Today, it is known as the centre of Dalí worship and the most beautiful town on the Costa Brava. It was here that Dalí spent his summer holidays as a child, running through narrow streets that wind up steeply from the picturesque bay. It was here that he decided to settle in the 1930s, buying two fishing huts and converting them into an apartment and studio in the neighbouring bay of Portlligat. He found his source of inspiration here in the national park’s bizarre rock formations of the around Cap de Creus.
Located north-east of Barcelona, close to the border with France, Cadaqués is a relaxed, two-hour drive away in the new E-Class Cabriolet. The region still attracts young, aspiring artists. Some of them moved here years ago and stayed, others see Cadaqués as an essential stop on their journey towards an international career. Peering into the studios, you could be forgiven for thinking that surrealism had never gone away – living on in its sleepy Mediterranean bubble.