Many artists throughout the years have travelled here both for a respite from Barcelona and inspiration including Pablo Picasso, Joan Míro, Marcel Duchamp, who used to spend afternoons at the bar Meliton playing chess with the locals, and most famously, Salvador Dalí. Cadaqués was a popular holiday spot for the Dali family and later in life the artist built a home in the nearby village of Port Lligat. Dalí’s house is visible from the bay at Cadaqués and only a 30-minute walk along the bay. Much of Dalí’s later work was influenced by the geography of Cadaqués, in particular, the strange rockformations that line the coast. The formations are made both from the sea and the intense winds that batter the town called Tramuntana (author Gabriel García Márquez mentions the town and the winds in his story Tramuntana) that can blow has hard as 100km an hour. The winds are said also to cause the residents of Cadaqués to have strange quirks, perhaps another reason why so many artists are drawn here.
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