Who doesn’t dream of sun and sea when the days are gray and the nights are long. If you cannot be on the island right now, watching a movie or a series set on Mallorca will put you in the mood. And it’s all the more fun when you recognize familiar places in a surprising context. Because Mallorca and the movies have long become a successful match. Here’s a couple of tips for film fans to stream, watch on DVD or discover on location.
In La Caza. Tramuntana the police investigates a murder on Mallorca. The TV series is named after the fictional village of the plot which is easily recognizable as Valldemossa. On the trails of a dark secret, the story keeps taking taking new turns in each episode. Complex characters and great island shots will soon cast a spell on you. Exciting for both crime fans and Mallorca lovers.
Pan de Limón con Semillas de Amapola is also set in Valldemossa. The Mallorcan director tells a touching family drama that unfolds as the protagonist inherits a bakery and gets to the bottom of the story of its deceased owner. The opening film of the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival this year started with numerous copies in cinemas all over the peninsula.
The Mallorca Files is a joint production of BBC and ZDF. Unmistakably tailored to a British and German audience. Actually, it’s not so much the plot that matters but the feel-good action-driven atmosphere. The investigator duo takes you to some of the most beautiful places on the island. And you’ll frequently meet them at Joan’s Bar, in fact the popular tapas bar Moltabarra in Palma’s historic center.
The Night Manager is based on a thriller by John le Carré about international arms trading. The bad guy acts from spectacular La Fortaleza in Port de Pollença, a key scene takes place in Cala Deià, another one in Port de Sóller. And you won’t suppress a smile when the protagonists meet at a restaurant in Madrid but are unmistakably sitting at Sadrassana in Palma. Or when they arrive at a luxury hotel in Istanbul that is actually the Palau March Museum.
The Netflix series White Lines is set in Ibiza but was partly filmed on Mallorca. The story revolves around a young woman investigating the murder of her brother, a successful DJ on the island some 20 years ago. The party scenes in the first episode, for example, take place at S’Estaca. The stunning white mansion in the Tramuntana that has been the European getaway of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones for many years.
In Baumbacher Syndrome a famous late-night show host faces a personal crises and seeks refuge in his manager’s villa in Spain. Mallorca is never mentioned but you’ll recognize the Mediterranean landscape right away. The cove where he meets a young enthusiastic girl. Or the fabulous view of Esporles from the Jesus statue. The film was awarded the Best Feature Film Shot in Mallorca at last year’s Film Festival.
Of course, it’s no coincidence that these and many other productions were shot on Mallorca. Cloud Atlas in the Torrent de Pareis, for instance, or most recently, episodes of The Crown in Port de Sóller. Institutions like the Mallorca Film Commission and the Evolution Film Festival actively promote the island and its professional infrastructure. If you are interested in the filming locations of your favorite movie or series, the Mallorca Movie Map is the guide to travel in the footsteps of your heroes.