Cadaques is a tiny port town 2.5 hours drive north from Barcelona on Costa Brava. A fisherman’s haven with its beautiful surroundings, it is the perfect romantic getaway from Barcelona.
The town doesn’t have much in the way of activities. So, you’d spend most of your time exploring its quaint alleys, cafes and restaurants. Walk around, admire the sea and the colour of the water. Stop-by a cafe, sip your cafe con leche as you watch the waves lash against the rocks.
It is the perfect romantic weekend getaway from Barcelona.
Barcelona to Cadaques
Cadaques is a short drive up north from Barcelona. Unfortunately, there is no other mode of transport other than road. So, either you drive up on your own or take the bus.
The bus from Barcelona to Cadaques departs from Estacio Nord in Barcelona. You can check the timetable and schedule on their website. I would highly recommend booking your ticket in adavance, especially during peak season.
Once in Cadaques, it is easy to get around on foot. So what is there in Cadaques?
3 Thing To Do In Cadaques
1. Visit Dali’s House
Cadaques is also equally famous, if not more, as the hometown of Salvador Dali. Dali’s home is open for all visitors and showcases his eccentric style if living and some of his pieces of art.
Dali’s house is located in Portlligat, a tiny port probably 20 minutes walking from the centre of Cadaques. Once again, be sure to book your tickets in advance as they sell out quickly.
FYI, Dali’s house is not the Dali Museum. The museum is located in Figueres, another town close to Barcelona and Cadaques. If you plan on visiting the Dali Museum in Figueres, I’d highly recommend making it a day trip as there’s not much to see in the town. I found Figueres quite insipid and nothing compared to the charm of Cadaques!
2. Explore Quaint Alleys
Cadaques is what many would term as quintessentially Mediterranean. The town has managed to retain its charm and character over the years, and is great place to relax and unwind. Its quaintness, narrow alleys, perfect weather, and beautiful cafes makes you fall in love with it.
3. Eat Delicious Food
Cadaques is equally famous for some of the best food in Costa Brava. The food is fresh, delicious, and exquisite. Some restaurants that definitely worth your money are La Sirena, Compartir, and El Gato Azul. Once again, remember to reserve your table well in advance.
I fell in love with not only the beauty of the surroundings, but also the pace of life in Cadaques. It forced you to slow down, and just enjoy time passing you by 🙂
Accommodation in Cadaques
I’ve been to Cadaques a couple of times, and stayed in different hotels. It’s usually a good idea to get a hotel in the centre of the town.
The best hotel that I’ve stayed at in Cadaques is Ubaldo. It’s centrally located, right next to the bus stop, and it’s rooms are quite comfortable. The last time I was in Cadaques, I stayed at the Hotel S’Aguarda. Although it’s not as central as Ubaldo, it was super comfortable and our room came with a lovely view of the town.
Just one piece of advice, Cadaques has limited hotels that usually sell out during the peak tourist months. Make sure that you get your accommodation in place well before you decide to travel to Cadaques.