Caves of Drach, Mallorca

Caves of Drach, which have closed for the first time since the Civil War.

07-02-2021

The Abactur association of tourist activities comprises thirty businesses which employ some 35,000 people. These activities are the islands' attractions, the basis of the tourist excursions market.

Closed since October, the expectation is that none will reopen until May at the earliest. Abactur president, Roberto Darias, notes that only Marineland has been operating at weekends and on public holidays. Otherwise, businesses are hoping that in May there could be some tourists and they will be able to bring back their employees. Or June may be more likely. Darias says that it will all depend on how vaccination programmes go in supplier tourism markets. "It's very difficult to plan for the future. It is one thing what we would like to do; the reality of things being imposed is another."

The closure of the attractions has had a direct impact on coach operators. At present, around 1,200 coaches are not moving, but if the attractions do open, "it will be great news," says the president of the Balearic Transport Federation, Rafael Roig. "It will benefit the whole tourism value chain and signify that we are returning to normality. We hope the predictions will be fulfilled, but at present no one knows when the tourism season is going to start."

Abactur says that all attractions have complied with all the health protocols. "All we're missing are the tourists to allow us to get going on. The situation is concerning, though, as the outlook isn't very clear. But we are hoping that there will be a season."

The Caves of Drach are one of Mallorca's principal tourist attractions. Manager Matías Servera says that the caves have been closed for the first time since the Civil War. Some eighty employees have been placed on ERTE, Servera explaining that they hope to be able to open in May but accepting that this will depend on developments in the supplier tourism markets and on the pandemic. "Right now, it's almost impossible to say. Not even the tour operators know with any certainty."

Caves of Drach typically attract some 600,000 visitors a year. Last year, the number was down 80%. Servera states that "we are prepared to open as soon as the situation normalises and we can bring back our employees from ERTE and offer this wonder to residents and visitors".

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Paul H / Hace 6 months

Try the Caves of Hams, also in Porto Cristo, or the caves at Arta. In my opinion both are a better experience than the Caves of Drac.

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John Dougal / Hace 6 months

We visited the caves 3 years ago and while the caves themselves were really amazing to look at the actual 'tour' was very poor quality. Lined up outside in our hundreds then herded through at speed to the very dull finale of the boat. Whilst going through the caves anybody daring to stop to take a look is told to keep moving by the numerous employee's whose sole purpose seems to be to get you out as quick as possible.

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Andy / Hace 6 months

I have been to these caves and liken it to a fairground attraction thats gets boring after 5 minutes. I would personally put crocodiles in the water, that would liven it up!

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Stan / Hace 6 months

The opening scene of the boats and piano etc., were excelent and illlustrated this attraction could be made much better . Although it was for The Mallorca Files and had been embellished for that episode. It illustrates the need for updating all the attractions in Mallorca, ready for when Tourists can return. Mallorca businesses must use this down time to greatly improve.

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