Cadaques is probably the most classic looking fishing village on the Costa Brava coast.
The beach is a relatively small pebble beach (the large flat comfortable to lie on kind of pebble) backed by white washed houses and dominated by a church that sits at the top of the steep winding streets that lead away from the beach front.
But what really sets this Costa Brava beach apart from others is the approach to it…
...winding mountain roads weave their way through pine trees and olive groves, the valley falls away below you as you climb ever higher over the Cap de Creus headland, before the slow decent...
where you catch glimpses of white washed Cadaques glinting in the sunshine in the distance on each bend in the road.
It feels like you are leaving the modern world behind, heading back to a Costa Brava of old.
According to legend…the fishermen of Cadaques got to know the island of Cuba before they got to know Figueres, situated as it is, at the tip of the Cap de Creus headland, it was cut off from the rest of the world by the El Peni mountain...
until the path over the mountain was tarmaced…but the road got no less winding or shorter, and so, in Cadaques, it can feel like time has almost stood still.
BUT enough of the romance…although it still holds on to it's charm, it has evolved into a modern town with all the usual tourist conveniences and there are very few fishermen around these days. However, it is a lovely place to visit, and the drive alone is worth it.
The Home of Salvador Dali
The landscape of the remote Cap de Creus headland was an inspiration to Salvador Dali, who made his home in the nearby bay of Portlligat. Dali's house - Casa Museu is open to the public.
Costa Brava Spain Beaches Video
Take a look at this video of Cadaques to see just how lovely a place this is. It also shows great views of the Cap de Creus headland and some inside shots of Dali’s house in Portlligat...
See Cadaques, Portlligat and Cap de Creus On The Tourist Train
In the summer months, the tourist train-bus (el trenet de Cadaques) rides between Cadaques, Portlligat and Cap de Creus national park. It's a great way to see the stunning landscape of this area if you don't have your own transport.
There are 2 circular tourist bus routes:
Departing from the Plaça de Rahola in Cadaques, through the centre of Cadaques town to Portlligat.
Departing from the Plaça de Rahola in Cadaques, through the centre of Cadaques town to Portlligat and then on to Cap de Creus light house.
You can buy the tickets from their office in the centre of town or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 653 829 422.
Costa Brava Spain Beaches - Cadaques - General Information