The islands around Mallorca are especially treasured for their natural beauty. Sa Dragonera is a small islet off the west coast of Mallorca which has become a landmark of particular interest in recent years. There are again more than 350 plant species here but it’s also widely known for the wall lizard population, an endemic subspecies that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Being uninhabited, birds also like to make this island their home, turning it into another bird watching haven. Covering less than 3km2, here you can also visit early 20th-century lighthouses with great views over the Mallorcan coastline.
Off the eastern coast, the Cabrera Archipelago is a maritime terrestrial national park. Known for its aquamarine waters and unspoiled beaches, it’s not surprising that snorkelling is a popular activity here. Spreading over just 15km2, it is said that Hannibal, the Punic military commander, was born here. Even though it is currently uninhabited, for centuries it was used by pirates as a base from which to attack Mallorca. As a consequence, a castle was built on its harbour in the 14th century. Now a national park, it is home to rare endemic flora and famous for its marine biodiversity thanks to the posidonia prairies that surround its coast. Endangered animals come under the park's protection and fishing is prohibited in its waters. Note there are scheduled boat trips over to Cabrera but, if you are visiting independently on your own yacht or yacht charter, you will need to apply for a permit.
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