Cadaques is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking a cobalt-blue bay. In the town centre, you’ll find a maze of alleys lined with whitewashed buildings and colourful flowers. Sunbathe on picturesque pebble beaches, stroll around the picturesque harbour and discover the legacy of the iconic Catalonian artist, Salvador Dalí.
Things to do in Cadaques
Cobbled streets and traditional houses draped in pink bougainvillea make Cadaques feel like a Mediterranean daydream. Església de Santa Maria soars over the old town and welcomes you with a charming, whitewashed façade.
Casa Museu Dalí occupies the artist’s former home in the neighbouring village of Port Lligat. Guided tours take you behind the scenes of the eclectic home. Marvel at colourful artwork, quirky furniture and a taxidermy polar bear draped in fine jewels.
Lace up your hiking shoes and spend the day exploring Cap de Creus Natural Park. Perched on the Iberian Peninsula, the park protects pristine beaches, islands and coastal forests. The hike up Sant Salvador peak takes you 670 metres above sea level and unlocks sweeping views over the sparkling sea. On the coast, you’ll find deserted beaches, rugged sea cliffs and hidden coves.
Cadaques is brimming with restaurants where you can enjoy traditional cuisine from Girona. Try “botifarra” sweet sausage with roasted apple, hearty rice stews and stewed beef served with wild mushrooms. Local bakeries will tempt you with deep-fried “xiuxos” pastries filled with cream and topped with a dusting of sugar. The waterfront is dotted with bars serving Catalonian wine and craft cocktails.
Getting around Cadaques
Cadaques is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is a 1.5-hour drive from Girona and two hours from Barcelona. Buses run between Barcelona and Cadaques in three hours or you can ride the train to Figueres, then travel onwards to Cadaques by bus. Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport is a 2.5-hour drive away.