Cadaques, Catalonia, Spain


A lovely village with 1550 inhabitants,on the sea near Barcelona, where the painter Dalí spent most of his lifecreating the surrealistic paintings inspired in these landscapes. Salvador Dali said this was the most beautiful village in the world. Salvador Dali attracted other artists to the village, like Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Andre Breton, Miro, Paul Eluard. Currently many famous painters and writers have a house in Cadaques.

The whole village is surrounded by a Natural park (Cap de Creus)and the village in fact a natural harbor in the Cap de Creus peninsula.

The Santa Maria Church was constructed during 16th & 17th centuries. Inside this beautiful church is an altarpiece dating from 1727 by Pau Costa and financed by local fishermen. It is dedicated to the patron saint of the village "La mare de Deu de l'Esperanca". The central figure is the pregnant Madonna, a representation of the coronation of Saint Mary, with Jesus at its right and God at its left. Salvador Dali in a book tells how fishermen hung live lobsters on the alter.

During the 60’s and 70’s the village had a bohemian air, with hippies, artists and intellectuals. Today there are still artists and bohemians in Cadaques, but it has become a bourgeoisie Summer destination. And is is one of the most expensive resorts on the "Costa Brava".

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