Taking your family to Mallorca gives you a wide range of options in terms of where to stay and what to do. Being the biggest of the Balaeric islands Mallorca has many different resorts, some more expensive than others. Ultimately it comes down to whether you want to be around a lot of other tourists or you would like to be away from the crowds. It takes under two hours to get from one end of the island to the other and attracts well over 10 million tourists a year. Most of the visitors tend to go to Magaluf and neighbouring resorts which are not great places to take the family.
With most of the resorts at capacity in winter months it is important to book in advance and choose where you stay only after doing some research online. Long time Mallorca goer Linda Black who has a husband and two children recommends Puerto Pollensa and Cala San Vience. Linda says “We love both of these resorts as they are small and manageable for us and the family. We have been to both a few times and always hire a car for day trips. We find the beaches ideal for the children as both are sandy and shallow waters. Another benefit is the amount of cafes and restaurants to enjoy, we can spend a couple of weeks there are not get bored with the same places. We have stayed at both hotels and private villas and we now prefer villas to rent as they offer freedom and can stay with friends as well when we want.”
When it comes to keeping the children occupied with things to do in Mallorca, Linda says there is more than enough to keep the kids happy for weeks. “We like to take the kids exploring on bike rides, there is a lovely national park called Cala Mondrago with nice pine forests and remote beaches. We have been there a few times. We also like to go up into the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, although have only done this since the kids have hit their teenage years. The bike trails are really good and take a camera as the views are unforgettable.”
“There are also a number of markets worth visiting if you fancy a bit of shopping and the main city Palma Mallorca has many boutiques for the ladies to enjoy. The old town is particularly nice with winding lanes and alleyways and lovely little restaurants. Much of the area is pesdetrianised so is generally safe for children although you have to watch out for mopeds. We found a great activity for the children, a visit to one of Europe’s largest mazes at Amaze’n Laberintos, Playa de Muro.”
“You should also try the old train to Soller, the kids loved it when we took them on this antique, the views are fantastic as you wind your way round the mountains. It takes just over an hour and there are some lovely places to eat in Soller as well. It is also worth noting that Port Soller, 5 km on from Soller on a tram is probably Mallorca’s most beautiful setting.”
“Finally I would say that if you want a fun day out there are a number of water parks in Mallorca. We go to Aqualand in Magaluf, which is probably the only reason for a family to go there! It has a Jacuzzi for me and my husband to relax while the kids are off having fun.”
All in all family holidays in Mallorca offer a great range of accommodation, nice places to eat and offer a number of activities for the children. A great choice for a family holiday!
Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who represents a number of UK businesses. For Balearic Island holiday advice he Recommends MallorcaCalling.com for Quality Mallorca Villas