Stroll around the old town and seafront before and after meals to take in the beautiful colours of the Mediterranean and whitewashed walls. There's a good view from the Baroque church and you can sit in peace along the outer walls to enjoy the sunshine and scenary.
Walk to Port Lligat and Dali's house to explore where the wacky artist spent half his year coming up with his creations. You'd need to book via Internet since you can't buy tickets on the spot and they allow a small group to enter the house at any one time. The guides explain interesting factoids about the artist and the house.
The sea by the house is really peaceful and even if you turn up early to collect the tickets, you can wander around the seafront and relax. Much less commercialised than the Figueres museum or Espace Dali in Paris
Cadaques at the end of August will be crowded, no doubt, but it is still enjoyable. The Hotel Playa Sol is one of the nicest (if not the nicest) ones in Cadaques, central, right at the beach with a really nice pool-area. Haven´t seen the rooms though :-)
The Casa Dali in Port Lligat is about a 20 minutes walk form Cadaques, you have to book your visit in advance, since they guide you through the house. They give you a concrete hour to be there, it is always groups of eight people who enter: In August you should book well in advance, as it is the busiest time of year.
The Dali Museum in Figueres is nice, but I would prefer the casa in Port Lligat. You will have to stand in line to get tickets, no fun at the temperatures we are having here at the Costa Brava right now... Figueres doesn´t offer anything else besides the museum - I would prefer to spend more time in Cadaques, thats so much nicer (and I don´t say that just because I am living here!). Lots of nice little beaches (stone though), restaurants, shops - its a really fun place to be in summer!
Have a great trip!
I rented a car with my girlfriend and drove along the coves. The scenery is second to none, and though I didn't talk to the locals, I can't imagine they could be too unhappy in this paradise (save the tourists, which still didn't seem too pervasive).
Driving around there are a bunch of little parking spots where you can pull off and walk down to a private cove. We parked in town and trekked to Dali's house, then walked a little further to a semi-private cove just big enough to fit four people laying down. Of course the other two were nudists, but that only made the experience all the more interesting.
From the coves, you can swim out and see the big rocks below through the SUPER clear water. The color is almost emerald green, creating a surreal view looking down below you in the water. Just be careful for slippery rocks!
For a lovely walk around Cadaques, walk down towartds the water, then make a right. Walk along the shore until you see a little bridge extending out into the water. Besides the fact that you get a lovely view of just about everything while walking here, make sure to get to that bridge. It means going off the beaten path a tiny bit (literally), but once you're down there, there's some really amazing photo opportunities, and when you cross it, you get to a little island/piece of land from which you can get a really good view of the town from a new angle. Highly recommended!
The Parc Natural del Cap de Creus is situated in the northeast of Catalonia. It was designated in 1998 and it is the first sea-land park of Catalonia. It covers an area of 13.886 ha (10.813 of land and 3.073 ha of sea).
Cap de Creus consists of a rocky stretch of coastline, the mountainous inland area, nearby islands and isles and a strip of sea.It lies to the north of Roses bay.The Reserve is a complex orography that includes three Nature Spots of National Interest (to the north of Cap Gros-Cap de Creus, to the south of Punta Falconera-Cap Norfeu and to the west of Serra de Rodes).
The human activity and the peculiar climatic factors condition the vegetation of the park. A great part of the park is not more than left vineyards. On the other hand, the pasturing activity has caused repeated fires that have marked the landscape. Finally, the frequency and the intensity of strong winds of the north (the tramuntana), that dry the atmosphere and contribute to salinity to the plants and the ground, condition their peculiar vegetation.
The cultural setting of Cap de Creus is first class.In the towns surround the Reserve, include Cadaqués, Llançá, El Port de la Selva, Roses and others, visitors will discover a rich artistic and monumental heritage.The nearby area also offers the important Sant Pere de Rodes monastery, a jewel of Romanesque architecture.
Walk along the street that goes along the small coves. You’ll see the fishermen’s boats by the sea. In the middle of your way you’ll get to Plaça Rahola (Rahola square) where you’ll find some shops to buy some souvenirs and also some bars if you want to have a drink, an icecream...
If you have see all in Cadaqués and you want to see more then you can take some excursions. You can go for instance to the lighthouse in Cap de Creus (Crosses’ Cape). In your journey you see amazing landscapes.
From Rahola square you can take this train that will take you to a very interesting trip for about one hour. It leaves from Cadaqués and will see very amazing landscapes. You’ll pass near Dali’s house (in Portlligat). During the journey you’ll hear interesting explanations about the places visited and will be a good chance to take amazing photos. You can’t get off the train during the trip. It’s 6 euros but it’s really worth.
The poing you see in the photo is other of my favourite sites in Cadaques. From here you have a great view of the houses and church and if you look on the right you see the coast and the houses along it. On the lefft side you find some interesting shops, you see a hippy style in them and the stuff they sell. You can buy cloths or other decoration things.
In one of the highest points of Cadaques you find the beautiful church wich you can see in many paintings by Dali. Out the church there is a belvedere from where you have an amazing view, the blue sea and sky and the white houses and orange roofs.
Wander aimless in the narrow streets. It’s like a maze of white houses with colourful doors and windows. You’ll find picturesque spots everywhere. It’s really a place to be inspired, particularly for people like me wich painting is one of our hobbies.
It is first mentioned in records in 878, at which time it was a humble monastic cell. By the first half of the 10th century it was already an independent abbey. During the 11th and 12th centuries the monastery took on essentially its present form, although it underwent a number of refurbishments and modifications in the course of its long history, which ended in 1835 when it was definitively abandoned as a result of the suppression of the monasteries and pillaging.
The most important feature of the monument is the church which is unique of its kind amongst Catalan Romanesque buildings. The central aisle of the church is exceptionally grandiose and richly decorated. The capitals are in the Corinthian tradition or with interlaced decoration and are considered to be amongst the finest surviving works of 11th-century sculpture.
Also noteworthy are the defensive tower (10th century, rebuilt in the 14th) and the bell-tower (end of the 11th century) as well as the 2 superimposed cloisters and the remains of mural painting.
The monastery, which was recently restored, the church of Santa Helena, the remains of the village of the same name and the ruins of the castle of Verdera, between them for an exceptional group of historic buildings set in a superb landscape, with views over the Cap de Creus.
The center of Cadaques, as all cities are hoped to be, is the soul of the place. Where typical American "downtowns" usually end up desolate and unkempt eventually, the downtown of Cadaques bustles. This is where you will stumble on fantastic restaurants with squid ink paellas and gorgeous night bay views, gelatto on the tiny beaches, old red trolleys that pop against the whitewashed background of the place as they cross the cobble stone and dirt roads carrying people to and from their tiny villas up the hills into the beating heart of the town.
Great shopping, food, ceramics, excellent aimless wandering and totally safe to get yourself lost in the winding streets at any hour (scout's honor) ....also scooter rentals, boat rentals, grocerias and dancing, street artists....oh- and swimming...feel free to jump in clothed or not. Anything goes here
Riding out of Cadaques downtown into the Cap de Creus National Park, you pass through olive groves and the bizarre landscape that is intermixed with lagoons and cliffs. Be sure to stop and sit under the olive trees, stare at the sea, and smell the air. One of the most prominent things I recall is the smell of pine trees and seawater; this is how I remember the Costa Brava. At the end of the road, you come to a bridge, crossover the bridge and scooter up the hill to the lighthouse at the end of the Cap de Creus. There is a restaurant, bar and an unequivocal view! After a great meal and some good wine out on the terrace, climb down the cliffs to the bottom of the hill and go swimming. If you are not wearing swimming attire…go either with what you have on or nothing at all. Less is more down there. The water is great but the climb is not for the faint of heart. Be aware that there are no concessions, restrooms or beaches for that matter. Once again, Cadaques shows that if you put forth a little effort, you will be rewarded. One more thing watch out for sea urchins, you will have to wear water shoes…even if you are otherwise wearing nothing at all. Believe me this is a sight you’ll not soon forget.