No holiday prep would be complete without manically researching the internet for some of the best photo opportunities your destination has to offer. In fact, it’s probably my favourite part of holiday research. Photographers, bloggers, and Instagrammers alike are desperate to get the shot that nobody else managed to get, making their work stand out amongst the rest. So, if you’re looking for some of the best Instagram spots in Eastern Spain – you’ve come to the right place.
The Cat House, Valencia
If like me, you’re a bit of a crazy cat lady, then this is the perfect place for you! It’s so small and tucked away you wouldn’t know it was there unless you looked for it. (Or were lucky enough to stumble upon it by accident). This tiny little cat house is in Carrer del Museo in the old town (if you’re looking on Maps), and it has the most adorable story behind it. Legend has it that the elderly lady who used to own the house left it to the stray cats of Valencia to inhabit after she died. I can’t help but feel like it was probably me in a previous life. We actually saw a gorgeous black cat go through the door while we were there. (Obviously, that brought me an irrational amount of joy).
If you climb the 214 (I think) steps of the El Miguette Tower at the Valencia Cathedral, you’re rewarded with the most gorgeous panoramic view over the whole city. The steps towards the top are very steep and VERY narrow, but the views are so worth it! I really wish we’d visited at sunset, I can only imagine how beautiful Valencia looks underneath a gorgeous pink sky.
The Pink Lake, Torrevieja
This is genuinely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and the best part – no one else was there! Its actual name is Laguna Salada de Torrevieja. If you park near Av. de El Ronquillo, there is a path that leads out to the waterfront. You can actually swim in it (but take flip flops as the ground is very stony).
Rincon del Hornillo, Aguilas
Another great Instagram spot Spain has to offer is these beautiful mosaic steps in Aguilas. We were lucky enough to be the only ones there, but I have heard it gets busy in the summer. (There’s also a tiny little bar that opens there in the summer.) Just search for Rincon Del Hornillo on Maps and it’s not hard to fine. There’s even a beach right next to it so you can soak up some rays while you’re there.
La Explanada de Alicante
Ok so I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s one of the more hidden Instagram spots, but it’s so beautiful I couldn’t leave it off my list. This gorgeous walkway along the harbour-front is a must-see when you’re in Alicante.
Roman Amphitheatre, Cartagena
Cartagena is a gorgeous seaside city with a lot to explore (and photograph!). One of my favourite parts here was the stunning Roman Amphitheatre (built between 5BC – 1BC). Entry is €6 per person and there’s so much to see and learn about, it’s definitely worth a visit!
The Old Town, Valencia
Honestly, there are so many beautiful Instagram spots in Valencia, you just need to get your walking shoes on and have a wander in the old town. There are so many charming streets to explore, my best advice here is to just get completely lost and go whichever way your heart takes you! You’re bound to find somewhere beautiful to photograph. Now that I have a better camera I’m desperate to go back.
Santa Barbara Castle, Alicante
Another gorgeous Instagram spot in Alicante is actually…Alicante itself! The panoramic view of this beautiful city is best seen from the Santa Barbara Castle. You can either walk to the top or take the lift, which costs around €2.70 per person. My feet were already suffering so we took the lift (I had undiagnosed fibromyalgia at the time). I’ve heard that the walk to the top is through the old town, so I really wish I’d taken some better shoes so we could’ve done that walk! That’ll definitely be something for next time!
If you want to read more about any of the places I’ve mentioned, how to get there and what to do etc, make sure you head over to my other Spain posts: How To Spend A Week in South-East Spain, The Best Things To See and Do in Valencia, and my Spain Vlog. You can also view more of my travel content here.
What are your favourite Instagram spots in Eastern Spain?