The Caves of Drach are four great caves that are located in the island of Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, extending to a depth of 25 m and reaching approximately 4 km in length. They are in the municipality of Manacor, near the locality of Porto Cristo. They were first mentioned in a letter dated 1338.
The Caves of Drach (modern Catalan spelling: Coves del Drac; Spanish: Cuevas del Drach; lit. ”Dragon caves”) are four great caves that are located in the island of Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, extending to a depth of 25 m and reaching approximately 4 km in length. They are in the municipality of Manacor, near the locality of Porto Cristo. They were first mentioned in a letter dated 1338. The four caves, called Black Cave, White Cave, Cave of Luis Salvador, and Cave of the French, are connected to each other.
The caves have formed by water being forced through the entrance from the Mediterranean Sea, and some researchers think the formation may date back to the Miocene Epoch. There is an underground lake situated in the caves called Martel Lake, which is about 115 m in length and 30 m in width, and its depth varies between four and twelve meters. It is named after the French explorer and scientist Édouard-Alfred Martel, considered the founding father of speleology, who was invited to explore the cave 1896. While German cave explorer, M.F. Will, had mapped the White and Black cave in 1880, Martel found two more caves, as well as the underground lake.
The caves are open to the public and one of the main attractions on Mallorca. The visit ends with a short classical concert performed by four musicians on a boat.
Getting to the Caves of Drach
The Caves of Drach are located in Port Cristo, they are easily accessible from the City of Palma by car or bus.
If you hire a car the journey time would take around 1hr to reach the caves. Buses would take slightly longer at 1hr 30 mins,
Address: Ctra. de les Coves, s/n, 07680 Porto Cristo, Illes Balears, Spain
Bus routes and prices can be found at: www.tib.org
The more expensive option of a taxi would cost 75€ – 95€ and the journey time would be around 51 mins to the Caves of Drach. Taxis can be found in Palma city center or you can book online via various taxi websites. mallorca-taxi.com , taximallorca365.com, ourtaxi4you.com are a few of the options available for online booking.
Caves of Drach entrance prices
If you purchase your tickets online it’s always a little cheaper than going to the box office.
For booking online tickets go direct to the official website: cuevasdeldrach.com
Prices as of September 2019
Schedules of entrance to the Caves of Drach
From November 1 to March 10: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.From March 11 to October 31: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Normally in high season, during visits of 10, 16 and 17 hours and on weekends, there is usually a smaller influx of visitors.
Closed on December 25 and January 1.