The last time I went to Mallorca, I was around 11 years old. We (parents and 2 sisters) went with my cousin and her parents and stayed in Magaluf. We stayed in an all inclusive hotel, and I remember there being a kids club, which my sister and cousin all went too. I also remember us going to a water park and my dad and my uncle going on a huge water slide. I don’t remember going to the beach, but I do remember hanging around the pool for a lot of the day. Just check me, my cousin and my sister out in this photo I dug out – so 80s!
Now that I’m all grown up with a family of my own, when we go on holiday, we more often than not prefer self-catering, and would look at villas in Mallorca for any stay that we have. We personally love the space and privacy that a villa provides, and of course, luxury things, like a private swimming pool! We also like that we’re not tied to a hotel restaurant (which I remember being all inclusive at that hotel when I was a kid) and that we can make our own meals if we wanted to.
We are the sort of family who prefer to be out and about seeing and doing things when on holiday, with some brief periods of downtime, like chilling out by the pool, or sunbathing on the beach, so I thought I’d put together a guide of some family friendly things to do in Mallorca. One thing I really love doing is researching different holiday destinations – I’m such a dreamer and full of wanderlust for the world! I need to win the lottery and just travel for the rest of my life :D
Mallorca is a short 2 – 2½ flight from the UK, and is 1 hour ahead of GMT. Flights are reasonably priced, and with the weather being hot and sunny with highs of up to 30°C in the summer months, it is a perfect destination to get away from the grey skies here in the UK!
Since it’s been a looooong time since I’ve been this Balearic island, I asked a friend of mine who comes from Mallorca what family friendly things there are to do over there. Here is what she told me…
There’s loads of lovely beaches, most of them have some kinda of water sport – pedaloes etc. Palma cathedral and surrounding area – always lots going on round there – markets / artists etc. You have the water parks which are fab. In the summer they have their fiestas (in the towns) which are great for families – the streets get all done up – rides, stalls, dancing – the atmosphere is ways amazing. You can visit the caves which are stunning and go swimming in them. To be honest, everything over there seems family friendly – you know what the Mediterranean’s are like – they love kids! Children are always up later and restaurants are always kid friendly.
Mallorca is 3,640 km² and is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, known for its beach resorts and sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains. The capital Palma has 13th-century Santa María cathedral and hosts the annual Copa del Rey regatta. Stone-built villages include Pollença, with its art galleries and summer classical music festival, and hillside Fornalutx, surrounded by citrus plantations on mountain terraces. – Wikipedia
Family Friendly Things To Do In Mallorca
Head to the beach…
For a relatively small island, Mallorca boasts 120 beaches and coves, with expanses of sandy beaches and gorgeous blue seas. So grab your beach stuff – towels, bucket and spade for the kids, sun cream, magazines, snacks and drinks, and find a spot to enjoy the sunshine for the day! Do check the beach before you visit, as some beaches allow nudity, which you may not be comfortable with.
As my friend mentioned earlier, most beaches have some kind of water activities, so depending on your adrenaline level, you could try kite-surfing, wind-surfing, parasailing or banana boats. Then there is always scuba diving, or snorkelling (my favourite beach activity!)
Spend a day at a water park…
As a family, we love a water park, and there are a few to choose from on the island, including Aqualand el Arenal, Western Water Park and Hidropark. With slides and rides for all ages, a day at a water park is lots of fun. You can often book your ticket in advance to save lining up at the gate.
See nature and wildlife…
Nature is one thing I personally love getting close to, and there is plenty of opportunity for that in Mallorca. There is the Palma Aquarium, with the deepest shark tank in Europe – The Big Blue, which is 33 metres long, 25 metres wide and 8.5 metres deep, and holds 3.5 million litres of salt water! You could also visit Safari Zoo Mallorca, with its 600 animals and 3km drive-around safari park. If you don’t have a car, you can ride the safari train instead. There are also nature reserves where you can go bird watching and enjoy nature in the wild, or visit one of the botanical gardens to see Mallorca’s plants and flowers.
Explore the caves…
There is something very magical about caves, and there are several on the island of Mallorca including Cuevas del Drach and Cuevas de Arta. With stalagmites and stalactites, a guided tour through a cave system is exciting and awe inspiring. This would be high on my to-do list.
When travelling, I think it is so important to eat local foods – why go all that way to eat egg and chips (oh, how that conjures up images of English tourists!). You can’t visit a Spanish island without going for tapas! Dining in Mallorca (and across pretty much all of the Mediterranean) is later than in the UK, so make sure the kids get a siesta in, in the afternoon. Again, I have memories of my dad telling my siblings and I to go and have a sleep as we’d be out late at night for dinner!
I haven’t even begun to include other activities like theme parks, paint ball, hiking, sea fishing, boat trips, shopping, museums, fiestas, castles, churches and more!
For a small island, there certainly seems a lot to do on a family holiday here, and so many different things to keep every member of the family happy!
Have you been to Mallorca? What do you love about the island?