Some say that if you have time for only one stop on the Costa Brava, be sure it is Cadaques. (We will have more than one stop along the Costa Brava, and this will definitely be one of them!)
Cadaques is a charming white-washed fishing village surrounded by a rocky bay on the Costa Brava. It’s narrow, hilly streets are perfect for wandering. Cadaques is the fusion of picturesque elements of quaint white buidings, blue water, fishing boats and fresh sea air. It is magic for those who visit.
A portion of that magic owes itself to Salvadore Dali who spent his holidays in Cadaques as a youth and lived his adult life in Port Lligat nearby. Dali completed much of his artwork in Cadaques.
Cadaques attracted celebrity crowds for decades largely due to Dali. One visit by the poet Paul Eluard and his Russian wife, Gala, in 1929 caused an explosion in Dali’s life. Gala became Dali’s obsession whom he later married. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Surrealist movement to become one of its key figures. Dali and Gala lived an eccentric and lavish lifestyle in Cadaques.
in the 1950’s, Cadaques had a jet-settitng crowd – Walt Disney, the Duke of Windsor and the Greek shipowner, Stavros Niarcho. In the 1970’s, Mick Jagger and Gabriel Garcia Marquez popped by. Today, Cadaques is visited by many and the enchantment with this village endures.
We will have an afternoon to wander the streets of Cadaques, have lunch and experience this beautiful Spanish village with its unique history.