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Cadaques

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Statue of Salvador Dali along the Cadaques beachfront

Cadaques is a coastal town in Spain, found in the northern region of Catalonia along the Costa Brava. It is a nice, whitewashed beach town that is most famous for being the primary residence for the late surrealist painter Salvador Dali [1]. About 2 1/2 hours from Barcelona, Cadaques is remote enough to maintain a low population, while still attracting international tourists due to its well-preserved beauty and romantic setting. Great for family vacations.


Understand[edit]

Travellers mix: majority are French; some Italians;

Get in[edit]

by train[edit]

There's no direct train connection to Cadaqués, but you can make the first part of your ride by train. From Barcelona, one way to reach Cadaques is by train from the Plaza Catalunya, at the center of the city on the west point of Las Ramblas. From here, hop on a train heading North to Figueres, a journey that should last about an hour and a half. From the Figueres train station, walk straight out into the city and you'll see the bus station on your left. From here, you can hop on a bus to Cadaques(which leave frequently), where you'll take an hour long journey up through the Catalonia hills and at last down into the beautiful sleepy town of Cadaques.

by bus[edit]

The company Sarfa [2] operates a daily service direct from Barcelona to Cadaques. The timetable changes depending on the season. The buses leave from the North Station which is close to "Arc de Triomf" (and metro station) and is also within walking distance from the centre of the city (about 35 minutes walk). Beware holidays! The timetable is reduced considerably and you might have to wait 7 hours between the busses, especially if you want to leave Cadaqués and catch a plane... In this case you can take a taxi to Rosas and hop there on one of the more frequent buses.

by boat[edit]

It is possible to catch a ferry from the nearby town of Roses. During much of the year these ferries travel several times a day.

by foot (walking)[edit]

Because of the geography surrounding the town of Cadaques, the traditional way for the townpeople to travel was walking, by boat (rowing or sailing) or by "Tartana". It is still possible (and enjoyable) to walk to Cadaques either from Roses or Port de la Selva. From Roses there is a marked trail which follows the coast. The walk is approximately 15 kilometers and passes several bays and beaches on the way. The walk is marked with small red and white painted marks which are located on rocks and signs.

by car[edit]

Arriving by car is quite easy; there are several free parkings in the city. One of them is left side from the downtown when you arrive by car, close to the beach (open 9am-8pm).

Get around[edit]

The city structure of Cadaques is short and sweet, where shiny tiles lead travellers all through the city, from the bars and cantinas at the city center beachfront, to the hotels and private homes on the surrounding sides of the Cap de Creus peninsula. You can pretty much walk everywhere you want, but renting a vespa is nice option to explore the surrounding countryside.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Dali's House. Dali spent many summers in Cadaques and had constructed a house which is now a museum. This house is located in Port LLigat, which is approximately 15-20 minutes walk from the center of Cadaques. If you want to visit, you have to book your timeslot in advance, as only about 10 people every 10 minutes are allowed to enter: tel. 972 25 10 15.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Beaches: there's a topless-friendly beach, left side from the downtown when you arrive by car.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Casa Anita, Miquel Roser 6, 972 25-84-71, [3]. -3pm; 8:30-10:30pm.  edit
  • La Gritta, Passeig 11. One of the rare places where you can eat full meals between 4pm and 8:30pm, when most cafes are closed. Gaspatzo and pizza are good; fish is not.  edit
  • Can Rafa, Passeig, 7, 34 972 15 94 01 (), [4].  edit
  • El Gato, C/Curós no 10, 972 258 844 ().  edit
  • La Sal, plaça del portixó s/n, 0034 618113565 ().  edit

Fish restaurants of Cadaques are highly rated in the region.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Casa Nun. Wonderful little restaurant on promenade that serves local dishes and has wonderful ambiance.  edit
  • Can Tito.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Xanascat the National Network of Youth Hostels for all of Catalonia.
  • Hostal El Ranxo, Av. Caritat Serinyana, 12-13, Tel. 972 25 80 05. In the city center. Double room about 40 EUR, 5 EUR/person breakfast (as of April 2009).
  • Hotel Playa Sol.  edit


Get out[edit]

  • Cap de Creus. The cape of Creus is located 7 kilometers from Cadaques within the national park. It is possible to walk there following a marked track which follows the coast. It is also possible to walk or drive along the road. There is a bar and restaurant at the Cape which is open everyday until late (10ish).



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