Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands, is a go-to European hotspot for British families looking for a break in the sun. Over 120 sun soaked beaches are probably its biggest lure, but as children get older they need more than a bucket and spade to keep them entertained on holiday, don’t they? Luckily for you, Mallorca has active opportunities aplenty to wear out your busy brood, making sure you get those peaceful evenings you crave. Here’s a closer look at just some of what’s on offer. Looking at this list, you might think you need to book an extra week!
Walk: Swap the school run trudge for a walk about the Península de Llevant or Cala Mondragó – two natural parks on the island with a range of interesting activities for the family. Ramble the landscape, discover ancient stone towers, secret coves and herds of goats roaming around. Take a look at some of our villas in C’an Picafort that would make the perfect base to explore these wonderful natural parks.
Cycle: The Parc Natural de S’Albufera are wetlands home to many species of birds and other wildlife. Cycle the long gentle stretches along the coast and bring binoculars to spot wading birds, turtles and rare migrants here like Montagu’s harriers and Eleanora’s falcons.
Mountain bike: The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is a protected world heritage site in the northwest of the island, stretching for a whopping 90km! If you’re up for a challenge, hire a mountain bike from one of the many cycle hire shops and take the coastal paths and hillside routes from Pollensa to Formentor, enjoying the spectacular scenery. Younger children will need help, but your teens should have it mastered. Find other cycle routes in our great guide to Cycling in Mallorca.
Climb: The 365 steps in Pollensa Old Town known as Calvario, are well worth the climb for the spectacular views from the top. By all means stop for a rest on the way – there are pretty cobbled streets, ancient squares and winding streets filled with shops where you can catch your breath. We have a lovely selection of villas in Pollensa to choose from which will allow you to explore the area even further.
Splash out: Take your pick of one of several waterparks on the island for wet and wild fun at the pools, slides and watery attractions.
Kayak: Hire single or tandem kayaks and explore the caves and coves around Port de Sóller.
Paddle Boarding: You can hire paddle boards from various beaches all over the island. The kids will love it. They can either sit on your board if they are too young to go it alone, or go solo and show you how it’s done!
Close up with the animals
Artestruz Ostriches: This ostrich farm is open to visits. Learn about the animals, get up close with them, feed them, stroke them and maybe, even get to ride one. Our selection of villas in C’as Concos are just up the road!
Palma Aquarium: Home to no less than 55 tanks of fascinating marine creatures, one of them (the deepest in Europe) houses the sharks. The aquarium organises environmentally focused activities and takes part in protection and conservation campaigns, so you’ll be having fun and doing your bit for the natural world.
Santa Eugenia Natura Park: This home for rescued animals on Mallorca is a great day out for younger children.
Explore natural wonders
Cuevas d’Artà: Witness the ‘Queen of Columns’ and the ‘Chamber of Hell’ (which isn’t as scary as it sounds!). Step deep into the earth and be transported to another world of rock formations and dripping ceilings, dating since the early primitive inhabitants occupied the island.
Sa Calobra: This beautiful cove is a treat in itself, but it’s the epic journey that really stands out! Drive the road around Puig Major known as the ‘Knotted Tie’. Weaving through the mountainous landscape, it descends 800m over 12km with a 270 degree turn that loops under itself. After the rollercoaster ride you’ll arrive at a beautiful cove, a hidden beach and an incredible gorge. Walk the kids through 200m of tunnels to the Torrent de Pareis (twin streams). Just don’t forget your picnic!
Porto Cristo Caves: A top tip is to arrive early or late to visit these caves just outside Porto Cristo to avoid the masses. They extend for about 1,200m and run as deep as 25m below ground level. Inside marvel at Lake Martel, one of the largest underground lakes in the world.
Go Back in Time
Vintage train: The Ferrocarril de Sóller from Palma to Sóller vintage train journey has been running since 1912. You’ll see a hidden and beautiful part of Mallorca appear before your eyes as you travel northwest.
Castles: Castell de Bellver is a Gothic-style castle set on a hill in the capital, Palma. It was built in the 14th century for King James II of Mallorca, and is one of the few circular castles in Europe.
Monasteries: Santuari de Sant Salvador in Felanitx is an old hermitage where you can take in stunning views from its setting 509m above sea level.
Pirate hunt: Visit the Torre des Verger, a watchtower built in 1579 to defend the coastline against pirate attacks. Perched on the rocks near Estellencs, this place is sure to appeal to some wild imaginations!
Platja de Muro: After visiting the Parc Natural de S’Albufera, why not stop off for a swim at this Blue Flag beach? The shallow waters are great for younger children, who will love playing in the sand dunes.
Cala Mondragó: Part of the Parc Natural de Mondragó, this Blue Flag beach has crystal clear waters perfect for snorkelling.
Cala Agulla: Just north of Capdepera, this pine-fringed bay is ideal for paddling; the sand dunes will keep kids amused for hours.
Cala Mesquida: It can be windy here on the east coast – perfect for a spot of wave jumping or windsurfing for older kid
That is why Mallorca is still hard to beat as a holiday destination!
With the children’s entertainment covered it’s time to take a look at our villas in Mallorca to decide where to stay…