We sail along the coast of the Cap de Creus Nature Park to reach Cadaqués, where we make a free-time stop of 90 minutes to explore this supremely picturesque fishing town.
Among all the towns and villages along the Costa Brava, there is one in particular that stands out for its singularity and authenticity: Cadaqués. Located on the eastern side of the Cap de Creus peninsula, and considered by many people the pearl of the Costa Brava, its history dates back thousands of years to when the Ibers were the lords and masters of these lands. The name ‘Cadaqués’ could originate from the evolution of ‘Cap de Quers’ (cape of rocks) due to the abundance of rocks on the Cap de Creus.
In the early 20th century, many impoverished townspeople had to leave for the Americas, where they made their fortune and returned home to build their famous Art Nouveau mansions (like the ‘blue house’) inspired by the colonial houses they had seen. Having returned from ‘the Indies’ they were known as ‘els Indians,’ and in early June they are remembered in the ‘Festa dels Indians.’ Cadaqués is famous for having attracted many artists, and most especially Salvador Dalí, many of whose works were inspired by the landscapes of the Cap de Creus. He even made his home in Portlligat, which is now a house-museum open to the public.
+ INFORMATION: Across the Mediterranean Sea there arrived more advanced civilisations, such as the Sards, the Etruscans, the Egyptians, and especially the Greeks and Romans, all great experts in sailing. Without a doubt, the presence of these cultures, particularly that of the Greeks and Romans who settled in the peninsula for long periods, signified tremendous cultural enrichment for the local people, the Ibers. And there can likewise be little doubt that this contact had to entail for the Cadaqués people’s ancestors great advances in the techniques of fishing and sailing.