If we ever purchase a vacation home, it should be right here. We all think it when we are at that perfect holiday destination. The same goes for Anja Molhoek and her partner Jan. He dreamed of a second home in Cadaqués every time he visited his beloved holiday destination. Over the years he got to know the village and the region like the back of his hand. So when he toured the outskirts of the town ten years ago, he knew that the property with the for sale-sign was perfect.
Cadaqués, Eastern Spain. It is a special place that made its mark in art history. Not only did Salvador Dalí paint here, other modern artists visited the once sleepy fishermen’s village often. Picasso vacationed here, Márquez mentioned the town in his literature and Miró frequented the market square. Dalí often returned to the village to paint. He bought a small fishing cottage from the eccentric lady nicknamed Lídia de Cadaqués. Lídia, known to be the daughter of the last remaining witch in the region, became a close friend of Dalí who once called her the godmother of all his extravagances. Lídia herself lived in a tiny house halfway up the hill overlooking Cadaqués, on the same property that had the for sale-sign on it when Jan toured the region ten years ago. The remains of her little home were in a bad state, but they renovated as best as they could and now it is an adorable little annex with so much history. Jan and his partner Anja love the artistic history that surrounds them. Places seem familiar because you’ve seen them in paintings. Cadaqués is captured beautifully by some of the world’s most influential artists.