Cadaqués is a town in the province of Girona, Catalonia. The city is situated in the middle of the bay of Cap de Creus peninsula, near Cap de Craus Cape, on the Costa Brava of the Mediterranean – only 170 kilometers from BARCELONA and 60 kilometers from the French border. Cadaqués is considered as a social place in art history. Salvador Dalí often visited Cadaqués in his childhood and had a house near the city. Other artists, including Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, also spent time there.
History of Cadaqués
In the past, the city was a small walled village on a hill overlooked by a windswept church, and its only streets were steep paved alleys winding around the hill, paved in the local Rastell style. In the 17th century, the town expanded out of its walls along the seaside towards El Poal and Port Duguer. Cadaqués was uniquely kept under the control of the count of Empires. This means that it has a high degree of autonomy and independence and became one of the most important cities of the region. This town became the escape destination for artists and one of the most beautiful things about this city is the fact that the local council has been very careful with the local development so that the city retains its charm. Moreover, the city has its own language, which is called “Parlat Salat”.
Activities in Cadaqués
One of the first activities you have to do is to visit the Cap de Creus Peninsula which has been declared a nature reserve in 1998, due to the unique geology and coastal beauty. It marks the most eastern end of the Pyrenees as they crash into the Mediterranean, and the barren rocky coastline is dotted with secluded, deep blue coves. It’s a nice path, from where you can discover the region and the city along the sea.
You also have the possibility to visit Salvador Dali’s house which is located around the bay in Port Lligat. He used to live with his wife in this former fisherman’s house. You have to see it, not only for the view from the house, but also for Dali’s eclectic collection of possessions and his own unique style.
One can also opt for different activities, such as hiking or relaxing strolls around the beautiful town. One can also find a variety of water sports and a lot of people, rent boats during the summer months to enjoy the beautiful beaches. Cadaqués is one of the most relaxing towns in Catalonia. One can easily opt to do none of the above, but choose to have a cold fresh drink and enjoy the summer breeze, whilst laying on a deck chair in front of the sea!
How to get there:
- By car: Get on B-10 from Via Laietana, Plaça de Pau Vila, Carrer del Dr. Aiguader and take exit 22. Drive along AP-7. Take exit 4 from AP-7. Follow N-II and C-260 to GI-614. It takes around 2 hours to reach Cadaqués from Barcelona.
- By bus: There are many buses who reach Cadaqués from Barcelona. Such as the company Sarfa, which provides buses between the two cities. It will take 3,5 h for the journey and cost around 26€ for one way.
- By train: In the case, you would like to take the train, first, you have to take a train from the station Barcelona Sants to Girona, then another train from Girona to Llanca. Arrive at Llanca, you would have to take a taxi to reach Cadaqués. The total price of the journey is between 55€ and 72€ and will take 2,5 hours.
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