If you've been following along with Mad's Muses, you know that during the summer of 2014 I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain. With many education abroad programs, including this one, there are opportunities to travel outside of your host city. Luckily, my specific program had several included excursions outside of Barcelona but still within the region of Catalonia. On one of these excursions we had the chance to visit a quaint coastal town called Cadaqués and it quickly became my favorite place in Catalonia.
Cadaqués is a relatively small, coastal town around three hours outside of Barcelona sitting on a Mediterranean region called Costa Brava. A muse for many artists including Dalí and Picasso, Cadaqués is the definition of picturesque with its whitewashed buildings, cobbled streets, and sandy shorelines.
Getting to Cadaqués was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The town is relatively difficult to get to via land, so we went via sea. We climbed aboard a small boat and headed off on around an hour and a half cruise to Cadaqués. About halfway to our destination, our captain stopped the boat near a cove and let us dive into the brisk Mediterranean Sea. It was an exhilarating experience as we swam to the inlet in the bluest – and maybe coldest – water I’ve ever encountered.
After our impromptu dip, we clambered back onto the boat – and I do actually mean clambered – and continued our trek to Cadaqués. When we arrived in the village, thoughts of all else disappeared. Cadaqués is hands down the most quaintly beautiful village I had ever been to then and now. We spent the day relaxing on the beaches, browsing through the locally-owned shops & bakeries, and walking the narrow, cobblestone streets. We had lunch at a seaside restaurant where we munched on olives (a Spanish tradition!) and sipped sangria while we enjoyed the most beautiful view.
My only regret about the experience is that we didn’t have more time. I would have loved to spend a night in the village; I can only imagine how charming their hotels must be! If you plan to go to Cadaqués during your European adventure, be sure to take a little extra time to get the full experience. It’s a small town, but it has a lot of life.
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