These caves are situated near Arta, in the north-east of Mallorca. Caves of Arta are full of weird stalactites and stalagmites conjure up mysterious images of Heaven and Hell. It is said, that the caves of Arta has inspired Jules Verne to do his journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Nowadays, the caves are a tourist attraction and it is hard to imagine how French geologist Edouard Martel felt when he first stepped into them in 1876. Caves of Arta was dark, mysterious, terrifying and had been known about for centuries. King of Spain Jaume I found 2000 Arabs hiding here during the Christian conquest. Caves of Arta were used by monks, pirates and smugglers too.
The various chambers has Dantesque names: Hell, Purgatory or Paradise. Nowadays, caves of Arta has lights and sound displays. Stalactites hang down from the high arched roof and some of the stalagmites can be 22 meters tall, its almost a Gothic column. It is growing upwards at the rate of 2cm every 100 years. One of the chambers is as large as the nave of Palma Cathedral. You emerge from the caves to a view of the sea.
The guided visit lasts for 35-40 minutes. Disabled visitors and those with limited mobility will find the staircases in here particularly difficult. As the floor can be slippery, it is recommended to wear sensible shoes.