Many visitors associate the island with wild parties and package holidays for the younger generation, determined to have a wild time, but Mallorca’s quieter resorts such as Marriott´s Son Antem are the ideal places for families with kids to enjoy a holiday. The combination of great tourist amenities and historic sightseeing, will keep everybody entertained and happy and there are lots of interesting things to do with kids in Mallorca.
Puerto Pollensa and Cala d’Or are two of the quieter locations on the island, with gorgeous, uncrowded beaches. Both make for the ideal place to spend a day out in the Spring/Summer months, watching the kids build sand castles and the adults indulging in some well deserved rest and relaxation. There is an enormous waterpark at El Aranal, as well as Alcudia and Magalluf – what could be a more perfect for a day out with the kids? You can also choose to try go-karting in Magalluf, or enjoy a family horse-riding trip to see the island from Alcudia. A trip to Marineland, in Costa d’en Blanes, to watch the dolphins and sea lions perform, or be mesmerised by the sharks in the aquarium, is a must.
On days when outdoor activities are not an option for kids on holiday in Mallorca, there are other options such as Mallorca Aquarium in Porto Cristo. Here is our pick of the 5 best days out, with the little ones in tow.
Located in El Aranal, Aqualand is not to be missed by anyone visiting Mallorca- it´s not just for kids, adults will have a blast too! Home to a vast amount of water slides, of all different shapes and sizes- you can experience everything from adrenaline rushes to moments of relaxation, whilst watching the little ones enjoy themselves at their very own water playground, Children’s Paradise. The park is open from May to October and you can purchase tickets in advance, on the Aqualand website.
Here the kids can enjoy watching the dolphin and sea lion shows, which have been rated highly by several tourist guides. Marineland also has other attractions, including Europe’s largest collection of sharks, a parrot circus, aquariums, crocodiles and snakes. You can touch and have photographs taken with the dolphins and other animals after their shows, for an extra charge and there is also a wide range of options for refreshments in Marineland, with restaurants and pizzerias serving simple food. If on a budget, you can also choose to take your own picnic to the themepark. It is a good idea to book in advance, as this will allow you to skip queues and also entitle you to a discount.
This enormous theme park, which also has a mini golf course on site, is becoming increasingly popular with younger visitors to Magaluf. One of our favourite attractions within the park, is the haunted house- featuring cutting edge technology it offers an interactive and thrilling experience for youngsters. The asylum, which is available to visitors aged 12 and over, allows you to take a scary tour through an abandoned mental asylum, as well as several other rides and attractions, which make up the park. The restaurants on site offer a variety of different cuisines, which attract adult tourists as well as the younger crowd.
The Safari Zoo, Porto Cristo-Son Servera
The safari zoo brings together a wildlife park and leisure park. The safari area gives more than 600 animals a home and visitors a great opportunity to experience animals in the ‘wild’.
Jumaica Tropical Park
Jumaica is a mix of 25,000 square metres of tropical gardens and Mallorcan landscapes full of many different wild animals and tropical vegetation. It is the only tropical park with a banana plantation in Mallorca. The Ca’n Pep Noguera restaurant is part of the complex and specialises in Mallorcan and international gastronomy.