Majorca might be best-known for its glorious sandy beaches, which are often full of holidaymakers and locals enjoying the sunshine and local amenities. However, these bustling bays are far from the only natural attractions that the island has to offer.
If you want to explore another side of Majorca, spend some time seeking out its secluded coves and fascinating caves – you won’t be disappointed.
There are plenty of small coves where you can escape the crowds for some rest and relaxation in the sunshine. We’re going to give you some suggestions of where to go if this is what you’re looking for.
Sa Calobra – Sa Calobra is a popular place for travellers to visit, but despite this it has retained much of its natural charm. If you arrive here by car, rather than boat, don’t be disappointed by the first pebbly beach you come to – you need to follow the walkway through a tunnel to reach the true Sa Calobra cove. It’s flanked on either side by the towering walls of a gorge, making it feel like a real hidden paradise. It can get busy, but if you pick your time to avoid the daytrip coaches, you can still enjoy Sa Calobra at its best.
Cala Deia – Cala Deia is a lovely, quiet cove, again with no facilities right next to the beach. It’s made up of pebbles and coarse sand and is tucked away on the coast a short walk from the village of Deia. As well as the small beach, there are terraces around the rocks where you can relax – often you’ll find artists setting up their canvases here for a day of painting.
Coll Baix – Coll Baix is one of Majorca’s most inaccessible beaches, which makes it ideal for a day away from the crowds. It’s quite a long hike to reach this sandy cove, or you can arrive by boat, either way you’re unlikely to meet many other people once you’re there. It’s a beautiful spot lapped by turquoise waters and fringed by pine-covered cliffs.
Although the allure of Majorca’s beaches is certainly strong, there are some other natural attractions you should seek out during your holiday. Among the most exciting are the island’s caves, of which there are several.
Heading underground might not be your first thought when you arrive in Majorca, but the caverns here are truly spectacular and worth exploring further. The following are a few of the top spots for subterranean discoveries.
Cueves del Drach – The Dragon Caves, as they’re also known, is a large cave system in Majorca’s east coast that stretch for many kilometres underground. Visitors can follow a well laidout path for around 2 km, with impressive stalactites dangling from the ceiling, before being greeted by the sight of Europe’s largest underground lake – now it’s beautifully illuminated by floodlights.
Caves d’Arta – This cave system is equally spectacular in terms of the stalagmites and stalactites that have formed within its various chambers – now lit by clever effects to accentuate the rock formations. As well as its impressive geological features, these caves also have an interesting history, having been used as a hiding place by pirates, smugglers, hermits and even Arab farmers with their cattle when they were trying to escape the Christian conquest all the way back in the 13th century.
If you’d like to spend as much of your holiday as possible exploring these fascinating spots, make sure you book affordable accommodation to give you the spare money you need to pay for excursions and transport. Using a website like Hotelopia can help you find the best bargains on hotels in Majorca.