Cadaques: Costa Brava Road Trip Itinerary

Cadaques is the top destination in Costa Brava. 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.




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 Costa Brava it is essential to have a car, you can move with more freedom. (Check transfers from and to the airport)

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.


Other distances:
Figueres – Cadaques 35km
Calella de Palafrugell – Cadaques 81km
Tossa de Mar – Cadaques 108km
Blanes – Cadaques 112km

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.

Barroco restaurant
Barroco restaurant


Personally, is slightly expensive sleep in Cadaques center, 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.

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.

Cap de Creus
Cap de Creus


Cadaques is a small town that can be visited in one day, its streets are very reminiscent of Mykonos or Milos. There are two beaches in the center, one that is also the port and a smaller one.

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.

House-museum of Portlligat
House-museum of Portlligat

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.


That’s all, do you want to go back to Barcelona or maybe stop in Tossa de Mar?

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