On this day: Cadaqués, Spain

See more from my new On This Day series here, inspired by Andrew at Have Bag, Will Travel. While travel is on hold, I am looking back at travel memories on their trip anniversaries.

On July 23, 2015, I was in Cadaqués, Spain.

After a short stop in Figueres, we moved onto Cadaqués, an adjacent town in the province of Girona in northeastern Spain. It sits on a bay in the middle of the Cap de Creus peninsula, on the Costa Brava of the Mediterranean. Like Figueres, Cadaqués has a special place in art history. Most notably, it was a frequently visited destination by Salvador Dali during his childhood and also hosted Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Marcel Duchamp, amongst other renowned artists.

Highlights of this once sleepy fishing village include walking along the picture perfect seaside waterfront, ambling through the steep narrow streets, and lounging at the rocky cliffside beaches. The large and ornate houses take influence from Cuban architecture, brought home by successful Cadaqués residents who emigrated to Cuba in the early 20th century, achieving financial prosperity and later returning to Spain.

A visit to Cap de Creus National Park is also not to be missed. Set on a peninsula at the easternmost point of Catalonia, this park features rocky dry terrain surrounded by mountains making up the eastern foothills of the Pyrenees. Make sure you’re wearing good shoes so that you can hike the steep paths around the lighthouse, to admire breathtaking views overlooking the Balearic Sea.