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The small Spanish town with very famous ex-local

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MOST Brits planning their next Spanish holiday are likely to head to Benidorm or Marbella, both being well-known towns to UK travellers.

But around three hours by train from Barcelona is Cadaqués, which sits on a bay in the middle of the Cap de Creus peninsula.

A town in Spain is lesser-know by Brits – despite a very unusual attractionCredit: Getty
Cadaqués is around three hours from BarcelonaCredit: Getty
Salvador Dali put the town “on the map” and attracted other artistsCredit: Getty
The main attraction is a huge egg at the house of artist DaliCredit: Getty

It is known for its connection to one of the world’s most famous artists, surrealist Salvador Dalí, attracting celebrities from all over the world.

As a place that influenced the artist’s life and work, Dali put Cadaqués on the map, attracting big names like David Hockney, Picasso and even – in more recent times – rock stars like Mick Jagger and Shakira

Despite its famous connections, Cadaqués isn’t somewhere you will find many (what Spanish call) “guiris” which are badly behaved Brits.

As you’d expect from its history, the town encourages art, with around 60 artists calling it home and numerous galleries showcasing their work.

Cadaqués is also home to many quirks.

There’s just one road that leads in and out, and so in summer, it’s often so packed that the police have to turn people away. 

Perhaps a more particular, however, is Salvador Dalí’s house just down the road in Port Lligat, where an enormous egg sits atop a dovecote.

As random as it seems, the egg is one of many that feature around Dali’s home and in his work. They reflect his fascination with eggs as a symbol of life, rebirth, and purity. 

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Dalí’s house in Port Lligat, which he developed over the years from a small fisherman’s hut, is now a museum that’s open to the public, offering insights into Dalí’s life, work and his connection to the landscape of Cadaqués and Port Lligat.

As you’d expect, it’s filled with other strange and unique fixtures and fittings, reflecting his distinctive artistic style. 

In the entrance hall, you’ll find a bizarre and striking piece that sets the tone for the rest of the house and that’s a large stuffed bear holding a clock.

Down the hallway, the bear theme continues, with stuffed polar bears strewn around. 

The interiors are filled with Dalí’s personal items and quirky decor, including eccentric furniture, and a diverse collection of his works.

On the outside, the house is surrounded by an olive garden, which includes a phallic-shaped swimming pool and a lip-shaped sofa.

However, a less whimsical and quite unsettling sight is Dalí’s workshop, which remains just as he left it – with unfinished paintings and his easel, offering a glimpse into his creative process.

Otherwise if you fancy a more relaxed visit, there are a number of quiet beaches to visit too.

Platja Gran is a pebble beach nearest the town, although Platja del Ros is the most popular.

The quickest way to get to the town from the UK is by flying direct to Girona Airport, taking around two hours with Ryanair flights from £14.99.

The town is then just one hour by car or just over two hours by public transport.

Here’s another Spanish town set to become more popular with Brits.

Flights to the nearest airport are around two hoursCredit: Getty

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