How to have a good night out in Cadaques
For a town that’s very sleepy by day, Cadaqués is surprisingly lively by night. Having said that, we’re not talking all-night bars, clubs and discos, but if you fancy a night-time copa or drink, Cadaqués has a good selection of venues.
A few of note are:
L’Hostal - (Passeig, 8. Tel: 972 25 80 00) tucked away in a corner along the main seafront promenade, just past the Dali statue, this is my favourite bar in Cadaqués. Dali supposedly once spent a night drinking with Gabriel Garcia Marquez here! Inside it’s like entering a suitably surreal, candle-lit grotto with massive wax statues decorating the bar and walls lined with paintings. You get everyone here from young students and backpackers, to wizened locals and well-heeled tourists. The bar also does great cocktails.
For another haunt of Dalí and, once again, a real Cadaqués one-off, at the opposite end of the seafront, just before the Hotel Rocamar (see Hotel Rocamar for hotel review), is the wonderfully low-key Cafe de la Habana (Dr Bartomeus s/n. Tel: 972 25 86 89). In the 18th and 19th centuries, seamen and merchants historically travelled to Cuba from Cadaqués and the connection remains a big part of Cadaques’ identity (see When to go to Costa Brava for more on the Habaneres annual festival). This cosy little bar, with its whitewashed walls, alcoves and parlour palms, is still the scene of regular sing-songs; on most nights you can expect to find chaps strumming guitars and singing Cuban folk songs, or habaneres.
Nord Est (Riba Pianc, 5. Tel: 972 25 80 91) heading slightly further north along the seafront promenade from L’Hostal is this popular bar de copas aka cocktail bar (although they also serve beer and wine). It’s friendly and upbeat and gets very lively with a mostly youngish clientele of an evening. The soundtrack is pop techno house, so this isn’t the place to head if you want a quiet nightcap.
Café Rosa Azul (see Rosa Azul for restaurant review) (Plaça del Doctor Pont 3),does excellent cocktails and is a great place to people watch by the bay pre- or post-dinner. In the summer months you’ll also sometimes find local bands playing impromptu live concerts alongside your table.
For more on nightlife on the Costa Brava, see my Costa Brava nightlife page.