The limestone caverns known as the Coves de Campanet, just north of the village of the same name, are 6km away from Sa Pabla; 34 km from Palma, 16 km from Alcudia -– you will see the sign on the Palma–Alcudia road. The route there passes small chapel of Saint Miquel, which has a fine statue of the Virgin on its altar.
The cove contains the longest stalactite in the world (3m). The cave was discovered in 1945, whilst workers were digging a well, and opened to public in 1948. The cave consists of several chambers which extend to just over 300 m. Even in the high season a traveler meets here only few 'cave visitors', and so one can visit the cave spaces in almost already family atmosphere. The guidance begin, if a sufficiently large number of visitors gathered. Visitor can spend the waiting period pleasantly on the terrace of the restaurant belonging to the system and enjoy the view over the picturesque landscape.
A short artificial tunnel leads to the Sala de Palmera (Palm Tree Chamber). To the Northwest, a long passage leads to the Sala del Llac (Lake Chamber) which is graced by a crystal clear lake, no playing musicians on the boats here. A circular route around this chamber leads back to the Sala de Palmerra. Traveling Nort East one enters the final room, the Sala Romantica (Romantic Chamber). This is the largest chamber in the cave (50m long, 10m high). The chamber is noted for the massive stalagmite columns. Four meters long Spaghetti Stalagmite, which has at times a diameter of 4mm, is particularly impressive.
Open daily 10am–7pm; 8€. Phone: 971 51 61 30.
July 6, 2003
From journal The Caves Without Dragons