Mallorca is the perfect destination for family holidays- it’s got sun, sea and sand plus it’s a super safe island destination that’s not far from the UK. Check out our complete guide to family friendly Mallorca, with all the key info that parents need to know…
We’ll answer the following questions…
- Where is family friendly Mallorca?
- What’s the weather like?
- Is it safe?
- Is it child friendly?
- How do I get there?
- Can you drink the water?
- Will I need to bring a car seat/booster seat?
- Where should I stay?
- Where are the best beaches?
- What is there for my family to do?
- Are there family friendly restaurants?
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Where is Mallorca?
Mallorca or ‘Majorca’ is the largest island in the Balearics. The Balearic Islands belong to Spain and are based in the Mediterranean. In addition to the other Balearic Islands, Ibiza, Minorca and Formentera, it’s a really popular holiday destination for UK travellers, meaning there is less of a language barrier for English visitors.
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What’s the weather like?
Mallorcan weather is warm throughout the year, with very hot bright summers and mild winters. Temperatures average around 29 degrees in the summer and around 15 degrees in the coldest winter months. Mallorca’s climate system often means cooler sea winds are drawn in-land which keep things at a warm and pleasant temperature in the summer, making family friendly Mallorca the perfect holiday destination for those with little ones.
Is it safe?
Mallorca is a very safe location, making it the perfect choice for a family holiday. There is very little crime on the island, however as with almost all tourist destinations, there can be pick-pockets about, so just keep an eye on your belongings if you’re visiting crowded tourist areas such as Palma.
Is it child friendly?
Mallorca is the perfect spot for child friendly holidays. The island has a variety of safe sandy beaches, kids’ clubs, family activities, and more. As in mainland Spain, children are welcomed in almost all restaurants across the island and Mallorcan children usually stay up till late and eat with their parents. However, locals are very accustomed to holidaying children and the usual eating rituals of UK travellers, so you’ll find plenty of family dining options to suit your family’s needs.
You can also find baby food and nappies in most supermarkets, however the brands may differ from your usual at home (Heinz and Pampers are among those available) and they can be quite pricey, so it’s worth bringing your own if you have space.
Although Palma and some of the main party areas do have a vibrant night life, the rest of the island is quiet and calm- ideal for those balmy evenings of sampling tapas and local wines in a quiet beach restaurant whilst you watch your little ones play together on the soft sand in front of you.
How do I get there?
It’s very easy to get to Mallorca from the UK; most UK airports fly to Mallorca in only 2-3 hours, which is ideal if you don’t want to travel too far with little ones. It’s worth noting that to get the best flight prices, you should book as early as possible- we recommend using www.skyscanner.net to find the most affordable family flight options.
Can you drink the water?
The tap water in Mallorca is considered safe to drink, however it does have a higher mineral content than we are used to in the UK so it tastes a bit strange and can cause tummy upsets for visitors who aren’t accustomed to drinking it. As a result, bottled water is widely used by tourists. You can buy bottled water in most shops around the island; look for ‘agua sin gas’ which is ‘still’ water, and expect to pay around 1 Euro for 5 litres.
Will I need to bring a car seat/booster seat?
If you’ll be taking a Mallorcan taxi, some companies are able to provide car seats for all ages. My Taxi Mallorca and TAXIPMI are an example of two of the companies who provide this; it’s important to pre-book as you will rarely be able to find taxis in the streets carrying car seats. If in doubt, you may want to bring your own (most airlines will allow you to bring a set number of large baby items in the cabin for free) for peace of mind.
Where should I stay?
Families often prefer the quieter family friendly Mallorca areas in the North, or the more rural areas across the island. At Tots we offer a variety of family friendly Mallorca destinations, all of which have been personally hand selected, inspected and perfected for families by a family travel expert. Additionally, every private pool we offer has been enclosed for child safety, plus every destination is equipped with our Essential Kit Guarantee; 20+ key baby and toddler items that you won’t need to worry about packing.
Take a look at some of our family friendly Mallorca locations…
- Enjoy the modern interiors and super short walk to the beach from Casa Puerto
- Visit the sandy beaches and huge water park that’s just a short drive from Villa Soler de Baix
- Take in the incredible views and beautiful beaches close to Casa Turo
- Enjoy a breathtaking countryside family retreat at Villa Rosa
- Cook some dinner in your traditional outdoor pizza oven after a relaxing day at the beach when staying at Eu Madravet
- Enjoy the private pool and playground in the secluded gardens of Villa Ensenyat
- Take a dip in the beautiful fenced pool at Villa Bougainvillea
- Visit the old town and sandy beaches of Pollenca, close to Villa Alexandra
Relax and take in the amazing hillside views from the balcony, before going for a dip in your huge private pool and whipping up some dinner in the outdoor summer kitchen as your kids play on the swings at Casa Vistas, or unwind in the spacious traditional Mallorcan interiors of Villa Pollensa before jumping in the cool private pool and taking in the lush garden views.
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- Head to the family beaches that are close to your huge villa and private pool at Casa Malva
- Relax in the tranquil Mallorcan farmhouse of Villa Baladre, with it’s stunning views and pool
- Pet the farm animals or let your little ones run wild in the incredible private play area at Connie’s Farm
- Book beautiful five bedroom Casa Vinya and six bedroom Casa Horta separately or together for big group holidays, and enjoy outdoor dining, private pool fun and nearby beaches.
Where are the best beaches?
Family friendly Mallorca is famous for its stunning beaches, with secret coves, white sandy beaches and shallow waters…
This white sand strip of beach is framed by trees and has warm shallow water that’s clear and perfect for paddling.
Also with clear shallow waters and white sands, this vibrant seven mile long beach is surrounded by shops and restaurants plus family facilities, making it the perfect place for a whole day out. You can even have a go on the inflatable beach park in the water, which has a sea bouncy castle. If you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, head further down the beach to Playa de Muro, where things are a bit more quiet and secluded.
Enjoy the turquoise waters and gently sloping sands… don’t forget to pop to the Creperia Gelateria Es Cucurutxo for everything from paninis to crepes to ice cream.
Cala d’Or Beaches
There are lots of great family beaches around Cala d’Or including Cala Gran which is a blue flag beach that has a play area, lifeguard, sunbeds, ice cream shops and more.
Port de Pollenca Beaches
This stunning horseshoe bay has golden sands and calm waters, and also has family facilities such as loos and a patrolling lifeguard for safety. The water is nice and shallow and the sand is perfect for a spot of sandcastle building. You can also hire pedalos if you’d like to!
What is there for my family to do?
You’ll find loads of fun activities in family friendly Mallorca, take a look at some of our top picks:
Hidropark Port d’Alcudia
With slides, mini-golf, a bouncy castle, trampolines and giant floating balls, this waterpark is family fun guaranteed! There are rides to suit all ages, including a special children’s world and mini-park for very little ones, plus under 2s get free entry.
Take a break from the sun and step into a cool and spectacular underwater world at Palma Aquarium. There’s a huge pirate ship to explore, a children’s play zone, hands on touch pools and a huge variety of marine creatures, with a strong focus on education and conservation of marine ecosystems. It’s also free for kids under 3 years old.
Amazing Adventure Play Park
Based on the outskirts of Palma, this fantastic adventure playground is perfect for little ones. With super safe play equipment and a convenient car park nearby, it’s a great way for your kids to burn off some energy.
Mondrago Natural Park
This stunning nature reserve has a variety of walks ranging from short to long in distance, to suit the whole family. You can enjoy a picnic in the picnic area, spot the beautiful birds and geckos that live in the park and stop off at Mondrago Beach for some paddling and sandcastle building.
Experience traditional family friendly Mallorca by visiting this lovely village; with charming streets, shaded squares, local markets, windmills dotted about and stunning Sant Pere church, it’s a lovely place to spend the day.
The Dragon Caves
Visit the pretty harbour of Porto Cristo and whilst you’re there pop into the caves of Drach- the ‘Dragon Caves’. Explore these stunning formations by path or drift through the illuminated caves on an underground boat trip for a truly magical experience!
Pollença Old Town
This traditional and welcoming town has plenty to explore, from art galleries to churches to local gift shops and more. Be sure to stop by one of the wonderful little cafes for delicious coffee and cakes.
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El Laberinto Maza Fun Park
For something different, explore this magnificent Mallorcan maze park. This magical activity allows you to take part in a series of special maze games, with surprises to find, magical characters to meet and more!
Take the charming authentic wooden train, sure to be popular with little ones, to Sóller which has plenty of lovely local shops, cafes and a little tram which takes you down to the port. It’s also an area known for its ice cream, so be sure to stop by Sa Fabrica de Gelats, a family friendly artisan ice cream factory.
Are there family friendly restaurants?
Pretty much all the restaurants in Mallorca welcome children, plus there are loads of special family friendly restaurants across the island. See below for some ideas…
El barco– based near Portocolom beach, serves tapas and burgers plus has a separate kids’ menu and it opens slightly earlier than other restaurants, ideal for feeding your kids at their usual dinner time.
Molly’s Irish Bisto – based in Cala d’Or and serves familiar home comforts such as roast dinners.
Tiberi – this restaurant has a special kids’ menu and has a wide choice of cuisine, from tapas to burgers to stir fries to crepes. It has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, plus is reasonably priced.
Le Font de Gall – this child friendly restaurant is located in the town square in Pollença and is run by a Scottish family. They serve a variety of kids food options, desserts, vegetarian and gluten-free options if you need them.
Manzanas y Peras -also in Pollença, this Spanish restaurant serves tapas and paella, plus they have a kids’ menu, veggie menu and high chairs and baby changing facilities available.
Smiths Bar and Restaurant – visit for a wide range of menu options including usual family favourites like steaks, burgers, pizzas, fish and more, plus a kids’ menu, veggie menu, gluten-free menu and food served all day, right through till 1am.
Como En Casa- serving authentic tapas, stone baked pizzas, fish and vegetarian meals, this restaurant also has a kids’ menu available
El Balcón de María– this restaurant serves a variety of dishes including pizza, steak and paella, has incredible views of the bay, a kids’ menu and special child friendly treats like colouring books, kid cocktails and a soft play area.
Es Guix– A more remote dinner setting in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, this spectacular restaurant has stunning views, a traditional Mallorcan menu and a kids’ play area.