Palma Instatour — stylish spaces in Mallorca for beautiful photos
Planning a city break in Palma de Mallorca? Take this Palma Instatour, which shows you the top city spots for beautiful photographs.
Meet the moment
Like many Instatours, this is not about mindless snapping. It’s about being uplifted by everyday beauty.
Don’t click quickly and move on.
Savour the view.
Appreciate its beauty through your camera.
Palma is the island’s capital, situated on Mallorca’s south coast, in a bay with a huge harbour. The Mediterranean climate means there’s often good light for photography. Sticking to early morning and evening shooting is, as usual, wise. That avoids the harsh shadows that bright sunlight creates.
The Old City and the Cathedral quarter is visually varied. You’ll find quiet, narrow cobbled streets and busy squares, all in a walkable area.
Look up for the palm trees and stunning facades. You’ll find lovely stonework too, and stretches of greenery.
Sometimes the best photographs come when you’ve no fixed destination. Palma is a great city for wandering and looking around.
This is my favourite image from my city break.
This water fountain with a face wasn’t a landmark, or anything like that. We just happened to pass by. And then spotted the side order of lime.
Same thing with the earthy pink house facades in a residential area.
We were just strolling by and got hit by instant balcony goals!
You can’t miss Palma Cathedral (Catedral de Mallorca) on the skyline.
The exterior is all soaring towers and stonework embellishments.
Minimalist it isn’t!
The cathedral interior is equally stunning, all Gothic arches and vast windows.
Harder to photograph, as the light is varied, but worth persisting.
On your way back out, don’t miss glimpsing into the courtyard.
While the cathedral was thronged with visitors, this courtyard was empty apart from a few glossy trees, airy cloisters and carved metalwork above a photogenic well.
Near Palma Cathedral, you’ll find the walls of the old city, and plenty of those beautiful narrow, cobbled lanes.
You’ll find the most impressive #doortrait at the massive twin portals of Sa Llotja.
Pretty good arched windows too. Inside you’ll get great shots of a soaring vaulted ceiling.
The most serene-looking angel guards the entrance — look above the main door.
Lifestyle store anyone? Palma has one of the loveliest I’ve seen, Rialto Living, right in the heart of the city.
As well as the café inside, Rialto Living has several floors of interior goodies, gifts, and the best, most realistic faux flower display I’ve discovered. It’s the perfect spot to combine shopping with refreshment, and well worth a visit for interiors lovers.
I also loved the Cappuccino group of coffee shops.
The coffee was good and the menu, set out to tell the family story, was a total charmer.
You’ll find a few Cappuccino’s dotted around the city.
We took shelter from a short and sudden rain shower in Cappuccino Grand Café Palau March. We sat in a vaulted terrace, soaking up the city views.
Slightly further out of the city centre we found a great spot for lunch, actually called Spot.
Interiors fans will adore Spot.
It’s decorated in earthy clay tones — luxe pinks and peaches toughened up with a dose of concrete, softened by greenery.
You’ll also find some photogenic shopfronts in the city.
My favourite? This florist.
You’ve got to aim for Bar Abaco for some mad maximalist styling and high drama.
This place is quirky, to say the least. Originally a grand manor house, the building has been made over into a cocktail bar, but not as you know it.
The bar itself is laden with flowers and fruit. It’s impossible to exaggerate the scale. Quantities are supersized. Up close you feel like a toddler at a very chic, colourful market.
The yellow flowers at the bottom of the staircase were the size of the canopy of a perfectly-formed tree.
In this pic above, the open door (a section of the huge wooden double doors) is normal-person sized. That gives you an idea of Bar Abaco’s internal perspective.
The best bit though?
Later on Friday evenings, before midnight, there’s a petal shower.
It lasts for the duration of a snippet from the Hallelujah Chorus, played as rose petals fall from a concealed balcony. The whole episode sounds like a phoney marketing ploy, but it’s actually fairly magical. It also helps ensure value for money for your pricey cocktail.
Once you’ve picked the petals out of your hair (and Mojito), stroll about the upstairs rooms, where you’ll find cherubs on the frescoed ceiling and a vintage kitchen all laid out with fruit and veg.
If this sounds like your type of thing, you’ve got to try it at least once.
The floor/flower show was so worth it for quirky memories.
We stayed at the GPRO Valparaiso Palace Hotel & Spa, about a 30-minute walk to the old town.
Our seaview rooms overlooked the harbour. The onsite thermal spa is excellent, and the hotel also has tennis courts.
The outdoor swimming area was vast, serviced by a shady garden bar.
If you want to build some walking into your trip, the Valparaiso is an ideal base for exploring the city. The flowers in the lobby were pretty photogenic too.
The views from the hotel balcony are amazing — across the harbour to the cruise ships and superyachts, and beyond to Palma Cathedral and the fairytale Bellver Castle overlooking the city.
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