Cadaqués, the cradle of art
Cadaqués is considered one of the most iconic spots on the Catalan coast. Its beauty was an inspiration to some of the great painters of the 20th century. Salvador Dalí himself, the Spanish painter, sculptor, engraver, set designer and writer, chose to build his eccentric home to the north of Cadaqués, on the bay of Portlligat. His house is now a museum that is well worth a visit. You can see the studio where he worked, and discover 35 years of memories. To reach the village you’ll need to go to the most easterly part of the peninsula, between the Puig de Paní and Puig de Bufadors mountains in the Alt Empordà region in the province of Girona. You’ll discover its traditional fishing culture, as for many years the village was totally isolated, with the sea providing the only link to the outside world. Roam narrow whitewashed streets where the balconies overflow with flowers. You’ll find shops selling local handicrafts, and lots of little boats bobbing up and down by the shore. Other places of interest are the castle of Sant Jaume, a 19th century gem; the church of Santa María in the old quarter; and the Cap de Creus Natural Park, with its lighthouse up on high.