Why You Should Visit Cadaques

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Peeping at beach goers

Described by Salvador Dalí as “the most beautiful village in the world”, Cadaqués has proven to be that charming seaside town with a refreshing feel.

This well-preserved town has attracted other past artists such as Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse and continues to enchant 30,000 visiting tourists every summer.

Wanting to get away from the metropolitan hustle, we took a day off and arrived after two hours from Barcelona by car.

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The whitechalked village welcomes us as we enter after some kilometers of winding road.


This fishing village is lined by a few coves where people can take a dip against the old town setting. No waves, just a quiet view.


Cadaqués is set on a slope, where cobblestoned narrow streets climb and crisscross each other. That’s the fun part — getting lost in its seaside roads.


Peeking between buildings. It has a tranquil bay where one can sit on the steps and dream.


There are actually several of these little coves lined along the town. This one sits at the foot of the beautiful church, Església de Santa Maria.


A statue of Dalí makes its statement.


That stony, rustic slope again. Keep the stilettos at home.


The flowers are a-bloomin’ beautifully along this steep alley.


It’s a bit of a trek to go to the hilltop church, Esglesia de Santa Maria. But this is the view that you get as a reward.


We entered the 16th-century church to marvel at the intricate Gothic-style altar. But where’s Wally?


After much sightseeing on this hot summer day, we headed for the rocky beach. I thought would kill me when I lay down, but they were all smooth and flat.

I would most definitely come back to this old town. Next time, I’d try this Cadaques winery too 🙂 And maybe bring my canvas and acrylic paints to set up on the rocks hoping to have my work discovered. Still dreaming!


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About the Author Justine Ancheta

California native, churro aficionado, and mom of 3, Justine Ancheta writes fervently about Barcelona and Spain. Since 2008, she's been eating burnt onions (calçots) and tripping on cobblestones in the Gothic Quarter. She shares tips on popular attractions, exposes offbeat non-touristy spots, and gives insight on exploring Barcelona with kids. Her next Catalan culture challenge: top level of a human castle (castellers).

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emiahedwards says May 4, 2017

Hello! I was wondering the best route to get to cadaques from barcelona without a car? Thanks so much!

    Justine says May 5, 2017

    I’ve never done it without a car. But it looks like you can take a bus! The bus trip from Barcelona to Cadaqués (from “Nord” Bus Station) takes about three hours. Go to the Visit Cadaques website!Good luck and let me know if you make it 🙂

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