The small town of Cadaqués, in Alt Empordà, hosts in October the departure and arrival of the SeaLight MTB trail. This is a small fishing village, of medieval origin that boasts of being one of the most beautiful on the Catalan Coast.
If you are enthusiastic to participate in the SeaLight Mtb Trail, either as a participant, or as a companion, here are the 10 things you should not miss to enjoy and get to know this jewel of the Mediterranean:
- The old quarter. Losing yourself through the labyrinth of streets in Cadaqués is a real pleasure. Houses that mix the impeccable white of their walls with the blue "Cadaqués" wood. A perfect combination of colours that contrasts with the blue of the sea and dazzles the visitor. Most streets retain the original pavement of the village, the "rastrell". Made with stones extracted from the seashore. Carrer del Call is where it is best preserved.
- The Church of Santa María de Cadaqués. Located in the high part, it offers a good view of the whole town. Of late Gothic style it has in its interior, a baroque altarpiece of 23m in height.
- Emblematic buildings. In Cadaqués we find different architectural styles amongst which modernism takes centre stage. Most modernist buildings are located on the seafront and were built by residents of the village who returned from making a fortune in the Americas. Do not forget to visit the Casa Frederic and Victor Rahola, La Casa Blaua, the public school Caritat Serinyana, La Torre de Colom, all of them in the Modernist style.
- The Casino de l’amistat, is one of the most emblematic buildings of the town. It was an old Charitable Society and was founded in 1870. The bar, located on the ground floor of the building, is a meeting point for the local people and very popular with tourists.
- The Hermitage of Sant Baldiri. It is a temple of the baroque period located next to the current cemetery between the centre of Cadaqués and the cove of Portlligat.
- The Lighthouse of Cala Nans is accessed through a beautiful promenade along the coast, ideal to enjoy some beautiful views of the village.
- The Cap de Creus lighthouse. It is the lighthouse located at the most eastern end of the Iberian Peninsula. It is considered the oldest lighthouse in Catalonia and includes the information point of the Cap de Creus Natural Park.
- The Cadaqués Museum, dedicated to artists linked to the town. The exhibitions that revolve around the figure of Salvador Dalí stand out.
- The Salvador Dalí House Museum in Port Lligat. Place where he lived until 1982.
- The beaches and coves that we find along the slopes of Cadaqués and the Natural Park of Cap de Creus, are an authentic delight. Some are practically virgin and crystal clear.
One of the most characteristic elements of these beaches are the forms of its rocks. Salvador Dalí was inspired by a large rock located in Cala Culleró to create his famous painting El Gran Masturbator.
The organisers of the SeaLight MTB Trail, have prepared a detailed program for companions, to visit all of these sights that are essential during your visit to Cadaqués.