Cadaqués

  • Cadaqués is Dali's village! Nestled in the very heart of Cap de Creus, it was an unending source of inspiration for the most extravagant of the Surrealist artists. Dali often said that the Pyrenees ended in a "geological delirium in Cap de Creus". Any visitor of these parts will agree that the natural and striking contrasts that surround this little port have something magical about them. Surrounding ...
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  • The village of Cadaques is located to the east of Catalonia.
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  • The old town of Cadaqués has served as a source of inspiration for many artists.
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  • It was thanks to the artist that this town was able to preserve its charm. He ardently fought against enthusiastic real estate developers.
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  • The city has played the role of a muse for many celebrities, such as Bob Dylan, Pablo Picasso, Patrick Bruel and René Magritte.
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  • This baroque-style church distinguishes itself from others by the originality of its altar. Organ concerts are held here throughout the month of August.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Spain

Cadaqués is Dali's village! Nestled in the very heart of Cap de Creus, it was an unending source of inspiration for the most extravagant of the Surrealist artists. Dali often said that the Pyrenees ended in a "geological delirium in Cap de Creus". Any visitor of these parts will agree that the natural and striking contrasts that surround this little port have something magical about them.

Surrounding a small rocky bay, the white houses of the port are protected by the church of Santa Maria and have retained a great deal of authenticity. The reason why so many artists have been drawn to Cadaqués is to be found in the architectural qualities of the village: this small and secluded region boasts a mixture of Gothic and Baroque styles (as seen in the altarpiece of the church of Santa Maria) with a touch of art nouveau (like the Casa Serinyena for example).

In the 30s, Dali and his muse Gala set up residence in the small cove of Port Lligat, which lies next to Cadaqués. Many of Dali's paintings depict the small bay and its island, and you should definitely visit the great artist's house. You will find yourself immersed in Dali's universe and the intimacy he shared with Gala. However, remember to book in advance, as only 8 visitors are allowed at a time. All his life, Dali fought to protect the natural park of Cap de Creus, and discovering the region from his perspective provides a special understanding of the area and its qualities: it's a fun way of mixing culture and the local surroundings.

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