Near the village of Porto Cristo, on the eastern coast of the island, you’ll find the famous Coves del Drach, one of the most popular natural attractions in Mallorca. Due to their beauty and size, they’re the most visited caves in the whole of Europe, with around 4,000 visitors every day.
With a length of 1,200 metres and a height of up to 25 metres, the Coves del Drach offer spectacular underground landscapes. As well as their different chambers, these caves have 2 underground lakes and a surprise at the end of the tour – all in all, a quite unforgettable experience.
If you’re going to visit Mallorca, you can’t miss the Coves del Drach, which are famous all over the world for their majesty and natural beauty. We’re now going to tell you a little more about the history of the Coves del Drach in Mallorca, as well as the prices and opening hours.
The first records we have of the Caves of Drach in the history of the island of Mallorca date from the 12th century, when King Jaume I ordered a group of soldiers to enter the caves. It was believed that he had hidden a treasure from the Moorish pirates there, even though the treasure was never found.
The name of the caves originates from this story and from Mallorcan mythology. The Drach was a dragon with the body of a snake and the wings of a bat, and it was considered to be a figure that protected treasures and mysteries. In those unexplored caves, the people of the time found many unexplained things, and they began to relate them to this mythological figure.
It could be said that the modern history of the Drach Caves began in 1896, when Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria commissioned their exploration. The expedition was led by the Parisian speleologist Eduard Martel, who gave his name to one of the caves’ lakes.
It wasn’t until 1922 that work began on the site to enable tourist visits, creating different entrances to the Drach Caves and facilities. From approximately the 1950s onwards, the excursion to the Drach Caves became one of the most popular attractions on the island and is still popular today.
A visit to the Drach Caves in Palma de Mallorca will take you approximately 70 minutes, which will give you time to explore all the different attractions on the extensive tour. The format is for group visits, but without a guide, so you can go at your own pace. In the Drach Caves, the tickets include the visit, a concert, and the boat ride on the lake.
The tour starts at the Luis Armand hall or the foyer, where you’ll start to get used to the change of light. From there, you can reach a small lake called the Reina Victoria (Queen Victoria). Further on, you will find the Sala de los Herreros (the Room of the Blacksmiths) and the Selva Virgen (the Virgin Jungle), an area some 100 metres in length with a dazzling variety of formations and colours.
As you continue your tour of the Drach Caves in Mallorca, you’ll discover Lake Martel, one of the largest underground lakes in the world, 117 metres long and 30 metres wide. In the same area, the Moragues dome forms a natural amphitheatre, a huge area that will take your breath away and where you can enjoy classical pieces by Chopin, Offenbach and Caballero.
After the concert, you’ll cross Lake Martel by boat while enjoying a light show designed by Carlos Buigas in 1950. You can choose to row across, which is a completely unforgettable experience and one that we certainly recommend. At the end of the visit, you’ll then climb the 119 steps that will take you back to the surface.
You can visit the Drach Caves at many different times, and on any day of the year, except for December 25th and January 1st. The tickets can be bought online or at the ticket office. The price for adults is 15 euros, for children from 3 to 12 years old it’s 8 euros and the youngest ones enter for free. The visiting hours for the Coves del Drach are:
-From 1st November to 15th March: 10:30 / 12:00 / 14:00 / 15:30
-From 16th March to 31st October: 10:00 / 11:00 / 12:00 / 14:00 / 15:00 / 16:00 / 17:00
It’s very easy to get to these caves from anywhere on the island. There’s free parking, a bar, bathrooms, and gardens to enjoy a great day out with family or friends, surrounded by nature. You can also access them by bus from different towns or take a boat to Porto Cristo and walk 10 minutes to the caves, enjoying the landscape on the way.
After your visit, only 500 meters away, you’ll find the village of Porto Cristo, where you can spend the afternoon ambling through its streets and enjoying the restaurants and shops. You can also have a lovely walk on the beach next to its port. On your next visit to Mallorca, you just can’t miss this natural wonder – you’ll have an incredible day! At Son Jaumell, we’ll be delighted to recommend the best activities to help you enjoy the island to the full and create unforgettable memories.