The National Park of Cabrera
The National Park of Cabrera, with its 19 islands and islets, is a special place, not just because of its beautiful and crystalline waters. Although Cabrera is one of the lesser known islands of the Balearic Islands, it is considered one of the most beautiful ones. Due to its isolation throughout History, Cabrera is nowadays almost untouched. The coastal landscape of Cabrera can be considered one of the best preserved in Spain and the Mediterranean. The National Park of Cabrera has nothing to envy to the Caribbean islands. We love to go there in our trips. Have a look at our unique tour and activities in Mallorca!Our tour in Mallorca
How to reach Cabrera National Park
The National Park is a protected area and you can only get there by booking a private group tour or obtaining a private boat licence for Cabrera (you need to send the paperwork 15 days before your trip). There is also a daily ferry service from “Colonia de Saint Jordi”, in Mallorca. My advice is to enjoy the Archipelago with a private tour on a sailing boat. This gives you the freedom to explore the hidden coasts and allows you to sleep in the National Park. On the other hand, if you travel with the ferry, you will only see the island when it is most crowded: when all the tourists arrive. When we visit the island, we love the moment when everybody leaves and we stay on our own in this Mediterranean Paradise!
What to do in Cabrera
A family vacation in this paradise will be an unforgettable experience for both, adults and children. Hiking in different areas immersed in nature following the coast paths will allow you to discover all the wonders that Cabrera offers, including its flora, its fauna and the amazing Castle of Cabrera, built in the 14th century. With a sailing boat, you can snorkel discovering the Mediterranean Sea fauna. If you have time, you can go to the gorgeous “Cova Blava”, a cave right on the water surface where you can swim in its blue waters.
The Birds of Cabrera National Park
Cabrera National Park has important colonies of seabirds and endemic species. The Archipelago is a strategic point in the migratory routes of many birds. The Balearic Shearwater bird (Balearic Shearwater), in serious danger of extinction outside the island finds its natural habitat here. That’s why Cabrera has also been recognized as a Special Protection Area of Mediterranean Importance.
Cabrera National Park Waters
The park’s waters have very low contamination levels. Fish are protected by allowing only traditional fishermen in the area. This helps to conserve local bio-types, making Cabrera the biggest fish biodiversity park in the Mediterranean Sea. Abundant salps, breams, sea basses, cows, sunfishes and breams live here. It is also easy to find urchins and cuttlefishes. The rocky bottoms host groupers, scorpions, octopus, moray and conger eels, sharing space with the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and dolphins.
Cabrera National Park Plants
Here, the Mediterranean vegetation is revealed at its best with widespread maquis and pine groves. In the National Park you can also find 22 plant species endemic to the Balearic Islands and to the National Park of Cabrera such as an endemic variety of buck thorn.