Earlier this month on a visit to Costa Brava I went on a walk through Cadaqués with a group of British bloggers and Spanish Instagramers. This city is part of Spain and very close to the French border, yet it guards its Catalonian heritage strongly. What it showed was that Cadaqués — a delightful former fishing village in Catalonia and artists’ haunt for Dali and Picasso with a strip of waterfront with a shingle beach, seafood restaurants and cobbled streets — aren’t just picturesque; they’re Insta-inspirational.
I arrived with a group of BritMums bloggers, the guys from Travel Perspective and Jaume Marin from the Costa Brava Tourist Board to meet up with a group of Instagramers for the #InstaCadaqués walk. An Instagram walk is an informal walk where you tour an area, take pictures and share them under a special hashtag. (You can find out more about Instagram walks at BritMums Live, where Instagramers London will be speaking.)
We gathered on a terrace overlooking the Med with what seemed like 300 other Instagramers and the suave mayor of Cadaqués (I can’t imagine this man in the kind of ill-fitting blue suit that’s standard for our politicians).
After a welcome from Joan and introduction to the entire group (I was in back of the room getting orange juice and missed it. Typical.), we set off with a local guide as well as Instagramer extraordinaire Julio Estrela (@julioestrela on Twitter). Julio passed along some great Instagram tips (more on that in a minute), but it was also inspiring walking around en masse snapping pictures of this gorgeous town.
Along one cobbled lane climbing up the hill, a group on Instagramers huddled around a cat sleeping in a shop window. An eye-catching doorway or vista would draw mini-crowds — a kind of Cadaqués greatest hits. Then there were the surprising pictures snapped here and there and posted with the #InstaCadaqués hash tag that caught you by surprise.
Dalícia Cadaqués, a chic wine shop and deli that wouldn’t have been out of place in hippest Brooklyn, passed around tastes of salami and sips of a crisp white wine to Instagramers who ducked inside. We were lucky enough to be there during the Indianos Fair, a festival that celebrates the people who left the village to go to the New World, made their fortunes and returned to build ornate houses. (I wrote about the fair on my blog Jenography.net.) There were stalls selling meats that really embrace nose-to-tail eating, jewelery and bags, shoes, and fresh juice and mojitas. There’s nothing like a mojito to freshen up the taste buds after fried pig’s intestine, and I mean that in all seriousness.
But you don’t need a festival to have fun. I found visiting a city to simply look for beautiful and interesting things to photograph was a revelation. We weren’t on the hunt for souvenirs, a particular historical landmark or this or that specialty dish — we were just capturing interesting images sweeping and small. In a town this beautiful, it means you find something around every corner.
Later that day we drove over to Port Ligat to visit the Salvador Dalí House-museum, which was an amazing insight into the work of the man himself. I’ll post about that soon.
Dalícia Cadaqués, C. Riba Pitxot, 10 / 17488 Cadaqués / Tel: 972 258 811
My trip to Cadaqués was part of a press trip organised by the Costa Brava tourist board. All the opinions in this piece are my own.