There’s a reason Salvador Dalí chose to live on Catalonia's Costa Brava - the Mediterranean colour palette and quality of light is enough to bring out the artist in all of us.
If it was good enough for Dalí, it's certainly good enough for us.
The coastline is a nearly unbroken series of sheer rock cliffs dropping down to clear blue-green waters, interrupted with occasional fishing villages, innumerable coves and tiny beaches on narrow inlets.
At its most northern point, the Pyrenees mountains sink into the Mediterranean, creating a landscape of unique beauty, protected by the Cap de Creus natural park. This dry headland is punctuated with wonderful wind-eroded rock formations, many of which are strangely familiar from Dalí’s paintings.
The way we share it with you is to have you out walking along a little-used path which leads steeply away from the bustle of people at the lighthouse. It carries you along the headland past vineyards and olive groves to Dalí’s former house at Port Lligat, his home from 1930 until the passing of his wife Gaia’s in 1982.
Having perhaps stopped for a visit and to enjoy the stunning views from the garden, it’s a short walk back to the fishing village of Cadaqués, a place many of us in the office dream of escaping to when the winds blow and the heavens open in Brighton.
The lively village of Cadaqués is one of the great treats of the Spanish Mediterranean coast.
The magic light captivated Dalí. The small restaurants, abuzz with the hum of conversation and views out to the gently bobbing boats of the harbour, certainly captivate us. Having completed your walk, a harbourside plate of grilled fish and crisp white wine might just be in order.
If that sounds like your sort of thing, you can do just that on a driving vacation around Catalonia, or along the length of the Spanish Pyrenees. Full details are below.
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