Advantages Sea, Mountains, Astonishing light, Everything beautiful
Long before I started to travel I could always be found with my head inside a travel book. From a very small child I have always been a dreamer and an escapist. Patrick Leigh Fermour was the very first travel writer I read over 35 years ago. How I loved his stories of walking across Central Europe, sleeping in barns and ditches and sometimes if he was lucky in a castle belonging to the gentry. Then I fell in love with Spain and the Iberian peninsula and had to read every book about this area. It was at the time when people were exploring the interior, the sierras and the lands beyond the coast. I was always intrigued by Spain, with it's olive skinned people who sleep in the day and play late into the night, it's barbaric customs and age-old traditions. Travelling from UK through Spain into Portugal many times gave me an insight into the diversity of its landscape and compared to Portugal just how large and panoramic a country it is.
Without sounding petentious I was drawn to this village because of it's rich artists' heritage connection and it's quality of light. Salvador Dali who was born in Figueras not far away also owned a house in Port Lligat which is in an a sheltered bay next to Cadaques. His house is now a museum and open to the public. He wasn't the only artist to realise and appreciate the serenity and beauty of the village. Picasso, Miro and Maurice Boitel to name but a few spent time here. Apart from the light and inspirational beauty of the sea, mountains, coves and white washed houses the air was clean and pure. It was a haven for these artists to escape from the crowded cities where they lived life to the full, smoked too much and drank far too much absinthe.Fifteen years ago when I first visited this village it was a hidden gem tucked away on the very edge of the peninsula where the wild rocky Pyrenees crash into the Mediterranean sea. Today it has still retained that same beauty but obviously expanded and more properties have been built to accommodate second home ownership. It is a very popular tourist destination and in the Summer months the population probably increases tenfold.
The season is short lived but even when it is hectic you can always find a sheltered cove along the coast if you need to hide away from the crowds. Cadaques has always been a rugged, rocky place, sometimes inaccessible from the rest of the region. Indeed, it's fishermen have become adept at sea-faring.Originally it was a small village perched high on a hill overlooked by the church of Santa Maria.
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