Have an adventure on the Balearic Island of Mallorca
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Nestled in the Mediterranean Sea in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is a truly beautiful destination. The coastline offers pretty coves with clean sand, lapped by clear, turquoise waters. The cities and towns offer much in the way of retail therapy and scrumptious dining experiences. However, for those not content to just laze on the sand, Mallorca has plenty of adventure options to try out.
Water sports in Mallorca
With the islands warm summers, cooling breezes and scenic coastline, Mallorca is the ideal destination for all the best water sports. Scuba diving is available around the coast, along with scuba diving courses for newbies. Most resorts have access to snorkeling equipment, with the best area being the south and east coast of the island.
For those who enjoy sailing, boat hire and sailing lessons are on offer in most of Mallorca’s marinas. A kite-surfing adventure can be thoroughly enjoyed on the remote and wild beach of Son Serra de Marina in the north-east of the island. For those who want to try their hand at surfing, Magaluf offers a surf simulator to ride the waves. Meanwhile, wakeboarding is on offer in Alcudia, ensuring a truly enjoyable experience.
Water sports for the kids in Mallorca
While the above sports are for older kids and adults, kids can also have fun in Port d’Alcudia and Magaluf with a range of water sports. These include parasailing and adventures on inflatables such as banana boats, ringos and flying mattresses. Other options include paddleboards, kayaks and pedalos which are available for hire at most of the larger resorts.
Exploring the caves of Mallorca
Heading into a cave in the summer’s heat is an ideal adventure and there are a number of caves to explore in Mallorca, One popular option is the Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves), which were known back in the Middle Ages and were explored in 1880 by M.F. Will and in 1896 by E.A. Martel. The latter discovered a cave containing an beautiful underground lake, which now bears his name. Some years later the cave complex was prepared for visitors, including a new entrance, paths and stairs and the additional of electric lighting.
Photo Cuevas de Drach Wikimedia Commons
These days, visitors can enjoy a one-hour tour of Cuevas del Drach in Porto Cristo, including a magical classical music concert and a boat trip on the largest underground lake in Europe, Lake Martel. All year round, the temperature here is a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius.
The next most popular is the Cuevas de Artá. The cave complex is located on a cliff overlooking the bay of Canyamel. While the location is a spectacular setting, the interior is equally breathtaking. The Entrance Room cavern is equal in size to the nava of La Seu Cathedral in Palma. A stalagmite in the Queen’s Room cave is also an amazing 22-metre (72.2-ft) in height.
Photo Cuevas de Arta by Michal Kosacky/Flickr
Visitors are encouraged to strike one of the resonator columns, or “cloches” in the caves to experience the amazing bell-like sounds and vibrations. While touring the caves, visitors will also be regaled with fascinating stories of pirates and smugglers who once used the caves for more nefarious reasons.
Experience adventure in beautiful Mallorca this year, enjoying all the water sports and other activities on offer in paradise.
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