20 perfect photo spots on Mallorca for Instagram and Co.
Besides the beach shorts, the camera should definitely always be with you on Mallorca holidays. The island is a mosaic of millions of motives and sometimes you could just take pictures at every step. From unbelievable natural spectacles to historical buildings and energetic lines of sight that seemingly never end, the island touches with so many possibilities. To make the choice a little easier, we have put together the 20 most beautiful places to photograph on Mallorca. The hints are a small guide for ambitious photographers as well as for the quick Instagram holiday poster. If you want to take as many of the photo spots on Mallorca as possible, it's best to plan travel routes - some points can be combined on individual daily stages.
If you look at our Mallorca photo spot map, you will see how nicely evenly the best photo spots are distributed over the island. One more thing is wonderfully recognizable: those who go on a photo safari in Mallorca will get to know the island in no time. Mallorca is especially attractive for landscape photographers. Beside the cliff and beach pictures that can be made almost everywhere in an impressive quality due to the colours and the light, it is also the small highlights in the rural Mallorca and the coincidental discoveries that can make happy while photographing. The architects of the most different epochs have also given some jewels to the island.
Other topics promise more than they can keep in the end. Some of them are hardly to be seen anymore due to overcrowding. But almost always the way is worthwhile and even more to look at the right and left of it. Sometimes the light, sometimes the wind and sometimes the season decides if it is real "photo weather". Besides the photo equipment, tools that predict light and sunshine are certainly helpful.
Before we start with the top 20 Mallorca photo spots, 3 tips for friends of photography:
Hint 1: Be mobil
Sometimes you have to earn your photo luck on Mallorca - be it by a strenuous walk to hidden bays or a nerve-racking ride across serpentines into the mountains. Otherwise, many of the scenic points simply cannot be reached. In general, one should be mobile on the island in order to reach the remote photo spots and ideally also to be able to transport the photo equipment.
Hint 2: Against the current
As far as the sightseeings are concerned, it is recommended to swim against the current, thus to come before or after everybody else. So here you have the chance to adjust your tripod and make series without crowds. If everybody is taking pictures of one of the lighthouses during the day, it is worth waiting for the evening or a starry night or to take a picture of the cathedral in Palma in the morning.
Hint 3: Hidden places
Fans of architecture and old buildings will find their photo opportunities in the narrow streets of Mallorca's historic towns. Visible for all are the great facades. What few can see lies behind the facades: the magnificent backyards of the old mansions, the so-called patios. The patios often have a fountain and were once something like the open living room.
The 20 best photo spots on Mallorca:
- 1. Mirador Ses Animés - A ruined tower with sea view is how Google describes this small spot on the west coast. In fact, the old watchtower Torre del Verger at the Mirador de Ses Animes is one of the best preserved on Mallorca. Like other towers, the building is located in an exposed and therefore quite spectacular sea location between Estellencs and Banyalbufar. Those who climbed up the iron ladder at the tower will have the coast and the terraces of Banyalbufar in full splendor before them.
- 2. Església Nova - Sometimes it is the imperfect things that shine in beauty - this is the case of the unfinished church Església Nova in Son Severa, among others. Many people try to find the right perspective for the church without a roof and to capture the elegant simplicity of this open space. The church is open from Monday to Friday, 9:30 - 14:00.
- 3. Es Salt des Freu - This photo scene only appears a few days a year, but is all the more impressive. The waterfalls of Es Salt des Freu usually appear in the winter months - November to March - after heavy rainfall and transform everything around them into a small magical forest. If the water is not bubbling, you can enjoy a romantic hiking trail with dry stone walls, olive trees and sheep. Salt des Freu is located near the village of Orient.
- 4. Mountain village Fornalutx - The picturesque village of Fornalutx has been voted "the most beautiful village in Spain" several times. Natural stone houses, enchanted fountains, citrus trees and narrow alleys that lead into romantic squares. A doll's village with plenty of motives for every memory card, no matter how big.
- 5. Es Pontàs near Santanyi - Mystical and almost surreal appears this perfectly formed rock gate near Cala Santanyi. The "Gate to the sea" is without question one of the most popular photo subjects of the Balearic Islands and has already adorned several magazine covers and postcards. A real wonder of nature.
- 6. Bellver Castle in Palma - The name "castle of beautiful views" sums it up perfectly. From up there you have a breathtaking view over the bay of Palma and can take the perfect holiday pictures when the sky is clear. But also the majestic building itself will make your camera glow. A castle as a rotunda is absolutely unique not only on Mallorca but in whole Europe. The best view is from the highest of the four towers, which can be reached via a bridge. The entrance fee is 4 EUR, on Sundays you get free entry.
- 7. Torre de Son Marroig near Deià - Dreamy and romantic, the marble tower of Son Marroig near Deià rises out of the landscape, almost like a painting by Caspar David Friedrich. With so much charm, it is hard to believe that this fairytale pavilion was once built as a watchtower to spy on approaching Berber pirates.
- 8. Faro de Formentor - Even the northernmost tip of the island is a real paradise for hobby photographers. Endless expanses, the turquoise blue of the sea and the horizon, which almost seem to flow into each other, and the enchanting white lighthouse from the rock are outstanding. Several artists have been enchanted and inspired by this little spot of earth.
- 9. Cathedral La Seu in Palma - the most famous and most photographed motif on the island is also the symbol of Palma - the magnificent cathedral la Seu in the heart of the old town with its sublime views. The Parc de la Mar with its water fountain in front of it makes the photo scenery perfect.
- 10. Wooden pier at Playa de Muro - It feels as if you could walk across the water when you walk along the wooden pier at Playa de Muro with its crystal clear sea and white sandy beach. Moreover, the wooden boardwalks form an extraordinary photo motive where one almost thinks one is in the South Seas.
- 11. Sóller Tram - The nostalgic Sóller tram, which used to carry oranges and is now a popular tourist attraction, is also one of Mallorca's world-famous attractions. Actually, one could describe the whole of Sóller as a perfect postcard motive, but the absolute hit among the motives are of course the tram, the Plaza Constitución as also the contemplative parish church St. Bartholomew.
- 12. Sa Foradada Deià - An imposing monument created entirely by wind, water and salt. To reach this exceptional natural monument, you must first take a rocky path through the rugged rocky landscape from the Son Marroig mansion, near Deià. However, this beautiful viewpoint, 82 metres high and 14 metres wide, is worth the effort. For those who need a break from all the hiking and photographing, we recommend the restaurant of the same name, which is famous for its fantastic sea views as well as for its homemade paella.
- 13. Windmills of Mallorca - There is no tourist camera where there is not at least one photo of the famous Majorcan windmills. Numerous programs are dedicated to the protection of these landmarks in order to preserve this facet of the island for many generations to come. Well then, apart from the Greek island of Crete, there is no other place in the world with so many windmills as Mallorca. You can find them in Palma, Llucmajor, Muro, Ses Selines, Porreres and Sa Pobla, among others.
- 14. Cap de Ses Salines - Welcome to one of the most unspoilt areas that the island still has to offer today. Crystal clear water, deserted beaches and sandstone cliffs that tower up to the sky. Then there is the lighthouse Far des Cap ses Salines - you just have to press on it.
- 15. Cala Figuera - Where aesthetics, Mediterranean flair and romance are concerned, Cala Figuera simply cannot be missing. Despite its great popularity with photo-hungry tourists, this small fishing village somehow manages to keep its original charm and remain unique. Colourful boat garages, impressive rocks, small boats and old barges - for the perfect picture you only have to press the shutter release.
- 16. Torrent de Pareis - Apart from the most demanding hike the island has to offer, this gorge is certainly one of the most impressive natural spectacles. In addition to the camera, one should in any case think about some sturdy hiking shoes, as this motive has to be first earned. Also the serpentine road with its fascinating and sometimes scary narrow curves over which one gets to the area is already worth some snapshots.
- 17. Almond blossom - Those who get to know Mallorca mainly from the high season will know that there is a lot of red earth and apart from the palms and pines there are only a few green spots. During the almond blossom in January and February, Mallorca is a completely different island and the photographer's heart leaps for joy at all the delicate blossoms that offer so much new scope for landscape photography. Also perfect for close-ups.
- 18. Dunes Cala Mesquida - This is not an insider tip in Mallorca, but it is understandable that so many people want to go to this dream beach. For photographers this beach near Capdepera in the northeast is nevertheless a highlight - because of the dunes and the long wooden footbridge that protects them from walkers. Together, this results in wonderful perspectives for one or the other photo shooting.
- 19. Cala Marmols - For a long time the Cala Marmols was reserved for sailors, cruisers and locals. In the meantime also hikers take the 5 km long footpath from the lighthouse at Cap Ses Salines to see the colours of this small dreamy bay. The best photo positions are on the surrounding rocks.
- 20. Pueblo español - Even if they are replicas, none of the buildings in the Nuevo Pueblo español in Palma looks artificial. This open-air museum tries to reproduce different architectural styles of Spain - and it succeeded. A little Barcelona, a little Sevilla, a little Alhambra. Great scenery for photographers with a passion for architecture and details.