Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

I must admit that Cadaqués was one of the best surprises on my latest trip to Spain’s Catalonia region. A former fishing village that still keeps a lot of its roots and heritage, yet adapted itself for an inevitable popularity, Cadaqués awoke something I didn’t think I had in myself. During the most part of my trip there, I couldn’t stop wondering: is Cadaqués the most romantic city in Spain? No, ladies and gentlemen, please don’t think I’m the fluffy type. Rather the opposite.

Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

It was mid-spring, and I arrived in Cadaqués late at night, after zigzagging in the snake-like road that leads into town. The following morning, I went to my balcony at Carpe Diem Hotel, and really understood why this town attracted the likes of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. The deep blue sea, the white washed houses, the church bell tower and the mountains, all seemed to create the scenery for an ideal, perfect love story (as cliché as it sounds). Even a proud bachelor could see that.

Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

I walked downhill from the hotel into town, and soon was strolling around the narrow streets that lead you to the beach. For a split second, I had a slight disappointment when I saw it was mostly pebbles, rather than sand.

Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

The fact there are several small beaches in and around the town centre, many still used by fishermen’s boats, makes you feel you have your own private space. In winter and early spring this area is hit by the cold and heavy tramontana winds. Some say that this can drive you into madness – perhaps the very cause of Dali’s genius. Who knows?

Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

Apart from a visit to the home he built over a period of 40 years, and boat trips to Cap the Creus, where the Pyrenees meet the sea, there’s not much else to do in Cadaqués, except for strolling around and taking the city in slowly.

Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

Having said that, the city is as photogenic as it can be, in an old fashioned, “happy days”, romantic way. An invitation for romance is annoyingly everywhere.

Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

In the flowers hanging from small balconies, the blue-framed doors and windows contrasting with the white walls, the narrow cobbled streets, the picturesque church that overlooks the small harbour. And the walks by the sea.

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Oh, no, please don’t think that for the first time I wished I had my other half enjoy all that with me. Nah, I wouldn’t like to pose with someone else by a wall that could have been decorated by Monet, Van Gogh or Dalí.

Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

Back at my hotel, I enjoyed the views over the city with a glass of red wine, stopping every five minutes to photograph the view. Strangely, I had this very strong feeling I should be sharing that with someone else. And here I am, sharing this experience with you, dear readers!

Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

After all, only someone as crazy as Dali would want to share this with one single person.

Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

But for those who prefer it that way, I have to admit it from the bottom of my tough bachelor heart: indeed, Cadaqués is the most romantic city in Spain!

Cadaqués, The Most Romantic City in Spain

HOW TO GET TO CADAQUÉS

BY BUS: Buses leave from Barcelona’s El Prat Airport twice a day and the trip takes 2.5 hours. Check out Sarbus website for more details.

BY TRAIN & BUS: There are no direct trains to Cadaqués, but you take the train from Barcelona Sants station to Figueres. The bus station is less than 5 minutes away, and there are several buses daily.

WHERE TO SLEEP IN CADAQUÉS

Carpe Diem Cadaqués is a hotel up in the hills, between the old town and Port Lligat (for Dalí’s house). They offer self catering apartments with kitchenette and all the conveniences of a good, solid hotel. The views are stunning. Service is good and there’s a swimming pool.

And you, have you ever felt particularly romantic on your travels? Where was that?

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  1. Maya

    Madrid is like any other big city. Its not the easiest to naiagvte, so you need more time there than other cities. Granada is like a big university town. I would suggest at LEAST two nights. The Alhambra takes a day all by itself and you CANT MISS IT! I wasnt that crazy about Seville although the Mosque truly is amazing IF you know the history. Malaga isnt a bad place to spend a couple nights. Its pretty and right on the beach. Salamanca has great night life. It is famous for having one of the oldest universities in Europe. Tons of college kids study there and the main strip at night is a trip! BUT if you can make it up north I would suggest Bilboa. Its in Pais Vasco (look up something on ETA if youre curious to what that means) The Guggenheim is one of the most amazing museums in the world. The city is pretty urban for Spain for Pais Vasco especially.
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    • Pedro

      Hi Anne, I highly recommend the north of Spain, from Catalonia to the Basque Country. Each area has its own identity and, in many cases, its own language. You’ll love it!

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