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We tour the fabulous and artistic Cap de Creus

Cap de Creus is the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula, a beautiful place bathed by the Mediterranean Sea. A natural park since 1998, its wealth is not only on the surface, but also in its waters, which is why it is a great destination for nature lovers. And also for those who appreciate art, since it was the inspiration of many artists.

Knowing the Cap de Creus

Cap de Creus, at the end of which there is a lighthouse, is located on a small mountainous peninsula. It is an outcrop composed mainly of slate and continuously cut by small coves and bays. It has a unique flora and fauna, hence it enjoys great protection.

The investigations conclude that the first settlements date back to Prehistory. In fact, the area is dotted with various remains of dolmens. There are even marked itineraries that allow you to discover them.

Cadaqués is located in the natural park of Cap de Creus, and further north is, at the end of the cape, Port de la Selva. There is also an interesting architectural heritage, magnificently represented by the medieval monastery of San Pedro de Rodas.

The strength and beauty of Cap de Creus has been a source of inspiration for writers and artists. From Salvador Dalí to the poet Carles Fages de Climent have succumbed to the charms of the area. If the power of nature has been able to seduce countless artists in such a way, will it be able to do it with you?

What to see in Cap de Creus?

Although Cadaqués is the best known place in the area, for its white houses and long beaches, Cap de Creus is much broader and offers the possibility of living an unrepeatable experience. Within the park there are different points that are worth a visit.

One of the first constructions that we glimpse upon arrival is an imposing lighthouse. This lighthouse was built in 1853 on the site of an old watchtower. Although it has been in operation since it was built, during the Civil War it was turned off by order of the military authorities to prevent possible attacks.

Saint Peter of Rhodes

At the entrance to Cape Creus we find the monastery of San Pedro de Roda, at the foot of the Verdera mountain. The time of its construction is unknown, although there are theories that it is related to the arrival of relics of Saint Peter the Apostle from Rome.

The monastery is built on terraces and is organized around a cloister. Its Romanesque church stands out, consecrated in the year 1022, and two towers: one defensive and the other in Lombard style that served as a bell tower.

artist inspiration

The highlight of Cap de Creus this place are the spectacular views of the cliffs. Rocky ledges that the north wind blowing from the north, together with the strong waves, have been shaping until they have created strange shapes over the years.

Precisely, some of these rocks are associated with animal forms, such as the eagle of Tudela, the lion of Cap Gros or the rock of Cala de Cullaré, which apparently inspired Dalí to create one of his great works: the great masturbator. In this work are portrayed all the obsessions of the author.

The main element of the painting is a bust of a woman, that mixes with the rocks of the Costa Brava. This painting has the characteristics of all the surrealist painting of him. It has a balanced unit, despite the large number of elements it presents.

“The true painter is one who is capable of painting extraordinary scenes in the middle of an empty desert. The true painter is one who is able to patiently paint a pear surrounded by the tumult of history”

-Salvador Dali-

Dalí was able to turn this point on the Iberian Peninsula into a surreal landscape. And you you can enjoy Cap de Creus in a thousand different ways. You can go through it to admire its natural wealth, you can visit its villages or you can imitate those great artists and contemplate its beauty while waiting for the inspiration for a poem, a painting or a photograph.

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