Cadaquès: A Great Side Trip After Your Girona/Costa Brava Cycling Vacation
Looking to catch some beach time before or after your Girona and Costa Brava cycling vacation with In Situ Travel? Interested in visiting a quaint Spanish costal village? Cadaquès is the perfect solution.
The village is surrounded by the high hills of the Cap de Creus National Park, and sits on a small cove of crystal clear waters that are ideal for swimming. Beaches vary from rough sand to smooth rocks, but are often uncrowded, especially for those willing to walk the 10-15 minutes to the edge of the cove.
With its narrow cobbled streets that wind through white, flower-draped buildings, the town itself is perfect for afternoon strolls when you’ve had enough sun. Shops are generally open traditional Spanish hours (10-12 and 17-20), and offer a variety of clothing and art boutiques.
Most of the cafés and restaurants are oceanfront, so you can enjoy a meal or afternoon drinks with a view of the harbor and beaches. Traditional Spanish tapas are served at most locations, as are a variety of salads and grilled fishes and meats. Most are very casual, and while these ocean front prices can be a little higher than other areas of Spain, diners can still walk away with a light meal for under 10 euros and a full bottle of local Rosé for 12-13 euros.
One of the beauties of Cadaquès is the lack of cars in the village center. The narrow, steep, hand-laid cobble streets are impossible to drive through so visiters must leave their cars at the edge of the village and travel by foot. Travelers who have booked hotels outside of the village, along the coast are permitted to use the tiny road that parallels the beach, but cars are all together few and far between, making Cadaquès the perfect, quiet beach retreat.
Getting to Cadaquès before or after your Costa Brava cycling vacation is easily done by public trasport. As this trip picks up and drops of in Barcelona, one option is to take the direct bus that leaves about 10 times per day from Barcelona’s North Station. There are also a couple of busses per day that run from the airport. Total travel time is about 3 hours.
Guests can also choose to leave from or arrive directly to Girona as this is the base for In Situ’s Costa Brava and Girona Bike Tour. There are generally 2-4 busses that leave daily from the main bus station or post office and take less than 2 hours. For more information on timetables and journey planners, follow this link to the Catalunya transportation page.