Mallorca Family Activities
Mallorca Family Activities are difficult to co-ordinate when every family member has different ideas! Finding things to do in Mallorca is actually not that difficult. The real challenge is finding activities to keep the whole family happy at the same time. Also finding activities within reasonable reach of where you’re staying is sometimes difficult to co-ordinate. Also, finding Mallorca accommodation in a location that isn’t too touristy and over-commercialised can be difficult when you don’t know the island.
Trying New Things
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’re looking for a Mallorca break where you return home from your holiday feeling relaxed and refreshed. Maybe also you want to find activities where your children can learn new skills and find new interests.
Time to put down your Digital Devices
I’m not suggesting you spend the whole of your trip at museums and exhibitions. Just getting your children off their digital devices and away from the television, out into the beautiful Mallorca air to have some fun! Maybe just the odd exhibition or museum 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, picking them up afterwards.
Enjoyable well coordinated Majorca Family Activities
This blog post gives example of how combine some healthy Mallorca Family Activities with some great Mallorca accommodation. There are different activities 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 child abuse for them not to be allowed a little sand between their toes!
The type of beach you head for will obviously depend on your child’s 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 will however find some of the better waves at rugged cala Mesquida in the North-East of Mallorca.
It’s more suitable for competent swimmers, younger children will be better off playing in the sand here.
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.
A Less Commercialised Holiday
My suggestion of where to stay for access to both these beaches mentioned above is Arta. It’s an ancient town with a bohemian feel and a twice weekly market and all your Mallorca Family Activities not too far away.
Beaches of North-East Mallorca
The L446 bus will take you from Arta to the beaches of the North-East such as Cala Ratjada and Cala Angulla. The journey takes around half an hour (possible only between May and October). Arta offers access to lots of other beaches and other family activities if you like variety. Cala Mesquida is a beautiful natural rugged beach. The accommodation near the beach is mainly apartment based. These however can be highly populated in the summer season. Although Cala Mesquida is a small, low-key pleasant enough resort to stay.
Different Activities for each day of your holiday
Staying in Arta means you are roughly 10 kilometres inland from the nearest coastline. Also, you would have easy access to Arta Caves which are 11 kilometres away. Less visited than Drach caves near Porto Cristo, they are just as good. They hold the intrigue for younger children because they were used by smugglers and pirates. They in fact inspired Julio Verne to write ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth.’
Horseriding For The Whole Family
Eddies Reitstall and Rancho Bonanzo offer riding and lessons for the whole family. Both are close to the area of Arta. 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 through to advanced riders.
In order to book a higher level session you have to already be able to 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 Diving
Snorkelling for Kids
Also based in Cala Ratjada, the Skualo Centre provides snorkelling for kids (minimum age is 8 years). Instructors take you a little down the coast to the smaller bays at sa Cala de sa Font for your Mallorca Family 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
The 446 bus (May to October only and NOT on Sunday) takes you to Cala Ratjada from Arta in 35 minutes.
You can check out any bus mentioned in this article at The Mallorca Tib Bus Website.
Before you disembark any 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 as the next one isn’t until after midday.
Water sport lessons generally last anything from 2-4 hours depending on what you do.
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)
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.
Arta Mallorca Family Activities Holiday where to stay
Try Hotel Forn Nou Arta or find a private villa in Arta. Visit booking.com
Mallorca Family Cycling
Hire a bike from Arta Bikes Children’s bikes are 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 are also on the agenda.
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.
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