The pictures you can capture with a camera are never as amazing as the sights themselves, but in many cases a superb photo is all you need to be catapulted back in time to your experiences abroad. Spain is blessed with a number of photogenic regions and unique landscapes that leave an indelible mark on the pictures that will say, “This is the real Spain.” Use our list of the top places to take photos in Spain and return from your holiday with a memory card chock full of beautiful vistas, stunning architectural feats, and incredible memories.

Flamenco Dancing

There are few things more quintessentially Spanish than flamenco dancing. You can find children practicing the steps in big cities and plenty of restaurants and bars that have flamenco performances as their nightly entertainment—and it is sure to impress.

The beat of flamenco echoes the rhythm of music from another time and was initially sung by Muslim minstrels and the traditional outfits for dancing flamenco are full of colour and movement making photographing the event (with the permission of the dancers, of course) an incredible blend of modern movement, traditional outfits and chemistry between the dancing partners.

La Mancha Windmills

When you head to Castile-La Mancha in Toledo you’ll discover one of the most famous areas in Spain thanks to literature: La Mancha. This area was the setting for many of the adventures of Don Quixote as imagined by Miguel de Cervantes.

There are wide open plains and smaller mountain ranges all peppered with one of the symbols of the region and the literary reference to Don Quixote: the windmills of La Mancha. The unique shape of the windmills in conjunction with the history of the place and its literary importance all create a perfect opportunity for taking incredible photography. Wait for the sun to set a little lower in the sky and it won’t be hard to capture the magic of the place.

Canary Islands

This archipelago sits northwest of Africa and has five distinct environmental zones including sea level beaches up to snow-capped mountainous peaks. The diversity of environment is enough of a reason to come to this part of Spain as a photographer. There is the Teguise village on the island of Lanzarote where doors and window shades are only allowed to be painted green or brown and homes are only allowed to be painted white.

This stark contrast in colours against the dark volcanic soil the villages sit on makes for a superb photos throughout the island. Visit the salt ponds on the island of La Palma for a snapshot of the cultural practices and interesting angle on the Canary Islands. When all else fails, head to the beaches on the island of Graciosa to capture the waters that are almost too blue to be true and the smooth and sandy beaches that slope gently toward the waves.

Plaza de Mayor

Located in Salamanca, the city is known for two things: impressive cathedrals and hordes of students attending one of the three universities within the city. This flurry of activity makes for some superb portrait opportunities and a chance to take photos of a city that is full of life and movement and activity.

Not to mention, the University of Salamanca was founded back in 1218 which makes it the third oldest university in Europe, behind Bologna and Oxford. If you excel at architectural photography, you will be in heaven in the Plaza de Mayor. Lights, buttresses, ledges and artistic masonry all provide focal points when you view the courtyard through a camera lens.

These locations are all hotbeds for superb photo opportunities, but that isn’t to say the rest of Spain isn’t teeming with unique views on the country as well. Keep your camera primed and your eyes peeled for the next shot that will capture the essence of the country, the culture and your holiday. Protect your photography gear against thievery and loss with a tailored travel insurance plan from Cover-More Australia that will cover your specific needs.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Keith Williamson.