Sa Dragonera Natural Park

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The island of sa Dragonera is a still wild Mallorca, a maritime landscape that evokes times of colonisation and piracy, and a geological fossil that, as an extension of the Serra de Tramuntana, houses one of the most important environmental points of the Balearic Islands.

The majestic shape that is drawn on the western horizon, “resembling that of a sleeping dragon”, is inescapably its identifying element. Paradoxically, it has been documented that the origin of the name “sa Dragonera” is not due to the simile with the reptile, but that it comes from the Latin “traconaria”, as the caves were used for the supply of fresh water in the ancient navigation routes.

An identity enriched by a biogeographic individuality, its endemisms: the Lilford's wall lizard (Podarcis lilfordi), a subspecies of the Limonium dragonericum, and the Balearic shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus) that, at risk of becoming extinct, find their favourite coast here for nesting.

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