Cadaqués, Catalonia

Cadaques, Catalonia

Catalonia, the region for which Catalonian jasmine is named, is technically an autonomous region within the northeast of Spain, bordered to the north by the Pyrenees mountain range shared with France and to the east by the Mediterranean Sea.  Jasmine-scented terraces and gardens are everywhere in this region of spectacular contrasts: from the renowned capital city of Barcelona, to quiet medieval plazas and parish churches deep in the rolling heartland, to showy resorts and quaint fishing villages that line the steep cliffs and crystal blue coves of Costa Brava.  One such fishing village, Cadaqués, has inspired generations of artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.  Dali spoke for all when he said, “There, alongside the Latin sea, I have been quenched by light and color.”