Cadaques Vacations

Cadaques is a whitewashed beach village along the Costa Brava of Catalonia, Spain, most famous for being the primary residence for the surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Situated around a rocky bay, Cadaqués' narrow, hilly streets are perfect for walking and the picturesque town attracts plenty of summertime visitors. Those looking for inspiration ... Read more
can still visit Dali's house at Casa de Salvador Dalí en Port Lligat.
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Hot summers and mild winters make this Mediterranean area a popular escape for under-sunned Britons, and popular with travelers around the world who love Gaudi, tapas and beaches. August can get extremely hot ... Read more
and humid, and crowds from Northern Europe flood in on their yearly vacations, but May-June and September-October strike a balance between sunny, hot weather and relative availability of hotels.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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A stunning beachside community and one of Costa Brava's most famous destinations for a reason. I recommend going in the off-season (not summer) for the best prices and least amount of crowding.

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Cadaques, Nowadays many day-trippers come specifically to see the house of Salvador Dalí, who in 1930 settled in the tiny nearby village of Port lligat. His house — or, rather, series of interconnected houses — has been turned into a museum: Casa-Museo Salvador Dalí. Dali stayed in Portlligat until 1982 when, upon the death of his wife Gala, he took up residence at the castle he built for her in Púbol.

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Tucked away on the coast north of Rosas and South of the French border. Home of one of the Dali Museums. A twisty hilly drive to get there. Worth a day's visit.

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Stuttgart, Germany

realy nice village direkt at the beach, of course very touristic, a small Dali Museum in the village. worth to visit

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Los Angeles, California, USA

If you're lucky enough to find yourself in Barcelona, a short 2-hour trip away, up the Mediterranean Coast you will find beautiful, yet quaint, Cadaques, Spain. As you descend along the winding road, the excitement builds when the blue sea comes into view. Quintessential ivory edifices line the hills above as you meander through the movie-like cobblestone streets. Drivers may be surprised at the balancing act between the cars along the two-lane streets, and the hordes of walking tourists, mainly European sharing the very same road. The traditional Spanish fare with an ocean spin can be found here, but this small town does not disappoint for all those discerning foodies. The rocky beaches make it a little uncomfortable for working on that tan, but worth the pain considering your inspiring surroundings.
There is a vigorous nightlife in the summer, so take time to visit one of the colorful bars with live music, or local galleries. Legend has it that a variety of artistic luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and it's most famous son-Salvador Dali, have all spent time in this once bohemian, now touristy town. Be sure to plan ahead to visit all of Dali's historic haunts, including his home in Port Lligat, very close to Cadaques.

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London, UK

Salvador Dali's hometown has restrictions on building, which translates to a charming relatively unspoiled city on the water

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Redwood City, California, USA

Cadaques is a gorgeous, picturesque hillside town. Whitewashed buildings surround the bay, and fishing boats are pulled up on the beach. My favorite view is from the church, looking out across the water, and the jazz club is a good place to grab a drink and a rest after exploring the town.

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Palo Alto, California, USA

A magnificent fishing village where Salvador Dali used to live. Long windy road up the hill in Costa Brava about 2 -3 hrs north of Barcelona, but absolutely beautiful and magnificent.

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Pasadena

Cadaques is a lovely coastal town on the Costa Brava Mediterranean and a two and half-hour drive from Barcelona. It is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The aquamarine-colored sea with strips of tourquoise contrasts with the white walls and terra cotta roofs of the buildings.

Not only does it have beautiful architecture, beaches and charming narrow, cobblestone roads, but was also a home of Salvador Dali, surrealist artist. It has an artistic tradition and was visited by many famous artists including Picasso and Miro. In the 1960 and 70's the town was a popular hangout for a young, hip and beautiful crowd of Spanish artists, actresses and models.

Cadaques is small enough to be walkable and has a relaxed vibe. It is possible to walk from the town center to Port Lligat where Dali's home still stands. Cadaques has many interesting sights: Salvador Dalí House-Museum, Church of St. Mary (17th century), and Natural Park of Cap de Creus.

The coastal location of the town also means plentiful delicious, fresh seafood. Try the seafood Paella while you're there! It is chock full of crab, mussels and lobster meat. For accomodation, the Hostalet Cadaques is good value. The location is very central and the rooms and comfortable and clean.

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West Los Angeles, California

An idyllic seaside village two and a half hours north of Barcelona, Cadaques boasts stunningly preserved white-washed buildings, cobblestone streets, sparkling beaches, and a carefree, bohemian vibe. Once the home of Salvador Dali, it remains a true artists colony full of streets lined with tiny stores selling handmade jewelry, ceramics, clothing, painting, and photography. Sun yourself on the beach, get lost in its maze of flower-covered pathways, head out for a coastal boat trip, and take the short walk to Dali's fantastical house (now a museum). Also make sure to check out L'Hostal bar, full of melting candles and Dali drawings, and the restaurant Casa Anita, where patrons sit at communal tables under arched ceilings while the host, Juanito, brings out the day's fresh fish specialties and pours wine straight into his guests' mouths.

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