The Caves of Drach are one of Majorca’s best-loved attractions, a true natural wonder and a fun day out for the whole family! The inside of the caves are decorated with millions of stalagmites and stalactites, and there are several lakes, the largest being Lake Martel which you can float across in little rowing boats. The caves are only a 20-minute walk away from the centre of Porto Cristo, and are easily accessible by bus from other resorts on the east coast. Read on for your step-by-step guide to visiting the Caves of Drach!
You have several options for getting to the caves. The easiest way is on an organised tour; your hotel or package holiday provider may provide you with this option, or if you are staying in one of the nearby resorts there will be independent tour companies who you can book with when you arrive. However if you’re happy to go it alone, public buses are a much cheaper choice. The 214 line runs all the way up and down the east coast, connecting the caves to S’Illot, Sa Coma, Cala Millor and Cala Bona.
Entering the Caves
The ticket office is nice and obvious right by the car park! Adult tickets are €14,50, child tickets are €7,30, and entry is free for children under 3. The caves are open year round and in summer there is a tour approximately every hour; you can check their website for specific times. There’s a small information leaflet by the ticket booths full of interesting facts about the caves that you can pick up for free, and the entrance to the caves is just a few minutes’ walk away.
Inside the Caves
The caves have a clear walking route through the middle, with a smooth surface and rails to hold onto if necessary. However they can get slippy with water, so wear flat shoes with good grips, and you are advised not to take pushchairs as there are a lot of steps. The tour takes about an hour with a 10-minute classical music concert and option of boat ride at the end, and photos are allowed providing you turn your flash off.
When you reach the last cave you will find rows of benches in front of the underground lake. There is plenty of room for all so don’t worry if you’re near the back of the group! Once everyone has taken their seats, the lights go out and a small boat illuminated with tiny lights floats out across the lake, carrying a quartet of violins, cello and harmonium. The sound is not amplified with microphones so everyone has to stay silent to hear the music, and the whole experience feels truly magical. Photos aren't allowed here, but being forced to put down your camera helps you to appreciate the moment even more!
Leaving the Caves
When the concert is over you are offered 2 options for leaving the cave; you can either walk along a short path or take a boat ride across the lake to the exit. The boats leave on the left and the footpath is on the right, so if you want to get a head start on the queue for the boats, find a seat near the front on the left! The boat ride takes just a few minutes, after which you climb back onto shore and follow a sloped path out of the cave. There's a canteen, vending machines and a number of picnic benches near the exit, so you can have a break and a bite to eat before you leave!