Sa Dragonera Natural Park, MallorcaSmall island off the south west coast, home to indigenous lizards
This uninhabited island off Mallorca's western tip was the focus for a turning point in Mallorcan history in 1977, when it was occupied by environmentalists protesting against a planned tourist development. The campaigners won, the island became a nature reserve instead, the seabirds survived, and for the first time the authorities realised that mass tourism had reached its limit.
Six kilometres long and crowned by an ancient watchtower, Sa Dragonera takes its name from its shape, said to resemble a dragon. You can visit in summer by boat from Sant Elm (at least every hour) or there are daily boat trips frm Santa Ponsa and Peguera and Port Andratx (take a look at our Boat Trips Page). In winter you have to make do with views of the dragon from the beach at Sant Elm or from the climb to Sa Trapa.