Cap de Creus National Park
Cap de Creus National Park
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This National Park features unique rock formations and panoramic ocean views.
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jane F
Dublin, Ireland138 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Cap de creus itself is well worth a visit by boat or by car (if you could, see below).

Lots of lovely coves for swimming in and some lovely walking trails.

However in a pilot project since last June, unless you have booked to eat at one of the restaurants you cannot drive onto the peninsula, you must park in a designated area and travel in by bus.

The buses supposedly go every 30 minutes but there are not enough of them for all the visitors . The peninsula is very large so if you get off at one of the earlier bus stops for a walk or a swim, you run the risk that you won’t be able to get on to the bus again as most people go straight to the last stop so the bus is always full and may not stop for you. There are no facilities near the earlier bus stops - no shade, no water, no toilets, and they are far from walking distance from anywhere.

So unless you go off peak it could turn into a bit of a disaster. If only they had more frequent buses this would not be a problem but at the moment if you want to visit here I would suggest doing it in conjunction with a restaurant booking for one of the 2 restaurants by the lighthouse so you can bring your car and visit it at your own pace.
Written August 4, 2021
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Allan C
Ipswich, UK543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Scenic promontory between Roses and Cadaques with mainly volcanic scenery. Winding road and trails with fantastic sea views. Be carful if driving the road- the locals who do it daily may know where they can accelerate, but you dont! Good luck and enjoy!
Written January 21, 2020
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etowndad
Evanston, IL18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Hike to the summit if you are up to it! But be careful to follow less than obvious signage to stay on trail! A solid two hours plus and parts are not for the feint of heart or out of shape types as can be very hot and terrain can be uneven and rocky...but worth the effort, access to hidden beaches and a cold brew, mojito, etc. and quality Spanish bar food at summit... and unbelievable views! Call Diego for ride in open air motor cart for nice ride back down to Cadaques.
Written August 14, 2022
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Gorba
Melbourne, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
A bit of an effort get there, but so worth it! We were initially a bit worried about the drive having read that it is a difficult road, but it really wasn't so bad. Maybe half an hour of windy road, but not scary at all. Perfectly doable. Really spectacular views, photos don't do it justice. We had fun rambling over the rocks for an hour or two, almost right down to the shore. Had coffee and cake afterwards at the cafe next to the lighthouse. Great experience, a highlight of our trip.
Written December 15, 2022
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain22,077 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Cap de Creus National Park is located in Costa Brava, in the North of Catalonia. Here there are 2 tiny towns called Cadaquès and El Port de la Selva. We came here and go with a catamaran until Cap de Creus (Creus Natural Cape). In the journey, we saw very beautiful views from the sea. Also, we visited the Martin Faixó Winery, located in the high point of the natural park, from where you can see very nice views. Also, we were to some very interesting places like Santa Helena Church or Verdera Castle, from where you can see one of the most beautiful views of the park, the coast and the sea. Very nice zone.
Written October 10, 2022
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crh2
Tampa, FL84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Just finished a 24 hr visit to Cadaques and I'm glad I didn't miss Cap de Creus. Have a drink at the lighthouse bar and enjoy some tapas too. The view up there is the definition of breathtaking. On your way up, every new turn in the road unveils a new view, each one more spectacular than the last one. It's tough to keep your eyes on the road! If you are adventurous, hike down to one of the inlets for a swimming experience you will never forget. I'm not gonna lie, it's a somewhat difficult hike down about 20+ minutes, but oh will you be glad you did it. That was one of our highlights of many in this amazing Cadaques region. We'll be back!!
Written July 4, 2023
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Capricorn49
vancouver, BC, Canada87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
After visiting the Dali House Museum in Port Lligat my husband and I hiked to the top of Cap de Creus. The trail head is just a short distance away and is well marked all the way to the top. I would consider this an easy hike. Although it is a steady uphill there is nothing technical about the trail. It took us about 2-1/2 hours on the way up with stops to take photos, and 2 hours to return. (We are quite fast hikers). This was a day in April when the temperature was a little cool, but even on a warmer day it's a good idea to bring extra clothing because it is quite a bit cooler and windy at the top. Once we reached the summit, we shared a picnic that we had brought with us. There is also a restaurant if you prefer that option. The views on the way up are beautiful, and you can see almost forever when you reach the top. I highly recommend it, especially as a hike.
Written May 1, 2012
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traveltheglobe
Singapore, Singapore772 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Hiked the coastal trail from Cadaques to Cap de Creus lighthouse and back. About 15km in total. Took about 4 hours going and 2.5 hours on return. The reason we took a much longer time going was because we could not locate the start of the trail after Port Lligat. Followed the instructions provided in the brochure, we walked along the S'Alqueria residential area but the sign pointing to the trail was quite obscure and we missed it and ended up walking an unmarked trail only to turn back later. Once we got back on the trail, it was quite well marked all the way.

Although the hike is not technically challenging, it is not an easy one. The trail is mostly rocky and uphill so you have to be reasonably fit. The last stretch of the trail leading up to the lighthouse is also quite tricky as there are no clearly defined routes so you'll just have to figure out by instinct. Following is a brief summary of key routes:

1. Cadaques to Port Lligat (uphill climb along Carrer de Miranda)
2. Leave Port Lligat, walk along S'Alqueria (paved road)
3. Look out for the directional sign on the left of the last residential house (see photo)
4. Start of the trail to Guillola
5. Do not turn to Guillola unless you plan to detour for a dip
6. Continue on the paved road until you see the sign pointing to Cap de Creus
7. From here, continue hiking for about 1.5 hours on undulating rocky terrains
8. You're almost reaching the end of the hike when you see the lighthouse in sight and the Jugadora cove on your right. Reward yourself with a dip in the picturesque cove
9. Hike the final stretch to the lighthouse an enjoy the panoramic views

Written October 8, 2017
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Linda M
Manchester, UK185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Family
You don't just have to be a lover of Dali's paintings to enjoy the Cap de Creus; there's so much more, but if you are, it's quite special to see where the inspiration behind many of his landscapes came from as Dali was well known to walk the area between his home at nearby Portlligat and the Creus. If you have also visited Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, you'll notice the uncanny resemblance between the towers and the Tramuntana wind-sculpted rocks here in the National Park. The Cap, Iberia's most easterly point and where the first light of day is seen, is a rugged uninhabited mountainous landscape of just 90hectares that is a botanist's, geologist's and photographer's dream.

The coastal landscape is wonderfully colourful with thick horizontal bands of calcerous lime-streaked rocks and white pegmatite, mostly not visible by road, which become great oozing masses of ochre at the end of the peninsula, contrasted against the slaty and dark Schist rocks which characterise the landscape.

Walking the 9km from Portlligat or 10km from Cadaques, is do-able but best avoided in summer as there is little shade en route and temperatures can be uncomfortably hot. If you do walk, there are great zoomorphic rock shapes to see which look like faces, lions and eagles; eerily strange and beautiful. Further on where the Cap lighthouse looms into view, there are beautiful views seaward from the footpath of tiny inlets and coves with sheltered beaches for an afternoon picnic and swimming in the clear green waters, if you can brave the rocks to get there.

There's a terrace under the lighthouse at the highest point where a couple of touristy bars serve food and drink which, if you have walked, will be very welcome. There are toilets here as well.

The massive expanse of the Golfe du Lion stretches as far as the eye can see to the east; walk around the headland to the north and west for the more impressive view of the Pyrenees as they slump into the sea in a manner described by Dali as a 'grandiose geological delirium'. The Cap is the place where the sea changes direction; rough to the north and calm to the south, hence the currents in this area are perilous and littered with 18th and 19th century shipwrecks and why among seafarer's it is known as Devil's Cape, but a paradise for divers who might also be lucky to see some of the blood red coral which live in these waters.

This is a place to explore the rocky coastline on foot or by boat, to sit and relax, take pictures and look for coastal flowers. Here you'll find black rockrose, rosemary, juniper, Balearic astragal and the sulphurous yellow immortelle beloved of Dali's wife Gala who adorned their house in Portlligat with bunches of this pungent herb.

We missed the little electric train back to Cadaques on this visit but after several failed attempts, managed to hitch a lift with two kindly elderly French ladies on holiday from Paris who sang all the way back. It didn't matter that we didn't understand and couldn't join in. It was fun and a perfect end to an idyllic day.
Written August 2, 2014
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MDWandering83
Woodbridge, CT139 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
This review is for the walk from Port Lligat to Cap de Creus lighthouse (ignore otherwise). The Cap de Creus park is a beautiful semi-arid peninsula just outside Port Lligat and Cadaques, but for those who have been to exceptional natural areas elsewhere, you'll be left wanting. The trails seem undermaintained with the critical issue being that markings are limited and you're routinely getting lost as the trail intersects multiple roadways and natural boundaries. Moreover, the trail is set 100m inland from the water for most of the walk so you don't get a great sense of the amazing coastal views that could be had. Finally, even though it's a short two hour hike to the lighthouse make sure you pack well. The walk is entirely in full sun. Last hint bring lunch: the food options at the Lighthouse are terrible (restaurant is packed, slow, and expensive; cafe has very limited menu).
Written October 11, 2018
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