Live the influencer life: 15 incredible Instagram spots

Travel is a marvellous experience in its own right, but it's all the sweeter when you post a couple of snaps on social media to rub it in. We've collated a list of our favourite instagrammable spots around the below – we dare you to visit them all! Not only will these experiences stay with you, but the photos will see your likes flying sky high.

1. Dubai Frame, Dubai

Famous for its modern skyscrapers, vibrant nightlife, year-round sunshine and luxury lifestyle, Dubai might just be the most instagrammable place in the world. Almost every attraction is an influencer’s dream, but our favourite photo op is the Dubai Frame. This iconic building, known as the ‘biggest picture frame on earth’, offers panoramic views of the skyline from a height of 150 metres.

Top tip: Be sure to capture a few shots from the outside as well – the building frames the city in a truly unique way. 

2. Cap de Formentor, Majorca

Poetically described as ‘the meeting point of the winds’ by locals, Cap de Formentor is a picturesque spot at the northernmost point of Majorca. The lighthouse makes the landscape even more idyllic, and if you’re looking for breathtaking views that exude peacefulness, you really won’t find better. Capture the sunset or sunrise for a particularly magical photo. The journey there also makes for a scenic drive (or bike ride if you’re brave enough!) so keep your eyes peeled for the perfect shot on the way.

Top tip: Check out Cala Figuera, Cala Murta and Cala Pi de la Posada while you’re in the area.

3. London Eye, London

Since its creation in time for the millennium celebrations, the London Eye has become one of the Big Smoke's most memorable landmarks. And you can make the experience extra special by ordering a private pod or glass of champers. Try to time your visit with sunset if you can - this makes the view even more phenomenal.

Best views: For a great shot of the London Eye, head halfway over Westminster Bridge and see it light up the whole river.

4. Elafonissi Beach, Crete

If you're looking for a place to show off that bikini body, Crete's Elafonissi beach is the perfect backdrop. A remote turquoise lagoon ringed by pink sands, this beach is a truly unique insta spot to add into your feed. It’s not just the beach that’s beautiful – if you’ve got a waterproof camera, be sure to take some underwater photos of the marine life.

Best view: Cross the shallow lagoon from the mainland beach to Elafonisi island for photos of the sunset.

5. Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

Added to Buda Castle at the end of the 19th century, these seven decorative turrets were designed to offer the best views over the city, and that's what they do. They're also worth photographing from the outside, as they're so fantastically Disneyesque. Alternatively, jump on a cruise ship for a different perspective from the Danube waterfront – the Fisherman’s Bastion is stunning from every angle! 

Fun fact: Getting hitched? The Bastion terrace is a popular backdrop for romantic wedding photos.

6. Trastevere, Rome

The Trastevere area of Rome is akin to a small village or town within the Eternal City. Based around the Piazza di Santa Maria with its fountain, old church and cafes, it’s full of pic-worthy spots. And as you explore the back alleys or browse its markets, you're bound to come across hundreds of authentic vignettes of Italian life to feed your social media habit.

When to go: On Sundays from 7am to 2pm for Porta Portese market. (You might recognise this spot from the famous Italian movie Bicycle Thieves)

7. Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

From the vibrant blue walls to the countless exotic plants, there’s a reason Jardin Majorelle is one of the most loved and photographed spots in Marrakech. Created over the course of 40 years by French painter Jacques Majorelle and restored by Yves Saint-Laurent in the 1980s, this botanical garden and villa has a unique, alluring style that combines Art Deco with Moorish architecture. The bold, contrasting colours against the backdrop of cacti, palms and bamboo, make for truly stunning photos. An absolute must on a trip to Marrakech.

Top tip: Leave enough time to wander both the Berber Museum and Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

8. Eltz Castle, Germany

Set in a very instagrammable part of the German countryside near the Moselle river and the town of Koblenz, this is the fairytale castle you thought only existed in books. Believe it or not, it's been in the same family for eight centuries.The best views are from the outside - take a snapshot before you cross the bridge, capturing the castle, the big crag it stands on and the dense woodland around it.

How to get there: Catch a shuttle bus from Treis-Karden on the weekends, or drive from Koblenz (which is only 35 mins away).

9. Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

For many, Vienna is one of the most beautiful and sophisticated cities in the world, loved by highbrow writers and a must for culture vultures. The magnificent Schönbrunn Palace ranks among its brightest gems. The palace itself is open from 9am to 5pm, and it also hosts magical events such as the Christmas market. But for the perfect picture, slip into the gardens from 6:30am, if you're eager to catch that mighty Baroque facade in mellow morning sunlight.

Best view: From the rooftop terrace of the Gloriette (the building with lots of arches in the gardens opposite the palace).

10. St Michael's Golden Dome, Kiev

You might be surprised to learn that St Michael's Golden Domed Monastery is one of the newer items on our list. The present structure is actually a painstaking reconstruction of a 12th century building that was destroyed during the Soviet era. With a bright blue facade and seven gold domes, it now dominates the centre of Kiev along with its equally lovely neighbour, St Sophia's Cathedral. You can nip up the bell tower for some panoramic cityscapes.

Top tip: No filter needed for this vibrant, colourful building, but play around with the angles and consider using a fisheye app or lens for an artsy shot. 

11. Piazza Michelangelo, Florence

It's a bit of a climb, but once you're there, Piazza Michaelangelo gives you unrivalled views over Florence. And the views of Florence are particularly dazzling, thanks to the Renaissance architecture and Tuscan sunlight. The piazza dates from about four centuries later than the old town. It features a picture-perfect bronze copy of Michaelangelo's David, and there are also several well-reviewed gelateria, cafes and restaurants, making it a great spot for any foodie pics. 

When to go: Around 6-7am for sunrise and morning coffee - the perfect time to watch the locals as the piazza wakes up.

12. Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona

This UNESCO-listed concert venue stages a roster of glittering events, but for instagrammers, its main appeal lies in its Art Nouveau architecture which places it in the same class as Gaudi's masterpieces. What's more, it's located in Sant Pere, one of Barcelona's most photogenic districts. It's also a must-see for anyone keen to steep themselves in Catalan culture.

Best view: Shooting the main facade from the corner lets you get in both the angel sculpture cornice and archways.

13. Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

When you grab a photo op on Reynisfjara beach, you're following in the footsteps of many a top professional cinematographer. It's black sands, bizarre rock stacks and thunderous seas have famously been used as a dramatic backdrop for shows like Game of Thrones. You can combine a visit to the beach with a tour of nearby waterfalls and glaciers, making it a worthwhile stop on adventure holidays or excursions for active families.

When to go: Low tide for access to the best spots. Check for warnings of high waves.

14. Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Spanning the River Seine halfway between the Champs Elysees and Les Invalides, this is the perfect spot to pause and absorb the romance of Paris. It's all free, so it's a no-brainer for bargain hunters. The only downside, your holiday snaps will have lots of competition as it's one of the most photographed bridges in the world.

Why go: This is one of the best spots to get a full length, straight on shot of the Eiffel Tower.

15. Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

If you’re looking for a tropical paradise with a touch of luxury, you won’t find much better than the Maldives. This is  place for beach snaps surrounded by palm trees, golden sands and turquoise water. One of the most instagrammable spots is Vaadhoo, where the shoreline glows at night, almost as if fairy lights lined the sea. This phenomenon, called the ‘Sea of Stars’, is thanks to bioluminescent plankton that glow to scare off predators. How’s that for a once-in-a-lifetime experience?

Top tip: Want another unforgettable experience?  Here’s one for brave travellers – swimming with whale sharks and hammerhead sharks on a diving tour around the Ari Atolls. 

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