On the east coast of Majorca, really close to the town of Porto Cristo, there’s a tourist attraction which doesn’t necessarily spring to mind when you think of Majorca: the limestone caves of Drach. I’m going to tell you what makes these caves so special and why they’re definitely worth the trip now.
A trip to the Coves del Drac
The unique cave system stretches out over 1,700 metres in the east of Majorca. Artistically illuminated stalactites hang down from the ceiling, while the underground lakes are perfect for a boat tour. There’s even an auditorium where there’s enough space for concerts and other performances, and you can be sure that the atmosphere has got to be pretty special! The caves were first discovered and meticulously explored in the 14th century. And while the caves may have given up most of its secrets, it’s certainly not lost any of its magic!
Caves of Drach on Majorca:
- Entry: 8-15€
- Open all year
- Free parking available
- Entry times in peak season: 10, 11, 12, 2, 3, and 5 o’clock
- Off-peak entry times: 10:45, 12, 2, and 3:30
- Visits last about an hour
The enchanting limestone caves are some of the most important and most spectacular sights on the island. Everyone can come and have a look whatever the season. The caves are only closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Full price tickets (13 years and above) cost €15. For children, tickets are €8. For this admittedly lofty price, there is a lot on offer. Not only does it include entry to the Coves del Drac, as they’re called in Catalan, but also a boat ride on one of the underground lakes, Lago Martel, and a live concert.
You can buy a limited number of tickets online beforehand – you just need to choose the desired day and time. Watch out: there are more entry times in peak season from the 13th March to the 31st October than in off-peak season, which lasts from the 1st November to the 12th March. You don’t need a guide to go into the Caves of Drach, but don’t worry – there’s no chance of you getting lost!
The fishing village of Porto Cristo
I recommend combining your trip to Majorca’s Caves of Drach with a trip to the port town of Porto Cristo. The quieter east coast is a dream for families and couples thanks to all of its small, charming villages. Take a stroll through Porto Cristo’s harbour, visit the neighbouring town of Manacor with its authentic markets, or relax in the romantic bay of Cala Mendia.
If you’re looking for an exciting day trip destination on your holiday to Majorca, I really recommend a visit to the Caves of Drach. Here, you can get to know a completely different side to Majorca and gain a unique insight into the island’s history. You can reach the caves in about an hour from the island’s capital, Palma de Majorca
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