Mallorca, the family holiday paradise

Mallorca may be the island you want when you want… but if there is something that defines it beyond its borders is its cosy, family atmosphere. With the Balearic Islands being the largest and most complete in terms of the variety of activities for children in summer. Here we offer you some places of interest and plans with the kids that you can enjoy this year if you choose Mallorca as your holiday destination.

Palma

A day in the capital is practically an obligation if you travel to Mallorca. For children, the city has beautiful parks and areas for leisure as well as nearby beaches at which the bathrooms are completely safe even for the little ones. In the summer, when the sun goes down, there are many outdoor activities: concerts, cinema by the sea or in the town, dance or puppet shows, children’s festivals with workshops …

During the day, Palma is bustling full of people shopping, visitors who come to see its most famous museums and monuments, tourists and locals that crowd the terraces and squares to enjoy the typical varieties of tapas (potatoes, Pica pica, croquettes, russian salad …) and some beers. The children can play in these areas without problems, always with sun protection of course, because summers in Mallorca are often suffocating, especially in the middle of the day, when it is better to stay in the shade or submerged in the sea.

For those who after a dose of city tourism want to return to the salty sea without having to move much, the best beaches near the city are those on the route to the south, starting from Can Pere Antoni and the old neighbourhood marinero de Portixol towards the playa de Palma. Towards the west there are also highly recommended beaches such as Illetes (with a large terraced area on which you can enjoy a drink in front of the sea) and Cala Comtessa or Cala Major, just before it.

Playa de Muro

If you want a holiday area with children in which you can also enjoy the delights of free time and relax in the countryside, there is nothing like the famous Playa de Muro. On the north coast of Mallorca a more tranquil and to some extent, more select, tourism is found. Here far from the crowds, quality hotels with all the services are designed for enjoying the landscape in a sustainable, respectful and natural way.

Many of the sport and active holiday lovers choose this area of ​​Mallorca, since it is also very close to the end of the Serra de Tramuntana overlooking Menorca and the spectacular Cabo Formentor. Cyclists and whole families fond of watersports, hiking or Nordic Walking arrange a date in Playa de Muro, Alcudia and Pollença to give themselves a few days away from the mundanity of work, while being surrounded by sea and countryside.

For children there are plenty of children’s playgrounds, specially designed sports courts, nautical schools, small theme parks and nature spots with walking or cycling routes, a top class water park and urban walks with fun souvenir shops in which you can find all the objects and toys that one can imagine.

The gastronomy is varied, influenced mainly in the most touristy areas by a British touch, since they are the largest and most faithful groups of visitors: from the UK thousands and thousands of travellers arrive to Playa de Muro every year. Prices for accommodation may be slightly higher than in other areas but the quality of the accommodation is higher.

There are more discreet areas for couples tourism on this coast but if you go to Playa de Muro with children you can also enjoy a romantic getaway and enjoy this little piece of Mediterranean paradise. In fact, there are as many hotels for families there are also great hotels for adults only, such as Hotel Piscis Adults Only or Garden Holiday Village.

Calvià and the west coast

On the other side, we find another destination in Mallorca where children will be treated as the stars: the beaches of Calvià, Portals Nous, Palmanova, Bendinat … to Andratx and Sant Elm, passing by Peguera and El Toro. It is also one of the most suitable areas for lovers of quiet and sophisticated holidays. The coves are like those in the postcards, small, calm waters with shallow sandy bottoms. There are also places with rocks but they are easy enough for all ages to access.

Marineland, aquaparks, children’s playgrounds next to the beaches, Kathmandu (now a hotel with an amusement park under the name of Melià and now called Sun Kathmandu Park), the offer of activities for holidays with the kids n this area is much higher than in other parts of the island. For this reason, it is common for it to be thought of, along with Muro – as the most family friendly area of ​​Mallorca.

The further west, the more exclusive the accommodation and the areas. The best thing to do if you are going with children is to stay in the area of ​​Palmanova and Santa Ponsa, as they are the most beautiful and safest areas, with special areas for children and with hotels tailor made for those who travel with their family. With accommodation such as the Gran Isla chain, the Pirates Village and the Plazamar Serenity Resort which offer spacious and fully equipped apartments specially for families with common areas designed for your enjoyment, for example; its own movie theatre, swimming pool, live performances …  and the Tropico Playa, located in front of Palmanova beach.

If you want to check prices and offers for accommodation for families or as a couple in Mallorca always opt for the official websites of each hotel rather than the price comparison websites. Hotels can usually offer better rates when designing their own since they will save having to pay the intermediary if the reservation is direct. It happens both in the Adults Only Hotel Piscis, the Plazamar Serenity Resort and in the Hotel Trópico Playa, as well as in all of Garden Hotels chain, Sol Hotels and IBEROSTAR in Mallorca, to mention only the most well known.

 

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