Tour Spain's Northern Coast
Follow in the footsteps of the 20th Century’s
artistic elite, and marvel at the vistas that inspired their work.
ap de Creus and C
or “The Three C’s”, are possibly the three most beautiful
and picturesque settings along the Catalán coast. While Cadaqués
and Cap de Creus are on the Spanish side, Cotlluire (or ‘Collioure’)
is located just North of the border, in France. Each place is unique and
Visit all three in a one-day Road Trip, with your own expert guide, who
will pick you up early in the morning. Together, you’ll set out
on this one-of-a-kind adventure, with the wind in your hair.
1st Stop: Cadaqués, the most illustrious town of the ‘Costa
Brava’. You’ll meander down curvy cobblestoned alleyways to
explore this quaint white fishing village, with blue doors and windows.
A romantic summer getaway, Cadaqués maintains its magical glow
year-round. Depicted in countless films, novels, and other works of art,
this tiny paradise has long sparked the creativity of poets, writers,
painters, and the like, including the legendary Catalán Surrealist,
Salvador Dalí, who used the town as the backdrop for many of his
masterpieces. The peculiar genius lived in a nearby, secluded cove, in
a quirky “palace” which he designed.
2nd Stop: head ten minutes up the coast to Cap de Creus, one of the most
special places on earth. The easternmost tip of Spain, it consists of
unusual rocky landscapes (resembling the moon!), sparse vegetation, and
steep cliffs overlooking hidden coves and turquoise water, into which
you can dive directly from the rocks. The only manmade structures are
a lighthouse and rustic restaurant, where we’ll stop for a fantastic
lunch, with astonishing views. Their specialties are fresh fish and, oddly
enough, curries! You’ll be enraptured by the singular energy of
this remarkable spot.
You won’t want to leave, but we’ll pull you away and onto
your third and final destination.
3rd Stop: Cotlliure, yet another storybook town, with winding streets
and a castle overlooking a crystalline bay. Having belonged to the Roman
and Visigothic empires, and to the kingdoms of Roussillon, Aragon, Mallorca,
the Hapsburgs, and the Bourbons, Cotlluire’s dynamic history is
apparent everywhere you look. Like Cadaqués, Collioure was also
an artists’ refuge, most notably to the Fauvists. Reproductions
of works by Henri Matisse and André Derain line the streets, each
placed where its original was painted. Braques, Picasso, Dalí,
Chagall, Mackintosh, Machado and Foujita were just a few of this ‘pueblo’s’
other notable regulars. Don’t forget to sample their fine local
red wine, “Collioure” (named after the town), or the Banyuls
dessert wines, famous throughout Europe.
The Road Trip is a very
full-day excursion, in which
half of your time will be spent in the car.
As with all of our day trips and excursions, there
are different ways to enjoy this experience – please let us know
what you’re looking for, and we’ll happily find a way to accommodate
Car & driver
(11 hrs, approx.)
In the winter months, when the sun sets earlier, we recommend shortening
your Road Trip to include only Cadaqués and Cap de Creus, or Cotlliure.
Without the pressure of a third destination, you’ll be able to explore
each town and their surroundings in greater depth, and at a more leisurely
We highly recommend
you read our General
before booking. We want you know exactly
what to expect. Please feel free to propose your own personal twist on
any existing route or guideline!