Large and beautiful caves are in many places, and when you have seen several, you become a little tired of the stalactite and the stalagmite and the millions of years that take time they touch, you want to see something that differentiates that cave from the others, and the Drach have stalactites that, although they are not unique, are infrequent and very original.
HOW TO GET THERE
The caves are in Porto Cristo or Puerto de Manacor (it’s basically the same), 65 km east of Palma de Mallorca and 56 km south of Alcudia. It takes about an hour from both by car. By bus is not recommended, it takes longer and the price for two people is similar to renting a car for one day:
- From Palma: bus 412 is the only one that does not need transfer. It takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is taken at the Internodal Station in Palma. Adult price: 8,5 € one way / 16 € round trip. Frequency and schedule: 7 daily on weekdays, 6 daily on Saturdays and holidays and 1 a day on Sundays. It can also be reached by transfer by bus 454.
- Alcudia: bus 447 is the only one that does not need to transfer, there is only one a day and it takes 1 and a half hours. It is taken in Puerto de Alcudia. Adult price: 8,75 € one way / 17 € round trip.
The bus stops at the ticket office, where there is a large parking lot. For more information see TRANSPORT IN MALLORCA.
SCHEDULES AND PRICES
It is mandatory to enter in group at certain times, so you may be interested in buying the ticket online.
- Visiting hours:
- From November 1st to March 12th: 10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- From March 13 to October 31: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon, 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- Price: adult 15 €. The truth is that I found it expensive for what it is, but since you make all the way here…
There is a cafeteria serving drinks, sandwiches and pizzas, and camping tables for those who bring their own lunch. It is also nice to have lunch in the village, where along the marina there are many restaurants.
- The entrance to the caves is about 300 meters from the restaurants and the box office are, towards the sea.
- The route is 1200 meters long.
- The visit is not guided, and must be completed in one hour. The crew make sure that the whole group moves in unison.
- The temperature in the cave is 21ºC.
- In some areas the ground is slippery, but the route is conveniently illuminated and has handrails in areas where people could fall.
The most interesting areas are listed in order. First, the most striking are the Baths of Diana, a natural pool that reflects the nearby rocks, although you do not see the turquoise blue water that they promise us.
Immediately afterwards there is another small lake.
Everywhere we see the incredibly thin and sharp stalactites that make up the spectacular roof of the cave.
Subsequently there is another wider room with columns of various shapes.
Monte Nevado (Snowy mount)in one of the most characteristic formations.
Finally we will arrive at Lake Martel, a subterranean lake 115 meters in long; next to it a theater has been built, from where a small concert (10 minutes) of live classical music has been offered since 1935, the musicians passing by boat. Unfortunately no photos or videos are allowed. Once finished, we can cross the lake by boat or by a footbridge.