By Dan Perdomo
The Canary Islands are synonymous for good weather and even better beaches. A holiday hotspot for many Europeans, the region is a paradise for those looking to soak up the sun’s rays on a silky soft beach. This is no different for Majorca, one of the most popular and prettiest areas on the islands. But what about those who don’t fancy lying on a beach all day and would rather explore? Is Majorca only for sunbathers? Quite the contrary.
Majorca in particular has a wealth to offer those not looking to work on their tan. One of the most unique experiences is a trip to Cuevas del Drach. Also known as the Caves of Dragon, this underground world is a natural wonder that shouldn’t be missed on any holidays to Majorca. Located in the equally picturesque harbour town of Porto Cristo, the underground lake is one of the largest and most impressive in the world.
The cave was first explored in the 19th century by French geologist Edouard Martel, who the lake is named after. Visitors to the Caves of Dragon are often surprised by the sheer size of the cave. Perhaps the mention of a cave gives connotations of a dark, damp caveman-like existence—but it’s anything but. No, the cave covers some 2,400 meters with a ceiling height of 25 meters.
It’s been said that three explorers were lost for more than 30 hours in 1978. Luckily, your visit to Cuevas del Drach won’t take as long with guided tours taking an hour. The guided tours are essential to getting the most out of your experience, often going into detail as you marvel at the colorful formations, stalactites, and stalagmites as you make your way around.
One of the most impressive features of Cuevas del Drach is the lake lurking in its midst. Despite its huge surface area, Lago de Martel (or Lake Martel) springs out of nowhere—it’s a nice surprise! An even more pleasant and bigger surprise is the light and music spectacle waiting for you which has been performed and delighting visitors to the cave for more than 75 years.
As you sit in the dark, classical music of Caballero, Chopin and Offenbach gently fills your ears, seemingly getting closer and closer. Lights flicker and dance, illuminating the sharp yet delicate stalagmites. Boats appear on the lake and with dark figures. As it draws closer it becomes clear the enchanting music is being played by musicians on a boat! I don’t think there is a more dramatic and beautiful setting for a musical performance in the world. Once the spectacular concert has finished, you can take a short boat trip across the lake.
After your visit to Cuevas del Drach, the charming fishing village of Porto Cristo is just waiting to be explored. This sheltered bay is perfect for making sandcastles, having a gentle swim or a romantic picnic while the sun sets. The soft sand and shallow waters make a good compromise for those who can’t bear to be away from the beach too long and still need the feeling of sand between their toes! Elsewhere you’ll find a large shopping area and bars and restaurants to wine and dine in. There’s really is something for everyone with a day trip to Cuevas del Drach and Porto Cristo.
Dan Perdomo is a travel blogger who plans to travel the world—when he wins the lottery. Until then he’s on a mission to visit a new city every birthday and sharing his passion on the unique wonders in this world.