Cadaqués, a dreamer's paradise
We were staying in Roses during our stay at the Costa Brava, but wanted to explore the coast a little while we were there. As Elin lived in Barcelona 7 years ago, she'd previously visited the picturesque artist town of Cadaqués, and couldn't stop raving about its beauty and how we just had to go there. Said and done. We decided to hop on a small ferry that took us from Roses to Cadaqués in about 50 minutes. It's quicker by car, but less scenic. We sailed along the rugged coast of Costa Brava, a beautiful experience. As we approached Cadaqués, even from 500 meters out in the sea its beauty was remarkable. The harbor was full of cute little sailboats and the white buildings reminded us of Santorini in Greece.
We docked and started to explore the narrow, cobbled streets. It took us about 15 minutes of walking before we stumbled upon the old church of Cadaqués. Almost movie-like, an old man was sitting in front of the church playing his Spanish guitar for by-passers. We gave him a euro and stepped inside the church. The altar was magnificent and the little church was really charming.
We walked around the streets again and noticed how lovely all of the doors were in the town. We snapped photos of quite a lot of them as you can see below. Also note a new friend we made - Candéla the guard dog.
We then walked along the harbor, which curves all the way the along the bay, with small beaches within each curve, we found a cosy little restaurant and had some tapas and a cold beer (cold beers are a daily necessity on the Costa Brava) with a magnificent sea view. Later we discovered some nice shops and got some nice souvenirs to bring home. We especially liked a ceramic shop that was somewhat hidden by the harbour. We got 4 small handmade cortado cups in white and blue ceramic. We also got some linen blankets in a lovely little store in the village.
When lunch time hit in the late afternoon (Spanish style) we met with Elin's brother and his girlfriend who came by car. We were lucky to get a table at the fantastic, easy-to-miss, family run restaurant Casa Anita. Anita herself, an elderly, delightful Spanish lady, welcomed us into the kitchen to show us drawers of the freshest of fish that they had caught that morning. The lunch was pure joy. Anitas son waited us during the whole meal, and with wit and skill decided for us both what food and wine to get - three different fish, 2 different salads, pan Catalán (bread with tomato topping) and a bottle of deliciously chilled local white win. When in Cadaqués, you'll naturally want to dine with a sea view. But for this little hidden gem tucked away in a narrow alley, with its cellar-like feel to it, the sea view is worth sacrificing.
After the feast of a lunch, we strollded around the town, eventually sat down at a café by the sea for a post-lunch cortado con hielo (cortado with ice cubes, basically a cold cortado) and enjoyed the view of the water and the small boats. As you can see from our photos below, this town looks like something from a fairytale. It's easy to understand why famous artists such as Salvador Dali and Picasso chose to live in Cadaqués. We loved it so much we decided to come back the next day, this time with Elin's parents, for some meditative hours on one of the small beaches.
We hope this post inspires you to go, as we can't recommend this place highly enough - whether it's for a day-trip or staying for a week. Below are a our series of photos from wonderful Cadaqués.