Plan the perfect holiday with top beaches and activities for families
Summer is slowly but surely approaching – and with it comes the rush to get that big summer holiday of the year sorted! Majorca is one of the most popular sun destinations for Irish holidaymakers, so if you’ve decided on this breathtaking island with the family you’ve got plenty to look forward to. Here’s a quick guide to the best destinations and activities for family holidays in Majorca.
With its lively, historic towns, breathtaking mountains and gentle, sandy beaches, Majorca is one of the best family holiday destinations in Europe and it’s easy to see why this Balearic island draws in so many visitors. To help you plan the perfect family holiday in Majorca, I’ve put together a quick guide to some fantastic places to visit, including family-friendly hotels, beaches and activities. And if you’ve yet to decide where to go this summer, perhaps this will help you make your mind up!
Seeing as the island is such a popular destination, getting here couldn’t be easier with plenty of direct flights from Ireland to Majorca across the year. There are regular direct flights to Majorca from Dublin, Cork and Shannon, and Belfast too also enjoys direct flights to Palma de Mallorca. So no matter where you live in the country you’ll never be too far away from an airport that’s most convenient for you. Most importantly that also means no long car journeys with the kids getting bored in the back! Flights from Ireland to Majorca last around 2 hours and 45 minutes, so while you’ll have time to make yourselves comfy on the plane, you’ll be there sooner than you know it.
Palma de Mallorca airport itself is quite big, but thankfully it’s easy to navigate and you’ll quickly be on your way once you’ve landed. I always maintain that the best way to explore Majorca is with a rental car, but more often than not, package holidays will come with your airport transfers included, so it’s simply a matter of finding your representative who will then point you in the right direction. Immediately this eliminates all the stress of trying to arrange your own way to your accommodation – if travelling with young children it’s definitely worth spending the little extra for what is a massive convenience to you.
Family-friendly accommodation in Majorca
The selection of accommodation in Majorca is absolutely huge. From holiday rentals and apartments to hotels and even traditional fincas, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect place to stay that’ll suit your needs down to the ground. As the parents, if you’d rather prepare your own meals or prefer things to be a bit quieter and secluded, holiday homes and fincas are a fantastic choice. You’ll find them all over the island and these are well suited to holidays that are far more relaxed. Fincas in particular offer a very rustic experience – these are the traditional country villas found on Majorca and you’ll more than likely be in the heart of some truly stunning Spanish countryside.
Family-oriented hotels offer plenty to keep the kids entertained.
Families that want a mix of both relaxation and catering should look up one of the many child-friendly hotels and resorts in Majorca. Amenities to look out for in particular are children’s pools, entertainment programmes and kids’ clubs – some even offer water parks and splash parks as that extra bit of “wow-factor”. And while the little ones are off having fun, you and your other half will be able to enjoy some time away from the kids reading a book by the pool, or even indulging in a luxurious treatment at the spa. Make the most of your time off!
Guru tip: Playa Esperanza Resort, Platja de Muro
On my last holiday to Majorca with the family, I ended up going for the Playa Esperanza Resort. And not without reason! There were some really great offers up for grabs at the resort which really put that extra special touch on the holiday. The kids were able to hang out with the Miniclub and run around on the playground, or you’re fancying a lazy day you could enjoy some peaceful moments together by the pool. The catering here was also a high standard. What’s more, the hotel is situated right next to Platja de Muro beach where you can go for some lovely walks, get stuck into some water sports, or sit down at one of the beach bars and enjoy a drink or two as you watch the kids play in the sand. The water here is crystal-clear and on sunny days it really shines in this brilliant shade of turquoise. The surrounding cliffs of Alcudia Bay makes for a really special atmosphere come sundown.
Activities for kids and families in Majorca
While we adults generally want to relax and unwind a little when we’re on holiday, the kids want one thing above all – fun! Luckily in Majorca there’s never a dull moment to be had so you’ll be able to keep the little ones plenty entertained. Mix up a bit of relaxation and chilling by the beach with a few activities and excursions and you’ll have the recipe for the perfect family holiday on your hands.
Discover and experience
Majorca is blessed with a multitude of stunning villages just waiting to be discovered. Manacor, Valldemossa, Soller and many more offer a world of picturesque streets, cosy restaurants and historic architecture to get stuck into.
Even the busy capital Palma is worth visiting as well, whether it’s checking out sights such as the Santa Maria cathedral and Castell de Bellver, or even browsing the stalls at local markets. You’ll also find great markets in other towns such as Porto Cristo and Ca’n Picafort.
For a massive day out, be sure to check out the Western Water Park in the south of Majorca, or the Hidropark if you’re staying in the north. With loads of rides and attractions the kids are going to have an amazing time – guaranteed!
One great day out from Palma is a trip on the exhilarating Soller train.
One cool little day out I can really recommend is the quirky Tren de Soller. This small, dinky train takes you from Palma to the town of Soller, but along the way you’ll pass through some truly stunning landscapes. As you traverse the Sierra de Alfabia mountains, the train rises up steep inclines up to nearly 200 metres above sea level and you’ll pass through several tunnels, traverse viaducts and pass through breathtaking valleys. A brilliant day out for both young and old!
Majorca’s natural wonder
If that wasn’t enough already, the island is also home to some amazing natural features well worth exploring. Take the mysterious Dragon Caves, or Coves del Drac in Porto Cristo. Inside you’ll find an almost endless amount of ancient stalactites – thanks to the waterways that flow through it you’ll be able to explore this incredible cave system by boat as well.
Active holidays in Majorca
No family trip to Majorca would be complete without a day out enjoying Majorca’s lush landscapes. Depending on how old your kids are, you could opt for a little hike or even bike ride through the Tramuntana Mountains, the dramatic range which runs along much of the island’s northern coast.
The unbelievable views will leave your kids speechless.
The incredible views of mountain peaks clad in thick forests and the sea stretching out towards the horizon will amaze the little ones. To see the best view points, it’s best to rent a car as you’re free to drive to the harder-to-reach areas. Especially handy if your kids are still too young to hike longer distances.
La Reserva Nature Park is another big recommendation from me as well, where the streams from the many little waterfalls offer a nice bit of refreshment from the warm weather. Should you be travelling through Cala Figuera in the far north of Majorca, be sure to stop over at the Mirador Es Colomer in Cap Formentor. If the weather’s clear enough, you’ll even be able to see out to the Spanish mainland from here!
Family-friendly beaches and coves in Majorca
Going to Majorca isn’t just about the jam-packed days out – the idyllic beaches and bays are also what people come to experience! Here a few of my favourites in terms of family-friendly beaches and bays, so both young and old will be able to enjoy the perfect day out by the beach.
Beaches in the south of Majorca
Just a 7km drive from Magaluf is the town of Portals Vells with the beach of the same name. Here you can expect crystal-clear waters and soft sands that slope gently into the sea. With the flat inclines into the water, it’s dead easy to keep an eye on your kids.
It’s by far one of the most popular beaches with families in Majorca thanks to the great opportunities for snorkelling, high standards of cleanliness and even a restaurant in case you’re starting to feel peckish.
Calo des Moro is by far one of the prettiest coves in Majorca
A little further to the east is Calo d’es Pou and the small cove of Calo des Moro, one of the most beautiful on the entire island. The peaceful waters are safe to paddle in and you’ll find wonderful golden sands for you guys to sit back, relax and soak up a bitta sun. Cala d’Or, which is also popular with families, is also in the nearby region and can by reached by foot from Calo d’es Pou.
Beaches in the north of Majorca
In the far north of Majorca in the town of Alcudia is the beach Platja de Muro. Stretching for 6 kilometres, it’s the longest beach on the island and is perfectly suited for families. You’ll be hard pushed to find another beach that slopes so gently into the sea, so much in fact that you have to go pretty far out into the sea to even reach the deeper waters – it’s an absolute dream for younger kids. There are also endless options in terms of sports as well. From banana boats and beach volleyball to snorkelling and diving, anything is possible in the clear waters of the Mediterranean.
Another paradise for families is Cala Gat, close to the town of Cala Ratjada. The views of the bay here are nothing short of dreamy. Imagine swathes of green pine trees and whitewashed villas standing in contrast to the bright, turquoise waters of the Mediterranean… It’s romantic for sure, but expect quite a view visitors here during the peak summer months! If you’re coming here with younger children, it’s best to visit here in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn.
Plan your family holiday to Majorca
If you’ve yet to experience the joy of a family holiday in Majorca, you’re really in for a treat. And even if you’ve been before, chances are you’ll be wanting to come back here again at some point! No matter where you go in the island you have a wealth of fantastic beaches, activities and sights to keep both young and old entertained. The only thing that’s missing now is the perfect deal – so why not browse my hand-picked selection of Majorca holidays?
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