Mallorca Family Activities

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Arta Mallorca Family Activities

Finding activities to do as a family in Mallorca is not actually that difficult to do. That’s not the challenge. It’s finding activities to keep ALL of you happy that you can do altogether as a family on the same holiday. Also finding these activities within reasonable reach of where you’re staying is sometimes difficult to co-ordinate. And what about finding an area and accommodation to stay at that doesn’t fill you with dread?
If you need some help with all of this visit my family holiday Personal Trip Planning Service. (coming Soon)

Steering away from mass tourism activities

So what I’m NOT going to write about are the large hotels that have jam packed activity schedules. You know the ones-pool volleyball for the dads, kids club with face painting and music blaring round the pool all day long etc.
I’m assuming if you’re reading this blog you want to return home from your holiday feeling relaxed and refreshed. Maybe activities where your children can learn new skills and find new interests.

Time to put down your Digital Devices

person amoung many digital devices
Time to get out in the beautiful Mallorca air

I’m not suggesting you spend the whole of your trip at museums and exhibitions. Just some ideas to get your children off their digital devices and television, out into the beautiful Mallorca air to have some fun. Maybe just the odd exhibition as well! All my suggestions in this blog are things you can all do together as a family. You won’t have to drop your kids off and struggle to find something to fill your time while you are there.

Well Co-ordinated Majorca Family Activity Holidays

I’ve done the hard work for you in this blog
This blog article is an example of how to get Mallorca accommodation central to all your Mallorca Family Activities. And there is a different activity for each day. You don’t even have to rely on car hire for most of them. I tell you how to access your activities by public transport HOWZAT!!

Exploring Mallorca as a family

Most kids enjoy a good beach. Even if you are not keen on getting sand everywhere, it would be abuse not to let them get a little sand between their toes.
The type of beach you go for will obviously depend on their age and swimming ability. Do you want shallow calm waters or good surf where they can try out their body boards?
Mallorca isn’t known for it’s surf. You’ll find some of the better waves at rugged cala Mesquida in the North-East.
It’s more suitable for competent swimmers, younger children will be better off playing in the sand here.

cala Mesquida body boarding waves
Some of the better Mallorca waves for body boarding on Mallorca

Cala Angulla is the next beach just south of Cala Mesquida and is more suitable for young children. It has shallow waters and plenty of amenities including toilets, sunbed hire and a lifeguard. You could alternate these two beaches if you have a variety of different aged children.

Arta town in Mallorca for Family Activities Holiday

My suggestion of where to stay for access to these beaches is Arta. It’s an ancient town with a bohemian feel and a twice weekly market.

view of Arta
Looking down over Arta Town in Mallorca

The bus ride on the L446 busL446 busL446 bus to the beaches from Arta takes around half an hour (May-October only). Please view the current time-table before you travel; the latest one wasn’t published at the time of this blog publishing. Arta offers access to lots of other beaches and other family activities if you like variety. Also if you were to stay in accommodation right by cala Mesquida and cala Angulla, you’ll be entering into the mass tourism element.

Something Different for each day of your holiday

Staying in Arta, a little inland from the above mentioned beaches you would have easy access to Arta Caves. Less visited than Drach caves, they are just as good. They hold the intrigue for younger children because they were used by smugglers and pirates. They inspired Julio Verne to write ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ too

Horseriding near Arta
frontage of local stable
Riding stables and school

Eddies Reitstall and Rancho Bonanzo offer rides and lessons for the whole family in the Arta area.
Rancho Bonanzo caters for small children. Your child can sit on the pony’s back and you can lead the pony round. For the rest of the family there are riding lessons for beginners from age 6 to advanced riders-adults and children.
If you are planning on booking an advanced session you have to be able to already walk, trot and canter

Family watersports in easy reach of Arta

Mero Diving is a very well established and well respected water sports company based in Cala Ratjada. They have nearly 50 years of experience in teaching watersports and provide safe dive locations for the young and elderly. They have a high percentage of happy customers who return each year. Check out Mero DivingCheck out Mero Diving

More than one choice of Watersports company

Also based in Cala Ratjada there’s snorkelling for kids (minimum age is 8 years) at the Skualo Centre. They can take you a little down the coast to the smaller bays at nearby sa Cala de sa Font for your activity
At Skualo centre you can also do an introduction to scuba diving course (minimum age is 10 years). As you will see from the Skualo website, there are plenty of options for the more experienced children and adults. If you don’t fancy a course, just chill out at the small bay or go for a swim while your child is taking their course.
If you are not hiring a car on your Majorca family activities holiday, there are public transport options

Getting There

The 446 bus (May to October only and NOT on Sunday) takes you to Cala Ratjada from Arta in 35 minutes. When you get off the bus ask the driver where the bus stop is for coming back. They are usually very helpful. Take the morning bus at around 09.40hrs from Arta to Cala Ratjada (the next one isn’t until after midday) Check out the latest 446 timetable. The summer 2019 timetable wasn’t out when this blog was published.
Water sport lessons generally last anything from 2-4 hours depending on what you do. You can compare the prices of the above two companies by visiting their websites. (Links given)

Mallorca Family Walking

You have the Serra de Llevant mountainous region on Arta’s doorstep. Some of the walks are for the fittest and more experienced. There’s a walk you can do as a family. Perhaps not suitable for the really little ones, it’s certainly fine for teenagers as it’s a walk of 2 hours with easy ascent and descent (250 metres)

road towards walk start point
road to start point of Betlem walk

It’s probably easier if you have hired a car. There is parking at the start of the walk. It starts near Betlem and the walk follows part of the GR222 walking route. There’s beautiful countryside and coastal views along the way and the destination is a Hermitage. It is the only Mallorca Hermitage where monks are still living and practising.
For more information on this or any other walk why not use my Mallorca Hiking Personal Trip Service

Arta Mallorca Family Activities Holiday where to stay

Try Hotel Forn Nou Arta or find a private villa in Arta at
childrens cycling

Mallorca Family Cycling

Hire a bike from Arta BikesArta BikesArta Bikes. Children’s bikes available
If you’re visiting this page from my cycling blog want to incorporate what’s on offer at Arta Bikes with other Mallorca Family Activities, read from the start of this blog!

Mallorca Family Segway session

SEGPARK Carrer de l’Aguilla 85, Cala Ratjada offers 90 minute tours of the local area in cala Ratjada. Obstacle courses and balancing skills on the bike can also be mastered.<br|>

Mallorca Family Evening Entertainment

What can you do in Arta as a family in the evening? There are several good eateries. Try sa Gripia, carrer de la Rosa, 07570. BLOG TO BE CONTINUED….
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