Category: Porto Cristo

Category: Porto Cristo

Manacor to Alcudia

Manacor to Alcudia driving route

Manacor to Alcudia – updated 10 October 2022

The Manacor to Alcudia route begins in Manacor, Mallorca’s second-largest city, best known as the birthplace of tennis great Rafael Nadal and as a centre of furniture manufacturing.

There’s not a lot to see here; however, the Esglesia dels Delors de Nostra Senyora church is worth a visit, so is the Manacor History Museum.

Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience

If you’re a sports fan, then the Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience puts the ball in your court. Its simulators and attractions put you at the centre of the action. As well as the tennis legend’s trophies and memorabilia on display in the Exhibition Room there are exciting experiences where you get to call all the shots.

Manacor, Alcudia

The Majorcan tennis ace, Rafael Nadal, presents all his trophies and memorabilia in a museum with a difference in his hometown of Manacor. Head into the Exhibition Room and you’ll find all his achievements, equipment and best trophies from throughout his career, but step through into the Experience Room and you become the protagonist of the show.

There are state-of-the-art simulators that take you on a voyage of different sports, including F1, tennis and more, as well as 3D Eyewear that sweeps you into another world – quite literally. Kids and adults will find something to entertain them, so it’s an ace day out for all the family – Book tickets

Caves of Drach

When you leave Manacor, follow the signs for Porto Cristo where you have the opportunity to visit the Caves of Drach, one of the largest caves in Europe and considered by many to be the 8th Wonder of the World. Within the caves is Lake Martel, one of the largest underground lakes on the planet; which today plays host to a boat-borne classical music program; which attracts visitors from far and wide.

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Cala Millor

From Porto Cristo follow the signs for Son Servera and Cala Millor, a lovely road; which meanders through orchards until you arrive at Cala Millor; which is a good place to stop for a short beach break.

Capdepera

The route then takes you east into Son Servera and then to Capdepera, largely undiscovered by the majority of visitors to the island. The biggest attraction in Capdepera is the ‘Castell de Capdepera’, it is a quite demanding walk uphill, but the views are outstanding.

Artà

From Capdepera, take the road to Artà, a quiet, attractive rural town with a maze of narrow streets, medieval buildings and pretty cafes with an impressive hilltop fortress built in the 14th century.

Alcúdia

From there, continue along the coastal road around the bay to Alcúdia, a beautiful medieval walled town of quiet charm and character.

Surrounded by mighty walls that contain historic mansions, scenic plazas, cafés with beautiful terraces & warm-stone houses, this vibrant town is a year-round destination, providing a rich taste of history and culture.

The Manacor to Alcudia drive is an excellent way to spend a day taking you through some great locations and with some incredible views.

The Caves of Drach

Drach Caves

The Caves of Drach – updated 28 September 2022

One of the largest caves in Europe and located in Mallorca, the Cuevas del Drach are considered by many to be the 8th Wonder of the World.

Lake Martel

Within the caves is Lake Martel, one of the largest underground lakes on the planet; which today plays host to a boat-borne classical music program; which attracts visitors from far and wide. The lake is named after French geologist Edouard Martel who first mapped the cave in 1896.

Porto Cristo

The caves are located on the east coast of the island within walking distance of the small town of Porto Cristo and they are extremely popular so do expect the inevitable crowd. The tour of the caves covers around 1.2km and due to the number of visitors, takes place at a very slow pace. You will be led through the many chambers accompanied by a multilingual commentary, which finishes at a vast amphitheatre and Lake Martel.

Stalactites and stalagmites

The chambers are jaw-dropping beautiful and very cleverly lit in a multitude of bright colours designed to enhance dimensions and highlight the impressive stalactites and stalagmites which adorn each chamber. There is also an underground river. It feels at times like you have been transported to a different world.

The tour

During your tour, you will go about 25 metres deep, which results in the caves having 80% humidity and a temperature of around 21°C.

The duration of each tour is one hour. The opportunity does exist to take a short boat ride on the lake at the end of the concert.

If you are driving to the caves, there is free parking and also picnic areas. You’ll also find a café and a souvenir shop plus free WIFI.

The Caves of Drach are open all year round, offering four daily excursions during winter increasing to seven for the summer months.

Caves of Drach Tours & Experiences

Drach Caves, Pearl Factory & Local Market Tour

Drach Caves, Pearl Factory and Local Market Tour

There's a trio of Majorca's must-sees on this tour. You'll visit the island's Majorica Pearl Factory, stroll the stalls of Sant Llorenç farmer's market, then delve into the depths of the famous Drach Caves – a world of secretive caverns and subterranean lakes brought to life by music and light shows.

Your first stop will be the Majorica factory, where possibly the finest imitation pearls in the world are made. See the manufacturing process before browsing pearl jewellery in the on-site shop. It's then on to the weekly market in Sant Llorenç. Browse stalls stocked with everything from souvenirs to aromatic herbs and pungent cheeses. It's a great place to try local food, like Majorca's famous black-pig pork.

The Drach Caves are next. There are four caves and one large lake, made all the more magical by the specially designed lighting system and a classical music concert from a quartet right in the very depths of the caves – Book now

Caves of Drach Half-Day Tour with Boat Trip and Music Concert

Full Day Tour to Caves of Drach and Hams with Porto Cristo and Pearl Factory

Mallorca Day Trip to Majorica Pearl Shop and Caves of Drach

BEWARE: There are TWO cave attractions in Porto Cristo. Cuevas dels Hams is much smaller than then the Caves of Drach and contrary to some of their advertising, they do not have a boat ride or concert. Their tickets are also much more expensive than the Drach caves. Many of the road signs around Porto Cristo are misleading and it is easy to think you are being directed to the Caves of Drach.