Majorca’s popularity as a family holiday destination has been on the ascent ever since the government authorities decided to move away from a package based tourist economy to one that attracted a more affluent group of tourists.
Palma airport has a short flight time of just over two hours from most UK airports and a beach holiday season that lasts from early spring until mid-autumn, the island of Majorca is a treat for families of all ages. Getting from the airport to your holiday destination is simple, thanks to a great network of roads that lead you to all the best holiday hotspots. Transport options include car hire, taxis, airport transfers, and buses.
The epitome of a classic Mediterranean postcard holiday destination, Majorca is much more than its miles of sandy beaches with a cosmopolitan capital city that has culture coming out the kazoo. Add to this, honey-stone coloured soulful mountain villages where summer is just one long party full of gastronomic treats and local wines that would give Napa a run for its money and you will understand why so many families fall in love with Majorca.
Clean, safe and accessible to all, Majorca offers large child-friendly beaches with white sand and crystal clear turquoise coloured water and a massive range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
The large size of the island means you can find any sort of activity you’re looking for from snorkelling to stand up paddle boarding and sailing on the coast, to mountain hikes and caves as big as cathedrals inland.
Below we have added our family favourite things to do while holidaying on the island of Majorca.
Playa de Muro
For family fun, our favourite beach on Majorca is the six kilometres long Blue Flag beach of Playa de Muro. With a backdrop of sand dunes and juniper trees for shade, Playa de Muro is an ideal place for a family picnic while also enjoying the beach and sea. The shallow water makes it an ideal beach for families with small children while also boasting excellent Kitesurfing for teens.
Stand up paddleboarding is a great way for families to all get out on the water together and explore the hidden coves and beaches of Majorca. All adults and children six and over can easily master the art of stand-up paddleboarding which is basically an offshoot of surfing. Unlike surfing where you float about waiting to catch a wave, paddleboarders stand up on oversized surfboards propelling themselves along with a canoe paddle.
A great place to learn the sport is in the sheltered resort of Port d’Alcúdia where you are guaranteed calm water with plenty of places to explore full of caves and cliffs ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
Formed thousands of years ago through seismic movements, the Artà Caves of Cap Vermell on the east coast of the island present a spooky world of stalactites, stalagmites and dripstones that resemble creepy objects all enhanced by a music and light show. At more than 20 metres in height, the ‘Queen of the Columns’ welcomes visitors to a 40-minute subterranean tour like you have never experienced before.
From Palma to Sóller by antique tram
This is a trip tailor-made for families that will have mum and dad in awe of the majestic scenery as the train passes over and through viaducts, bridges, and 13 tunnels while the children will just love all whistles and bells. Laid down over a century ago, so that farmers could transport their lemons and oranges to Palma, the line is serviced by a vintage Swiss-built locomotive with wood panelled carriages. Once you arrive in Sóller catch the equally atmospheric tram down to Port de Sóller for a swim and an ice cream by the beach.
S’Albufera Nature Reserve
The S’Albufera Nature Reserve is the largest wetlands in the Balearics and is home to over 200 species of birds that include ospreys, peregrine falcons and a wide variety of migrating birds that winter or spend time in Mallorca during their north to south and vice versa flights. The nature reserve is a great place to introduce your children to the lifelong adventure that is bird watching as well as a great escape from the beach. The park has plenty of cycle paths and walking trails to keep you busy all day. Be sure to take plenty of water and snacks with you as there is nowhere to buy anything inside the wetlands.
These are just a few of the family-friendly activities you can take in while holidaying in Majorca so whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday or one jam-packed with activities, Majorca has plenty of options to keep the entire family happy.