What to see in Cadaqués and Cap de Creus, the jewel of Catalonia

It is the most easterly place in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the most beautiful places that we can find in Spain. Cap de Creus combines natural beauty, artistic heritage and history, and Cadaqués is located there, one of the most beautiful towns in Catalonia.

Cadaqués is also one of the most visited places in the country, not only because of the beauty of the town but also because of the fame acquired by being associated with Dalí. And the fame is deserved.

In Cap de Creus we also have other very interesting places that we invite you to discover.

What to see in Cadaqués and Cap de Creus

1. Cadaqués, Dalí’s jewel

Cadaqués is the easternmost town on the Iberian Peninsula.

It is a fishing village where the white color of the houses overlooking the bay invite you to come closer and stroll through its cobbled streets and reach the Church of Santa María, located at the highest point of the Old Town since the 17th century.

Walking through the labyrinthine streets is not easy since they are very steep and also cobbled, but it is worth the effort to enjoy this beautiful town.

But you can also walk next to their houses by the sea, so close to them that sometimes the waves will wet you when they break. This promenade was built in 1910 and is known as ” las ribas “.

Girona-CadaquesIn Cadaqués there is also time for art and culture, being able to visit the Municipal Museum of Cadaqués, with various exhibitions, or the Salvador Dalí House Museum, located in Portlligat, the house-workshop of the brilliant painter, as bizarre as he is.

We can also see a statue of Dalí next to one of its beaches.

If you are going to visit Cadaqués, you should know that parking is not easy and you will have to leave the car in a car park at the entrance of the town, quite expensive indeed, although not too far away to walk afterwards.

2. The Cap de Creus Lighthouse and its surroundings

Girona - Cap CreusThis lighthouse is the first point on the Iberian Peninsula to see the sun rise.

Getting to it is easy thanks to a paved road that starts in Cadaqués and takes you to the top of some cliffs under which you can see small coves that can only be accessed on foot or by boat.

From the lighthouse itself, the views are not as spectacular as we might expect, but the mystique of thinking that you are at the easternmost point is added. The best thing is to look just below the cliffs and see the coves that we have talked about.

We can also see various birds from this rocky place and try to reach one of its coves to bathe in clean and crystalline waters that you will find in few places.

Nearby is Pla de Tudela, which must be reached on foot, but the path will be rewarded by the presence of some rock formations that even inspired Dalí for his paintings.

3. The Port of the Jungle

If at one end of Cap de Creus we find Cadaqués, at the other we find a beautiful town, with one of the best beaches in the area, Port de la Selva.

It is a beautiful fishing village, with its white houses, which look out over the sea with the Church of Santa María de las Nieves dominating the horizon.

It is a very touristy town but without being as crowded as other nearby coastal towns, so enjoying its marine environment is an experience that should not be missed.

If you want to see El Port de la Selva from above, we recommend that you go up to the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes.

4. The Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes

Girona - San Pere Rodas MonasteryLocated on top of a mountain next to El Port de la Selva, we find a Benedictine monastery that is essential to visit if you are in the Cap de Creus area.

From the monastery the views of the bay are excellent and although there are quite a few curves to get to it, it is highly recommended due to its historical value and its excellent natural environment.

The monastery dates back to the 8th century and around it there are numerous stories and legends that make it even more spectacular. It can be visited, both freely and guided, but as we have said before, the best thing about this place is the views that you have from it and from the road that takes you to the monastery.

You can find more information on the official Cadaqués tourism page.

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