This fishing village north of Girona attracts many visitors with its unique charm and history. Countless sweeping hairpin bends turn away from the main road that leads to France and down towards its picturesque bay. April is a perfect month for discovering Cadaqués, and enjoying its spring sunshine and tranquil ambience.
What to Visit
The Casa Museo Dalí in Portlligat
This is on the outskirts of Cadaqués, and definitely worth seeing. This is where the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí lived for nearly 40 years with his wife and muse Gala, gradually building and extending it, adding furniture and objects. He described his home as “… a real biological structure. With each new impulse of our life there corresponded a new cell, a room.”
Cadaqués was a popular summer residence for several artists, with many more visiting regularly. These include Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miró, and Richard Hamilton. Even today there is still an important community of artists, and there are 14 galleries open to the public.
The old town.
Its Medieval history can be felt in the labyrinthine streets, which are now lined with charming whitewashed small houses and artisan shops. The church of Santa María de Cadaqués was built in the Gothic style during the 16th century. A beautiful Baroque altar decoration and other details were later added.
Take a walk on the wild side and discover the countless little beaches that line this stretch of the Costa Brava on either side of the Bay of Cadaqués. The water will be decidedly nippy and only bravest will go for a splash, but the breathtaking scenery can be enjoyed by all. Bring a picnic and escape from the crowds for a relaxing afternoon.
Seafood fans are in for a treat, as there are plenty of tasty dishes to choose from. Traditional favourites include seafood paella, grilled sardines, anchovies, gilt-head bream and lobster. Most restaurants offer a very reasonable menu with local wine and dessert included.
Bars & NightlifeCadaqués gets surprisingly lively at night for a town this size! Several bars are located on Miquel Rosset Street, parallel to the seafront. The cosy Café de la Habana was one of Dalí’s favourite haunts. It often hosts live Cuban music and other performances. There are also plenty of great seafront bars where you can watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand.
Getting to Cadaqués with public transport
Bus: From Barcelona Nord. 2½ hours. 49€ return. www.barcelonanord.com