Explore an ancient limestone cave nestled inside a cliff in Port de San Miguel de Balansat to come across underground lakes and spectacular formations.
At over 100,000 years old, the cave of Cova de Can Marçà is a place of great historical significance for Ibiza. Cracks in the rocks allowed seeping water to carve out the Cova de Can Marçà and created the calcified buildup of stalagmites and stalactites inside.
The cave was discovered in the early 20th century by smugglers, who found the labyrinth of caves to be the perfect place to hide their contraband goods. Retrace their steps through the secret passages that weave through the cave during a 40-minute guided tour.
See the stalagmites, stalactites and fossils inside and follow the Hall of Lakes, a procession of emerald-coloured underground lakes. The water has been coloured by the moss coating the rocks below the surface. Continue to the Buddha Temple, where stalagmites and stalactites have grown into each other to form towering pillars that taper in the middle.
The showpiece of Cova de Can Marçà is the cascada, a curtain of water that falls lightly from the upper levels of the cave into the shadowy depths below. The waterfall is lit up by colourful lights. Audio effects contribute to the mesmerizing effect of it all.
To get to Cova de Can Marçà on the northwest coast of Ibiza, drive to the Port de San Miguel. To reach the entrance of Cova de Can Marçà, follow the signs to the rocky steps that will lead you down the cliff. Before you enter, pause to overlook the gorgeous bay of Port de San Miguel and the islands of Murada and Ferradura.
Cova de Can Marçà is open year-round from the late morning until just before sunset. Tours are offered in various languages, including English, and are included in the entry fee.