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.
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.
Enjoy these beautiful landscapes!