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Cats from Manarola {Italy}

Manarola stairs

In Liguria in the northwest of Italy lies a UNESCO World Heritage Site called Cinque Terre, a coastal area that is comprised of a national park and five villages (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare). 

Cinque Terre is a beloved tourist destination, but it's also popular with cats, most of which can be found in the colorful alleyways that are winding up the hillsides. Of all the five villages, Manarola is the one that houses the largest number of felines. 

Manarola boats
Manarola Italy
Manarola restaurant Aristide
Manarola ginger cats
Manarola streets
Manarola Italy view

Text and photos: Vanessa Morgan

Manarola cats

Cats from Torcello {Italy}

Cats of Torcello, Italy

When I grew tired of walking on Venice's main island, I decided to visit nearby islands using the regular boat service. On a one-hour ride to Torcello Island, we passed by Burano Island with its colorful houses standing side by side.

At Torcello, we disembarked and were led from a narrow walkway to a canal that flowed by two churches at the island's center. In the distance, I heard cowbells. 

I looked around for the source of the sound, but I could see no cows and no bells. Then, I noticed that a woman who had been on the boat was carrying a bell and ringing it methodically. She accompanied the clanging bell with shouted bits of song. Until we reached a small plaza, she continued singing and clanging. Suddenly, in the center of the plaza, a pack of stray cats appeared.

Cats of Torcello, Italy
Cats of Torcello, Italy

At the cats' arrival, the woman stopped singing and, working with a friend, offered food to the cats. After satisfying the large group, she again took up the bell, appealing to other strays to come to dinner and not miss their meal. At noon, the bells of the church joined those of the woman, tolling for noon and for the joy that the woman found in feeding her cats. As the bells peeled across the island, I too experienced a sense of happiness and well-being, knowing that there were people with the goodness to care for strays.

Cats of Torcello, Italy
Cats of Torcello, Italy
Cats of Torcello, Italy
Cats of Torcello, Italy

On the boat ride back, I thought about the cats and the mysterious bells. I felt as if both the cats and I were granted some release by the sound of the bells.

Cats of Torcello, Italy
Cats of Torcello, Italy
Cats of Torcello, Italy
Cats of Torcello, Italy
Cats of Torcello, Italy

The Cats of Venice

Cats from Madrid {Spain}

madrid retiro cats

The Buen Retiro Park, also known as El parque del Buen Retiro, is a green oasis in the heart of Madrid. Locals visit this popular spot to walk along the lake, to look at the street artists, to admire the numerous sculptures and monuments, to play a game of petanca, or to attend some of the many events that are held there throughout the year. But there's another reason why you want to add the Buen Retiro Park to your bucket list: it is the home of more than 400 (!) community cats.

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Some of the cats have always lived in the park, while others have been abandoned by their humans.

madrid gatos retiro

The cats of the Buen Retiro Park are taken care of by the volunteers of the organization AGAR (Asociación de Amigos de los Gatos del Retiro). Since 2008, this organization has not only been feeding the cats, but they have also been involved in TNR (trap-neuter-return), medical care, and vaccinations. Some of the Retiro cats have even found a forever home thanks to the organization. They are self-funded, though, so financial help is always welcome.

parque del buen retiro madrid
monumento a alfonso XII

Now that you know that Madrid is home to a cat park, don't you want to go there and befriend all the kitties?

parque del buen retiro
madrid cats

Photos by Sobi

madrid cats

Cat from Vela Luka {Korčula}

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Korčula is a small Croatian island, about 2,5 hours away from Dubrovnik. Tourists often go there to explore the caves, to see the dense forest and pretty beaches, or to enjoy the sounds of folk music while strolling through the alleys of Vela Luka. Like the mainland, Korčula is teeming with community cats, most of which are well cared for. They are familiar with people and don't mind some petting and playing.

Photo by vvicca

croatia cats

Cat from Wailea {Maui}

fairmont kea lani maui

The five crescent-shaped beaches and staggering views over the Pacific Ocean turn the luxurious resort community of Wailea in South Maui into idyllic postcard heaven. Just like the rest of the island, Wailea is abound with stray cats, most of which come out in the evening when the barbecues are fired up, hoping to get their share of the meals. The kitty on the picture above is one of the many stray cats that hang around the Fairmont Kea Lani resort.

Photo: Mac Jahn

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Cats from Cadaqués {Spain}


The Spanish resort town of Cadaqués is famous for its whitewashed houses, its canopies of wilting wisteria, and its large number of cats that take up residence in the picturesque little alleys.

Although Cadaqués is a popular place with Catalans, "the pearl of the Costa Brava" hasn't yet succumbed to mass tourism and has retained an air of authenticity. As such, the cats enjoy their afternoon nap without being disturbed by the tourists who usually prefer to lounge in the sun with a drink and tapas near the beach.

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cadaqués girona
best things cadaqués

Photos by vvicca


Cats from Corricella {Procida}

procida italy

Procida is the smallest of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy. Unlike Capri and Ischia, it is still largely untouched by tourists.

With its quaint narrow streets, its pink and yellow houses and its idyllic cliff, the port town of Corricella on Procida doesn't just look like a movie set, it was one too – some of the most famous movies that were filmed here are Il Postino (1994) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).

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Besides being an island of cinema, Procida is also an island of cats. They love patrolling the neighborhood early in the mornings when the streets are still quiet. In the harbor of the fishing village Corricella, they patiently wait for the fishermen to share their morning catch.


For the rest of the day, they snooze in the shade.

  procida cats

When they're hungry again, the cats try out their luck in the seafront restaurants, attempting to snatch some fish or sea fruit from unsuspecting tourists.

cats of the world

Photos by vvicca

cats in the world

Cats from Pyeongtaek {South Korea}

cat cafe Pyeongtaek

Animal-themed cafés are huge in South Korea, especially in Seoul. In these popular places, you can interact with the resident animals (mostly cats, dogs, or birds) while enjoying non-alcoholic drinks. One such place is the Kitty Cat Café in Pyeongtaek.

pyeongtaek cat cafe

The place has entirely been designed with cats in mind. They have plenty of perches for them to climb on and several food and water bowls to eat and drink from.

cat cafe pyeongtaek south korea

Although most locals and tourists visit the café to interact with the cats, there are certain rules to follow to ensure the cats remain healthy, happy, and safe. You can't pick them up, for example, and you are not allowed to give them human food. Before entering, you have to sanitize your hands, take out your shoes, and put on house slippers.

south korea pyeongtaek cat cafe
pyeongtaek south korea cat cafe

You then have the choice between two seating areas – one western-styled and a traditional one where you can sit on the heated floor.

cats pyeongtaek

There's a variety of teas, coffees, and smoothies to choose from. These are slightly more expensive than in other cafés (around KRW7000 or $6.20) because the extra cost helps to pay for the cats' food, supplies, and medical assistance.

sad looking cats
sad looking kitty

The Kitty Cat Café in Pyeongtaek is open every day from noon to 10 pm.

Address: Pyeongtaek-dong, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeongai-do, South Korea

white cat pyeongtaek

What do you think of the cats of the Pyeongtaek Kitty Cat café? Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don't forget to share this post with your friends, especially cat lovers!

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Photos by Bart Vodderie

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