If you go to Cadaques, probably the most unspoilt coastal village in Spain, there are two main pleasures: food and sea. Food: skip the tourist restaurants, and walk round the Punta de Sa Costa on the eastern side of the town centre – you’ll find much more authentic beach restaurants frequented mostly by local people and pungent with the smell of delicious frying fish. Sea: kill three birds with one stone by taking your swimming gear and a picnic and setting off in the morning for the thirty minute walk towards the Cala Nans lighthouse. You get vigorous exercise, beautiful national park scenery, and a magic little cove (Sa Sabolla) where you can spend the day, snorkelling in limpid waters with almost no one else around.
For me, nothing comes close to Cadaques on the Costa Brava in Spain. Cadaques was a favourite haunt of Salvador Dali - once you have seen the light there you'll understand why. Crystal clear waters, fresh air, long walks, even longer lunches!
North-East Spain just south of the French border
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