Cadaques is one of the more popular towns on Spain’s Costa Brava and is most well known as the home town of artist Salvador Dali. It’s a sleepy town in the off season but comes alive in the summer months with visitors looking to enjoy the great food and pristine waters. It wasn’t warm enough to swim when I was there back in February but I did get to explore the cute cobblestone streets and relax on the waterfront.
There are a few little cafes dotted around the town but I particularly like the bakery down by the water which sells the famous taps cakes which are shaped like a champagne cork or I guess I should say a cava cork.
If you are based in Cadaques for a few days there are some great things to see in the area.
Salvador Dali’s House
I am fascinated by Salvador Dali’s paintings but his house at Port Lligat is even more surreal. It’s a fun place to wander and get a peek into the artist’s life.
Cap de Creus
Cap de Creus reminded me a lot of Western Australia’s wild southern coastline and I loved it for that. There are great hiking trails and secluded coves for swimming. At the top of the hill there is a little cafe where you can sit and enjoy the view.
Visit a Winery
There are many wineries near Cadaques where you can go wine tasting or enjoy some local food. I’m not a wine buff but I did take a bit of a liking to the local cava (sparkling wine) and stocked up on a few bottles before my return to Paris. Celler Martin Faixo were great hosts and treated us like part of the family when we lunched there.
Where to Stay
I stayed in a luxury villa in Port Lligat, Cadaques as a guest of Charming Villas Catalonia. While it might be out of the budget of most travellers, including myself, if you got a group of friends together it could work out to be an affordable and unforgettable stay.