When we say Costa Brava the first destination that comes to mind is precisely the city of Cadaques. The easternmost town of the mainland of Spain and Catalonia. Loved by Dalí, and by other artists such as Picasso and Lorca and only 50km from France, this small town is known in the world and visited by millions of tourists every summer.
HOT TO GET TO CADAQUES:
Unfortunately, Cadaques can only be reached by car/bus. The nearest airport is in Girona, only 40km away with a bus service between the airport and the city. Times can change depending on the season, I advise you to take a look at this web. Another alternative is to rent a car, if you plan to visit the Costa Brava it is essential to have a car, you can move with more freedom.
If you land in Barcelona, better to take a rental car to get there, there are buses but the journey varies from 4 to 5h if it does not stop, while in the car (using the highway) you will be in Cadaques in 3h. Honestly, however, is not worth going and return in the day, if you can stay in the area or in the same Cadaques one night your trip will be much more comfortable.
If you arrive from France due to the proximity to the French border, you can always buy a ticket with Flixbus or reach your destination by car.
Once you arrive in Cadaques I suggest you choose either a hotel with parking included (which is very difficult to find) or leave the car in the first parking that you find just to get to your destination. This parking is subject to charges and checks the rates before leaving the car.
SLEEP IN CADAQUES:
Personally, I have never slept in Cadaques because I find it slightly expensive, and a bit complicated for parking. This is why I always recommend friends to sleep nearby, the prices change a lot and you can find a great hotel at half of what you would find in Cadaques.
But if it is a romantic weekend I recommend these hotels, (recommended by friends) very beautiful and with quality/price not excessive: Boutique Hotel Villa Gala or Boutique Hotel Horta d’en Rahola. If you are a fan of boutique hotels like me and you are planning a trip to Costa Brava I recommend this in Tossa de Mar from € 115 per night.
For the evening I recommend the Barroco restaurant, inspired by Dalí as the owner knew it, it is a very romantic and special place, Catalan/Mediterranean cuisine.
WHAT TO DO IN CADAQUES:
If you are looking for bigger beaches I recommend going to Port Lligat beach, it is a beach with small stones and very cold water.
Cap de Creus is another place you can visit, a beautiful view, if you get to the top without throwing up you will win a prize (it happen sometimes XD). From the lighthouse, you can go down into the coves that you see from above. DO NOT do it in flip-flops if you want to get alive, the water is very cold, pebble beach.
If you are a Dalí lover, it is just your area, the real house-museum of Portlligat was the only stable house of Salvador Dalí; the place where he lived and worked until, in 1982, with the death of Gala, he took up residence in the Púbol Castle.
While in Figueres you will find the museum with the most important works of the artist, if you do not have much time is what I recommend more.