Costa Brava in photos

La Vinyeta Costa Brava sunset

For some people picking up a camera and taking an excellent shot is the same as reading a book or driving a car, it comes naturally. They just know what to do and where to position themselves to take the perfect snap and record a memory. Sadly I am not amongst this elite, I am like so many out there who have to learn how to use a camera, that have to learn about light and positioning and rule of thirds because it doesn’t come naturally for me.

In my favour I do have a couple of plusses though. I know beauty. I know pretty and I know what makes me go wow so my mission over the years has been learning to put the two together. A long journey. An enjoyable one and sometimes a frustrating one when the resulting image was nothing like I wanted it to be and of course the journey isn’t over, in fact it’s never going to be over.

Recently I have signed up for a photography bootcamp and I am receiving daily videos to watch , daily prompts and homework because unless you pick up the camera and use it you won’t get any better. I am enjoying how it is encouraging me to take my photography one step further and I’m pleased with the results too.

This past weekend, my family and I were extremely lucky to be invited on a press trip to discover Catalanya and the Costa Brava. I used this weekend to put my first week’s course into practise. I took over 200 photos on my camera (and more on my phone) but I’m showcasing just a few of those, don’t panic! This is a photo heavy post but I really hope you enjoy it and get to feel the Costa Brava I experienced.

I’ll be writing in full soon about what we saw and did but in the meantime take a sneak preview.

L'Estartit promenade Costa Brava

The promenade at L’Estartit at 10 am

L'Estartit Costa Brava

Kayaks stacked up and ready for use

Iles des Medes L'Estartit

We took a boat trip around the Iles des Medes, the sun was shining and the sea was calm. This is the only time in the whole year that people are allowed to land on the island and explore.

Catalunya bracelets

One thing that was very clear is the passion the Catalan people have for their region and their desire for independence from Spain. They would like a referendum like Scotland was recently granted but they don’t think Madrid will allow them. This makes them sad.

Fish Crates Costa Brava

I spotted these behind the fish stall and loved the writing on them.

dried fruit costa brava

One sure sign you’re in a foreign country is the name tags on market stalls.

La Vinyeta Costa Brava

In the evening we were taken to a beautiful place called La Vinyeta for a cooking demonstration and meal. We were surrounded by beautiful sculptures, gorgeous landscapes and a bright setting sun which lit up the land magically.

There are plenty more snaps on my Instagram feed but I think this one is my favourite



  1. October 1, 2014 / 10:48 AM

    I am rubbish at taking photos and I regularly thank the gods of Instagram for making me look a little better!

    I think your photos look amazing and the colours are fabulous.

    I can’t wait to read more about your adventures in the Costa Brava x

  2. October 1, 2014 / 12:45 PM

    What beautiful photos, it looks like it was a lovely trip and great experience.

  3. October 1, 2014 / 12:49 PM

    Great photos, and I can only agree unless you use your camera daily and try taking new shots you cannot get better. I also did a one day photography course (on the same day as was Britmums conference so had to disappear on Saturday), and have learnt so much. By the way, no idea where the music is coming from on my blog… did you like the tune?

  4. October 1, 2014 / 2:36 PM

    Your photos are fabulous, I like the sound of photography boot camp!

  5. October 1, 2014 / 6:07 PM

    Beautiful photos Mari. I’m looking forward to reading more about your trip xxx

  6. October 1, 2014 / 8:28 PM

    Lots of gorgeous photos!

  7. October 1, 2014 / 8:48 PM

    Wow these photos are stunning and such a beautiful location to shoot. x

  8. October 1, 2014 / 10:35 PM

    What fantastic photos, I love how colourful and vibrant they are.
    Thank you for this post – you are right I need to just pick up my camera more and take photos!

  9. October 2, 2014 / 6:53 AM

    Very beautiful pictures! Need to visit Costa brava now :)

  10. October 2, 2014 / 9:44 AM

    Wow, your photos are AMAZING Mari :-) I need to do a course, I think. xx

  11. October 2, 2014 / 10:16 AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I”m with you – I’m not a natural photographer and, despite having a lovely camera, pictures on my blog are generally taken on my i-phone because that’s what I always have with me! The place looks divine! I’m sure you had an amazing weekend xx

  12. October 2, 2014 / 12:13 PM

    Those photos are beautiful, I really want to improve my skills. My favourite is the colourful kayaks stacked up . Looks like you had a great trip x

  13. October 2, 2014 / 7:08 PM

    They are fantastic photos Mari. Very bright and colourful. Well done you x

  14. October 2, 2014 / 7:46 PM

    What lovely images…. the water is such an amazing colour


  15. October 3, 2014 / 7:52 PM

    You’ve caught some lovely colours there.

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