Doesn't matter if you are an art or a nature lover, Cadaqués is one of the villages you should not miss out on if you are visiting Barcelona, or even Catalonia in general.
This picturesque village was not without reason the home of famous surrealist Salvador Dali, lying in the middle of a breathtaking natural reserve called Cap de Creus, close to the French border.
How to get there?
The village is the easiest to get to by car, but if you aren't lucky enough to have one and car sharing like BlaBlaCar is not offering you a solution, there are other ways to get here - even if it will take you a little bit longer.
From Barcelona and Girona, you can take the train to Figueres - which is by the way also very visit worthy with the official Dali Museum - and from there take the bus to Cadaqués.
If you are coming from a bit further, you can fly with many lowcost companies (e.g. Ryanair, Wizzair, ...) into Girona or Barcelona Airport. Find the best options from your city on www.skyscanner.com
What to do?
Relax. That's the first - and only - thing that Cadaqués imposes you. Just wander around, get lost, and let the destiny take you to the smallest corners of the village - and beyond.Not for nothing, this village brought peace and inspiration to other famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Marcel Duchamp, and many more. Take the time to breathe in the atmosphere of this unique town.
Go for a visit to the house where Dali lived with his beloved Gala in Portlligat - it's definetely one of the must-do's if you're even the slightest bit interested in art. The visit must be reserved upfront here, because there is only a limited amount of people able to enter every day since the visit is a guided one, in small groups of 10 people.
Get lost in the little streets of the village itself and get amazed by the many cute shops. Let the cobble stone roads 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 opens a nice view on the village roofs.
View from the St. Mary Church, Cadaqués
On the Sunday in the end of March when I visited Cadaqués, I got surprised by a little antiquities market right by the sea side, but even on other days the seafront is definetely a good choice to have your morning coffee while enjoying the beautiful view at the front seaside of the village, soak up some sun, feel the sea breeze on your skin and just watch the beautiful clouds fly by.
As I already mentioned, Cadaqués lies in the middle of Cap de Creus natural reserve, which is one of the most amazing places in Catalonia where you can make hour long hikes along the coast following the "Cami de Ronda". For the hiking and nature lovers, the Cami de Ronda will lead you all the way to the North, around the cliffs, along hidden beaches and flowered hills all the way to the main point of Cap de Creus - the Lighthouse. Cap de Creus is a huge natural reserve and has countless hikes to offer. One of the most interesting ones would be a hike of a few days, going from village to village starting in Cadaqués - the second night could be spent in Port de la Selva, and the third in Llança.
The beautiful nature in Cap de Creus is so omnifarious, that you can barely imagine that all of these pictures have been made in just a 2-hour hike...
Enjoy these beautiful landscapes, my dear gypsies!
And don't forget to say "Hi" to mister Dali if you are visitng anytime soon :)