Mallorca has much more to offer holidaymakers than just beautiful beaches and non-stop partying. In addition to its idyllic countryside, it is also home to impressive geological wonders. There are more than 200 large dripstone caves on the island, many of which are accessible and open to public visits. The smallest walkable cave system is the Cuevas de Genova in the Génova district of Palma de Mallorca. Here, 36 metres below the earth’s surface, visitors can explore millennia-old limestone galleries interconnected by naturally formed corridors.
The Cuevas de Génova were discovered in 1906, and are famous for their natural elegance and beauty. Visitors to the caves will be able to explore a mysterious, naturally formed world of stalactites and stalagmites. The diverse structures, which are made up of limestone, iron and other materials, are sure to surprise with their bizarre formations and resplendent range of colours. Lying at a depth of 36 metres, the individual caves are interlinked by means of natural corridors. This naturally formed cave system with its wide range of galleries and formations is a popular excursion for nature-lovers and families alike.
The Geneva Caves are privately owned and lovingly maintained. The individual galleries are carefully lit to bring out their extraordinary green, purple, blue and orange colouring and highlight their striking shapes. The audio guide tour through the mystical caves allows visitors to stroll through the tunnels and cupolas at their own pace. The tour lasts about 30 minutes, and will take you along narrow pathways and steps, with ceilings occasionally as low as 1.70 metres. Those who want to learn more about how the caves were formed can book a guided tour, which lasts around 30 to 50 minutes. Unfortunately, the caves are not suitable for access by wheelchair users or parents with prams. For slightly older children, however, they promise an exciting experience and an interesting change of pace, especially on days where the weather isn’t too great.
The Cuevas de Génova are located in Palma de Mallorca’s residential Génova district, and are open all year round. The directions are well-signposted, and free parking is provided. The number 46 public bus stops around 100 metres from the entrance to the caves. The temperature in the caves remains at a constant 18 to 20 degrees all year round, though the humidity is very high. Visitors are granted entry in small groups around every thirty minutes, and the caves are open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The entry price for visitors who choose the audio guide is 10 euros per person. If you have a valid Mallorca Pass, entry to the Cuevas de Genova dripstone caves is free.
One of the highlights of any visit to the Cuevas de Genova dripstone caves in Palma is the adjoining restaurant. The Restaurant Cuevas de Genova specialises in Mallorcan and Mediterranean cuisine. The dishes are prepared and served in the authentic manner, and are truly delicious. Visitors to the caves should always take time to check out the restaurant, either before or after their tour. The kitchen is open Tuesday to Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and Tuesday to Saturday from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm.