Cadaqués, the little white marine village in Costa Brava, is a must visit site in Catalonia. Being a seaside village, one must think summer is the best time to visit it, but we think summer crowds spoil the romanticism of this charming little town.
100 years ago, Cadaqués belonged to fishermen; 50 years ago, it was a meeting point for artists and Bohemians and, nowadays, it’s a popular destination for holiday makers and also hosts visitors and tourists all year through who can enjoy the traces of history in its narrow streets and white houses.
Cadaqués is set inside the boundaries of Cap de Creus Natural Park. Creus Cape is the easternmost piece of land of the Iberian Peninsula. The landscape preserves its beauty since it was declared National Park, a natural beauty shaped on the land by the action of the wind and the waves, a rough and sheer nature of low vegetation and rocky cliffs. At the South end of the Park, is where you’ll find Cadaqués, only reachable by a winding secondary road surrounded by vineyards. Cap de Creus probably makes up the wildest landscape of wild Costa Brava, and that is why the village is quite isolated. Not in Summer, of course.
During the winter season, Cadaqués doesn’t become a ghost town like other Summer destinations. Restaurants and Hotels are open all year long, so visitors can still enjoy its beautiful and liveliness, but much quieter, intimate and romantic. You won’t be able to swim or sail in winter, but you’ll enjoy the landscape and nature likewise. And you can enjoy the gastronomy as well, as one of the best renowned restaurants in Catalonia is in Cadaqués. You can imagine how difficult it must be to find a table in the High Season, so that’s another reason to visit it in November: to find a table in Restaurant Compartir and enjoy their exquisite Gourmet Menu.
Of course one of the reasons to visit Cadaqués is to peek in Dalí’s summer house in Portlligat, part of Dalí’s tour in Girona province. Portlligat is a small beach near Cadaqués. It’s a little paradise where Dalí had a psychedelic house to spend the summer and organize parties. The interior of the house is preserved as the painter used to have it: you can see the original furniture and decoration and, we tell you, it’s something only believable to be true in the surrealistic world of Dalí. A standing polar bear figure welcomes you to a house where you’ll see the iconic lip-shape couch and other delirious objects that will make your mind travel to a fantasy world that only Dalí could have made true.
Wild and beautiful nature, a charming architecture, a quite and romantic atmosphere, the best gastronomy of the region and a surrealist trip to Dalí’s universe it’s what Cadaqués has to offer you, sepcially in November.