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Cadaqués: guide with the most important things to visit, beaches to see and activities to do.

Panoramic of Cadaqués, Spain
Panoramic view of Cadaqués, Spain © demarfa - Fotolia.com

 

 

Cadaqués is a Catalan municipality located in the province of Gerona, within the Alto Ampurdán region, and enjoys the unusual privilege of being the easternmost town in Spanish territory. It has a population of 2.820 inhabitants and as many thousands of tourists annually, a prodigious number that testifies to the incomparable beauty of these coasts.

We discussed the Costa Brava, a Mediterranean paradise that recognizes Cadaqués as its best treasure. He owes part of his success to an unbeatable weather, with very hot summers and moderate winters that maintain the average temperature around 15,7 ºC. In short, a typically Mediterranean climate that will conquer bathers.

The tramontan wind is also a regular companion in this region, whose exotic relief has been carving for thousands of years. Also they historical buildings, The beaches and the cultural centers multiply the attractiveness of this coastal town.//
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How can I get to Cadaqués?

Bay of Cadaqués, Spain
Bahía de Cadaqués, Spain © Yvann K - Fotolia.com

Like so many other municipalities in Catalonia, Cadaqués has a magnificent communication, with a range of possibilities for all tastes.

One of the most recurrent means is the airlines, an outstanding section in these lands, where the Girona airports, Barcelona and from Perpignan they offer an exceptional starting point to travel to the Girona coast.

Get by train is a highly recommended option, especially for those who travel from Madrid, Sevilla and other well centralized nuclei. In this sense, we must stick to the Barcelona-Figueres line of RENFE and the Perpignan-Figueres and Cervera-Figueres of SNCF.

How could it be otherwise, access drive It is the favorite route of millions of tourists, who have the AP-7 motorway in the Catalan capital and the A9 motorway in Perpignan. Also for those who prefer the bus, SARFA's Barcelona-Cadaqués line provides direct, comfortable and efficient access. Finally, the most adventurous spirits will be able to arrive Boat, thanks to the countless number of buoys and piers that dot this coastal strip.

What can we see in Cadaqués?

The cultural, historical and artistic heritage shine with special intensity in Cadaqués, where the figure of Salvador Dalí is very present in every corner and the maritime atmosphere permeates each of its buildings.

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La House-Museum of Salvador Dalí, made up of a row of fishermen's huts, it has the workshop, library and furniture of the most provocative surrealist painter of all time. Declared 'Asset of Cultural Interest' and 'Historical Heritage of Spain', this iconic place will delight art lovers, who will be able to tour the halls and rooms that the artist inhabited.

For Dalí fans, the Cadaqués Museum It surprises with numerous temporary exhibitions on the life and work of the artist. Likewise, Picasso, Pichot and other geniuses closely related to the locality sometimes become the center of gravity of these exhibitions. And it is that art occupies a position of honor on the Costa Brava.

Visit Old is to immerse yourself in a labyrinth of picturesque streets where the pavement known as 'el Rastell' sometimes stands as the main protagonist, thanks to its slender singularity. The streets of Santa María, Es Call and Es Portal are the most emblematic, and many of the symbolic buildings of the municipality are located there. Between the year 1000 and 1280 a wall was built that protected the people from the attacks and looting, so frequent in the Middle Ages, even more so if we consider that its fishing port became one of the most important in the Iberian Peninsula.

In the very heart of the Old Town is the Iglesia de Santa Maria, a temple of great beauty and originality framed in the Gothic and Baroque styles, as we can see on the floor and the altar respectively. It was built in the XNUMXth century, although successive reforms changed its appearance around the XNUMXth century. It is the highest point of this urban nucleus and has a viewpoint that will win its visitors over.

If you are looking for superb architecture, Colom Tower It is located on Avenida Víctor Rahola and was built in the context of the Guerra dels Segadors. We are talking about a modernist-inspired house, known in principle as 'el Castell', until Gabriel Colom gave it its current name.

Activities in Cadaqués

But if yours is the wildest nature, the Natural Park of Cabo de Creus It dazzles with diverse ecosystems of great wealth, where birds of prey and reptiles are the owners and lords of a varied orography, with rocky areas, valleys and others. A natural wonder of 10 hectares that is worth knowing.

Since 1853, the very popular Cape of Creus lighthouse illuminates the last foothills of the Pyrenean mountain range. We are in front of the second oldest lighthouse in Catalonia and one of the most beautiful in the world. In its vicinity, in addition, there is a perfect restaurant to taste the calcots, the escalivada and other dishes of Catalan gastronomy.

What are the best beaches in Cadaqués?

Cadaqués beach, Spain
Cadaqués beach, Spain © pure-life-pictures - Fotolia.com

With its dreamy beaches and coves, the Costa Brava has nothing to envy other coastal regions in Europe. Advantages such as the paradisiacal climate, the quality of its services or the vast leisure offer make Cadaqués a true holiday attraction.

La Portlligat cove It is, without a doubt, the most popular in the Girona municipality and one of the most attractive for bathers. Despite being just 80 meters long, the magnificence of these shores of sand and gravel is undeniable, endowed with a peculiar orography that protects it from the Mediterranean Sea. A great place to stroll, which spurred the fantasy of Salvador Dalí.

Measuring 30 meters in length and with an average occupancy rate, the Ros Beach it is a haven of peace where the hustle and bustle can be forgotten. On the other hand, fans of snorkel, to diving and other water sports you will discover an imposing scenery to enjoy your leisure to the fullest.

The blue and white hues blend into the Portdoguer Beach, a jewel of golden sands, shallow waters and numerous catering establishments that will surprise the most demanding 'gourmets' while rejoicing in the views of the bay. Of course, an obligatory stop on our way through Cadaqués.

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