Where are We ?
Cadaqués is on the edge of the Cap de Creus National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty in the north of the Costa Brava. Just 20 miles south of the French border, it is the easternmost point of the Spanish mainland, bounded by the Pyrennees mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The climate is milder than the southern Costas and, hence, more comfortable in the summer months when there is usually a gentle breeze from the mountains.
The Villa Blanca is located in a residential area less than 10 minutes walk from the village, 90 meters from the only sandy beach called “Platja Ros”, ideal for children, the road to the village is a delightful walk along the sea and inlets … Close to home, there are two beach restaurants called “chiringitos” where you can enjoy a great atmosphere for a late lunch or dinner…
The region offers skiing in the winter; sailing in the summer; great cuisine and many fascinating places to visit including the cities of Barcelona and Girona and the rest of the Costa Brava.
More of a vibrant town now, rather than a village, Cadaqués retains its charm and beauty with a cascade of whitewashed houses tumbling down the hills surrounding a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay. The dominating feature remains the church, quite stark and geometric on the outside, with an astonishing baroque gilt altar as you enter.
Dali’s House @ Portlligat
The current House-Museum in Portlligat was Salvador Dalí’s only place of residence, the place where he normally lived and worked until 1982 when, after Gala’s death, he moved to the Púbol Castle. In 1930, Salvador Dalí set up home in a small fisherman’s hut in Portlligat, drawn to it by the landscape, the light and the isolation of the place…
The former Greek colony of Roses stretches between the sea and the mountains, right on the Costa Brava. This town in the province of Girona offers a multitude of beaches and coves among rocky cliffs, where visitors can practise a great variety of water sports as well as walking in the nearby Aiguamolls de l´Empordá and Cap de Creus Natural Parks.
A good place to start is with its main attraction: the art of Salvador Dalí. The Dalí Theatre-Museum, a work of art in itself, houses a wonderful collection of works that span the artistic career of the genius of Empordà.
There is more culture to be found along the streets of Figueres, whose historical centre is rich in architectural heritage.
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city with Roman remains, medieval quarters and the most beautiful examples of 20th century Modernism and avant-garde. It is no surprise that emblematic constructions by the Catalan architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i Montaner have been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.
The city of Girona has a rich, detailed, and dramatic history. The first inhabitants of the area were the Iberians. Then came the Romans who built a fortification there, which was named Gerunda. After having been occupied by a number of cultures, Girona finally fell under control by the Holy Roman Empire. Today, the city is a rich heritage site full of historic and cultural beauty.