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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!

In the mood for a hike: Camino de Ronda

Admire one stunning bay after another and having the wonderful, turquoise blue sea continuously right in front of you? Going for a swim, relaxing in the sun and afterwards putting your hiking boots back on? In between, snacking a small treat in a restaurant with spectacular views to the sea and sipping a cool mojito later at sunset?

That sounds great to you? Well then, you will love the famous coastal path of the Costa Brava which has, for the most parts, been left in its natural state.

 

Camino de Ronda

With a length of approx. 45 km, the so-called Camino the Ronda offers infinite possibilities to enjoy the beauty of the Costa Brava with all of your senses. Whether you like to take a chance on the whole path within 2 days – like a professional hiker – or prefer walking only a small section on a sunny afternoon – it’s your choice. But I guarantee you won’t regret a single step!

 

 

 

Insider Tip: Cala Calitjàs

On a warm day of summer, we decided to visit the bay called “Cala Calitjàs“ in Roses, which persuades with a gravel beach and spectacular views to the light blue sea. On a holiday with perfect weather for bathing in middle of high season, I expected the beach to be overcrowded without air to breathe. I was quite surprised noticing that we had to share the spacious gravel area with less than 25 persons. Definitely an insider tip!

 

 

Next Bay: Cala Pelosa

After taking a refreshing bath in the cool salt water, we enjoyed the sun for a while – listening to the soft sound of the sea. Until our rumbling stomachs finally reminded us that it was already siesta time! Fortunately, we had organized a table in the famous restaurant called “Chiringuito La Pelosa“ before. The idea of a juicy paella with fresh seafood motivated us to leave the comfortable beach and hike to the next bay, the so-called “Cala Pelosa“, using the Camino de Ronda.

 

 

Hiking with spectacular views

Having walked only a few meters, I already understood why so many fans of Spain decide to walk the whole path: the views were continuously spectacular! Permanently, I had to stop to take some pictures of the dream scenery.

You can’t get enough of these wonderful views!

But I have to admit that I’ve been a little torn: On the one hand, I had to concentrate not to loose my footing and fall into the enormous cacti and on the other hand, I couldn’t help but admire  the crystal clear water, which sparkled in the sun and was decorated with numerous, luxurious boats and yachts. It’s better holding on for a minute now and again, otherwise it could get quite dangerous!

Restaurant “Chiringuito La Pelosa“

While we made our way through the prickly pears and palms, some passengers of boats in the distance seemed to have a lot of fun – boat party ahoy!

By the way, the restaurant has a boat service that delivers the paella!

 

Sooner than I expected, we reached the beautiful beach “Cala Pelosa“. At a distance, we already heard the chaos of different voices, clacking crockery and the clangour of glasses – the restaurant was at its peak. Whether we had to wait in spite of reserving? Unfortunately, yes. Whether it’s worth it? Definitely!

But the waiting period could be much worse: Chilling in a bar with comfortable seats and views to the sea – even the most impatient of you guys would survive this!

 

 

Paella – we’re coming!

After 1-2 cool refreshments, our names were called and we were brought to our table – with a great anticipation of our delicious meal. It didn’t take us more than 5 minutes to decide what to eat: a big paella with seafood and a few starters, to that of course a wine. As quickly as the starters arrived, they were gone again: A tuna fish tatar, salad, calamari, bread – well, that was tasty!

    

After resting a while, there was enough space in our stomachs for what we had been waiting for the whole time: The paella! Mhh smells delicious … I’ve never eaten paella before – a big mistake as I recognized. I’ve rarely tasted something so special! The Spanish people know exactly how to spoil their guests.

A very special taste experience..

A final selfie before leaving..

Finally some cocktails..

Satisfied and sated, we walked over to the bar to treat ourselves with some mojitos. After taking a few last pictures, we set off back home. Why don’t we spend every day like that? I’d love that!

Blooming flowers next to the ocean.

New ADAC guide book Catalonia

Especially in autumn and spring we want to discover the picturesque countryside of the Costa Brava – the lazy beach days can wait until summer. Whether you get lost in the rough Pyrenees, enjoy the ocean view from Cap de Creus or collect mushrooms in the colorful forests. Once you‘ve started, the excursions are going to make you addicted.

Autum landscape on the coast.

All the better, that ADAC just published a new guidebook about Catalonia, which not only creates an appetite for more, but also saves you from getting lost. You can find detailed maps, route descriptions as well as numerous travel tips in the practical book. A must-have for everyone, who wants to discover more of the region.

ADAC Wanderführer Katalonien Jenseits der Costa Brava – Katalonien zu Fuß entdecken. Art.Nr.: 9783862070756

The village Rupit is one of the most beautiful at Costa Brava.

Vacation – beach, sun, easylife?

I have to admit – I‘m an absolut beachlover! If it‘s almost 40 degree, I‘m the only one left on my beach towel, thinking: What – you think it‘s too hot? I have to stock up some sunshine before  winter! I‘m at least forcing myself to put on some sunscreen, because I don‘t want to look like a cooked lobster in the evening.

The village Rupit is one of the most beautiful at Costa Brava.

I think, that generally people, who are living somewhere, where the ocean isn`t within reach, naturally want to travel there for vacation. Beach, sun, sand – all synonyms for relaxation, rest and enjoyment.
In the past, I‘ve spend some vacations almost only on the two square meters of my beachtowel, which I‘ve only left for a short refreshment or a coffee in on of the beach bars. Eventually, I‘ve visited the museum nearby, to pretend, that I got to known a diffrent culture. Those vacations weren‘t bad – I was tanned and deeply relaxed, when I was back to everyday life, so they were quite useful.

The beautiful church in the centre of Rupit.

By now, I feel a bit of a pang, as soon as I‘m lying on my beachtowel more than two days. When I spend my first beachday here, I catched a glimpse of the silhouette of the pyrenees behind all the yelling kids, bananaboats and surfers and a voice appeared in my head, whispering: What may be there?
This time, it was not a problem for me to leave the beach, since Costa Live Magazin anyway tries to lure travellers to the counrtyside of the Costa Brava. It wasn‘t disappointing so far. Quite the reverse – I already replaced my flip flops with sneakers and I‘m wearing a normal T – Shirt instead of my bikini. When I heard of Costa Brava before, I always tought of an amazing beachparadise, but I‘m again and again surprised, how multifaceted this region is.

The surroundings of Rupit are impressively.

I fell in love with the cliffy landshape of the pyrenees, making you feel, as if you would meet a mythical creature in a moment, the foggy highland is unbelievable beautiful and the sleepy villages remind me of medival times. Furthermore, I discovered, that seafood and wine taste not only good at the beach, but also in the little restaurants, hidden  somewhere in narrow streets.
Pleading to myself: No more lazy beachlife, it‘s time for curiosity! I can‘t wait to discover national parks and flowstone caves, churches and castles, mountain lakes and campsides.   Don‘t worry, dear ocean, I‘m coming back willingly after those expeditions!