I grew up in a fishing town. I guess that explains a lot about my fixation on jumping into a bikini and having fresh fish as soon as I get home for holidays.
That’s why I knew I would like Cadaqués.
Cadaqués is a small fishing village with around 2.500 permanent residents placed in the Alt Empordà of Catalonia, Spain. It is a lovely bay in the middle of the Cap de Creus Península, the easternmost point of Spain. It may at first seem like a typical mediterranean fisher village – but you soon realize there’s something special about it.
It is charming.
I am not the first one to fall for its purely white buildings with blue windows and doors – Cadaqués has been host of amazing artists such as Matisse, Picasso and Joan Miró – not to mention one of my favourites: Salvador Dalí, who kept his home just around the corner of Cadaqués, in Port Lligat.
It’s landmark – Little fishing boats resting in the bay with a white and blue Village in the background – has been subject of poetry, paintings and books. For instance, there’s this one: a painting of Port Alguer by Salvador Dalí.
Now, Cadaqués attracts a large number of tourists each year – 10 folding its regular resident number. While its obvious that it is less secluded than my favourite beach in Catalonia, I am glad that it has managed to maintain its charm.