Weekend Getaways – Cadaqués: Art & Sea

A charming fishermen town, lying peacefully on a bay, Cadaques was Dali’s getaway and a muse that fueled his art. But Cadaques’ relationship with art goes much further than that, having attracted many other artists such as Picasso, Miró, Duchamp and Magritte.

Its white houses and cobblestone streets, together with the sounds of the waves in the background, add up to the picturesque image of the town, whose official population is around 2,600 inhabitants but can multiply up to ten times during summer.

Must – sees

    • Salvador Dalí House-Museum: located on the Port Lligat Bay, this is where Dalí lived and worked between 1930 and 1982. The structure of the house resembles a labyrinth, its windows all have different shapes. It is evident that the landscape around it had a huge influence in his work and has been featured in some of his most famous paintings.


    • Dalí Theater and Museum: another stop for those interested in learning more about Dalí is his museum, located in his hometown Figueres, 35 km away from Cadaqués. It holds the largest collection of Dalí’s work, as well as his body, which is buried in a crypt under the stage. For more information and tickets click here.


    • Saint Mary’s Church: apart from the beautiful interior of the church, the views from this high part of Cadaques are beautiful.


    • The town’s little shops, galleries and restaurants: discover them while getting lost in its little streets



Top places to stay


Boutique Hotel Spa Calma Blanca
© Boutique Hotel Spa Calma Blanca

Boutique Hotel Spa Calma Blanca

Right in Portlligat, next to Dali’s house, this hotel boasts a modern yet cozy design. Relax in the hotel’s small spa and its pool, or enjoy the sea view from your room. 

Book your room now: click here.


Sol Ixent
© Sol Ixent

Sol Ixent

I love its big pool surrounded by gardens and olive trees, the views and the sense of peace. 

Sounds like you should be there? Click here to book.


La Mar
© Villa Casa La Mar

Casa ‘La Mar’ Cadaqués

Fancy your own villa with stunning sea views? Then this is your place.

Click here and book your villa.


Horta d'En Rahola
© Hotel Boutique Horta d’en Rahola

Hotel Boutique Horta d’en Rahola:

A combination of design and tradition, this boutique hotel is an oasis of peace. Swim in the outdoor pool amidst a flower-filled garden, while you enjoy the charm and the amazing breakfast made with local products.

See it for yourself: click here and book your stay.


How to get there

By car

Cadaqués is located 170 km North-East of Barcelona. Take the AP-7 highway, then take the exit to Roses via the C-260. Before reaching Roses, take the GI-614 and follow the signs to Cadaques.

Considering the uncomfortable and expensive bus ride, as well as the beauty of the area around Cadaques which is also worth a visit, I strongly suggest you get there by car. Need to rent one? Click here to check all the options available.

By bus

The company that offers this service is Moventis-Sarfa. Buses run twice per day and tickets, which cost 24,50 EUR per way, can be purchased online on their website: click here



Author: The Barcelona Diaries

A city guide with lots of photography, useful advice and insider tips on locals' favorite spots and trends.