Spain is every photographer’s dream destination. A vast country of contrasting landscapes, vibrant colours, historic towns, ultra-modern architecture and pristine beaches all framed by an endless blue sky. It’s hard to find a place in Spain that isn’t naturally photogenic but here’s our list of the top 5 most photographic places in Spain.
There is nowhere else on earth quite like The Alhambra. Perched majestically above the historic town of Granada, this walled citadel is one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in Europe.
Built by the Moors and later renovated by Christian kings, it’s a wonderland of intricate lace windows, stunning formal gardens, pools, fountains, mosaics and elegant opulence. Views of The Alhambra dominate the city. Inside the fortress itself, you get stunning views over the city, the countryside and beyond to the Sierra Nevada mountains. Visitor numbers are tightly controlled so you’ll need to book tickets well in advance of your travel.
Olympus Photography Tip: The Alhambra is a sight to behold and most people only take their photos from the outside, but there are plenty of treasures to be found inside its walls. Take your time and play with angles, the intricate decor and elegant lines for a compelling one-of-a-kind photograph.
Anton Gaudí revered, and as yet unfinished cathedral, is a masterpiece of Catalan Modernisme architecture and a photographer’s dream. The fairy-tail Sagrada Familia soars towards the heavens in intricate curves and spiderweb-like columns. Inside you enter an enchanted forest of columns and vast open spaces all drenched in light from the vibrantly coloured stained-glass windows. The cathedral is one of several UNESCO World Heritage–listed buildings in Barcelona, a city that is synonymous with his name and it will have you happily mesmerised for hours.
Olympus Photography Tip: La Sagrada Familia is a Spanish icon that really comes alive at sunrise and sunset as the sun’s rays bounce off a multitude of different shapes and patterns. Time your visit in the early hours of the morning or at sunset to capture the full magnificence.
Segovia is perhaps Spain’s most photogenic city with some of Europe’s best preserved examples of Moorish, Roman and Christian architecture. By far the biggest drawcard is the monumental Roman Aqueduct that stretches approximately 14kms and runs right through the heart of the city. This massive and beautiful double storey wall of arches is the most well-preserved aqueduct in the world. Throughout the day, the arches cast glorious shadows over the historic streets creating one magic photo opportunity after another. For the perfect shot, follow the Aqueduct down to Plaza Azoguejo where it soars to over 28ms high. When you’ve done snapping the perfect shot, there’s still the fairy-tale like castle and stunning cathedral to explore.
Olympus Photography Tip: For those starting out in photography, this is a great place to test out trying new angles. Don’t be afraid to play around with height – don’t fall for the trap of restricting your photography to the ground. Scout out an elevated position to harness different angles and heights.
Not for nothing is this Spain’s third most visited destination. The most famous of Andalucía’s Pueblos Blancos (white towns), Ronda is best known for its spectacular location – perched on the edge of El Tajo Gorge which dramatically splits the town in two. The jaw-dropping and gorgeous 17th century Puente Nuevo bridge is the main nerve that joins the two side of the town together. There are so many angles and viewpoints to snap great photos. Ronda has a rich cultural history and is known as the birthplace of bullfighting. Photo opportunities abound in the streets including the bullfighting ring and Arab baths. Don’t forget to take a photo of, and from (if you’re brave enough), the balconies that hang precariously over the gorge.
Olympus Photography Tip: Head out of the town for a shot that will capture this incredible location – you’ll want to ensure your photography includes the El Tajo Gorge as well as the gleaming white architecture of the town itself. See if you can get a shot that encompasses the gorge, Puente Neuvo bridge and Ronda.
Few cities in the world are as defined by one building as Bilbao is by the magnificent Guggenheim. This mesmerising, shape-shifting museum of modern art was designed by Frank Gehry and put Bilbao dramatically on the map back in 1997. Covered with giant sheets of glass and titanium the building ebbs and flows into shapes that speak to the city’s boat building and historic past while shimmering like giant fish scales. You’ll spend many happy hours trying to capture this unique building from every angle. Inside, the interior is vast and cathedral-like but no less playful. Sunlight pours in from huge glass walls and ripples throughout the interior. The best views of the Guggenheim are from across the Nervion River. It’s here you’ll get the best sense of the scale and sculpture-like structure of the building. Out front, you’ll find the adorable 12m-tall terrier Puppy made from thousands of flowers and affectionately known as el Poop.
Olympus Photography Tip: The Guggenheim has been thoughtfully designed to wow and this structure transforms at different times of the day. Before you go, think carefully about what type of photo you want to get out of your visit. Go at dusk to capture the lights dancing on the river or head over during the day to see how the sunshine bathes the smooth exterior of the building. We highly recommend doing a lap around the exterior to scout the best angles and locations.
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