Isla Cristina, Spain

by Jenn on October 22, 2013

in Photography

Isla Cristina is a bustling little shore town close to on the border of Portugal near Huelva in the Southwestern corner of Andalucía, Spain, and a popular holiday getaway among the locals.  In October though when we visited, most of the activity was from the active fish market and warehouses sorting and selling the day’s catch.  Walking around, it was great fun to try to capture the essence of the city, and oh yeah, try something at just about every tapas bar we walked past!

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Isla Cristina is also known for the salt marshes, which on a clear still day create a nice reflection of the Autumn sun…

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But really, I just fell in love with the character of the town, the old buildings amidst the palm trees, and all the delicious fresh seafood!

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Unfortunately these particular fried sardines below (and of course the bread and beer behind them) were not gluten free – but we did learn that quite a few dishes in Southern Spain do happen to use chickpea flour instead, so it is worth asking about the flours used and cooking practices if you go out to eat, because you may be pleasantly surprised with your options. Wherever we went, when we asked about being gluten free, people were more than happy to find something on their menu or make accommodations so that my husband could enjoy each meal we had.

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But for me, I fell in love with all the color. Bright green palms, yellow and white buildings, vibrant blue sky, Isla Cristina is a veritable kaleidoscope of color and pattern.  It was also a lot of fun to photograph in full sunlight, something that is a bit of a rarity this time of year up here in Switzerland.  We only got to spend one day in this town, but it was a great day full of fun :)

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