Isla de Cabrera

Address: n/a, Colònia de Sant Jordi, Spain

- Expensive


Deserted offshore island, home to the rare Balearic lizard and the best snorkelling around.

It is a short (and choppy) boat ride from Colònia de Sant Jordi on the South Coast, or from Porto Petro on the East, but so worth it for wildlife lovers. It’s one of the best nature reserves in the Mediterranean boasting a host of curious creatures including 80 different species of lizard, giant sea birds, and yes, some of the most pristine beaches anywhere. For me the highlight is swimming in unnaturally blue water at Sa Cova Blava (the blue cave).

Value for money

Price advice

Getting to and from the island is most easily done through one of the tour operators who will also provide you with the necessary visitors permit. trips start at 33 euros return, going up to 43 euros in high season by speedboat.

Expert tips

There is nowhere for lunch on the island, but Excursions A Cabrera can also provide paella and drinks for 8 euros. Otherwise pack a picnic, plenty of water and plenty of sun cream.

Don’t forget to bring snorkelling gear. It’s magnificent here.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • Sporty types
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Chilling out
  • Nature / wildlife