Lake in the Drach Caves © Cuevas del Drach

“Fresh” visits to Majorca's caves

Here are some alternative plans on the island of Majorca for discovering one of its lesser-known attractions: underground caves.

Drach Caves These are perhaps the most popular in Majorca and can be found 65 kilometres from Palma, in the municipality of Manacor. A set of interconnected caves containing one of the largest underground lakes in the world. A great surprise awaits you at the lake: a small classical music concert and the chance to row around in a small boat. In addition, you will undoubtedly be impressed by the formations of stalagmites and stalactites. Especially if you take into account that these only grow by one centimetre every 100 years. Arta Caves These can be visited in the municipality of Capdepera and offer spectacular views of the Bay of Canyamel. Inside you can see one of the largest stalagmites in Europe, which is 22 metres tall. The visit takes approximately 35 to 40 minutes and includes a short light and sound show.

Hams Caves These were the first caves to be opened to the public in Spain and have been visited since 1910. They are in Portocristo and inside you can find a large botanical garden, an auditorium that shows a time lapse from the Big Bang until the present day, an underground lake with a musical show, and many formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Campanet Caves These caves are found on the north of the island, in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, whose landscape has been awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO. There is an underground route of some 400 metres which goes through several galleries full of extravagant formations whose natural shades can be appreciated thanks to the lighting. The visit lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Genova Caves These are very close to the city of Palma and feature a walking route of around one kilometre. It is easy to find different colours in the walls and formations thanks to the different minerals present. The caves have a constant natural source of fresh water and for this reason there is a damp atmosphere that distinguishes them from the other caves on the island.

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