Planning a trip to sunny Mediterranean Majorca? From thrilling leisure parks and sports to historical landmarks brimming with culture and long golden beaches, here are the top 7 things to do in Majorca with kids, and the whole family in fact. These are some of the best ideas that have been suggested to us by the Majorca Tourism Foundation.
Majorca is a great place for kids, and families, and here are the top 7 reasons why:
1. Leisure parks… Fun everywhere!
Brave the waterslides or tee off at adventure mini golf in fun-filled Majorca where there is an excellent range of leisure parks, mostly located in Calvià. The largest water parks are Aqualand in S’Arenal and Western Waterpark in Magaluf, with a smaller park, Hidropark, located in Alcudia. For those fascinated by sea creatures, Portals Nous boasts dolphin and seal shows and there is also an aquarium located on Palma Beach where families can explore the wonders of the ocean.
2. Time travel with a trip to Majorca’s castles
Majorca is steeped in history, with traces of the island’s past in the form of its castles. From Bronze Age structures and Roman remains to 13th Century defense turrets, there are many different historical landmarks to delve into with the kids, including:
CASTELL DE BELLVER: Housing the Municipal History Museum, The Gothic castle with its magnificentcircular structure was built by order of King Jaume II.
CASTELL DE CAPDEPERA: The castle located in a strategic location with majestic views of Menorca. King Jaume II built it in 1300 to defend the island from sea attacks.
CASTELL DE SANTUERI: Santueri castle is the best-preserved rock castle on the island, located near Felanitx.
SON REAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE: Near Can Picafort, a visit to the working archaeological site is a must. The attraction combines the beautiful beach landscape with tales of ancient Majorca inside a museum built inside two traditional Majorcan houses.
3. Majorca’s golden coast
The Majorcan coast is one of the most precious treasures of the Mediterranean. The coastal scenery is a true delight for the senses with cliffs, small coves and long, powdery beaches. Majorca’s calm sea does not only offer a picturesque view, but also thousands of possibilities for activities for the whole family.
Take a trip on a boat or yacht on one of the Balearic’s 500 boat charters from one of the island’s 40 marinas. Reel in the ocean spray whilst taking in the wonderful landscapes of Majorca from a completely different perspective, finally reaching magical coves and caves that can only be reached by boat. Family fishing trips are also a wonderful way to experience the wonders of the sea, and nothing beats the pride of that first catch!
4. Majorca on horseback
Horses are a passion for many Majorcans, interwoven into the fabric of Majorcan tradition. Trotting races take place almost every weekend in the racecourses of Palma and Manacor. In summer, the races take place at night and spectators can dine in the open air while they cheer on their favourite horses! For younger families, pony riding is an exciting experience in Alcudia, but for families with older children, horse riding treks are a great way to discover the island and its diverse landscapes. From a canter around the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range to a gallop along the Majorcan coastline, horse riding is a must in Majorca!
5. Delve into Majorcan Culture
Majorca has a wealth of museums around the island for those curious families to take in! Explore the island’s history and age-old customs that have been passed down, all located in buildings with grand historical architecture. Art exhibitions from all periods, ranging from classical pieces to the latest avant-garde works, are also on display for more creative families with Majorca boasting a packed calendar of cultural exhibitions and events for everyone to enjoy! This is as a result of many great artists from Joaquín Soroya, Santiago Rusiñol, Anglada Camarasa, Joaquín Mir and Joan Miró choosing Majorca as their muse, captivated by the landscape. Perhaps the island will inspire your very own little artists.
6. Lights, camera, action, Majorca
Following the traces of films shot in Majorca is an incredible experience. It sees us trek through the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, along cliffs and coves exposed to the blue sea… or around the palaces of Palma. Exploring these spots around the island that became a part of cinematic storylines that touched the hearts of viewers. Films such as Me Before You, Cloud Atlas, The Night Manager and the recent BBC series of The Mallorca Files have all used the island as their backdrop and taking a tour around some of the filming locations makes for an exciting afternoon, perfect for the tech-obsessed members of the family who want to experience a little movie magic. You can download the tour maps here.
7. Sweet treats
The Ensaïmada is the king of Majorcan pastries with a golden, almost shiny, colour and a firm, crispy texture. Big ensaïmades are used for celebrations but small ensaïmades are served daily for breakfast. You will find them in the patisseries, bakeries and cafés of Majorca.
You will find the most delicious delicacies of the islands in the famous delis of Ca’n Joan de s’Aigo and Colmado Santo Domingo. Established in 1700, Ca’n Joan de s’Aigo is the oldest ice-cream parlour in Majorca. It serves ice creams, hot chocolate and local pastries, such as “quartos” – a soft and spongy cake – or the classic “ensaïmada”. Colmado Santo Domingo, opened in 1886, is a traditional deli where youwill find cold meats and sausages, cheeses, spirit drinks and local craft products.
Whatever the interests of your family, there is something for everyone waiting for you in Majorca, from sport, to food, to culture and creativity! Now on the Green List, this is a perfect time to plan your Mediterranean island adventure. For more information on what to do and where to stay in Majorca, visit http://www.infomallorca.net/. Palma have also recently released a guide for families, which can be found here.
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