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About Cadaques

Was it the unique light and landscape of Cadaqués which inspired the magical visions of Salvador Dalí, or was it Dalí's visions which awoke an interest in the rest of us for Cadaqués? Whichever the order, it is true that Dalí loved this place and that his love brought a luminous crowd into where he summered as a child. The concrete boxes of other Costa Brava resorts have never dared rear their heads here and some of the best places to stay in Cadaqués are the same places where Dalí's notable visitors stayed.

The Landscape

Even those of us with barely an iota of artistic drive may feel the muse within awoken by the way the wind whips up the sea. The shimmer of the special light against the rocky land and whitewashed labyrinth of narrow streets rolling down to the harbour. There is a magic and unique colour to this landscape, which even throngs of summer holidaymakers can't quiet.

Cadaqués has some pretty beaches, with more pebbles than sand, but the bright blue of the water makes up for that. The main pleasure of Cadaqués is wandering the shore, up into the hills, or in amongst the alleyways of the town and watching the light change everything around you.

Cadaqués' sense of being apart from the rest of the Costa Brava is geographical, it's separated from the interior by the dramatic cape of Creus, the most easterly point on the Spanish mainland, and a photogenic cliff line if ever there was one. The wind here, called the Tramuntana, actually shaped the look of this coastline with its persistence - and it's said around the village that it can drive people insane.

What Not To Miss

  • Even if you're not drawn here by Dalí's art, it's still worth trying to see the Cadaqués Dalí saw. To help you do that visit his house in Port Lligat, now a museum, the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres - which is where he was born and the Gala Dalí Castle Museum at Pubol, where his beloved wife Gala was laid to rest and where he lived after her death.
  • Dalí isn't the only artist to have been inspired by this region, Miro, Picasso and Niebla were also fans, and their works, along with others with a local bent, can be seen at the Cadaqués Museu de Arte.
  • If you fancy something a tad more active then hike along the Cap de Creus National Park, which is full of unique rock formations and offers truly splendid sea views.
  • The Esglesia de Santa Maria is a nice spot to wander around, with lovely interiors and a hilltop location offering great views of the area.

If you're coming in the busier summer months then be sure to book ahead to guarantee yourself a room in one of the best places to stay in Cadaques.

The Best places to stay in Cadaques

For The Seaside

  • The Hotel Playa Sol is a light, airy and lovely seaside hotel right on the bay. As well as unfussy but comfortable, rooms this hotel also has apartments and suites. It's a really comfortable and relaxed place for families and groups.

For Local Exploring

  • The adults only L'Horta D'En Rahola is ideally located to see all that Cadaques has to offer. Boasting four smart rooms in light palettes, there's also a lovely restaurant serving up traditional Spanish specialities.

For An Apartment Or Holiday Home

  • If you think you'd be best served by a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Cadaqués is obviously nicest weather-wise in the summer, with the average daily temperature rising to 25°C in July and August.
  • However, this is peak tourist season, so for a quieter and cheaper alternative consider visiting in May, September or October.
  • The nearest place to fly into is Girona Airport, located roughly an hour away. From here, either hop on a coach (run by Barcelona Bus or Sarfa Bus) to Cadaqués or take the train to Figueres before then taking the bus.
  • There are unfortunately no direct flights to Girona from the UK, so if you're coming from here then fly directly to Barcelona Airport before taking the train to Cadaqués.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Cadaques

  • L'Horta d'en Rahola Cadaques (Cadaqués) 4 rooms from £95

    Sights nearby  -  Port Lligat (the Home Museum of Dali), The Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres and Pabol Castle make up the Dali triangle.
    Cooking classes  -  Take home some of the local cuisine by learning a few dishes in the hotel's kitchen.
    Local markets  -  The historic town of Cadaques has several markets selling local produce and foods.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children above the age of 16 are welcome.

    This family run hotel, located on the Cap de Creus Peninsula and just 400 metres from the Costa Brava coast. Most rooms have seating areas inside and out and are decorated in a modern style with nautical palettes of blue and white. There is a pleasant garden and a restaurant serving local cuisine. See More

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  • Tramuntana Hotel Cadaques (17488 Cadaqués) 43 rooms from £88

    Local exploring  -  Situated in the old town which is ideal for exploring this buzzing seaside town and its surrounding beaches
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the lovely Església de Santa María just around the corner from the property
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult-only
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.

    A chic boutique hotel bang in the centre of town, perfect for couples and hip travellers. A delicious breakfast is provided and there are great restaurants nearby. Interiors are minimal-chic with a mix of natural materials and quirky modern pieces, while unfussy rooms are stylish and comfortable. See More

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  • Hotel Playa Sol Cadaques 49 rooms from £95

    Views  -  Views both over the Med and the village
    Families
    Beach Life
    Swimming Pool  -  17m Outdoor Pool heated until 15th Oct

    A lovely seaside hotel in the bay of Cadaques. Smart nautical rooms and apartments with lots of natural light, white washed walls and private balconies. Good restaurant, stunning views, excellent value. An ideal beach holiday for families, friends, and couples. See More

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  • Hotel Rec de Palau Cadaques 16 rooms from £106

    Families  -  This hillside hotel is great for families with its choice of family suites and apartments, playground and babysitting service
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

    Hillside villa hotel with suites and apartments ideal for families and groups, with terrace pools and a lovely garden. The style fuses traditional and modern elements, with antiques, ornate paintings and classic furniture, while bright rooms with sea views are minimal-chic. A charming coastal base. See More

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  • Arrels Hotel Cadaques 14 rooms from £165

    Country Escape  -  A tranquil hill-side spot ideal for simply unwinding or getting out and enjoying the countryside.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks, starting straight from the property, through the picturesque countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Església de Santa María, a 16th century hill-top church.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool

    Set in the hills above the pretty coastal town of Cadaqués this adult-only property offers a secluded and scenic spot. Rooms feature white washed walls, wooden floors and beamed ceilings (the best have private terraces). Fabulous breakfasts are served and there's a pool with glorious views. See More

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  • Hotel Villa Gala Cadaques (17488 Cadaqués) 14 rooms from £197

    Local exploring  -  Great for enjoying Cadaques and its famous beaches, as well as top cultural sights and pretty medieval towns in the area
    Local markets  -  Head to the Sunday market at La Escala, popular amongst both locals and tourists
    Swimming Pool  -  Seasonal outdoor pool
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.

    A fresh, contemporary boutique hotel in the pretty centre of Cadaqués. Elegant interiors are simple with accents of sea-blue in the decor and artworks, while bright rooms are chic and refreshing. The lovely terrace and pool is a haven of relaxation, and the fine dining restaurant is a highlight. See More

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  • Calma Blanca Cadaques (17488 Cadaqués) 7 rooms from £311

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located to explore lively Cadaques, nearby attractions such as the Dalí Triangle, and the unspoilt beaches nearby
    Great walks  -  Check out the many stunning coastal trails
    Swimming Pool  -  Year-round outdoor pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A beautiful contemporary hillside hotel boasting a pretty garden with a refreshing pool and a small spa. Upmarket interiors feature indulgent white sofas and tasteful artwork, while individually styled rooms are elegant and fresh, with great views. A smart base. See More

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