Located in Porto Cristo, on the eastern coast of Mallorca, the Cuevas del Drach They are a tourist attraction that you cannot miss if you have chosen the largest island in the Balearic Islands as a tourist destination.
They are especially recommended for those days when the weather does not accompany. You leave the beach aside and prepare to enter caves that were already known in the Middle Ages.
A little history
M.F. Will he was the first to explore them in 1880, while E.A. Martel discovered in 1896 that there was a lake there. This lake bears precisely its name, and is one of the main claims of the Coves del Drach.
Between 1922 and 1935 all the necessary works were carried out so that anyone could visit them. A new entrance access was opened, roads were laid out and stairs were laid. Also, the engineer Mr. Buigas he was in charge of lighting them using electricity in the most subtle way possible.
The visit lasts one hour approximately. You walk some 1,200 meters at a slow pace, since it is worth stopping to enjoy the formations that hang from the ceiling (stalactites) and those that arise from the ground (stalagmites). The former usually grow at the rate of one centimeter every 100 years.
The cave has a depth of about 25 meters, while the Martel lake It measures 170 meters and has a depth that varies between 4 and 12 meters. It is precisely in the lake where the tour ends. There a spectacular Classical music concert whose duration is 10 minutes. A quartet performs various pieces live while the visitor contemplates an exhibition of lighting effects that simulate the sunrise within the lake. Then, if desired, you can take a boat ride or across the bridge.
- If you are going with a baby, you better carry it in your arms, since the road is not designed to carry a stroller.
- Wear shoes without heels and with slip resistant sole.
- You can record and film the tour without flash. During the concert it is not allowed to photograph or record.
- From November 1 to March 15: 10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- From March 16 to October 31: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
They close on December 25 and January 1.
- Adults: 14.50 euros
- Children from 3 to 12 years old: 7.50 euros
- Babies up to 2 years old: Free
They are collective visits, but in no case guided. You can buy the ticket online or at the Cuevas del Drach ticket office starting at 9 a.m. the same day. Places are limited, so the start time is marked at each entrance. The least crowded hours in high season are 10 in the morning and 4 and 5 in the afternoon.
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