Archipelago de Cabrera National Park

Known as being one of the best preserved coastlines in Spain and the Mediterranean, Archipelago de Cabrera National Park includes the whole of the Cabrera Archipelago located in the Balearics. The park reaches a total of 11 small islands: Cabrera, Estells de Fora, Conillera, L’Esponja, Na Redona, Na Plana, L’imperial, Illot Pla, Na Pobra, Illa de ses Bledes and Na Foradada. Its location is remote and has no permanent residents, other than its wildlife, and visitors are scarce meaning that its landscape and coastline are practically unchanged. Declared a national park in 1991, the park covers a total of 100km2 of which 87km2 are covered by water.

Flora and Fauna

Due to its well-protected landscape and limited human presence, Archipelago de Cabrera National Park is home to a number of species which otherwise do not survive in the Balearics. Dolphins, sea snails and turtles are commonly spotted along its shores and due to a high abundance of fish, a great variety of seabirds reside here. As a result of this, the national park was named a Special Protection Area for birds. Reptiles are also one of the islands important inhabitants, and species such as the Sargantana lizard can be spotted all over the archipelago.


Archipelago de Cabrera National Park has an interesting history and this can be seen in its interesting collection of castle ruins. These ‘forts’ were built to protect the island and its inhabitants from pirates, as many people escaped to the island to seek refuge from attacks on the mainland. During the War of Independence (1808-1814), 6,000 French prisoners were held there, of which over half never made it back to the mainland, and traces of this are dotted along its coastline. For example, a monument has been erected on the island in memory of the French prisoners who perished here. If you’re interested in history, or you’re just intrigued to find out more about the archipelago then a visit to the islands is definitely a must.

Reaching the islands

There are daily boat trips out to the island of Cabrera at around 9.30am from Colònia de Sant Jordi, and also from Portopetro on Mallorca. The journey to the island takes around an hour and is the perfect opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery and possibly even catch a glimpse of a resident dolphin! Boat tours tend to only take place in high season, so ring ahead to make sure that they’re running at the time of your holiday.

Visitors Centre

The visitor centre is located on the main island of Cabrera and is the perfect place to begin your adventure of Archipelago de Cabrera National Park. Not only does the centre offer all the usual information that you would expect (maps, tour information, diving permits), but it is also home to a gift-shop, café and a museum. For opening times and directions, please visit:

The Museo de Cabrera ‘es Celler’ houses a number of exhibitions which describe the nature and etymology of the island as well as the way that they are working to preserve it. The museum is also home to a small botanic garden where it is possible to view the rare species that inhibit the island. Information regarding the conservational aspects of the island is also exhibited here.