Today, we continue our series on villages, towns and resorts in the Costa Brava by looking at Cadaques, which is close to the Cap de Creus natural park.
Cadaques is so pretty, it’s hard to believe it’s real. Famous for being the home of painter Salvador Dali, Cadaques is a small fishing town which is full of flawlessly matte white houses that reflect in Costa Brava sun.
It’s the typical image of a Mediterranean village, and the added bonus that it caters very well for tourists makes it a great holiday destination.
What to do in the town of Cadaques
Art and Dali: Cadaques actually has three museums in total, but of these by far and away the most popular is the museum that is housed in Salvador Dali’s old home.
You should definitely go here at least once if you visit the town. Cadaques was an important inspiration for many artists, including Picasso and Duchamp, so it’s no surprise that it contains no less than 17 art galleries. A “Dali on foot” route, which takes visitors around the village, has also been created.
Buldings: The village has an attractive 17thcentury church, as well as various modernist buildings of interest, but really most of its charm is in strolling through the narrow, winding cobbled streets.
Beaches: The beaches in Cadaques are largely rocky. The sea, however, is crystal clear. Although the urban beaches in the town centre get very full, the water is beautifully clean and perfect for a dip. If you head into the Cap de Creus natural park, you can also find lots of secret coves and beaches, such as the Cala Fredosa.
Outdoor sports: The Cap de Creus has many hiking trails and offers unique displays of flora and fauna. Everything from scuba diving to horse-riding is also on offer here.
Nightlife: Although Cadaques is essentially a small town, there’s various bars, cafés and restaurants that can be found here. Keep and eye out for the Cadaques festa major as well, a cultural event which puts on night and daytime activities suitable for all ages and tastes.
How to get to Cadaques
From Barcelona: The bus to Cadaques from Barcelona takes about three hours and runs from the Estació del Nord station at 10am and 7.30pm on weekdays and 10am and 8.45pm on weekends and holidays. Alternatively, take the train to Figueres and then the bus from there (stop = ‘Figueres’). If you’re coming by car, Cadaques is about a 2hs’ drive from Barcelona.
From Girona: Similarly, you can take the bus from stop ‘Girona estació’ (after first having taken the bus from Girona airport) – runs at 9am/6.30pm on weekdays only, takes about 1h45 – or again get the train to and then the bus from Figueres. It’s about 1h20 away by car.