Do you like surprises and are looking for different places to discover during your holidays in Ibiza? Great! You’ve come to the right place. Can Marçà, located in the north of the island, is an impressive cave that is more than 100,000 years old. You’ll find it inside a cliff in Port de Sant Miquel, next to the beach of the same name.
The truth is that places like this remind us that Ibiza is much more than sun and sand. It is a natural paradise ready to awaken all your senses. Today we reveal in detail what the Can Marçà cave is like.
A cave discovered by smugglers
Odd, but true. The Can Marçà cave was discovered by a group of smugglers who used this space to hide the goods they were smuggling. In fact, today you can still see the red or black paint marks with which they marked the entrance and exit of the cave, which would make it easier for them to escape if they were discovered.
Over the years, various formations have been created in the cave, such as stalactites, stalagmites, columns and lava flows, becoming a natural space of exceptional beauty and now a tourist attraction.
In the 1970s, a Belgian speleologist became interested in the Can Marçà cave and it was then that the galleries began to be explored. Shortly afterwards, work began in order to prepare the cave for subsequent tourist visits.
Although the precise period of its formation is not known, it is thought to date from the Quaternary era, around two million years ago. This place, with around 8,500 square metres, has an important geological interest, also due to the fact that remains of fossil bones of ancient animal species have been found in its interior. The cave is located in one of the cliffs of Port de Sant Miquel, also known as Port Balansat. For your reference, it is about 20 kilometres from the city of Ibiza and about 25 kilometres from Sant Antoni de Portmany.
Organise your visit to the Cave of Can Marçà
The visit consists of a 350-metre walk around the cave, which takes approximately 35-40 minutes. Before starting, what most attracts the attention of visitors is the outer path that runs along the cliffs, some twelve metres above sea level, and which leads to the entrance of the cave, the point where the underground visit begins.
From the top of the cliffs, you can take the opportunity to enjoy an exceptional panoramic view of the bay of Port de Sant Miquel, with the island of Murada in the background, a true paradise for scuba diving.
The tour takes you through the Entrance Hall, the Temple of Buddha and the Waterfall Hall, where you can enjoy a fascinating water, light and sound show. The visit will also take you to the Lake of Wishes, whose waters are tinted with fluorescein, and also to the Dry Galleries, which will lead you to the end of the underground route. The cave is open from May to October in the mornings and afternoons, with guided tours every 30 minutes.