It Rains In Spain

Guide to Cadaques and the Costa Brava

Barcelona      Girona      The Catalan Pyrenees      Cadaqués and the Costa Brava      Tarragona

Guide to the costa brava and cadaques spain. It Rains In Spain.

Cadaqués and the Costa Brava – Introduction

The Costa Brava is an area of extremes. This slice of coast running roughly from a little north of Barcelona to the French border is both tacky and tremendous, captivating and crude. Although the Costa Brava is often synonomous with booze-fuelled holidays, lairy lads and cheap package deals, the area has some utterly stunning villages, inlets and a fascinating culture.

It can be all too easy to lament the selling of the coast to cheap package holidays, but that was a decision taken at a time when the country needed it, and it is not easily reversible. Such mass tourism does, however provide much needed employment to the local economy and brings in millions of tourist euros, which although at times hard to swallow is a necessary evil for the Spanish economy. Tentative steps are being made to address the heinous building projects commissioned in years gone by, but they are just that – tentative and slow.

The Costa Brava has so much more to offer, however. It was the home of that great eccentric Salvador Dalí, and it wasn’t without justification that he eulogised so fervently about it’s natural beauty and mystique. From the lovely fishing village of Cadaqués to the charming centre of Roses and the beautiful Cap de Creus, the Costa Brava merits exploration. There is an other-worldly feel in parts of the coast, heightened by the unique nature of the inhabitants and their peculiar Catalan dialects, closely related to that of the Balearic Islands.

What to See and Do in Cadaqués and the Costa Brava

Explore the majestic fishing villgae of Cadaqués, with it’s winding streets and whitewashed alleys, seeing why the great and good of art and music have always made a beeline for this mysterious and captivating town.

Head to Port Lligat, a short walk from Cadaqués and explore the Casa Museu Dalí – Dalís primary residence in Spain.

Go to Figueres and top up on a little more Dalí madness in his birthplace at the Teatre-Museu Dalí a head spinning, fascinating exposition of a great percentage of the artist’s work.

If you’re driving along the coast, stop at Cap de Creus – the most easterly point on the Iberian peninsula and marvel at the stunning vistas.

Explore the region’s Greek and Roman history at Empúries, with it’s impressive remains – venturing into the charming village of Sant Marti d’Empúries afterwards for a scenic lunch.

Enjoy the beach! If you’re here in the summer you’ll have to choose wisely in order to avoid teeming crowds, but as long as you avoid the big names (Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar) you’ll find something to your taste. Try the area around Begur for a little peace and quiet.

What to Eat and Drink in Cadaqués and the Costa Brava

We know how tough it can be in a bar or restaurant when you’re visiting a foreign country. Here’s our guide of what local specialities to look for on the menu in Cadaqués and the Costa Brava.


Arroz Negro – A delicious black rice dish with squid.

Pato con Nabos – Exquisite duck dish served with black turnip and white wine.

Pollo con Cigalas – King Prawns and Chicken served in an onion and almond sauce.

Suquet de Pescado – a typical fish dish served with garlic, potato and ali-oli

Butifarra – A Catalan classic, peppered sausage available in a myriad of forms.

Fuet – Another general Catalan favourite, similar to Italian salami and simply divine.

Marisco y Pescado – As a fishing area, the whole coast is blessed with fantastic seafood and fish such as sardinas (sardines) , anchoas (anchovies)dorada (bream),  mero (grouper)erizos de mar (sea urchins)langosta (lobster), and mejillones (mussels).


Where to Stay in Cadaqués and the Costa Brava

Please consider checking and booking your hotel prices through our recommended links below. Clicking will redirect you to our partner hotel website, which searches all hotel providers for the very best prices. Your searching through our links keeps It Rains in Spain free and functioning! Gracias!


It Rains In Spain only ever recommends three hotels. See why here. One Budget option, one Midrange and one Luxury.

The hotels below are all located in Cadaqués.

Reader’s Tips

This section is specifically designed for our readers to share their top tips with other would-be travellers. If you visited a particularly wonderful restaurant, or stayed in a fantastic hotel, or even ate a tremendous local dish, please let us know here! Any tip whatsoever will be greatly appreciated by our Spain loving community of travellers.

You are currently reading: Guide to Cadaques and the Costa Brava