrance ticket, you can see the small museum of jewelry designed by Dalí and the museum of Figueres.
There’s a patio with an antique Cadillac car with an enormous statue and a mannequin inside as the driver. After the patio, you’ll head into a room with an enormous painting.
Take a look at the pictures, as they’ll give you a better idea about Dalí’s work than I could ever describe.
This place is like a breath of tranquility in the over developed region of the Costa Brava. The favorite place of the artist, Dali, which is not too destroyed by tourist buildings, and especially outside of the summer months it is an oasis of peace. It is an ideal place, far from the madding crowd, especially in spring and autumn, when it is a haven of peace unusual on the Costa Brava, away from massive and excessive urbanization. It is a place that certainly dazzled Dalí.
I had a great afternoon here between the streets and the smell of the sea! There are superb views, Catalunya is preciosaaaa! After seeing a beautiful sunset I enjoyed a magnificent barbecue near the sea, and a good glass of wine, it strengthens both the soul and spirit!!
Cadaqués is a Spanish municipality in the county of Alt Empordà, in the Province Of Girona, in Catalonia, Spain. The views from the village, which is the easternmost in the Iberian Peninsula, are beautiful from the well-known Port Cadaqués. It was dedicated to the fishing population that lived facing the sea and almost cut off by land from the rest the region until the late 19th century. The Cadaqués Fisheries Ordinance is well-known and dates back to the 16th century. In the 19th century the salting industries were famous, but not so much anymore, but in the past they were a part of the local economy, chief among them the Anchoas de Cadaqués.
Take a walk in beautiful Cadaqués Bay with the best company imaginable: The sun, the sea, Salvador Dali and the coolest girl in the world. It's no wonder that a genius like Dalí fell in love with this city, full of little hideaways and embraced by the sea, and in a spectacular natural setting to boot.
After leaving the car in the parking lot (2 € / day) you should walk more than 2km uphill and downhill, which on top of 30 degrees, plus a cool box, towels, slippers and rest of the "Costa Brava kit" becomes hard. Landscape perfect for enjoying a dip and makes for some spectacular photos of the Costa Brava. It is not a place to spend many hours as it is not comfortable to lay down there for a long time. The way back to the parking lot is very hard!
It isn't just the famous painter Salvador Dalí's ties to the area that make this a wonderful place, it's also the beauty of its coastline and the people that have retained the town's charm that are why this place has become one of the quintessential sights of the Catalan coast. The city's close relationship with Dalí has generated significant cultural tourism highlighting the painter's house-museum as a must-see stop. A lot of prominent people of cultural and art have come to this place that has since become an important cultural landmark. That's why the artist has erected this statue on the waterfront.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work here for two summers, during the beach festival. It's a really nice little place that's five minutes walk from one of the most authentic villages on the Costa Brava.
The Diving Port Lligat is a diving center situated in Cadaqués, where you can organise both scheduled outings, courses for certification or beginners diving courses (or as they call it, a "baptism" for divers). It is a really great experience. The professionalism and safety with which all the staff treat you, they inspire great confidence and know how to turn this experience into something relaxed, fun and easy to enjoy. I must also say that the vast marine reserve located in the vicinity of Cadaqués means that you can enjoy seeing a lot of fish, coral and other underwater animals.
To begin the list of things to do in Cadaques, one must start at the old town. Walking through its streets you will find a medieval village surrounded by a great wall, which is one of the most beautiful attractions in Cadaques. You'll notice some parts of the old pavement are handmade with stones from the sea, and are now an integral part of the city's history.
Other Cadques attractions include the nearby remains of a very narrow street, Call Street. As you stroll and enjoy the attractions in Cadaques, the street will take you to the Church of Santa Maria, one of the main places to visit in Cadaqués. From the church there is a lovely view of the village by the bay, Cucurucuc (a large rock in the sea), and even the nearby Cala Nans Lighthouse.
Other things to see in Cadaqués include the Salvador Dali Museum House and Cabo de Creus National Park - be sure include them in your list of Cadaques activities! To get more information about all these places and other attractions in Cadaques, visit tourist office at Calle de Cotxe 2-A and an information point on Avenida Serinyana Caritat.
When you're done seeing everything on your checklist, one of the best rewards is enjoying the great food in Cadaques. If you are still looking for more stuff to do in Cadaques, be sure to try the seafood paella, scorpion fish with sauce and potatoes, pagro, sea urchins, and lobster.
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