One of the most popular tourist sights on Majorca is the Caves of Drach and I must admit to feeling a bit wary going there as so many of these places are a disappointment. Certainly the queues for the ticket office didn’t augur well, but once inside …
… I have never seen such spectacular stalactites and mites. The ceiling is absolutely covered in tiny glittering spikes like some exotic portcullis designed by faeries. There are huge twisted columns and pools reflecting a myriad of shapes and designs to fire the imagination. The only problem is that, if you visit in high season as we did ie late July to the end of August, you will be sharing this spectacle with what could well be a thousand others at a time.
You are herded through the caverns, numberless to man, by guards who try to ensure you take no photos or videos and keep moving at all times. Eventually you reach a large cavern with stacked seating and it’s here you realise just how many people they cram in to each hourly tour. We spent at least some of the half hour or so of people streaming through to be seated, calculating just how much the owners of the Caves of Drach must be making at â‚¬11.50 perhead when we reckoned there must be nigh on 1000 people seated just on our tour.
Eventually the lights were turned off and, after one last command NOT to take photos or videos – in any language, we were told there was to be a live musical concert followed by a display called ‘Sunrise over the Lake’ or something like that. Very slowly through the dark, appeared three rowing boats, bedecked with white lights and from the front one came beautiful violin music. The music gently echoed around the perfect acoustic chamber and the setting was quite magical; a a charming finale to the tour.
From here you can easily visit the bustling harbour of Porto Cristo lots to see and do here. We loved looking round the luxury yachts and imagining what it would be like to sail off into the sunset on one of them. The nearest we could probably get would be one of the Glass Bottom cruise boats! Oh well, that is what dream holidays are made of …
Other places you can read about on our trip to this lovely island include Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia.
wow zoe the caves look spectacular i had to strain my eyes, and look deeply. It was so nice, i thought it was a portrait and not a photo. Great photos and a great site!
Flash photography can cause gradual damage through photo synthesis, so they are right to restrict it. But, as Zoe says, any photo will not capture the full majesty of a place like this, they rarely do. So given how magnificent the grotto looks on the above snaps, it must be truly spectacular in real life.
Cheers Fabian. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the caves so these are professional ones from their website. Maybe one day we will get to your beautiful part of the world!
Wow, the photos really are fascinating but were they really so great? Often official photos overplay things and then they can be disappointing.
Good point Rachel but in this case I would say the reality beats any photos. Of course their ones are better lit but that cave is truly awesome. I just wish we could have seen it at a quieter time of year – there were SO many people and you couldn’t stop and just go appreciate the beauty …
Thanks Barry – didn’t know that about the damage. I can imagine it would rapidly deteriorate with the numbers that view it every year. Glad you agree how great it is in reality 🙂
I was in the caves last week with the family and we all enjoyed what has to be the most incredible display of tites and mites I could imagine seeing. We went at 4pm when it was slightly quieter and can back up your tip for getting on the row boats.
It is incredible isn’t it John and well worth the visit 🙂