Mallorca, also spelt as Majorca, is one of the most famous islands in the world, and for great reason. It has resorts and beaches that have been enjoyed by many of all ages, but for photographers, this stunning Balearic island offers something more. Something unique. From sheltered coves to caves, and stunning mountains made of limestone, the island itself is worth photographing every detail.
Even its towns offer something exceptional, and you can explore and photograph ancient cities and ruins of Roman and Moorish backgrounds. Many visit Mallorca for the resort, but the photographer will wish to use this guide to truly enjoy the island and all it has to offer.
The Best Beaches to Photograph
Beach photos are a challenge to photograph. You have glare and overexposure to deal with, on top of the fact that the best beaches are often full of people. Thankfully, in Mallorca, just having a car of your own and a sense of adventure is enough to take you from the overpopulated resort beaches and straight to the doorstep of your own private oases. From nestled coves to crystal water caves, Mallorca offers beaches you will love to photograph for hours on end.
For stunning white sands and the scent of pine trees head to this sanctuary on the Mallorcan coast. It isn’t quite as popular as other beaches in the area because it is only accessible by boat or by car. As there are limited parking spaces available, it is wise to head here early and capture sunrise photos of the empty beach rather than sunset.
If cliffside beaches are your preferred landscape, then head on over to Cala Estellencs. This beach is nestled against golden cliffs and is a great place to take photos of rock caves and, if you have a camera that can be taken underwater, is a great place for such advanced photography.
Another beach that offers white sand and beautiful pine forests is Cala Mondragó. This beach, unlike the other option on this list, is located in an environmentally protected area and is a natural reserve untouched by human society.
This hidden gem can be difficult to find because the parking lot is approximately 15 minutes away from the beach. For that very reason, however, it is also something of a hidden gem. Visit here for golden shaded rocks that branch out over turquoise waters.
The Best Views to Photograph
Hiking and photography go hand in hand because every photographer knows how beautiful natural vistas can be. To help you narrow down which panoramas to hunt down and photograph, here are the top two:
Cap de Formentor
This area is full of beautiful views, which is why it’s no wonder that locals refer to it as the meeting point of the winds.
Torrent de Pareis
For a scenic hike through a remote area, you should head here. You will be able to photograph a dramatic canyon and sea caves along the way and even enjoy a private beach that not many venture to.
It is a remote, scenic hike through a deep canyon next to the sea with caves & a small beach.
The Best Towns to Photograph
There are so many stunning towns to photograph in Mallorca, and these range from small pedestrian towns nestled in the mountains to sunlit beach towns of ancient stone.
It can be hard to pick just one to visit and photograph, which is why you shouldn’t try. Instead, rent out one of these stunning villas in Mallorca, rent a vehicle, and then make day trips to all of them so that you can truly capture stunning images.
You don’t want to limit yourself to just one town, especially a town that is populated predominately due to a resort. You want to escape the family holidays and the party-goers and find hidden secrets, and with this list of the most beautiful towns in Mallorca, you won’t have to stress about finding them:
This hillside town is nestled between the Teix mountain and the sea. It is old and stunning, and very laid back, making it the perfect escape for the photographer that wants nothing more than to take their time capturing every corner and every detail.
Another hillside town is Valldemossa. It is located 400 meters above the sea, which means it offers not just stunning streets to explore, but some otherworldly views of the valley and beyond. It is a fan favourite for artists, and photographers are no exception.
This stunning town must be visited. Surrounded by mountains and forests, it is also full of orange and lemon groves that will make for some truly great pictures.
Walled towns are always fun to explore as a photographer, and so Capdepera is the place to go. This enchanting town must be explored by foot, which is why it retains such a quaint charm and traditional feel. If you visit, make sure to spend some time photographing the castle.
Above Sóller is Fornalutx, which is so beautiful it even made the list of Spain’s most beautiful villages. For photographers, there is no better place to go and take pictures on the entire island.
How to Get Truly Unique Photos in Mallorca
Photographers regularly go above and beyond for photographs. From renting a helicopter tour to buying underwater camera cases and equipment. Thankfully, in Mallorca, the only things you need to do to snap some beautiful pictures of the island are to:
Rent a Boat
Renting a boat is one of the best ways that you can explore small and isolated beaches and, of course, capture the coastline from the sea.
Rent a Vehicle
If you want to get to remote beaches and to any of the hilltop villages and towns in the area a car is a must.
Your trip to Mallorca can be something special and unforgettable when you go with a photographer’s eye. Simply make time for these hot spots, and you will have photographed the best places in Mallorca.