Cadaqués, the home of Salvador Dali

Cadaqués, the home of Salvador Dali

No matter if you are an art or nature lover, Cadaqués is one of the villages you should not miss out on if you are visiting Barcelona, and even Catalonia.

Located close to the French border, in the middle of the breathtaking natural reserve of Cap de Creus, this village stole the heart of the famous surrealist painter Salvador Dali, who built his house here, that served as his main residence. He had his reasons to choose this picturesque village, which you will surely understand while wandering through the cobbled streets, admiring the rocky coast and taking a dip in the clean water on one of the small beaches.in just a 2-hour hike…

Only arriving here, you will understand that the main thing to do here is … Relax. Just wander around, get lost, and let the destiny take you to the smallest corners of the village – and beyond. Cadaqués was not only Dali’s home, but other famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Marcel Duchamp came here to find peace and inspiration. Take the time to breathe in the atmosphere of this unique town, it’s truely unique.

 

If you’re an art devotee, you should reserve a couple of hours to visit the house where Dali lived with his beloved Gala. It is located in Portlligat, the neighbouring village, avout 20 minutes of walking distance along the rocky coast. The house has been kept in its original state, and only allows a limited amount of visitors per day, due to its size. The visit must be reserved upfront here, and the only option is a guided visit, in small groups of 10 people.

After your visit to Dali’s house, get back to Cadaqués to get lost in the little streets of the village itself, and wander by the many cute boutiques, hidden in the backstrees. Let the winding alleys lead you up and down the hill, and just enjoy the view. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful church of St. Mary, it’s not only interesting to take a look inside, but also offers a breathtaking view on the village roofs.

 

 

View on the city from the Santa Maria church of Cadaqués

If you’re coming anywhere between May and October, which is officially considered beach-season by the tourist, you should not skip a dip in the refreshing water. There are plenty of little, rocky beaches to enjoy the sun or make a small picknick.

On one of my visits, on a Sunday in late March, I got surprised by a little antiquities market right by the sea side, along the city beach. The seafront bars are also a good choice to have your morning coffee while enjoying the beautiful view, soak up some sun, feel the sea breeze on your skin and just watch the beautiful clouds fly by.

Statue of Dali in front of the city beach of Cadaqués
As I already mentioned, Cadaqués lies surrounded by Cap de Creus natural reserve, which is one of the most amazing places in Catalonia to hike for hours. The hiking route that starts fro Cadaqués follows the coast along the “Cami de Ronda”, and official GR route. It will take you around cliffs, and lead along hidden beaches and flowered hills all the way to the main point of Cap de Creus – the Lighthouse.

Cap de Creus is a huge natural reserve and has countless hikes to offer, and can also be accessed by car for a couple of other hikes. If you have a couple of days to spend, you could set out on the path for a more intense hike, going from village to village. Starting in Cadaqués , the second night could be spent in Port de la Selva, and the third one in Llança. The beautiful nature in Cap de Creus is so omnifarious, that you can barely imagine that all of these pictures have been made in just a 2-hour hike…
How to get there? 
The village is the easiest to reach by car, but if you aren’t lucky enough to have one, there are other ways to get here – even if it will take you a little bit longer. Car sharing services, like BlaBlaCar for example, could also offer a solution, especially if you’re travelling on busy dates.
From Barcelona and Girona, you can take the train to Figueres – which is  also very visit worthy because of the big Dali Museum – and from there take the bus to Cadaqués. Find hereby the train schedules and the bus schedules.
Coming from outside of Spain, your best bet is to fly to Girona airport, and take a bus from there. Girona is mostly served by lowcost airlines (e.g. Ryanair, Wizzair,…), so the tickets are often cheaper that the ones going to Barcelona. Find the best options from your city on www.skyscanner.com

Enjoy these beautiful landscapes!

 

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