Fun activities for all the family in Mallorca/Majorca
While the thought of a week or two in the Mediterranean sun is enough for most holiday makers, just the idea of lounging around by the pool will have others ready to pull their hair out.
Not to worry, though, as the Spanish island of Mallorca has more than its fair share of things to do that will keep the entire family happy.
Mallorca main appeal is, of course, is its stunning coastline, dotted with secluded coves and white sandy beaches, but there are plenty of places unique to the island just waiting to be discovered by the intrepid tourist.
Besides the beaches and all the water sports activities on offer, the mountainous interior of Mallorca is a natural treasure of hiking trails and honey-hued stone villages that have remained unchanged to the passage of time.
History buffs will be blown away by the majestic Gothic cathedral in Palma and the Moorish influences left over following centuries of Muslim rule, while fashionistas will be in heaven with the selection of designer shopping available along the Paseo del Borne.
No trip to Mallorca can be complete without visiting the capital city of Palma and the Cathedral of Santa Maria, built by James I of Aragon following the Reconquista in 1229.
The best way to see all that Palma has to offer is by taking the hop-on-hop-off open-topped sightseeing bus. The tour has 16 distinct stops at relevant sights along its route that allows you to take all the leg work out of a day in the city. Tickets cost just 17€ for adults and 8.50€ for children and are valid for 24 hours.
A second option from Palma is to take a scenic rail journey on the historic 27.3 kilometre Palma to Soller narrow gauge rail line on an antique 1912 wood-panelled train. The trip takes you through the Tramuntana Mountains passing through 13 tunnels and over several bridges before arriving at Soller where you can transfer to an old fashioned tram for a journey through to citrus groves to the coast.
Another popular family outing is a visit to the Caves of Drach at Porto Cristo where you are treated to a classical concert in one of Europe’s largest underground caverns. If you visit as part of a tour group, a trip to the nearby pear factory at Manacor is also included in the price. Tickets are priced at 15.00€ for ages 13 and up with children aged 3-12, 8.00€.
Other family attractions in Mallorca include the many Amusement and Water Parks where it is quite easy to spend the entire day on the rides or splashing in the pool. The Park that stands out above the rest, however, is “Katmandu” which was voted the best Amusement Park in the Balearic Islands and the number two Park in Spain.
At Katmandu you will find plenty to do whether it is fighting off a zombie attack or trying to climb the 16-metre high K3 climbing frame by mastering all the 57 different challenging elements. There is also plenty to do for younger visitors with mini golf, a splash pool and a self-enclosed soft play area complete with trampolines, tunnels and slides. An all-day Park pass costs 31.90€ for adults and 25.90€ for children.
Majorca has so much to do when it comes to attractions and activities that we have only just scratched the surface with our suggestions here, and are sure that you will never feel bored while visiting the Mediterranean’s premier holiday destination.