Choosing nature reserves as a vacation destination is one of the most original and life-filling plans. Where time doesn’t exist and each instant becomes a treasure. No wonder they have become protected areas.
Feel the wonders of nature in her favorite means of transport, whose fuel is the wind and pavement the waves. Set sail from the Balear Islands and race with dolphins and seagulls, to discover these amazing sites. Dive into the depths of their vast sea beds, relax on their white sand or plan an endemic bird-watching adventure.
These are places that have been saved from civilization. They survived the invasion of magno resorts by becoming nature reserves that protect mainly endemic migrating birds. Here, the animals behave so naturally, they do not know what fear is; so it is easy and interesting to observe the wildlife. On land you can find falcons, gulls, doves, martins, blackbirds or sparrows as they are also taking a day off from their migrating work. At sea, the silence of your boat’s soaring will be the call for the dolphin shoals to escort you through the Balear turquoise waters into the heart of Mother Nature.
These are three of the most worthwhile nature reserves in Baleares, maybe not by coincidence, all near Majorca. They were used through history by the pirates as platforms to attack the Spanish coasts.
Mondragó Nature Reserve
To the southeast of Mallorca Island, we can find Mondragó, a Natural Park with a number of white beaches with silk sand and turquoise blue sea, perfect for mooring. And other rocky cliff-lined coasts ideal for the nesting of the peregrine falcon.
Cala Mondragó, for example, is a small “blue flagged” beach that is better described as a dream swimming pool. Quite close to it is the peaceful S’Aramador, displaying an important dune system, and the smaller Cala des Burgit. These three beaches’ blue waters are great for snorkeling or swimming.
Stunning cliffs, coves, pine forests that almost touch the water, variety of landscapes with canyons, beaches and dunes decorate the home of 60 bird species, hedgehogs, weasels and exotic orchids.
Watch rural Mallorcan life at its authentic best, walk the trails into the wild, explore the viewpoint of Ses Fonts de N’Alis or sneak into Cala d’Or, the luxurious coastal resort and marina.
Dragonera Island is, as a matter of fact, an uninhabited islet. It is one of the least visited destinations in Spain, so its unspoiled terrain preserves the ecosystem. It defines itself by its spectacular cliffs that reach up to 300 m high, its coves and the Cala Lledó natural park.
What you can find here, apart from the colonies of birds like the herring gull, the shag and Eleonor’s falcon and the “mular” Dolphin, are the famous lighthouses of the island.
It is situated only 780 meters from Mallorca, distance that can be traveled by boat in 20 minutes. Ideal spot for activities like scuba diving, bird watching, hiking and even cycling.
This assembly of islets is the best exponent of the unaltered insular ecosystems and feature the best preserved landscapes in the Spanish Mediterranean coasts, due to a life-long isolation. Cabrera is the largest and the only inhabited of these 19 rocky islands. They are a bit more than an hour of navigation away from Majorca.
The natural sedentary personality of its waters has kept them unpolluted, preserving magnificently the flowered Neptunegrass prairies on its sea beds and an incredible diversity of sea life.
Twice a year it becomes an important scale of the migrating route for more than 150 species of birds.
This archipelago doesn’t offer any accommodation or camping possibilities. There is however a Port in the main island where the boats can be moored with previous authorization, for one night in the summer or seven in winter.
Sail through the not very deep waters inhabited by mular dolphins and blue sharks and do a first stop in the islet Na Forada. It is known for being full of holes and having an enormous lighthouse. Afterwards, head to the limestone islets of Na Pobra following to l’Esponja and Conejera, full of stunning cliffs and tiny beaches. Finish at the Grand Cabrera Island and privilege from its deserted coasts and the Mediterranean breeze.
To explore these paradises you can rent a boat and part from Majorca, or maybe even the gorgeous Menorca. Then you will have a whole week just for yourself, to plan your itinerary with time or as each moment demands its own adventure. aBoatTime will take you on a journey with our Mother Nature.