sa dragonera island and nature park with much balearic wildlife

Sa Dragonera is an island and a nature park found off the west coast of Mallorca. The name of the island comes from the unique shape that makes it look like the back of a dragon.

Sa Dragonera offers scenic and fertile vegetation, and a varied wildlife to explore as you make your way through the beautiful unspoiled nature.

The island measures almost 4 kilometre in length and 1 kilometre in width. Highest point is Puig de na Pòpia at 360 metre.

Sa Dragonera is a part of the Tramuntana mountain range. Actually, the mountain range has it roots all the way south of Malagá from where it springs on the bottom of the sea.

Highlights of Sa Dragonera

Beside from the scenic and unspoiled nature of Dragonera, you will also meet some of the inhabitants, namely the black lizards. If you have ever passed or stopped by a souvenir shop in Mallorca, you will most likely have noticed various articles featuring lizards. This is because these black lizards are iconic to Mallorca. They live all over Mallorca, but on Sa Dragonera they are so used to human contact that it is possible to hand feed them. A great part of these lizards live in the area of the dock so you are almost certain to meet them.

In the most southern end of Sa Dragonera, you will find the lighthouse of Llebeig, and close to this, the remains of medieval watchtower of same name. The old watchtower was built in 1580, when pirate attacks against Mallorca was on its highest. Even though only the remains of the old watchtower are left, you can still enjoy the magical views of the sea from up here.

One of the walking routes leads to the highest point of Sa Dragonera, Puig de na Pòpia, offering the most breathtaking panoramic views, an absolute must-see viewpoint, very instagrammable!

A bit of history of Sa Dragonera

Sa Dragonera has been used by humans for centuries. Up through the 15th, 16th and 17th century, Sa Dragonera was used as camp site for pirates and smugglers who could hide and plan their attacks on trade ships off the coast.

Up through the 1960’s and 70’s, several groups of investors purchased the island with plan on turning it into a luxury resort featuring hotel, casino, restaurants, bars, tennis courts etc. However, a group of environmental activists wanted it different. They had seen the consequences of the high impact of tourism in Mallorca, and would not allow for Sa Dragonera to be industrialized. It took a decade to fight the battle, but in 1988 the investor group surrendered and ended up selling the property to the Balearic government. After the transaction, the Balearic government chose to declare it protected nature reserve, along with the two smaller islands, Illa de Pantaleu and Illa de Mediana, close to Dragonera.


See Illa de sa Dragonera on a map

The area of Andratx is both diverse and versatile, and attracts a broad audience. The two main destinations in Andratx, are the old town and the lush marina area of Port d’Andratx. both with each their very own charm and appeal. The area surrounding the old town is full of scenic wildlife with direct access to many hiking routes and roads that leads further up in the Tramuntana. Port d’Andratx enjoys a romantic setting in an isolated cove at the feet of the mountain range and a more vibrant atmosphere with the bars and restaurants here. Andratx has a nice handful of points of interest to explore, as well as some art museums worth visiting if you are fond of cultural offers.

Discover Andratx old town, history, things to do

Visit Port d’ Andratx, things to do and leisure activities

Visit more Point of Interest in Andratx

Son Mas public exhibition space of contemporary arts

Coastal watchtower of Sant Carles / Sa Mola

Església de Nostra Senyora del Carme

Finca Hotel Son Esteve


More Balearic wildlife and nature to discover in Mallorca

Mallorca's Top sightseeing attractions

Palma Cathedral

la seu gothic cathedral in palma mallorca on the balearic islands in spain

Palma cathedral La Seu is an amazing sight, both from the inside and outside. Palma cathedral is one of the biggest in Europe, and great artists like Gaudi have worked on the amazing temple. There are guided tours and you can even visit the rooftop terraces offering magical views.

Learn about Palma cathedral La Seu

The Antique Train

excursion with antique train in mallorca

The antique train is a great attraction for young and adults. The ride takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of the Tramuntana, passing through orange plantations, olive groves and green valleys. The authentic feeling of the old marhogany cars bumping along the rails completes the experience.

Enjoy a ride in the antique train

Castell de Bellver

beautiful gothic bellver castle in palma mallorca spain

Castell de Bellver is a unique castle, due to its round shape and splendid location on a hilltop above Palma's bay. Much of Mallorca's most dramatic times are linked to the Bellver castle, and you will also find Palma's historical museum here. It's a great attraction for all ages.

Visit the Bellver castle

Cuevas del Drach

cuevas del drach or dragon caves is a major tourist attraction in mallorca located in the holiday resort of porto cristo

Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) is a great attraction to visit for all ages. Inside the stalagmite and stalactite caves in Porto Cristo, you will meet a true wonder of nature, along with the biggest underground lake in Europe on which an orchester will play a beautiful live concert on before you can enjoy a short ride.

Visit Cuevas del Drach

Santuari de Lluc

santuari de lluc monastery and major tourist attraction in mallorca

Santuari de Lluc is a monastery situated deep in the highest areas of the Tramuntana, in divine natural surroundings. Lluc is a great attraction for everyone, you can discover the ethnological museum, enjoy a concert by the famous child choir, visit the botanical gardens and see the holy Madonna.

Visit Santuari de Lluc

La Granja

two women wearing traditional mallorcan outfits at la granja esporles ethnological museum in mallorca

A visit to the ethnological museum of La Granja in the mountain village of Esporles takes you on an interesting journey back in time to discover how life in mallorca was for the wealthy landowners and their servants. La Granja is a museum suitable for all ages, there is plenty to see and do here for young and adults.

Visit La Granja

Sa Dragonera

sa dragonera island and nature park with much balearic wildlife

Sa Dragonera is an island and protected nature reserve just off the coast of Sant Elm, Andratx. Sa Dragonera is home to indigenious lizards that are very human-friendly, and has become a trademark of Mallorca. About on the beautiful island, you can walk along multiple trails to some of the most amazing vantage points and find ancient watchtowers from the time of pirates.

Visit Sa Dragonera island

Almudaina Palace

the almudaina palace in palma mallorca is a major tourist attraction

The royal Almudaina Palace is closely linked to multiple epochs in the history of Mallorca. The ancient palace was built as the seat for the Moorish governor back in the 10th century, and was the first building in the city of Palma as we know it today. Inside you will discover an impressive collection of ancient artifacts and artworks, along with the authentic surroundings of the palace that is now used by the royalties of Spain when visiting the island.

Visit the Almudaina Palace

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