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Arta Caves

Local name: Cuevas de Artà

Arta Caves are a network of underground caves located on the north-east coast of Majorca at an altitude of 46 m above sea level. The fascinating cave complex impresses with unique stalagmites and stalactites that create enigmatic images. Exploring the area is only available with a guide. The showcase of the area is the huge karst form over 22 meters high called the 'Queen of Columns'. The tour ends with a breathtaking view of the sea and the surrounding mountains.

The cave complex was discovered in 1876 by the French geologist Edouard Martel. Archduke Ludwig Salvator persuaded the scientist to explore and describe the caves. Probably the caves were already inhabited by primitive inhabitants of the island. In later centuries the caves were a haven for smugglers, hermits and pirates.

One of the first guests of the Arta Caves was the famous French writer Juliusz Verne. Legend has it that it was this visit that inspired the artist to create the book 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'.

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Ctra. de las Cuevas s/n07589 Canyamel, Spain