Best Things To Do In Cadaqués

Cadaqués has been nicknamed “Pearl of the Costa Brava”, with its white washed buildings, terracotta roofs, pebbled beaches and glistening oceans. You would be forgiven if you mistook it for a Greek island village. and there are just as many great things to do here in Cadaqués.

Cadaqués is a fishing village located the on the Costa Brava in the province of Girona. As one of the less visited towns along the Costa Brava it can feel as though it is in a world of it’s own. It hits the sweet spot of enough tourists to give the village a lively atmosphere but not enough to feel overrun, instead it is peaceful.

The best time to visit Cadaqués is between May, June, July, and August. During this time the weather is hot and tourism picks up. Let’s jump into the best things to do in Cadaqués during this time.

Things to do in Cadaqués

1. Hike to Far de Cala Nans (Cala Nans Lighthouse)

The path is well-marked and has a gradual incline, reaching 692 feet. The round-trip hike from Cadaqués town is a total distance of 7 km and takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

2. Salvador Dali House

A 15-minute walk from central Cadaqués you’ll find the home of Salvador Dalí, the village’s most famous export. As expected, it is a truly unique residence. Only a limited number of guests are allowed in at a time, which makes the visit much more pleasant and relaxing. The house serves as a visual representation of Dalí’s life and imagination, and it’s truly fascinating.

I recommend purchasing tickets in advance to avoid long wait times. Please note that the site is not accessible for individuals in wheelchairs or with mobility issues due to the presence of many stairs.

3. Esglesia de Santa Maria

Esglesia de Santa Maria is a neo-gothic church white walled church perched on a hill overlooking the town.

To reach it you will need to climb the narrow cobbled streets to reach this place, but I promise it’s worth it! The church is a prominent landmark in Cadaqués, visible from nearly anywhere in the village. Additionally, you can enjoy fantastic views of Cadaqués from the outside.

4. Beaches

One of the (many) best aspects of Cadaqués is there are so many beaches to swim or relax on.

5. Monday Market

This is a large and vibrant market with about 50 stalls, selling food, clothing, bags, souvenirs, and much more. What makes this market truly unique is that it is held in a storm drain!

6. Have A Drink In Brown Sugar

Although there are a few bars in Cadaqués, Brown Sugar was my favourite one (in fact it is one of my favourite bars in the world…seriously), sipping a cocktail here is one of the best things to do in Cadaqués at night. During the day they sell delicious healthy smoothies and meals but by night the place comes alive. Brilliant music, yummy cocktails, and an energetic atmosphere. People even sit on the floor outside, it’s that popular.

7. Boar Safari

Although this is one of the more unique things to do in Cadaqués, it is nevertheless one of the best. One night my boyfriend and I were walking to a restaurant in town when I heard strange grunting noises, out ran a large boar going bin to bin eating whatever it could find. We ended up seeing that boar every single night.

I enjoyed seeing it run around town, it is quite fun to see one in person. However, do not get close to it or provoke it in anyway as they can be dangerous if they attack.

8. Wander the cobbled streets

Cadaqués is a beautiful town to walk around and get a little lost in. Although the coastal side of the town is beautiful don’t miss out on the stunning little streets. The town is quite hilly but dotted along the paths are gorgeous boutiques, ice cream shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafes.

9. Wine + Dine

Sitting back with a glass or jug (no judgement) of sangria and some delicious tapas overlooking the mediterranean is one of the most relaxing things to do in Cadaqués.

There are plenty of dining options but during peak season you will have to book because they fill up fast. We were turned away from many restaurants, sometimes our first AND second choice were fully booked. Below are some of the restaurants I loved, the link will bring you to google maps so you can save it for your trip Iif you are searching where to eat in Cadaqués

Getting to Cadaqués

Flights to Cadaqués

The closest airport to Cadaqués is Girona, which is 84km away. It is a small airport with only Jet2, Ryanair, TUI, Sunwing and Transavia operating from there. It is possible to fly directly from airports in UK & Ireland. Check Skyscanner to find the best prices for your dates of travel.

Once you arrive at Girona airport you will need to take the train X into Girona city centre followed by a bus Cadaqués, I cover this in the next section along with arriving from Barcelona airport.

Bus to Cadaqués

From Girona Airport

From Barcelona Airport

Where to stay in Cadaqués

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