Sa Dragonera Nature Reserve (Mallorca)

   Sa Dragonera is an islet located to the south east of Majorca. It is a continuation of the Tramuntana Mountain Range, separated from the Island of Majorca by the Freu Channel which is about 780m wide.

   This article presents the Sa Dragonera Nature Reserve as an especially interesting excursion with a series of recommended routes to follow while you are on the islet.

   How to get to Sa Dragonera?

   The islet can only be reached by sea. Boats to the islet leave from the Sant Elm and Andratx ports run by diferent boats companies. To book a place call: 639 617 545 or 696 423 933.

   What is Sa Dragonera like?

   Sa Dragonera is a very steep island with sheer vertical cliffs as well as small coves and caves. Before reaching the island itself the island of Pantaleu can be seen from the boat, very near the coast of Majorca, it is small and rounded.

   What kinds of vegetation can be seen?

   The vegetation which can be found on the islet is made up of garrigue vegetation (characteristic Mediterranean bushes), such as Tree Spurge, Mediterranean Buckthorn or Spurge-Olive. The pine trees which used to cover a large part of the islet are again beginning to increase in number, as they were largely cut down in the thirties by the then owners of the islet. (Nowadays, the island belongs to the Majorcan Island Government that turned it into a Nature Reserve in 1995).

   Many plants uncommon to the rest of the island can be seen on the rocky outcrops. This is probably due to the fact that the local animals are unable to reach them and are therefore unable to eat them. This is the case for plants such as wild cabbage, corn chamomile or horse-shoe vetch. There is also the European fan palm; it was once picked for use in handcrafts which is why they are only to be found on the cliffs.

   What animal life is characteristic to the island?

   Due to its being a strategic point during bird migration, many colonies of sea birds and birds of prey can be found on Sa Dragonera. Among many you can find seagulls, shearwaters and as a bird of prey the osprey which can be seen fishing off the shores of the islet.

   In addition to birds, a small sub-species of lizard native to Sa Dragonera is characteristic, in fact the name of the island comes from the large number of these lizards you come across while strolling around the island.

   Practical tips

   The best time of year to visit the island are in the spring and summer months, although autumn is a good time to see the migratory species of birds.

   Because the trip takes quite a long time, it is advisable to take your own food because there are no shops or restaurants on the island of Sa Dragonera to buy anything.

   Once on the island, please keep to the paths and lanes that are well signposted.

   Respect the plant and animal life on the island.

   Do not leave any rubbish on the island during your visit.

   Recommended activities

   Excursion 1: Excursion to the "Na Pòpia" lighthouse

   A stony lane, laid down so that the lighthouse itself could be built, must be used to get to the lighthouse. This uphill excursion is especially attractive because the view from the cliffs is impressive.

   Excursion 2: Excursion to the "Llebeig" and "Tramuntana" lighthouses.

   To get to these lighthouses you simply have to follow the tarmacked lane that crosses the island from North (Northeast) to South (Southeast). From the Tramutana lighthouse you can enjoy the fabulous view over part of the Majorcan coastline: Cala en Basset and La Trapa.

   Accommodation in the area

   Please visit our Accommodation Guide

   More information

   Sa Dragonera Nature Reserve. Sant Elm. Andratx. Tel. 971 18 06 32

   Tourism in Spain - Sa Dragonera Nature Reserve

   Official Balearic Island Tourist Information Portal - Nature Reserves in Majorca

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