Cuevas Del Drach — A Hidden Under World

Coves del Drach

The caves of the dev­il are four caves that are locat­ed on Mal­lor­ca Island, one of the Balearic Islands arch­i­pel­ago in Spain.  Locat­ed near Por­to Cristo, a small beau­ti­ful city with a har­bour (must see if you are around). The caves extend to a depth of 25 m and reach approx­i­mate­ly 4 km in length. The four caves are called Black Cave, White Cave, Cave of Luis Sal­vador and Cave of the French, all con­nect­ed to each oth­er.

Refuge from the pirates

The name of the caves goes back to an old leg­end that says that once there lived a scary mon­ster deep down the inside of the caves who was pro­tect­ing a trea­sure of gold.

The inhab­i­tants of Mal­lor­ca weren’t afraid of the mon­ster as they were of the pirates. They used those caves as a refuge when the pirates came to rob the island, which hap­pened quite often because the pirates loved Mal­lor­ca.  

Inside the caves 

The caves can be vis­it­ed dur­ing the whole year. In the cen­ter of the caves there is a under­ground lake named after a french cave sci­en­tist Édouard Alfred Mar­tel — “Lago Mar­tel”. 

It is 180 m long, 40 m wide and it goes to 28 m deep. Each hour there is a clas­si­cal orches­tra con­cert on this lake.  Four musi­cians per­form­ing on a small boat while the oth­er two boats are fol­low­ing. The vis­i­tors fol­low the show from a tri­bune in total dark­ness while the con­cert and the light show on the lake are tak­ing place. 

The light show illu­mi­nat­ing only the lake and the boats in the dark big cave are an incred­i­ble expe­ri­ence. The whole con­cert in this place feels like a dream, an unre­al hap­pen­ing. 

After the con­cert is over the vis­i­tors can chose if they want to take the boat on the Mar­tel lake or to walk besides it to the exit of the caves.

The experience

By bus we reached the caves very easy. The bus stop is direct­ly in front of the caves. The entry price is 15 € which is quite ok for that expe­ri­ence. The boat dri­ve on the lake is includ­ed in the price, we thought we need to pay extra so we chose to walk and not to take the boat. If you want to take some nice pic­tures I would rec­om­mend walk­ing but the boat dri­ve is for sure an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence too. 

The walk through the caves took approx­i­mate­ly one hour. It is a guid­ed walk and fol­lowed by a cou­ple of guides which are walk­ing after the last vis­i­tors so nobody gets lost.

It hap­pened to us that we lost the guide and our group in anoth­er cave when sud­den­ly the lights went off and we were stand­ing in the dark cave as we were tak­ing pic­tures. Was fun­ny tough because I was ask­ing myself how it would be to walk in com­plete dark­ness just before it hap­pened. 

I had enough time to take pic­tures even tough I wish I had more. It is not allowed to shoot with flash or to use a tri­pod but using a fast lens will make it to cap­ture some amaz­ing shots.

The last bus back home left 20 min­utes after the tour was over so it was per­fect­ly sched­uled for a short day trip to Cuevas del Drach. 

If you vis­it Mal­lor­ca this has to be on your must see list! Not only for cave lovers but for the love of moth­er nature per­fect­ness.  💚

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