Exploring Mallorca – one nature reserve at a time

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This may come as a surprise but the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands isn’t all about sun, sea and sand. There is of course ample opportunity to enjoy a pure unadulterated fly and flop getaway with a few nights out on the tiles in Magaluf if you’re so inclined however, for those times when you want to re-connect with nature and experience the Mallorca of times gone by, before the introduction of man-made resorts, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise…You can read more information at My Destination Mallorca.

Sa Dragonera Nature Reserve

Located off the mainland’s south west tip, the uninhabited island of Sa Dragonera is one of the most picturesque parts of Mallorca. Dragonera Island is home to many species of plant life and an ancient subspecies of lizard. There are also many types of bird who call this island home from ospreys and kestrels to herring gulls and the Balearics biggest Eleanor falcon colony. At 6 kilometres long and in the shape of a dragon (hence the name!) you can get there yourself during the summer months by boat from Sant Elm.

Albufera National Park

Covering a huge 1,688 hectares of wetland in the north of the island (between Alcúdia and Can Picafort) the Parc Natural de S’Albufera has been a protected area since 1988. The park is home to an array of birdlife (200 species in total) as well as plants, fish, reptiles and insects. No vehicles are allowed inside the park so nature is left undisturbed but visitors are able to wander or cycle through the parkland (just remember to bring a hat and insect repellent). Local buses stop at the park entrance and during peak season you can stay until 6pm soaking up the peace, tranquillity and natural beauty of this protected National Park.

Llevant Peninsula Nature Reserve

Back up in the north east of Mallorca the Llevant Peninsula Nature Reserve was declared a national park in 2002 and proudly boasts an array of bird life, untouched beaches and perhaps most interestingly; numerous Mediterranean tortoise colonies. Some areas of the Nature Reserve are privately owned but the public areas offer a number of walking trails with various accommodation options, including a camp site. This is an ideal option for those on a budget since the weather in Mallorca is known for being warm and dry (although do check out the weather forecast in Mallorca before you book!).

Of course, holidays are a time to relax, but given that these areas are protected from as much human interference as possible, where better to come and unwind for a few hours with the sun on your face and some of the region’s most picturesque natural beauty at your feet?

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10 Responses to “Exploring Mallorca – one nature reserve at a time”

  1. Mike Goggin - My Mallorca Info 05/04/2011 6:48 am
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    Thanks for taking a look at the natural side of Mallorca, and thanks for the links! It’s remarkable how much variety is packed into this beautiful little Mediterranean island. We live in a smallish and peaceful (except at fiesta time) inland village at the foot of the mountains, but, depending on our mood, bustling cosmopolitan Palma, the razzle dazzle nightlife of Magaluf, or the choice of hundreds of beaches and beautiful places are all just 30 minutes away.

    Best wishes, Keith, and thanks again.

  2. velvet 14/02/2011 12:40 pm
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    Haha! Sorry Ken… 🙂

  3. velvet 14/02/2011 12:37 pm
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    Thanks Sarah! I took that photo moments after the plane took off from Palma. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Keith

  4. iamthewitch 14/02/2011 7:44 am
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    The sight of the blue sea and white beaches is really something! Didn’t expect to see this in Mallorca!

  5. Sarah Wu 14/02/2011 7:44 am
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    That aerial shot is amazing!

  6. It looks beautiful!

  7. Ken Kaminesky 13/02/2011 5:46 pm
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    You’re killin me Keith! Every time i visit your blog, you show me another place that I MUST visit!

    Mallorca sounds so nice and peaceful. Just what the weary traveller needs from time to time.

  8. Migrationology 12/02/2011 3:03 pm
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    This is the side of Mallorca that’s very attractive to me. I would love to get away from the crowds and go camping and hiking in these quieter and beautiful areas.

  9. Jeremy B 11/02/2011 9:58 am
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    Thanks for sharing a different perspective on Mallorca! Many just think of it as a beach place but it’s interesting to see the more natural side.

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