Here is Britain we have lots of showcaves and I’ve visited and few. Some might then wonder why I was keen to visit similar structures on my recent travels round Mallorca? In truth I wanted an excuse for adventure and so set about arranging a trip to the island’s largest underground labyrinth ‘The Caves of Drach’.
This subterranean landscape was already known during the Middle Ages and were explored by E.A. Martel 1896, today the vast underground lake retains his name. In the early nineties the caves were carefully excavated to allow the public to visit, access which exists to this day. The showcaves are an estimated length of 1200 metres and hold a comfortable average temperature of 21 degrees, with 80% humidity.
My boyfriend and I hot-footed it off the coach and took our place in the lengthy queue, in turn our tickets were exchanged for our entry and we descended gradually down many steps into the darkened earthen caverns. We wandered for some time, weaving through hollowed tunnels, over undulating path, surrounded always by the extraordinary variety of stalactites and stalagmites. Although I only paused every other second to try and appreciate the beauty between the shrouds of people who were down there with us.
All the while we were edging nearer to the centrepiece of this grand display. I began to catch glimpse of azure pools water, trickling even deeper between walls of rock. The water was crystal-like and was mesmerising to view against the contrast of the muddy hues around it.
At last we arrived by the Lake Martel, where we gathered in the natural amphitheatre for a show of classical music on the water. It was a little difficult to see from our seats, but the idea in theory was wonderful. The cavernous hole offered great acoustics and witnessing a classical concert in a cave was certainly a delight with which to tick off the theoretical bucket list. Honestly, it’s quite something – Top tip: Get there early to grab the best seats!
The tour as a whole took around an hour in total and despite the large spades of bodies crammed together, I still managed to enjoy the experience and get up close to the staggering subterranean scenery. Do they differ much from other showcaves? Yes they do, sure they contain similar features, but the Cuevas del Drach held their own personality, the natural geology taking unique formation.
Outside there are also lovely grounds with which you are welcome to stroll or take a picnic in. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time, as we had to rush back to our coach, but I’d certainly recommend making the most of this location if you’re willing to travel the distance from your local resort.