Majorca has long been a playground for the rich and famous, renowned for its old-world charm mixed with abundant sunshine, but Majorca with kids? Absolutely!
Majorca, the largest of the Spanish Balearic Islands, has a huge range of family-friendly activities, making it a premier location in the Mediterranean for a relaxing family vacation – but don’t think you’ll just be lounging in the sun all the time!
Here we’re going to share with you the 12 best things to do in Majorca (Mallorca) for kids of all ages, beyond just the stunning sandy beaches with activities that can be enjoyed throughout the seasons.
This post is part of our Discover Europe series
1. Dip into a Waterpark
There’s nothing better for kids to cool off on a hot summer’s day than splashing into a water park.
There’s a great selection to choose from in Majorca, including Western Water Park in Magaluf, Hidroparkin in Alcudia (including mini golf, bouncy castles, and paintballing), and Aqualand S’Arenal, the largest on the west side of the island.
2. Take on a Hike
The island’s pleasant year-round climate makes this a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts. The Serra de Tramuntana mountains attract hikers and climbers, particularly in autumn.
With kids in tow, you’ll want to start with one of the easier hiking routes in Majorca, such as Ruta de Pedra en Sec to Variant al Puig de Maria, or the coastal route, try Club Nautico de Cala Gamba to Club Nautico des Portixol.
Castell d’Alaró is a great place to head to for an adventure with kids. Explore the remains of a legendary fortress and pack lunch for a picnic on the terraces with panoramic views of the island
Moderate routes that more experienced family hikers will enjoy include La Trapa Ruin Loop, or head to Penya des Migdia, where you’ll witness a historic watchtower that clings to the sheer rock face, offering endless views of the island and the sea
3. Experience an Aquairum
The Palma Aquarium is home to more than 8000 animals of 700 marine species. Adventure across the oceans and experience the deepest shark tank in Europe. There’s a splash park to cool off for the hot summer days, a bouncy castle, and a pirate ship playground. The brave may even want to try a dive with the rays in the outdoor tank.
Open year-round, this is the perfect place to beat summer heat and keep the kids happy on those occasional rainy days.
There’s another smaller aquarium, Aquarium Cabrera, to enjoy in Colonia Sant Jordi; if you’re based in the south, this makes a nice half-day activity for little ones.
4. Swing through La Reserva Puig de Galatzo
A great one for your older kids, this nature reserve in Tramuntana (on the western side of the island, near Galilea) is home to waterfalls, caves, and wildlife walks.
There’s plenty of wildlife spotting, raptors, and birds of prey displays, plus the opportunity to take on the adventure circuit, including a rock climb, swinging bridges and sliding down canyons and zip lines.
5. Explore the underground caves
Looking for a cool experience in Majorca with the kids (literally!)? A visit to at least one of Majorca’s extensive caves is a must. There are no more pirates hiding, but plenty of legends and incredible ways to experience the caves.
Keeping a breezy 18 degrees Celsius year-round, head to Cabes d’Arta as a tour leads you in a boat through to the Queen of Pillars – 22m tall stalagmite with a light and sound show.
Perhaps the most famous is the Caves of the Drach (Cuevas del Drach) in Porto Cristo. Here, you’ll find four caves forming a huge underground expanse through Europe’s largest lake, Lake Martel. Once seated, an orchestra will serenade you along your journey for a hauntingly beautiful experience – or how about listening to Mozart as you glide through Coves dels Hams?
6. Learn to Snorkel
One of the best spots to head to is Cabrera Island, just a few miles away from the main island. This national park offers beautiful beaches in this incredible underwater world. You can catch boats from Colonia St Jordi.
Another way to head out on the water for your little ones, or if it’s too chilly to swim, enjoy a glass bottom boat experience.
7. Palma to Soller Vintage Tarin
Got a little kid that loves things that go? A great way to see Marjoca’s countryside is to catch ride the El Tren, the famous vintage train from Palma to Sóller. About a 1-hour journey as you slowly chug along, don’t forget to pack the bathers too to enjoy the beautiful beach in Soller.
8. Kathmandu Park
Looking for something a little quirky and different to do with the kids in Majorca? Katmandu Park is a unique theme park with 4D experiences through to an upside-down house. Katopia within the park is great for toddlers, with a splash park and soft play area
You’ll find Katmandu Park on the island’s western side in Magaluf.
9. Swing through Jungle Parc Mallorca
Another fun, active adventure is swinging your way around Jungle Parc Mallorca. Found in Santa Ponça in the southwestern part of the island, here you’ll find rope bridges and ziplines up to 10 meters above the ground, with some special low rope courses for the younger ones, too; they cater well to all skill levels.
10. Learn to SUP
Majorca can be a great place to learn new water sports. SUP is hugely popular – if you’ve not tried it yet, give it a go! It can be a wonderful family sport, and once you’ve mastered it, set off and find some quieter beaches!
11. Museo Sa Bassa Blanca
Found on the Alcudia peninsula is a bit of a hidden gem; away from the crowded beaches and busy town centers, a fascinating sculpture garden awaits; think granite creatures, shady paths, and a wildlife sanctuary. It can make a great change of scenery for a day out with kids in Majorca.
12. Simply Enjoy the Beach
Of course, the beaches of Majorca are the major draw card for family holidays in the Balearic Islands. With over 340 miles of coast and 300 days of sunshine on average, some of the best for families include Camp de Mar, Puerto Pollensa, with wonderful calm waters and a playpark on the beach, or Cala d’Or makes a great choice for a family day out with its picture-perfect marina and beach.
Where to Stay in Majorca
There’s a huge range of accommodation options in Majorca. Those who enjoy resort-style stays and like being in the heart of the action may like Magaluf – but if you’ve tried this before and it wasn’t your thing, rest assured there’s so much more to enjoy elsewhere on the island.
If you want something a little more off the beaten path, then try a holiday home in the Campos area with your own private pool may be the perfect place for a relaxing break. For a more traditional Majorcan holiday home, Cala D’Or may be your preference.
When To Visit Majorca
Whilst summer may be the obvious choice, remember this is when the island is at its business and most crowded. If you look for an off-peak experience, whilst some attractions, such as the water parks, may be shut, there’s much to still enjoy in Majorca.
Attractions such as the Palma Aquarium remain open year-round, and the caves can mountains of Majorca can still be explored in the milder winter months. The first few months of the year benefit from some of the lowest rates on holiday lettings. It’s no surprise Majorca is considered among Europe’s top winter sun destinations.
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