Majorca, an island off the coast of Spain, may not be on your vacation radar for family travel. Many people in the US only know the island for its party atmosphere. However, in defiance of all you may have heard about Majorca, it is a splendid island that is ideal for a holiday with kids. Avoid the clubs and single’s resorts and indulge in rejuvenating days at a child-friendly Majorca hotel. Visitors to Majorca are almost guaranteed sunny, pleasant weather from April to November. During this time of year, the climate is ideal, thanks to the cool Mediterranean breeze. From the airport in Palma, the northern coast and mountain villages are all within an hour’s drive. Rent a car at the airport and enjoy the wide variety of wonderful beaches, great choice of sightseeing possibilities and family-friendly restaurants. Here is our Top 5 list of the best places on Majorca to visit with kids:
The loveliest beach on Majorca is Es Trenc, located on the south east portion of the island. White sand and knee-high, turquoise water stretching out over 50 yards before it becoming deep, make this beach ideal and safe for kids. While the children play in the water, parents can relax or have a cocktail in the Caribbean-style beach bar. Es Trenc does not become overcrowded even in the high season because there are no hotels or apartments with direct access to it. Other child-friendly beaches are Cala Santanyi, with a nice hotel and apartment complex directly overlooking the beach, Cala Ratjada or Cala Millor.
If you like a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and prefer a hotel surrounded by nature, choose an agritourism hotel. These places have farm animals like sheep to entertain the children, and cultivate their own olive oil and vegetables. Most of these country house style hotels are more luxurious than you may imagine. The Hotel Llenaire in Port Pollensa, for example, is the old hunting house of an ancient Majorcan family and offers spacious rooms, deliciously refined Majorcan food and a nice park with pool and tennis court. Even if you stay only for a couple of days to escape the busy beach life, you and your kids will love the peace. Excursions can be made on rented bikes from the hotel.
Kids love water parks, so do not miss Marine Land on the way back to the airport. It seems deceivingly small from the outside, but in fact there’s enough inside to occupy the whole day. The dolphin and parrot show is thrilling, and the aquarium and tropical house are worth a visit. The best is the big water playground (do not forget towels and bathing suits) where children just love splashing around.
Ice cream and the historic train in Soller
All kids love ice cream, and the “Fabbrica a gelats“ in Soller, one of the most beautiful villages in the west of Majorca, produces one of the best ice creams ever. The “Orange Soller“ flavour is delicious, whipped up with orange ice cream and juice from the famous local oranges. With an ice cream in hand take the historic train that goes from Soller to the port. The slow, rumbling old carriages make their way through the wonderful orange and lemon orchards between the two cities, and the kids will be mesmerized by the landscape whilst you can steal a few romantic moments.
Palma and its cathedral
As long as the kids are not too young, Palma is a fascinating city. A visit to the impressive cathedral Sa Seu is absolutely unmissable, and if you come early enough, walk through the market hall- kids are always impressed by the big, ugly fish and the wide variety of appetizing fruit, vegetables and sausages. This is a great place for tasting fantastic tapas as an afternoon snack. A walk through the beautiful streets of Palma reveals architectural wonders and kids will be relieved entering the big kids store with exciting toys and games in the middle of the Rambla.
Guest post by Escapio.com, the reservations site for luxury, boutique and design hotels in Majorca and beyond.