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Costa Brava’s white paradise – Cadaqués

 I’d already heard quite a lot of things about the former fishing village – the typical Cadaqués style, the unique location and the views to numerous snow white houses made me feel very excited. Let’s see whether the white town of Dalí can sweep me off my feet ..

Stunning views

Spectacular views accompany you on your way to Cadaqués!

The rather twisting road on our way to Cadaqués already turned the car ride into a small experience: gliding from left to right and admiring one stunning view after another – I guess I could already imagine what the city has to offer. I couldn’t lay my phone aside for as much as 2 minutes before having to take way too many pictures of the wonderful bays and harbours again.

But heads up! Be careful and don’t let your phone drop out of the car – you wouldn’t be able to get it back …

White paradise

After a car ride of about 15 minutes and 25 new pictures in my camera roll, we finally arrived: I had a small paradise right in front of me! Whether it is possible that absolutely every house in a village is painted white? So it seems. Whether it may be forbidden to build a house of a different colour here? I’d love to find out … Maybe I’ll know soon if I keep visiting and talking to locals!

Definitely worth visiting..

I have to admit, I was speechless: numerous snow white houses, green pine-trees, a beautiful church that attracts the views because of its height, the mountains behind it and the light blue sea with lots of white boats in front of Cadaqués. A stunning village! You have to visit once you are staying in Catalonia!

Restaurant Cap de Creus

But the car ride wasn’t over yet – again through the mountains! My phone’s camera had a busy day ..

Our destination was the restaurant Cap de Creus right next to the light house of Cadaqués. I could describe the evening in this stunning restaurant with one single word: WOW! I was and still am really impressed. It doesn’t matter where you’re sitting, the views are spectacular everywhere. In addition, a live band starts playing beautiful music just before sunset which brings the atmosphere to a maximum.

Chilling in a restaurant with a live band at the top of the mountains, holding a cold drink in your hand and watching the fantastic sunset – I don’t know if there’s something that could possibly be better than this!

Dinner in Cadaqués

After having extended my photo albums by more than 50 pictures and videos, it was time to return to the city centre of Cadaqués. In situ, we spent some time drinking a beer in front of a crowded bar next to the beach and went to the pizzeria Plaza after that: the only restaurant that could offer a table for 12 persons at nine in the evening without a reservation – the peak season was quite noticeable. After a delicious dinner including pizza, mussels, pasta and a free round of shots, we kept going.

Bar Boia Nit

The ultimate destination was the popular bar Boia Nit, which is very famous for its stunning cocktails. Of course I had to check whether they are really that good.

So, I ordered a piña colada and was quite surprised to watch my cocktail arriving in a pineapple-shaped cup! But not just that: decorated with many small fruits, sipping the cocktail turned into a unique flavour experience! Get over there and try it. You won’t be disappointed!

Beautiful cocktail that tastes fantastic!

Not the last time..

Finally, we finished our special cocktails and spent some time talking and relaxing before heading back home. But: Cadaqués, I’ll be back soon!

Looking through a window in Portlligat

New Dalí-documentation “The secret life of Portlligat”

On July 1st, the new documentation about the extraordinary artist Salvador Dalí and his life in Portlligat premiered in the Sala Art i Joia in Cadaqués. The film was produced by the Dalí Foundation and directed by David Pujol.

Dalí – great painter and architect

You can say whatever you want about Salvador Dalí, whether he was a genius or simply insane, but he definitely had a great talent. The extroverted artist loved to provoke and to be always centre stage. His work is not only well known in Europe, but also in the US he was very successful. In 1936, with only 32 years, he already appeared on the Time Magazine’s cover. He created most of his work in the only studio in his house in Portlligat, close to Cadaqués. Dalí himself built the house by assembling various fishing huts.

Bay of Portlligat

With the old fishing boats, the bay of Portlligat looks very charming.

Polar bear in the house

Today, his house is a museum giving a great insight in the life of the famous painter. For example, you can find a huge stuffed polar bear, stuffed swans and other birds and bizarre decoration. On the roof you can see the famous white eggs, which are also on the roof of the museum in Figueres. The egg is one of Dalí’s favourite and often used symbol in his work. From the terrace you have a beautiful view to Portlligat and its hilly surrounding. Apart from the unusual decoration, as a visitor you get intimate insights in the private life of Dalí. You can even have a look in his bedroom and bathroom.

Stiffed polar bear in the museum

Dalí indeed had an unique taste.

La vida secreta de Portlligat. La casa de Salvador Dalí

Pujols documentation “La vida secreta de Portlligat. La casa de Salvador Dalí” as well uses these private moments. The film throws new light on the deep relationship Dalí had with the landscape of Cadaqués, Portlligat and the Cap de Creus. Also, it revolves around the relationship to Dalís father and his sister.
Director David Pujol said: “I wanted to show Dalí in his studio. The painter in his sanctum sanctorum. The man in his habitat. And Gala. (…) I wanted to capture the constant to-and-fro between everyday life and exile, between interior and exterior, between intimacy and extraversion”.

Poster of the new Dalí documentation

The new film by David Pujol promises private insights into the life of Dalí.

Fashion show.

Sensorium Grand Gala of Surrealism

…the revival of Surrealism: We normally go in search for art and not the other way around. The atmosphere in Cadaqués last saturday raised the feeling, that the art itself went hunting. It‘s probably Dalís legacy, that the scene along the coast in North Catalonia is ruled by the Surrealism. We associate it with yonder brillant and bizarre art movement, but it was also a way of living for the artists at the time. Dalís legendary parties were almost as famous as his dreamy paintings. The crazier, the better was the motto – and the impossible was made possible.

Exactly that was, what inspired the organizers of the Grand Gala of Surrealism, which took place in Cadaqués for the first time this September and was contributed by many international artists. The group behind the project is called immaginae, comes from Italy and is co-organizer of the annual Florence Design Week. Dalí’s presence now attracted them to Catalonia. Making art not only sense perceivable, but also tangible  – so the idea. And in fact, the whole day was something in the air. Installations appeared out of the nowhere between the bathers on the beach, emitting a magical blue light at dusk. Eccentric hats and quirky jewelery creations were sold on the market. The intention of the immaginae group was the free developement of art and creativity and the visitors were asked to interact.

Working behind the bar.

However, the daily programm was only the calm before the storm. Shortly after sunset, cars suddenly wound their way up the road to Portlligat and a colorful and bizarre-looking crowd with hats flow into the Villa Ses Vistes. They accepted the invitation to the actual Gala of Surrealism, where the prominent and art-loving audience showed creativity – costumes were explicitly welcomed. Already at the beginning of the party, became the terrace of the Villa scene for a Défilé that reminded of Vivenne Westwoods craziest collections. The women appeared in pompous dresses with giant hats made of color palettes or eggs, butterflies were caught in hair, a real lobster sat on one of the heads.

Creatures.

The barrel of Surrealism seemed finally to be overflowed and had poured over everybody. After the first Gin Tonics, the culinary experience started – just as colorful, creative and surprising as the costumes of the guest. The party could start after this delightful entry. The terrace was transformed into a stage on which not only dancers, but also singers and artistes entertained and animated the audience with a fascinating as well as shocking programm.

Dancers at the Grand Gala of Surrealism.

The mix of artistic, culinary and interactive acts created an electrifying atmosphere that lasted all night. This event proved that Dalí-like parties in today‘s time are as spectacular as they were in the past and that Surrealism can be more than just an art movement. Some will be woken up the next day wondering whether they‘ve just dreamed. The best is, that the Sensorium Grand Gala of Surrealism was just the first escapade of the immaginae group. They‘ll return to Cadaqués next summer to liberate the fantasy for a second time from its gilded cage.

Catwoman.

Spectacular view from the gardens of Cap Roig.

An inspiring place- beautiful Costa Brava

How does inspiration feel like? It‘s the sweet taste of joy that sticks to your tongue, when life has  just revealed one of its little secrets and you know, that you can do what ever you want with it and you don‘t have to share it with anybody. Even if being inspired is a great feeling, it‘s normally hiding in a dark corner – it seems rather to be a shy deer than a tame lamb and it appears only if you built your castles high enough in the air.No free toughts, no inspiration – it‘s not possible to bond it. There may be words in which it‘s hiding or a movie or a painting. But it can also be found in some places.

The inspiring landscape of the Costa Brava.O

ne of the most famous residents of the Costa Brava, Salvador Dalí, once said about his hometown Cadaqués: “Furthermore I only love Cadaqués, my own center, which is the whole world on the edge of the sea.”He was not the only person, who fell in love with the rough coastline – there‘s hardly any famous artist to be found, who didn‘t get lost here at least once in a lifetime. Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Paul Elúard , Andre Breton, Man Ray and Marcel Duchcamp are just some of the many and even if you are a very rational person, it‘s hard not to immerse yourself into a fantasy world, surrounded by this landscape. The air of the place smells of creativity and if you look at it long enough, it becomes a treasure chest full of inspiration.

Hidden spot at the coast.

The Costa Brava seems with its bizarre beauty like a rough diamond, on which the light refracts as if you would look trough a colorful kaleidoscope. You only have to glance at the Cap de Creus or the endless beaches of the region. The motionless silhouette of the Pyrenees is framing the sea like a sleeping giant – clouds pass across the sky like the blow of a breath. You can hear the ghosts of the past whisper in romantic mountain villages like Oix or Setcasa or you can just lose yourself in one of the many beautiful coastal towns.

Spectacular view from the gardens of Cap Roig.

The Costa Brava is mostly known as a holiday paradise for families and young people, but it can also be seen as a perfect example for yonder frenetic, multi-faceted artist’s life, Salavdor Dalí was living – when you follow his track along the coast and visit his residence in Portlligat or his museum in Figueres, it‘s obvious, that many of his works are inspired by the nature and that Cadaqués was the place, where he could hang onto his dreams.There‘s hardly a place on earth where it‘s easier to free your spirit and it‘s worthwhile to go off the beaten track of the travelers and to search for your own sources of inspiration – you will be surprised how many secrets are waiting to be brought to life.

Ocean view

A place to pause and relax – Cadaqués

Not without a reason has surrealist Dali made Cadaqués his home- it‘s a dreamy, charming little city, where white houses are sticking to the hillslopes of the pyrenees like bird‘s nests. The main street is running right next to the ocean, oleanders are blooming at the roadside, the smell of salty water and fresh grilled fish is in the wind.

 

Narrow street in Cadaqués

People are sitting on their shady balkonys to escape the midday heat, more and more hungry visitors are coming into the numberless bars and restaurants and if you need a little cooling-down, you can jump into the sea.

Ocean view

Not only is Cadaqués close to the ocean, it‘s also the perfect place to spend the day taking a stroll trough the narrow streets, watching the people and enjoying fresh seafood in one of the beach bars until the sun goes down. Cadaqués is inviting it‘s visitors to pause and dream for a moment. No wonder, that Dali found inspiration here.

A fishing boat in Cadaqués

Spending a fun day in Cadaqués.

Let the adventure begin – On the road to Spain

Hola Costa Live Readers!

My name is Hannah, I‘m from Berlin and I arrived one week ago in wonderful spain to work as a trainee for Costa Live until october.Traveling is always exiting- you gonna meet diffrent people and experience nice, funny and also weird situations. To keep you entertained, I‘m gonna write about a few of my adventures every week. My first day abroad was already  surprising…

My first day in beautiful Cadaqués

Okay, first I have to admit, that my journey to Spain wasn‘t really relaxed. My arms were sore from carring my baggage from the fifth floor down to the street, taking the Berlin tube in hot summer isn‘t the most comfortable thing and I almost missed my flight, because the departure time on my ticket was wrong. But, what the heck – I‘m gonna spend three whole months in one of my favourite countrys, so it‘s gonna be worth it.
It still feels like a dream the next day. I‘m passing olive plantations and palms trees on my way to Cadaqués, the smell of summer and sun is in the wind. Reality, please don‘t come back!

Famous surrealist Dali lived in Cadaqués.

Not without a reason has surrealist Dali made Cadaqués his home. This little charming, dreamy place makes me fall in love immediately (that‘s probably not the last time, that I‘m going to say this). White houses are sticking to the hillslopes of the pyrenees like bird‘s nests. The main street is running right next to the ocean, oleanders are blooming at the roadside, the smell of salty water and fresh grilled fish is in the wind.
It‘s already time for siesta (I love the spanish people for taking a break every afernoon without any bad consience) and I‘m keen to try some spanish delicacys in one of the numberless cafés and restaurants at the beach. I‘m going for salad with goat cheese and olives, Carpaccio de bacalao and all kinds of seafood – it immediately reminds me, why I‘ve always been loving the spanish cuisine.

Cadaqués is beautiful and charming.

Afterwards, I‘m taking a stroll trough the narrow streets. Plants are decorating the walls and balconys, where people are sitting to escape the midday heat. I‘m not only loving this place already, I don‘t wanna leave it anymore. Eventually the panoramic view of Cap de Creus is alluring me and I‘m moving on.It takes a little, until I‘m getting used to the wind up here, I‘m almost falling of the cliffs- but the view is absolutely spectacular.
Could my journey have started any better? I don‘t think so.
At the end of the day, I‘m lying in my bed, satisfied and happy, far away from the dull routine of everyday life.