Majorca is a truly diverse island. However, romantic fishing villages, hidden bays and lively towns are not the only things that add variety to the island. You definitely shouldn’t leave out a visit to the Coves del Drac when you’re in Majorca!
On the east coast of Majorca, really near 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 Caves of Drach
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 is even an auditorium where there is enough space for concerts and other performances in a unique atmosphere. The caves were first discovered and religiously explored in the 14th century. Although they’re less of a mystery today, they’ve lost none of their magic.
Caves of Drach on Majorca:
Open all year
Free parking available
Entry times in peak season: 10, 11, 12, 2, 3, and 5
Off-peak entry times: 10:45, 12, 2, and 3:30
Visits last about an hour
The fairytale 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. Don’t worry, you can’t get lost like they did in the 14th century anymore. ;) You can take pictures and videos except during the concerts. However, you should avoid flash and other bright lights.
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 with all of its small 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.