Magaluf Excursions: Coves de Campanet
In Eastern Mallorca, just a short distance from the party hub of Magaluf are the Caves of Campanet also known as the Coves de Campanet. The caves were discovered in 1945 and have been gaining immense popularity since they were opened to tourists in 1948. At first glance, the main thing that strikes you about the Coves de Campanet is its impressive size. The caves are spread across a sprawling surface of 3,200 square meters and go well under 50 meters below sea level. The chambers here are large and spacious, creating an eerily beautiful ambience. They’re filled with stalactite and stalagmite spikes that seem to reach for you from top and bottom.
Unlike the other caves, here, you will find many attractions that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. At the Coves de Campanet, there are stalactites and stalagmites, which are so old that they have joined to create a single noodle-like formation. The caves boast of many such formations including the longest 'spaghetti' stalactite in Europe, which attracts nature lovers and explorers from all over the world. The caves also house the fossils of an extinct goat-like creature, which existed in Mallorca over four millennia ago. Another unique feature of these caves is that they are still growing. Artificial additions have no room at these caves. Here, you won’t find any manmade entertainment such as music and lighting. The only light and colour show here, is the one created by the vibrant and organically present colourful layers of rocks. The Coves de Campanet is nature’s beauty in its purest, most original form.
If you don’t wish to explore the caves on your own, you can join a guided tour, which is multilingual and lasts for just over half an hour. And while photography inside the caves is strictly forbidden, the images will be forever etched on your mind.