Have you heard of the seaside village of Cadaqués and how its landscape influenced so many artists? Does the combination of Mediterranean sea, rocky landscapes, art and whitewashed houses sound like a paradise to you? Are you ready for a long ride to scratch it from your bucket list? Is really visiting Cadaques a dream of yours?
Cadaques is a mythical beach village of the Empordà county, at the North of the Costa Brava. Artists like Salvador Dali found their inspiration here, and its hard to reach location (for many years it was easier to get there by sea than by the road) has helped preserving its dreamy landscape of whitewashed houses that remind you of Greece. Plus the nature around it is wild, with rocks shaped by the wind and the waves: Cap de Creus – the most eastern end of Spain.
However, even nowadays getting to Cadaques isn’t easy as there’s not train taking you there, and for the most part you’ll need a combination of buses to get there unless you are willing to drive yourself.
And yet at ForeverBarcelona we understand that for some curious travelers visiting Cadaques can be top on their list, and if that’s your case we want to help you accomplishing your dream. Let our guide and our driver take you on the road and showing you the secrets of the end of the Costa Brava. Visit to the Dali House Museum of Portlligat is optional.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (traffic, your pace and main interests…)
Your private guide and your dedicated driver will pick you up at your location within Barcelona city and drive you North, first up the scenic highway that takes to the border with France, passing some industrial suburbs that soon turn into scenic countryside lined up with pine tree forests and poplar tree plantations, farm lands and masia farmhouses, occasional medieval fortresses and views over the Montseny mountains and the Pyrenees in the distance. After leaving behind Girona and Figueres, you’ll take a local road accross the Alt Empordà county that will approach you to the coast and right before reaching the beach resort of Roses the road will narrow down and start winding up the hills, starting to offer views over the Bay of Roses before starting the descent to Cadaques.
This longish ride constitutes an excellent opportunity to start learning about Catalonia, the Costa Brava and the Empordà county, and ask as many questions as you want to your guide. A good conversation will make the ride seem shorter and become much more interesting and fullfilling.
The Paratge de Tudela is one of the most breathtaking areas of the Cap de Creus Natural Park: the rocks of its beaches and cliffs have been eroded by the action of wind and sea waves for millions of years, creating shapes that will remind you of animals and lunar landscapes. Salvador Dali himself found them so inspiring that he added them in numerous of his works!
Just 5 minutes drive from the Paratge de Tudela, this famous lighthouse is located in the most eastern end of Spain, where the Pyrenees die into the Mediterranean Sea. The current building dates from 1853 – the second oldest in Catalonia, but there are remains of other watch towers from the middle ages in the area, when it protected the land from the attacks of the pirates.
Kirk Douglas and Yul Brinner The Light at the Edge of the World movie was entirely filmed in this area, although the lighthouse of the movie wasn’t a real one but one that was built in purpose for it (from which nothing is left).
Back to the car, a short ride will take you to Cadaqués, that you’ll explore with your guide.
Walk around the picturesque alleys of the old Cadaques: its whitewashed houses, cobble-stoned streets, quaint little plazas, very Mediterranean arcade port houses, and the wonderful views from the balcony in front of the Santa Maria church. In the Summer, many corners are covered in bougainvillea flowers.
Cadaqués is famous for its food offer. From delicious paella and seafood specialties by the sea, to tapas or even some high end creative cuisine. There’s a restaurant for any taste and budget! If you have a special preference, please let us know – otherwise we’ll make a reservation at one of our local favorites.
Lunch by the sea takes time and is part of the experience, so don’t be rushed. If there’s time left after the meal, you’ll be able to continue exploring Cadaques with your guide. We recommend to ask the driver to take you to the Platja Es Sortell, from where to take a last picture of the skyline of Cadaqués.
Use the drive back to Barcelona to continue discussing any subject of your interest or make more questions to your guide, get recommendations for the rest of your stay, or… enjoy a comfy nap after lunch!
You’ll be dropped off back to your hotel or apartment, after a great day out of town.
Salvador’s Dali House Museum in Portlligat can be visited under request. You need to know that:
Visitors are required to arrive 30 minutes before their allotted entry time. During that time, you’ll retrieve the tickets (that we’ll book in advance) with your guide and have some time for toilet and gift shop BEFORE the visit.
You’ll be joining a small group of other people and follow one of the museum guides around the building. I’s not a free visit: visitors are required to stick to the group and are not allowed to wonder on their own. Our guide will only be able to add up little pieces of information to the speech given by the museum guide, trying to not disturb the rest of the visitors.
If you wish to stick to a 10-hour day trip AND visit the Portlligat House Museum, you’ll be skipping the Paratge de Tudela and the Cap de Creus Lighthouse. Visiting everything requires a 12-hour day trip.
THE DALI HOUSE MUSEUM IS NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS.
This Cadaques and Cap de Creus tour is only for people that have a strong desire of visiting Cadaques, are fine with the long rides and have no budget issues.
If you are traveling with kids, this tour is probably not the best idea because the drive to Cadaques is too long. We recommend a shorter Costa Brava day trip for them.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, this itinerary is probably too tricky for you as only part of the Tudela area is accessible for wheelchairs and involves uphill walk on the way back to the car, and the old town of Cadaques is cobble-stoned and involves uphill walks and occasional steps, too – you’d have to stick to the walk around the beach and port only. So unless visiting Cadaques is the dream of your life, we recommend these other leisurely seaside daytrips instead. The Dali House of Portlligat is not wheelchair accessible either.
If you are a Salvador Dali fan, check our Dali Triangle tours.
Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver
OPTIONAL – Not included.
ON REQUEST ONLY:
* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.
Expect to pay €20-30/person, depending on your order.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
This tour is:
|PORTLLIGAT HOUSE CLOSED||January 7 to February 15|
Recommended starting time:
Schedule might need to be altered if you choose to visit Dali's House Museum of Portlligat - Starting time will be adapted to match the allotted entry time.