Holidays with kids are some of the best sources of memories in the life of a family. We need to make sure there are plenty things to do, prepare your kids and actively involve them for the next family adventure, look for maps, search for interesting attractions or check for museums or events specially dedicated to the smaller ones. If Mallorca does indeed offer a bunch of activities suited for families with kids, all you have to do is to check on the best and safest section of the island, so you would spend a fun, smooth vacation. Let’s start with the beginning, talking about the best period of the year to travel with kids to Mallorca.
When to go to Mallorca with your children
Mallorca is not a winter destination for kids, although is as beautiful as any other time of the year. Starting from may, all the way to October, you have half year of high season, so you can choose wisely. We recommend being there in the summer months – from June to august, even September. If you are travelling to Mallorca on a budget, then may or October will do. If your kids are into outdoor activities and you think about the hiking and trekking opportunities in Serra de Tramuntana, may and October are excellent for a vacation around the mountainous area, with little rain and less unpleasant surprises.
Where should your family stay?
On that, it depends whether you have a car or not. A rented car will definitely widen your possibilities, allowing you to travel across the island whenever you please. Although one if the biggest Mediterranean islands, it is still a small ground to cover. You can book an apartment in Alcudia, in the northern part of the island, then travel daily to see either the mountains a little bit to the south, either the famous caves on Mallorca’s eastern shores. If you care about privacy and do not fancy the crowds, then the northern coast is more suited. This way you may avoid congested beaches and you could spend a day in the sun without worrying about your little ones. Or you can stay around Palma de Mallorca for a couple of days, introduce your kids to Mallorca’s history and cultural attractions, then switch to the western part of the island for the following period and see Soller or Valldemossa, using the vintage train.
Regardless your position on the island, we have listed a lot of accommodation units, mostly self-catered, enabling you to rest or have lunch whatever time you please. A vacation under the hot Mediterranean sun makes you think you will not be able to serve lunch daily at your hotel? No problem, plan lunch or breakfast somewhere nearby the beach and go back home in the evening. Choose a tapas bar or a taverna anywhere around the coast line – they are happy to receive you and they are more then accustomed to prepare culinary specialities for children.
What to see and do?
If you stick around Palma and Badia de Palma area, you must include in your must-see attractions Museu de ses Munyeques Antigues, a fancy doll museum right in the heart of the city, featuring one of the largest collection of antique dolls in the world. Continue with Palma Aquarium, an attractive location under 30 minutes by public transportation to town centre. It provides an excellent view on worlds ocean life, set into place by Coral World International, famous for building marine parks in Hawaii or Australia. In regards to water, also in Badia de Palma region, in Arenal, you should see Aqualand, one of the biggest aqua-parks in Europe, with themed sections, starting from “Polynesia” dedicated to exotic flora and fauna, to Harakiri water-slides or Banzai surfing simulator.
Other theme parks you should consider are Marineland in Costa d’en Blanes, with sharks and dolphins shows on the same southern section of the island or Western Water Park, with slides and rides in Magaluf, a bit further to the south, following the coast line. Hidropark in Alcudia, provides tons of fun for families with kids on the northern coast of the island.
Because kids are in love with parks and other natural environments, you should try Parc Natural de Mondrago and Cala Mondrago, a less known paradise located relatively close to Santanyi, approximately 50 kilometres away from Playa de Palma. There are at least 4 recommended routes to explore this natural marvel, well marked and safe. Location is complete with Mondrag Beach and S’Amarrador Beach, so you could use your visit to Mondrag Park and do both activities. Another attraction of the same type (the biggest one in Mallorca) is Parc Natural de S’Albufera, an ecological habitat located nearby Alcudia.
Caves are highly appreciated by kids and Mallorca does offer a few incredible sights. Start with Cuevas dels Drach – Cave of the Dragon -, a place described even by Jules Verne in one of his books, Clovis Dardentor. Admire the way water dug its way through sheer rock and created a true underground spectacle. Cave itself is 2.4 km long, with a height that can reach 25 metres and includes one of the biggest underground lakes – Martei -, 177 metres length / 30 metres width. As beautiful, but not as famous, are Cuevas de Arta, Canyamel on the eastern coast, Cuevas dels Hams nearby Porto Cristo, Cuevas de Campanet in the northern part of Majorca, plus Cuevas de Gnova – really close to Palma, reachable even by public transportation.
For a comprehensive tour of Mallorca’s history, note a few attractions you and your family should not miss:
- Torre de Verger, a classic local “talaiot” dating back from 16th Century, located in the vicinity of Estellencs;
- Alcudia’s medieval walls – including town’s symbol, the gateway to the city, Portal del Moll;
- Castell de Bellver – 3 kilometres away from Palma’s old town, it offers beautiful panoramas and helps you make an idea on what was the island like 700 years ago, trying to protect against invaders and pirates;
- Palace Almudaina and La Seu Cathedral are the most visited sights in Palma, compulsory for any type of tourist.
Whether you are a nature lover or just willing to spend a vacation at the beach, Mallorca is a wonderful destination even when you travel with kids. From natural parks to thematic, from zoos to aquariums, beaches and caves, there are enough things to visit for several weeks. The best of Mallorca does not only refer to pristine stretches of sand or other natural sights, it is also about the atmosphere, candid and peaceful if you know when and how to see it. I hope this small list will help you have a great time with your children in an exquisite Mediterranean island!