Cadaques is a small port town 2.5 hours drive north from Barcelona along Costa Brava. Its unique history, quaint character, gastronomical delights, make it the perfect weekend getaway from Barcelona.
Fortunately, Cadaques is small enough to be explored over a couple of days on foot. Even at a leisurely pace you can explore its colourful alleys, famous cafes and restaurants, admire its historic sights or simply watch the waves lash against the rocks.
I’ve been to Cadaques a couple of times, and I still want to go there again!
Cadaques is your vision of the idyllic Spanish Mediterranean come to life.
Barcelona to Cadaques
The easiest way to get to Cadaques is by road from Barcelona. You can either you drive up on your own, or take the bus.Find the best car rental in Barcelona
The bus to Cadaques departs from Estacio Nord in Barcelona. The timetable and schedule is available on their website. I would highly recommend booking your ticket in advance, especially during the peak season (April to August).
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.
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.
Top Thing To Do In Cadaques
Once you arrive in Cadaques, it’s easy to get around the whole town on foot. There’s plenty to discover and explore, even in such a small town. If you’re like me, you could just spend all your time walking about the beautiful, old alleys and stopping by quaint cafes. Order a coffee and simply watch people walk by. Here’s a quick video to get you inspired about Cadaques.
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So, here are our top things to do in Cadaques.
1. Visit Dali’s House
Cadaques is where Salvador Dali, one of the greatest Spanish Surrealist artists, had his house. This was Dali’s only fixed house, where he lived and worked, from 1930 till 1982 when Gala, his wife, died. His house-museum is located in Portlligat, a small port located 20 minutes walking distance from the centre of Cadaques.
Today, Dali’s house-museum is open to all visitors and showcases his eccentric style if living, and pieces of art.
During peak season, make sure that you book your tickets in advance as they are limited and sell out very fast.
Also it’s worth noting that Dali’s house-musuem is not the Dali Museum. The main museum is located in Figueres, a 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. You can book a taxi from Cadaques to Figueres in case you wish to visit the Dali Museum.Girona & Dali’s Museum Figueres Day Tour from Barcelona
2. Explore Quaint Alleys
Cadaques is what many would consider as quintessential Mediterranean town. 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 instantly in love with it.
3. Dine at the Best Restaurants & Cafes
Cadaques is known for its restaurants that are some of the best along Costa Brava. The food here is fresh, delicious, and exquisite.
4. Find a beach to relax
Honestly, there is no shortage of beaches in Cadaques. Although small and rocky, the beaches are numerous and scattered all over. It is easy to find one that isn’t really crowded at all.
Right in the main town area there is Platja Gran (the main beach), Playa Port d’Alguer, Platja es Llaner Gran, and Playa Ses Oliveres. Then there are smaller ones located a few minutes walk from the main town, including one right in front of Dali’s house-museum.
Here’s a nice blog that lists down all the beaches in Cadaques. Simply, find a beach that you like and spend your day lounging on it. Be sure to step into the water, which remains cold for most of the year.
5. Admire Cadaques from Mirador
As a photographer, I’m always looking for the best location, the one vantage point, from where I can get the perfect shot of the city or town. Fortunately, that lookout point in Cadaques is easy to access through a short but a slightly adventurous walk.
Mirador is located on breakaway islet, 20 minutes walk from Platja Gran. It’s relatively secluded except for a few fishermen who happen to come around often.
From here, you get beautiful views of the entire town set against the hills. This place has the best views of Cadaques, hands down! I’ve been to this location plenty of times, and I think the best time to go there is during the sunset.
6. Walk to Es Cucurucuc
While walking around Cadaques, we found an interesting shaped rock, sticking out of the sea. Later we learned the name of the rock is Es Cucurucuc.
Later that same day we walked into a shop that was selling a t-shirt with an image of the same rock, and that got me curious. So, I asked the shop lady what was so special about the rock? Apparently, back in the day pirates would hide behind the rock and shout cucurucuc to signal if the coast was clear or not.
I found the story as amusing as the name of the rock. Of course, I bought the t-shirt!
The walk around Es Cucurucuc is equally beautiful. There are plenty of beaches around with coves that are accessible by steps.
7. Visit the Churches in de Cadaques
The church of Santa Maria de Cadaques is located at the highest point of Cadaques. This beautiful 16th century gothic church defines the skyline of Cadaques.
It has a single nave with side chapels, ending in a polygonal chevet which houses one of the most noteworthy Baroque altarpieces in Catalonia.
Another church that is definitely worth checking out is the Sant Baldiri hermitage. Built to house the relics of Saints Abdon and Sennen, but dedicated to Saint Baudilus, this small chapel features a contrasting white exterior, a wall surrounding the church yard, a simple facade topped by a lone bell, and a metal cross that looks a lot like a crossbow.
Make sure to stop by the Sant Baldiri hermitage on your way to the Dali house-museum.
I fell in love with not only the beauty of the surroundings, but also the pace of life in Cadaques. It forced me to slow down, and just enjoy time passing by 🙂
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