Porto Colom & Caves del Drach

Porto Colom Map The journey to Porto Colom follows the C-222 south from Port de Pollenca, to Alcudia along the C-712 via Arta onto the C-715 to Manacor or by turning right off the C-712 at any of the signs to Manacor. From Manacor head south along the C-714 to Felanitx. Just before entering Felanitx turn left at a traffic island sign posted to Porto Colom and follow the signs until you enter the town (see map below).
On reaching a T junction overlooking the harbour, turn left and follow the road round the harbour until you reach a sharp right hand bend with fields to your left and the harbour to your right. Here you will see a gravelled track off to the left. Take this track which leads to Cala S'Algar and park in the large gravelled area at the end of it. From here it is possible to walk along the many small paths up the hill towards the lighthouse over garigue landscape. This area is noted for Marmora's and Sardininan Warbler, Stone Curlew and there is a Pallid Swift colony in a cave in a small bay just prior to the beginning of the new urbanisation at the top of the hill. The swift colony can also now be reached by car by continuing alongside the harbour and towards the lighthouse and up through the newly built houses to a small traffic island, where parking is possible. Please note that due to the rapid growth of housing in the area the roads may well have changed somewhat since September 1999.

Porto Colom Harbour Porto Colom Lighthouse On our visit the bird watching was pretty abysmal, with very little to be seen at all, especially as the Swifts had left the colony. The weather was probably the worst of the holiday on this particular day as it was very dull and extremely windy. On a calmer day I expect it would have been much better. We did, however, enjoy the picturesque harbour town and lighthouse.

Due to the inclement weather conditions we headed back up the coast to The Caves del Drach, the caves of the Dragons Teeth. This is a large underground cave complex containing thousands of stalactites, stalagmites and an underground lake system. For around 4, the caves are well worth a visit. At the end of the tour is a spectacular lighting display, where three boats covered in lights, one with a string quartet on board punt up the lake. This event is viewed from a huge underground arena. Unfortunately photography is forbidden in the caves but photo's can be purchased at the end of the visit for only 1 per booklet.

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