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Sa Dragonera has belonged to the Majorca Council since 1987, but it was only in 1995 that the Government of the Balearic Islands approved the declaration of Natural Park. Natural Park of sa Dragonera Even though the Natural Park is named sa Dragonera, it also includes the islet of Pantaleu, the island Mitjana and els Calafats within its protected area, because of their shared environmental conditions, they are very valuable due to their magnificent state of natural conservation. Sa Dragonera has belonged to the Majorca Council since 1987, but it was only in 1995 that the Government of the Balearic Islands approved the declaration of Natural Park in order to guarantee the conservation of this space, and show it to all that want to know it. The island of Sa Dragonera is, geologically, the continuation of the Majorcan Serra de Tramuntana, but its vegetation is not the same because it is conditioned by the dimensions of the island, by the steep topography and the influence of the sea. The most common vegetation is littoral, in rocky areas, the coastal areas, the brushwoods of wild olive trees and rosemary, which is very abundant. Concerning the fauna of the park, its name Dragonera gives much away. The common gecko and the lizard are the only known reptiles on the island of sa Dragonera. In fact, apart from the birds, there were no mammals until the arrival of humans. In this way rabbits, goat, sheep, hedgehogs and rats were introduced, some of them for specific purposes and others in accidentally. The vell marí was an autochthonous mammal inhabiting the area, but declined in number and, in fact, there are now just a few left in the Mediterranean. The cetaceans that still can be frequently seen are the common dolphin and the dofí mular. As usually happens in natural parks in coastal areas, birds are the most habitual fauna, numerous and diverse. Sa Dragonera, Pantaleu and la Trapa were declared ZEPA areas (Bird Special Protection Zone). The most frequent marine species are the puffin, cormorant, virot, vulgar seagull and red seagull. Among the percy birds, are the peregrin falcon, the falcó marí, the kestrel and the little owl.
The Caves of Campanet are situated on the southern slopes of the Sant Miquel hill in the Serra de Tramuntana in the north of Majorca. They have a surface area of approximately 3,200 square metres, are at a depth of 50 metres and have created a cavity of nearly 16,000 cubic metres. The tour, which lasts about 40 minutes, takes you on a pathway of nearly through different passages and chambers, some of which have small water pools.These chambers are known by such romantic names as Sala Romántica (the Romantic Chamber), Sala del Lago (the Lake Chamber), Castillo Encantado (Enchanted Castle), Sala de la Palmera (the Palm Tree Chamber), Cascada Sonora (Musical Waterfall) etc. These caves are noted for the fineness and richness of their calcareous deposits in the form of stalactites and stalagmites. Apart from their natural decorative qualities, different aspects have attracted the attention of scientists and naturalists. For example, whilst work has being carried out to prepare the caves for visitors, the fossilised remains of Myotragus balearicus were found, a species of goat-like bovidae endemic from Majorca and Minorca, extinct 4,000 years ago following the arrival of man on the islands. The caves have inspired painters such as Casimir Tarrassó who dedicated a series of signed oils to them in 1948; and poets such as Bartomeu Guasp i Gelabert who composed the ode "Caves of Sant Miquel" (1949). They have also been the setting for various films.
This hike is beautiful and challenging due to its steep incline. Experienced hikers will enjoy walking up the large rocks while enjoying the views of the surrounding peaks. The hike is about 3 hours and does not disappoint upon arriving to the top. Although not the highest peak in Mallorca, you will see a 360 view of greenery, mountains and the sea.
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Banyalbufar is another hiking location that offers a variety of hikes that vary in distance and difficulty. Close to Palma, hikers can choose a more challenging and mountainous route, or stick to easier trails that have both wonderful sea and mountain views. Also in the area are many traditional Mallorca homes and small towns.