Walking | Tourist route N302

Campanet caves and the Fonts Ufanes

What is it?

This trip visits two highly interesting natural spots near to the village of Campanet – the Campanet caves and the Fonts Ufanes.  The Campanet caves offer a thought-provoking spectacle to the visitor with spectacular underground cavities and impressive stalactites and stalagmites.  The Fonts Ufanes are natural hydrogeological phenomena that are unique in the Balearic Islands.  They are intermittent surges that spring up in a diffuse, sudden and powerful way when a lot of rain water accumulates in the Puig Tomir and surrounding areas.

Visit

CAMPANET CAVES

Visiting hours:

Open every day from 10.00 to 18.00.

Location and contact:

Camí de Les Coves. 07310 Campanet

Telephone: +34 971 516 130

Web site: www.covesdecampanet.com

E-mail: info@covesdecampanet.com

 

FONTS UFANES

Visiting hours:

Open every day from 10.00 to 17.00.

To reach the springs from the entrance gate to the estate you need to walk on an easy, circular path for around 20 minutes.  On reaching a crossroads, if we continue by turning right the route is less tiring as it slopes less.

Location and contact:

Finca de Gabellí Petit, Camí de Na Pontons, very near to the chapel of Sant Miquel. 07310 Campanet

Telephone: Environmental Information Point (free-of-charge): +34 900 15 16 17

Web site: www.balearsnatura.com

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Detailed description

The start point for this route is the bus stop in the Plaça Major in Campanet.  The caves are about 3 kilometres away (40 minutes walk).  To get there from the Plaça Major you need to take the Camí de Son Cabot.  When arriving at the fork that goes to the cemetery, you have to go straight ahead beside Sant Crist towards Sant Miquel/the cabes.  You reach a crossroads with the Camí Blanc, where you need to turn right.  Walk for approximately one kilometre until you reach the turn off to the right that leads to the Campanet caves.  If you go straight on you reach the Fonts Ufanes on the Camí de Na Pontons and after a walk of around 15 minutes.

Campanet Caves

The Campanet caves are located in the south side of the Puig Sant Miquel, in the Serra de Tramuntana in the north of Majorca.  They cover around 3,200 square metres and are around 400 metres long.  On average they are 50 metres below the surface and create an open space of about 16,000 cubic metres.  The visit, which lasts around 40 minutes, passes through various galleries and halls, some of which have pools.  The halls have suggestive names such as the romantic hall, the lake hall, the enchanted castle, the palm tree hall and the singing waterfall, amongst others.

The caves are outstanding due to the delicacy and exuberance of their chalky deposits in the form of stalactites and stalagmites.  Apart from the rich, natural ornamentation, various aspects have also attracted the attention of scientists and naturalists.  For example, during refurbishment works at the caves fossilised remains of Myotragus balearicus were found – a bovine species that was endemic to Majorca and Menorca which became extinct about 4,000 years ago with the arrival of humans to the Balearics.

The grottos have inspired painters like Casimir Tarrassó, who dedicated a series of monographic oils signed in 1948 to them, and poets such as Bartomeu Guasp i Gelabert, who composed the ode Coves de Sant Miquel (1949).  They have even been used as the location for shooting films.

The Campanet caves are of indisputable tourist and scientific interest and they are one of the most highly prized places in Majorca’s natural heritage.  To this can be added the value of the uniqueness and beauty of the surroundings, the countryside and the landscape of the Sant Miquel valley.

The Fonts Ufanes Natural Monument

The Fonts Ufanes are natural hydrogeological phenomena that are unique in the Balearic Islands.  They are intermittent surges that spring up in a diffuse, sudden and powerful way when a lot of rain water accumulates in the Puig Tomir and surrounding areas.

The water in the Fonts Ufanes comes from rain falling and filtering into the sub-soil.  As it filters, the water accumulates in an aquifer under which the ground is mainly impermeable.  When rainfall is intense and continuous, the water exceeds the capacity of the aquifer, it forces its way to the surface and springs up violently through upwellings in the lower part of the Gabellí Petit estate.

The flow can go from 0 to 3 cubic metres per second in a matter of minutes under normal circumstances and can even reach 100 metres per second on exceptional occasions.  The average annual volume of the springs is 10 to 12 cubic hectometres.  All the water drains down the Teló gulley, joins up with other springs in the area and reaches the Sant Miquel gulley.  From here it goes slowly on its way to the Sa Pobla plain (Pla de Sa Pobla) and crosses agricultural land until it reaches S’Albufera, where the water almost appears to rest in a landscape that is full of reeds and canals before disgorging into the sea.

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