Here we feature companies that we have come to our attention, either through spotting their ads or bumping into people who are on trips to Cadaqués organised by them.
Surreal Kayaking in Cadaques
Cadaqués is perfect for a laid back holiday- the beaches, pace of life and long Catalan lunches will see to that. But if you fancy something a bit more strenuous, it´s also a hard place to beat. The Cap de Creus, which is the cape on which Cadaqués sits, marks the eastern most edge of the Pyrenean mountain range, so as you can imagine, the scenary is pretty spectacular for walking and for the more adventurous..kayaking.
A company called Paddle Escapes is running one such program. Maggi Smit, who runs Paddle Escapes, talks through the holidays on offer which owe alot of their inspiration from Dali: “Dali inhabited a dream world where objects, people and animals are arranged in unforeseen and often unexpected combinations; strange figures superimposed on landscapes".
“The rugged coast of Catalonia in northeast Spain, where he was born and lived, inspired much of his artwork and reflected his love for the area. The marine scenery contains spectacular rock outcrops that have been carved by the wind and sea into fantastic forms. Depending on how much sun and wine you have, or Dalí paintings you have seen, they can become images of real or mythical animals".
“Many of the high cliffs, caves, inlets and coves are accessible only by sea, perfect for a Surreal kayaking programme!”
Paddle Escapes offers a choice of two, four and seven-night trips, with or without fights from the UK, and May is an ideal time for paddling through the clear waters before the weather gets too hot.
Guests are transferred from Girona airport to Hotel Grimar, close to the Cap de Creus peninsula, one of the largest protected nature reserves in Catalunya. After breakfast, guests are fitted for all equipment and briefed on sea-kayak safety techniques before setting out on a day's excursion with a break for a picnic lunch in a cove. A two-night programme at weekends costs £420, with flights from the UK, B&B and two days' guided kayaking - £100 less if you book your own flight. (Prices correct at time of publication- please double check on the Paddle Escapes website)
The 4-night trips will take you along the coast to Port de la Selva, Port Lligat, where Dalí lived, and Cadaques, where his parents built his first studio. A week's trip also includes the pretty port of Roses and Les Medes Islands, and ends in the pleasant small resort of Tamariu. Four-night trips with flights and B&B are from £650 and a week costs £1,000.
You´ll stop at tapas bars and restaurants, often beside the water, and there are beautiful walks for those keen to get their land legs back.
Visit their website or call: - +44 (0)20-8742 1556