The caves in Mallorca are, along with their turquoise coves, one of the many reasons why hundreds of people decide to visit the island every year. If you have come this far, surely you have already heard of the Drach caves or some other of the famous caves in Mallorca.
The truth is that the offer of caves in Mallorca is almost as wide as that of its beaches. Some caves, such as the Drach caves, are very famous, and it is often said that Mallorca is hollow inside, that it is like Gruyère cheese, since its subsoil is full of caves and galleries.
In this blog article we will explain to you which are the best caves in Mallorca, from the most famous to the most hidden caves.
The caves in Mallorca, authentic underground treasures!
There are many places in the world that hide authentic wonders under their soil in the form of galleries and constructions that remain over the years as a witness to the historical past of the place or its evolution. That is the case of the caves of Mallorca.
The richness of the Mallorcan subsoil, full of stalactites, stalagmites and all kinds of geological formations, is widely recognized internationally. Today, the island has both caves on the mainland and submerged galleries. A wealth that continues to increase, since the high presence of calcareous rocks on the insular platform favors the appearance of this type of formation.
Many of these underground treasures can now be easily visited, while others require a more adventurous spirit to access.
Take note of the list that we provide and choose if you prefer to visit some of the famous caves of Mallorca or choose to explore the most hidden and unknown caves.
Famous caves in Mallorca: the 6 best caves you have to visit
There are several caves in Mallorca that are particularly famous. We refer to the caves of Drach and the caves of Artà. The reason for this popularity is due not only to the fact that they are two of the two largest caves on the island, but also because they were described by the famous writer Jules Verne in his work Journey to the Center of the Earth.
The Caves of Drach and those of Artà, therefore, top our list of the 7 best caves to visit in Mallorca. However, in Mallorca you will find other caves that, although not so famous, are very popular, since they also allow you to dive into the depths of the earth and walk through unusual rocky landscapes.
Cueva del Drach
The Cueva del Drach is located in Manacor, specifically in Protocristo. Without a doubt, among all the famous caves in Mallorca, this is the most popular.
In 1888 they began to explore the Drach caves. The cave is 1,200 meters long and descends to a depth of 25 meters below sea level. Inside you will find an underground lake, internationally known for being the longest on the planet.
The visit of the caves of Drach is paid. The duration of the tour is approximately one hour, during which you can enjoy a small live concert of classical music. During the visit you will have the opportunity to cross the longest underground lake on the planet by boat or by bridge.
Ctra. de les Coves, s/n, Porto Cristo
Coordinates: 39.53632929337044, 3.330533372727306
- From 1. November – 13. March: 10:45, 12:00, 14:00 y 15:30
- From 14. March – 31. October: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 y 17:00
- 25. December – 1. January: closed
- From 13 years: 17€ (ticket counter) or 16€ (online)
- From 3 – 12 years: 10€ (ticket counter) or 9€ (online)
- Under 3 years: free, free, no entrance ticket needed
Cueva de Artà
After the Drach caves, the Artà cave is the most famous in Mallorca. However, many people point out that the Artà caves are the best in Mallorca and that they even surpass the Drach caves. The truth is that both formations are impressive and, if you have time, we recommend that you visit both.
The Artá caves are located in Cap Vermell, in the Capdepera region, and their discovery dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. This cave has an area of approximately 450 meters and is made up of large rooms.
One of the most striking things about the Artà caves are their huge columns of stalagmites and stalactites. Specifically, the stalactite that arouses the greatest admiration among visitors is one that measures 22 meters.
The visit of the caves of Artà is paid. The duration of the tour is approximately 40 minutes; during the visit you can enjoy a small light show.
Carretera de las Cuevas, s/n, Canyamel
Coordinates: 39.656263059350124, 3.451142012928916
- April, May, June and October: 10:00 h – 18:00 h
- July, August and September: 10:00 h – 19:00 h
- From November to March:10:00 h – 17:00 h
- From 13 years: 15€
- Between 7 and 12 years: 7€
- Under 7 years: gratis
- Residents: between 7 and 12 years (5€) and adults (10€)
- Discounts for groups: call +34 971 841 293
Cueva dels Hams
In third place appear the Cuevas dels Hams, located very close to the Cuevas del Drach. Some say that leaving aside the fact that the two previous caves were mentioned by Jules Verne, the Hams caves are the best in Mallorca.
The discovery of this gallery was made in 1905. The Cuevas dels Hams are made up of several rooms inspired by different themes and full of stalactites and stalagmites.
The visit is guided and lasts approximately one hour, although sometimes it lasts up to an hour and a half. During the tour, which is done on foot, you will have the opportunity to go through the different rooms, as well as visit a huge botanical garden.
In addition, the visit includes both the screening of a documentary and a musical show. To the above, it must be added that the route is accompanied by a unique play of lights and that photography is allowed during the visit.
Ctra. Ma-4020 Manacor–Porto Cristo, Km. 11, Porto Cristo
Coordinates: 39.54635538802268, 3.3205989552536472
- From 30. October – 30. June: 10:00 h – 16:30 h
- From 1. July – 29. October: 10:00 h – 17:00 h
- 25. Of December and 1.January: closed.
- From 13 years: 21€
- Between 4 and 12 years: 11€
- Under 4 years: for free
- Residents: Free up to 12 years and 50% discount for the rest of the population.
Cueva de Génova
The caves of Génova are located in the capital of Mallorca, in Palma. Its discovery dates back to 1906.
The cave has a length of 1 kilometer and 36 meters deep. Like the rest of the caves, it is made up of various galleries. The peculiarity of the caves of Génova lies in the peculiar colors of its interior, the result of its richness in minerals, and its strange formations.
The visit is guided and takes place in small groups. The tour lasts approximately 35 minutes.
Carrer del Barranc, 45, Palma
Coordenates: 39.572658671293404, 2.5975621567818963
- All year from Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 h – 20:00 h
- Todo el año, domingos y lunes: de 10:00 a 18:00
- From 13 years: 10€
- Between 3 and 12 years: 6€
- Under 3 years: for free
Cueva de Campanet
The Campanet caves are located in the Puig de San Miquel. Its discovery was made in 1945.
The cave has 3,200 m². The 400-meter route is made in a visit that lasts approximately 40 minutes, in which you have the opportunity to visit various galleries and rooms.
Camí de Ses Coves, Campanet
Coordenates: 39.79273755847431, 2.968598970605048
- Winter: 10:00 h – 17:30 h
- Summer: 10:00h -18:30 h
- From 13 years: 15€
- Between 3 – 12 years: 8€
- Under 3 years: for free
- Discount of 10% for group visits
The Blanques caves are located in Pollença. Among the famous caves in Mallorca, these are the only ones that can be visited on your own. Access to them is through what is known as the prisoners’ path, a route that was set up during the post-war period by republican prisoners.
The tour of the prisoners’ path is approximately 35 minutes. On the walk you cross various bridges and you can visit small towers or an old stone quarry. It is a quite beautiful excursion since along the way you can enjoy excellent panoramic views of Cala San Vicente and the Sierra del Cavall Bernat.
The caves were also built by the prisoners to be used as ammunition stores. Its structure is made up of a central tunnel approximately 40 meters long and various 15-meter axes.
Coordinates: 39.932945576754, 3.0606190116424896
Hidden caves in Mallorca: the 10 best alternatives
The above 7 famous caves in Mallorca are just some of the numerous underground formations that the island has. It could be said that they are also the best caves in Mallorca, since they are the most accessible and equipped.
But if you are an adventurer, in Mallorca you will find a large number of caves, both on the coast and in the mountains, which you can explore on your own. Some of them are difficult to access and it is necessary to dive or canyoneering, but others can be accessed through a simple walk.
Below we tell you which are the best caves in Mallorca outside the traditional tourist circuit.
Cueva del Pirata
La Cueva del Pirata is a huge virgin cave that is located in Manacor, specifically in Cala Varques. To access the caves it is advisable to hire a tour, as it is one of the best hidden caves in Mallorca. No special physical condition is necessary for your visit, but the road is long and there is nowhere to park in the vicinity.
Coordinates: 39.50521937656132, 3.3009116773973584
Cueva de Lourdes
The Lourdes cave is a small natural cave, located in Santa Eugènia. It is one of the best caves in Mallorca to visit on your own, as they are very easily accessible.
Diseminado Diseminados Var, 337, Santa Eugènia
Coordinates: 39.619951794924006, 2.834819004611425
Cueva de la Campana
Cueva de la Campana is one of the best hidden caves in Mallorca, as it is one of the deepest, almost 358 meters, and its access is quite complicated. Therefore, to visit it you have to be prepared with caving and climbing material.
Sierra de Tramuntana
Coordinates: WGS84 31S 0483772 / 4410581
Cueva Es Coloms
Cueva Es Coloms is located on the coast, very close to Cala Mesquida. For your visit, it is recommended to hire a tour, since a large part of the route is flooded by sea water and, therefore, is done by boat.
Barranc de Binigaus Menorca, Es Migjorn Gran
Coordinates: 39.933511816463756, 4.038992170182919
Cueva de l’Avenc de Son Pou
The cave of l’Avenc de Son Pou is located between Santa María and Orient. Without a doubt, another of the best caves in Mallorca to visit, but they are currently temporarily closed, so it is recommended to check their status before planning the visit.
Coordinates: 39.69559017261752, 2.7642929757779555
Other hidden caves in Mallorca
If you are a true adventurer, a lover of caving and canyoning, if you want you can visit some of the best hidden caves in Mallorca.
Here is a bonus track of 5 more hidden caves for you to continue investigating:
- Cuevas de Sa Campana
- Cuevas de Cala Varques
- Cuevas de Ca’l Pesso
- Cuevas de Cornavaques
- Cuevas de l’Alzinaret
Staying in Mallorca to explore the best caves
As you can see in the list of the best caves in Mallorca that we have provided in this article, these underground treasures are distributed throughout the island’s geography. Therefore, when choosing a place to stay, you can choose any area, since, as we have mentioned in other articles on our blog, the island does not have a large area, so in approximately 60 minutes you can travel car from one end to the other, without major inconvenience.
What is very important when choosing an accommodation for your vacation is that it meets your needs. In this sense, at Reservatum we have a wide range of holiday homes distributed throughout the island’s geography that will allow you to enjoy the island and the best caves in Mallorca.
Now that you have resolved all your doubts about the famous caves of Mallorca, we invite you to consult our search engine to book your holiday home in Mallorca. At Reservatum we are waiting for you!