Cadaqués is a beautiful town on the North East coast of Spain. It is further North than Barcelona and is actually really close to the French border. We stopped here for a couple of hours on our way to Salou for a weekend in Port Aventura.
Cadaqués is famous for being where Salvador Dali was from, but actually he lived in a town close by. But apparently he did come to Cadaqués often as a child. There has been lots of famous people visit this small fishing town including Walt Disney, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp as well as lots of others.
Cadaqués has officially around 2,000 residents but it can go up to around 20,000 people in the Summer months when people come here on holiday or stay in the holiday homes. As Cadaqués is situated just over 2 hours drive from Barcelona, there are lots of visitors from all over the world.
I loved exploring this little town which is filled with white houses, small alleys and beautiful scenery. The walk around Riba des Poal and Pujada des Pianc had fanstictic views over theMediterranean Sea and the old town. There was a hotel there called Hotel Playa Sol which looked lovely as it had a private beach and rooms looking over the water to the old town.
Overall, I loved this little slice of paradise and would love to come back for a mini break at some point in the future!
My favourite part about Cadaqués was by far the harbour. I love being by the sea and next to boats bobbing up and down. I love the smell of the sea air, relaxing on beaches and panoramic views. This is a beautiful spot for a weekend away or a family holiday as it has everything you could want or need. Culture, food, views, beaches and lovely hot weather in the Summer months.
Cadaqués old town
The old town was beautiful too. Lots of white buildings with flowers, bright doors and cute shutters. We happened to go the same weekend as the Catalan Referendum so lots of the houses had the Catalunya and "Si" flags outside, displaying their support to leave Spain. I have never been to Santorini but it reminded me a little of the photographs I have seen with the white and blue tones and small windy streets.
Iglesia de Santa María de Cadaqués
If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I LOVE churches. I'm not religious, I just love the decorations, architecture and how each one is very different. Well I can tell you that I didn't like this one. The outside was nice to see from the other side of the bay, but up close, you couldn't see the whole thing. But also, you couldn't go inside! There were windows looking in, and you had to pay €1 to see the church lit up inside. What a joke! There were great views from here but entrance to the church would have made this better.
And last but not least - food! We went to a little place called Nord Est which had lovely views over the bay to the old town. It was a little over priced, but it was to expected given its location. We ordered "Escalivade" which is a Catalan speciality of marinaded peppers. We also had "Pan con tomate" which is basically bread rubbed with tomatoes. And the last one I can't remember the name, but it is also a Catalan specialty of seafood in a tomato sauce. All of which was washed down with some Sangria. Perfect!