|Caves Del Drach|
One of the reasons for coming back to Porto Christo was to visit the Caves.
The "Dragon Caves" extend for 2,400m with internal cave heights of 25m and Lake Martel, the worlds biggest subterranean lake at 177m long and 33m wide. They were essentially discovered in 1880 with the real discovery undertaken in the 1930's.
They have such a reputation that it was a 'must' visit whilst we had no guests. We left the boat in Porto Christo and walked off to find the caves. The day was already very very hot, it was obviously going to be a scorcher, so would be great to spend some time underground in the cooler temperatures.
Cathy and Charlie outside the entrance of the caves after a hot and sticky walk.
The tours are all guided, although no commentary and photo's are BANNED so the sneaky pictures shown below are not real - honest!!!!
General pictures inside the caves. No flash unfortunately, the only way to take some pictures without the "Photo Police" getting hold of you.
The tours main event is upon reaching Lake Martel where you are seated in a rough auditorium in front of the lake with some very atmospheric lighting. No pictures here as "Photo Police" were all around and it was very dark. The show consists of small boats being rowed across the lake with a live quartet in the lead boat playing pieces from Martini, Chopin and Offenbach - Honestly, I knew that!!! Yeah....... It looked like a scene from The Phantom of The Opera in his underworld. Very effective and a pleasure to watch and listen.
At the end of the concert, we were put into a rowing boat and transported the few metres across the lake to a large number steps and the exit.
Charlie, Cathy and Captain Marky underground, in the cool, having just been around the Dragon Caves of Porto Christo.
We came out of the caves and back into the heat and the sunshine and made our way back to the boat. The one benefit of the mooring in Porto Christo was the pool...
The Porto Christo Club Nautica swimming pool - and the Swifts have it all to themselves.
As expected Charlie spent hours in the pool - literally hours.....but was a great way to stay cool in the sun.
View from the pool level looking down across the marina.
Dinner that night was in town at a lovely restaurant over looking the marina and the harbour.
Rows of local day boats moored up at the end of the harbour.
Well, the boys had to explore bread art at the dinner table......
We decided to stay an extra day in the mooring due to the pool facilities etc, Charlie was able to swim all day and stay cool, Cathy could read her book and i spent time finalising the arrangements for the delivery crew home and there was just a little time to spare before having to continue our journey back to Palma.
It is really really hot here now. Charlie and I are struggling so the only way to cope is in the water or in the shade. Being in a marina is great for the facilities but you cant swim off the back of the boat or find the breeze. This marina had the most fantastic pool which Charlie and I had to ourselves. To say we were a little wrinkly is probably an understatement. All in all , 8 hours of swimming on and off all day.As it is our last week we are leaving all the chores until we get to Palma so its just play play and more play...not that we haven't been doing that for the last 4 months.!!!! Everyone is feeling a little melancholy so we are trying not to think about going home but it is only a week away. Looking forward to seeing all our family and friends and at this moment in time i am looking forward to standing out in the rain.
We are still having a great time and i don't want to come home apart from the fact that i know my Nanny is making me lots of cakes to put in our big freezer. I so need chocolate cake.