Majorca, the Balearic’s biggest island is a family favourite, mainly dues to its stunning beaches which are lapped by calm warm waters, 300 days of sunshine a year and beautiful scenic villages and countryside. A great destination for active families, there are pine forests, mountain peaks and caves to explore, so why not have a go at some watersports, hiking or mountain biking this year? Majorca reportedly has 300 days of sunshine per year, but you may get a cloudy morning one day or you may simply want to escape the midday heat if you’re travelling with young kids. So what is there to do indoors for families in this beautiful island?
Are you ready to explore our favourite things to do in Majorca with your kids:
1. Palma Cathedral
The Catedral-Basílica de Santa María de Mallorca (commonly referred to by locals as La Seu) is a Gothic masterpiece, and Majorca’s most iconic building. Visitors can indeed discover its fascinating history, dating back to the 14th century, as you wander around its cavernous, ornate interiors. La Seu has been dubbed “The Cathedral of Light” thanks to its 61 stained glass windows, including the enormous central rose window, crafted from over 1,200 pieces of glass.
While you’re in the capital you may also want to take the bus up to Castell de Bellver, a 14th-century circular castle with a unique round tower, that perches on a hill above the capital. The ground floor has a museum whilst the empty upper chambers are perfect for kids peering out and running around.
Visiting Hours: Visiting hours vary, check the website below for further details.
2. Palma Aquarium
All kids love aquariums, and what better way to entertain them on a rainy day than with giant sharks, graceful rays and tiny turtles? This large, award winning aquarium in the capital, Palma, has loads of daily activities, talks and interactive displays to get the kids involved, as well as play areas and a cafe. A clear winner among activities to do in Majorca for families.
Opening Hours: Open daily 9:30am – 5pm
3. Cuevas del Drach
Cuevas del Drach are world famous limestone caves, they are the largest and most visited of Majorca’s numerous caves. ‘The Caves of the Dragon’ form a huge underground network, and include Europe’s largest underground lake, where daily classical music concerts are performed – a truly amazing experience. You can choose to explore the caves with or without a guide, but all visits include the classical music concert and boat trip on the lake. We recommend you buy your ticket online in advance as it does get busy in high season.
The caves are located in pretty Porto Cristi, just a few minutes walk from the sea – this is a lovely area to explore afterwards if the weather brightens up.
Opening Hours: Open daily from 10:45am- 15:30pm (winter) / 10am – 5pm (summer)
4. Palma Jump
Let the kids burn off some energy at this large trampoline park in the capital – a great indoor option for a rainy day. Suitable for all ages, there are dedicated sessions for families. So even children as young as three can join in. In addition, there are themed events during the school holidays.
Opening Hours: Open daily 9am – 10pm
5. Mallorca Fashion Outlet
No we are not suggesting you take the kids shopping, but this huge retail centre has loads to keep the kids entertained including a 20 screen cinema complex, an indoor karting track and a soft play centre. There are also 18 food outlets, from ice cream and pizzerias, to American themed diners and traditional Mediterranean restaurants. Anymore reasons not to feature this venue among our attractions to do with families in Majorca?
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 10pm
6. Beach Hopping
One of the main reasons families come to Majorca is for its hundreds of beautiful beaches. Whether you want tiny hidden coves to discover by sea kayak or long stretches of sand for sunbathing, you’re sure to find it here. Almost all the beaches boast calm waters and soft sand, so they’re perfect for young families who want to swim, paddle, snorkel and relax. Three of our favourite beach areas are below:
Cala d’hor : There are seven beaches to pick from in this pretty area, so you can try several in one day… or all of them! Cala Gran is the largest strip of sand, while the pine-fringed Cala d’Or is one of the best looking.
Puerto Pollensa – A firm favourite with families, this sheltered sand and shingle bay is backed by the Tramuntana Mountains. There’s a smart marina lined with restaurants and pretty cobbled backstreets lined with shops and cafés.
Calas de Mallorca – You can walk from one beach to the next along the palm-lined coastal road in Calas de Mallorca. The most popular beach is Cala Domingo Gran, though this can get busy, so head to the more peaceful Cala Domingo Petit or Cala Antena if you want a quieter afternoon. The kids will love the mini train which runs between the beaches..
6. La Reserva Puig de Galatzó
This amazing nature reserve deep in the Tramuntana Mountains is a bit off the beaten path (arrival is via some very bumpy roads!) but you will be rewarded with stunning views of waterfalls, woodland and wildlife. Visitors can walk the 3.5 km loop which winds past the beautiful scenery, and the kids will be delighted when you come across the various roaming wildlife such as peacocks to goats. There are even some resident bears who are safely shielded from the public by a fence, but free to roam in the acres of forest.
Additional entertainment includes bird of prey displays, a children’s playground and opportunities for adventure sports such as rock climbing and zip wires.
Opening Hours: Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 6pm
7. Visit a Water Park
Another great reason to visit Majorca with kids is for its waterparks. Family favourite destination Alcudia is home to Hidropark which packs in loads of entertainment for all ages. As well as water slides and rides, there are bouncy castles, paint-balling, a mini-golf course and trampolines .
On the other side of the island, near Palma is Aqualand el Arenal which is a much bigger waterpark. Adrenaline junkies can test their nerves on the ‘Tsunami’ or ‘Tornado’ rides, whilst younger visitors have four themed areas to explore. For those just looking to relax there is a lazy river and a Jacuzzi, as well as plenty of sun loungers to rest on. A great water park for kids in Majorca.
Aqualand El Arenal
Majorca’s calm waters make it easy for kids to try some easy watersports like sailing or stand up paddle boarding. Lessons are available at most family resorts, often via several different tour operators so you can shop around to get the best price. Kids will also love to snorkel in the shallow waters, or why not hire a tandem sea kayak as a family to explore the caves and coves around pretty Port de Sóller?
Parents who are keen divers will be enthralled by Majorca’s numerous fantastic dive sites, suited to both beginners and experienced divers. There is so much to see around the island, from colourful coral to shipwrecks and caves.
9. Sa Dragonera Island
A daytrip to this uninhabited island and nature reserve is a really unique way to explore Majorca with kids. The protected natural park is home to an abundance of wildlife, most notably numerous species of lizards and birdlife.
Firstly, you children will love all the tales of pirate shipwrecks, and they can even see the ancient pirate watchtower. Secondly they can snorkel around the pretty coves and generally run wild on this unspoiled tiny island.
Getting there: Daily boat trips from Sant Elm, Santa Ponsa, Peguera and Port Andratx
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