Warm sun, endless sandy beaches - what else could you wish for on a family holiday? Mallorca has long been a popular destination for people with children, and it’s easy to see why. From acres of water parks to miles of caves and stunning aquariums, it’s a paradise for both parents and children.
You may only leave the beach
to sleep during your Palma holiday, so you should really get an idea of the best stretches of sands for your particular needs before you go. There’s a great range to choose from, with an array of amenities for beach babies of all ages. Playa de Palma is a long strand to the east of Palma that actually comprises several different beaches, including Ca’n Pere Antoni (closest to Palma), Ca’n Pastilla, and S’Arenal. It is a fine, broad, sandy area with a good range of water activities available.
, on Manuela de los Herreros i Sora 21, opens your eyes to the exciting world under the sea. Housing more than 8,000 specimens of 700 species representing the flora and fauna of the world’s biggest seas and oceans, it features wonderful displays of live corals. The highlight is Big Blue: the deepest shark tank in Europe, at an impressive 8.5 metres. The kids will be awestruck by the 1,000 live specimens inside - especially the ten massive sharks.
If you want a change from bustling beaches, visit Marineland Mallorca
, just a ten-minute drive from Palma via the Palma - Andratx motorway. Marineland offers a great day out for all the family, with live dolphin and sea-lion shows, parrot displays, penguins, stingrays, and a wealth of other of animals. It also has a private beach where you can bring a picnic and lounge between shows.
If splashing about in the waves just isn’t enough to keep your brood amused, Palma has a range of water parks in the vicinity that will tire out the most hyperactive child. Aqualand Water Park
in Arenal is Mallorca’s biggest water park, offering a great range of pools and exciting water slides to occupy any family for the day.
Magaluf’s Western Water Park
features water-rides and chutes for the children, jacuzzis for Mom and Dad, and a number of shows. Aquacity Water Park, 15km from Palma via Autovia Palma-Arenal, is the home of Dragonland - a massive sea-dragon whose mouth the kids can can “ride”. The Grand Canyon scoop slide and the Devil’s Tail tube are other highlights.
The caves on Mallorca’s east coast are among the island’s most outstanding tourist attractions (apart from the beaches, of course!), offering a world of wonder for children. The Caves of Drach
extend almost 2,400 metres underground and reach heights of 25 metres. Inside, you’ll find Lake Martel, one of the world’s biggest subterranean lakes The kids will be amazed by the weird structures within the Caves of Arta
, near Arta to the north east of Mallorca . Stalactites and stalagmites conjure up mysterious visions of heaven and hell, inspiring Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.