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The fabulous Spanish town of Cadaques is a charming place that amazes generations of tourists with its beauty. This is a truly paradise-like place that has already conquered the hearts of millions of guests. In this area, the Pyrenees slowly end in the Mediterranean Sea, forming a small bay perfect for yachts and boats. When tourists arrive here for the first time, many of them feel like the town is sleeping. Despite this, it is simply impossible to resist its charm, and so many people fall in love with Cadaques. Do you want to relax at the beach, enjoying the silence and tender sun? In this case, this “sunny” town is exactly what you need.
A popular tourist destination in modern days, Cadaques remained a forgotten region until the end of the 19th century. Two hills, namely, Mount Pani and Puig dels Bufadors, separate the region from Emporda. Because of a long period of complete isolation from the outer world, the Catalan dialect is still the primary language in the area. This dialect has its own unusual accent, and so many Spanish people do not understand it.
Tourism started developing in Cadaques at the beginning of the 20th century. Best families from Barcelona, Figueres, and Girona were coming here to spend a summer in silence and complete isolation from the bustling city life. In 1910, outstanding painter Pablo Picasso chose Cadaques as his new home. Many talented people visited this town to get inspiration. Salvador Dali lived here when he was a child. Later, he left Cadaques but then he understood that he couldn’t find a better place to get inspiration for new works. This is how he returned to Catalonia. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The coastline has a complex shape near Cadaques. It looks like it was cut into several pieces. Because of this peculiarity, there are no big beaches here, but tourists will have no difficulty finding small and charming coastal areas perfect for sunbathing. This fact makes the resort town truly unique. You can easily find a suitable beach where not only you but also your companions, both adults and children, can relax and have fun.
When describing local beaches, it is worth mentioning two charming areas first. These are S'Alqueria Gran and S'Alqueria Petita. You can find them in the northern part of the city. If you choose to visit S'Alqueria Gran, you will find a pebble beach that is very comfortable for walking. A stroll here is a nice foot massage. The smaller beach is a sandy one. These two beaches are suitable for families with children because they are relatively shallow and have a flat bottom. Local coastal water is so clear that you can see the underwater world while standing on the coast.
Sant Antoni is another comfortable beach in Cadaques. It is located near the exit from Port lligat Bay. This is quite a spacious beach suitable for recreation. The beach is covered with a mix of sand and pebbles, so it is better to wear shoes or keep an eye on the surface because there can be some sharp stones. The sea is very shallow near the coast, so this beach is suitable for parents with small children. Parents do not need to worry when their kids want to play in the water.
There are interesting beaches in Port lligat Bay. They are also conventionally divided into a small and a big one. Just like the beach mentioned above, these beaches have a mix of sand and pebbles. Parents can relax while their children are having fun because the sea is shallow near the coast. Most beaches have bars where visitors can try delicious refreshing cocktails or simply hide from the hot sun.
Moreover, visitors have an amazing opportunity to see the town from a new angle – they can make a mesmerizing sea ride. At these beaches, tourists can rent a boat or a kayak and make a small journey. To the service of the town’s guests, there is a Gala boat that offers sea excursions. This watercraft belonged to the wife of Salvador Dali. It is also worth mentioning that the great surrealist built a house at this bay many years ago. Nowadays, there is a museum dedicated to the painter is this house. This is a must-visit destination for everyone who wants to know more about the life of this famous personality.
If you plan to travel with small children, consider visiting Cadaques in February. This is the time when the whole Spain participates in the masquerade “fever”. Cadaques is no exception. Interesting performances and parades of people in fancy costumes have become an essential part of the event. Tourists can also join and participate in the masquerade. For children, this is an amazing opportunity to attend interesting events that are organized for young guests of the town.
In order to get to Cadaques, tourists first need to arrive in Barcelona. After that, take a train to Figueres. The train ride will take approximately one and a half hours. Having reached this city, you will need to get to the bus station in the city center and buy a ticket to Cadaques. The second part of your journey will take approximately one hour. There is one more way to get to the charming resort town from Barcelona – by bus that departs from the North Station.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Cadaques
♥   Castle 'Castle of Verdera' Girona, 9.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Quermançó' Girona, 16.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Peralada' Girona, 22.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle d’Albons' Girona, 24.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle d’Espolla' Girona, 25.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Cadaques
♥   Natural Park 'Cap de Creus' , 4.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Aiguamolls de l`Empordà' , 16.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cave 'Cova del Cavall' , 54.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa' , 67 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'La Narbonnaise en Méditerranée' , 85.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Cadaques from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Santa Margarida

From the series “Majestic and Spectacular Craters and Crater Lakes”
In the surroundings of the volcano is a lot of excellent tourist trails with signposting. On some of them you can also drive by car. In 1982, La Garrocha district was declared a nature reserve, so the tourists visiting it should observe some important rules. There are special places for tents and picnics on the territory of the nature reserve. The tourists, who like to bring the natural souvenirs (eg pebbles and plants) from the picturesque regions back home, is recommended to do without this tradition. … Read further

Teatro-Museo Dali

From the series “Houses of Famous People and Stars Currently Open to Tourists”
In the museum not only the works of Salvador Dali, but also the paintings of other outstanding painters are preserved. During his lifetime Salvador collected a large collection of art. The jewelery collection that Salvador Dali has created especially for a rich American Owen Cheatham is considered one of the most interesting. The collection of the works of the great surrealist presented in the museum is the largest exposure of his paintings in the world. Apart from the paintings and sculptures, the three-dimensional collages created by the painter are of great value, including the famous room with the face May West. The tomb, in the balsamierten body Salvador Dalis rests, is likewise in the building and is open to the visitors. … Read further
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