Packed with handy tips and essential knowledge, here’s abcMallorca’s complete guide to staying happy and having lots of fun for all the family on the island of Mallorca all year round. Whether you want to relax on the beach whilst the kids build sandcastles, get up close and personal with some animals, or fling yourself down a slide at one of the waterparks, the island really does have it all. Or find information on everything you need to know about moving to the island with children.
Luxury family accommodation
Let’s start with a selection of the top luxury family friendly hotels on the island that offer plenty of children’s activities, a large swimming pool and entertainment for the little ones. See our family hotel guide here.
An unforgettable experience to share with the whole family. Take a look at these luxury hotels where your comfort and pleasure will be top priority. […] Family-friendly luxury hotels on Mallorca
One of the great things about living on an island known as a holiday paradise is the number of family attractions it has. Visit out of season – many open long before or past the peak summer season – and you’ll not only escape crowds and queues, but may also take advantage of cheaper tickets.
Western Water Park
A crazy Wild West theme adds another element of fun to a day at this Magaluf favourite: complete with lazy river, jacuzzis, areas for small kids and high and fast rides for the the braver ones. Save money on the entrance fee by buying tickets in advance on the website.
Mallorca’s biggest water park provides enough thrills and spills to keep you happy all day. Expect to hear lots of excited screams coming from the King Cobra, Tornado and Kamikaze rides! Well signposted off Junction 13 of the Palma to Arenal motorway.
The only water park in the north of Mallorca may not be quite as impressive as its southern counterparts, but still offers lots of fun – with some great panoramic views from the top of the slides! There’s a mini-golf area if you tire of getting wet.
Release your inner Fernando Alonso and try your skills on the track at this karting track in Magaluf. Check the website for more information.
Speed up this holiday with a fast-paced ride around one of the many go-karting tracks on the island. Find out what’s on offer. […] Go-Karting
There are mini-golf courses in many of the resorts, but this is one of the best, set amid waterfalls, caves and tropical gardens. There is a choice of three different circuits – or you can play all 54 holes. Even adults will enjoy it.
The warm sun on your face and arms as you line up for a swing to the glittering backdrop of the Med and mountains… This is golf, Mallorca style. […] Golf Mallorca
What was once the House of Katmandu has evolved to become Katmandu Park; a multi-attraction theme park right in the middle of Magaluf. In addition to the weird and wonderful world of an upside-down house full of interactive exhibits, there are 4D thrill rides, shooting galleries, a mini golf course, and a small water park. It goes without saying that the kids will love it.
Enter a bizarre new world by visiting Mallorca’s only themed park: House of Katmandu. Tons of fun expect you in the Katmandu Park located in Magaulf! […] Katmandu Park
Jungle Park, Santa Ponsa
How about a tree adventure? Situated in the shade of a large pine forest, Jungle Park is made up of circuits comprised of bridges, ropes, vines and zip wires, helping you travel from tree to tree. Adrenalin aplenty.
There’s a freshly opened course for children whose idea of is fun rope-climbing and zip-lining through trees. Find out about the four fun courses available. […] Jungle Park
Ostrich Farm Artestruz, Campos
This quiet attraction in the countryside near Campos gets rave reviews. Not only can you tour the farm, visit the ostrich babies and feed the birds, you also have the option of riding a real life ostrich. Entirely novel.
At this hands-on farm you’ll be able to hand-feed fluffy chicks, learn their habits, ride if you dare and taste their incredible eggs. Find out more. […] Ostrich Farm
Spark their imaginations with a jaunt to gothic Bellver Castle. Exploring the many turrets, passageways and ramparts of this 14th-century fortress is a fine way of letting off steam.
Entry tickets are priced at just 4 euros, and children under 14 go free.
For Palma’s most spectacular views, visit the landmark Bellver Castle to the west of the city. […] Bellver Castle in Palma
More family friendly excursions
Thinking of something fun for all the family is not an easy task. But, Mallorca offers a wide rage of family friendly activities to keep everyone happy. […] 10 family-fun attractions on Mallorca
Things to do on a rainy day
We all know that Mallorca is not all heat and sunshine. The island, although blessed with a great climate, has its fair share of cloudy, rainy days, presenting a challenge when it comes to entertaining the kids. Luckily, there are a variety of weather proof attractions that open year round – also equipped with air conditioning if you’ve had enough of high summer heat.
Open seven days a week, trampoline park Palma Jump offers drop-in sessions. For 10 euros (including socks), children (and adults!) have use of all installations including Walk the Wall, Dodgeball, Airbags, Slamdunk and Slack Line. There are also specially designed sessions for under-fives.
Whether it’s for fun or fitness, adults and children can jump to their heart’s content at this fantastic indoor facility. Read on for more information. […] Jump in at Palma Jump!
Test your brain and work as a team at the brilliant Adventure Rooms – a real-life, escape-the-room game. Select from themed challenges with varying difficulty levels, including rooms aimed at younger guests. Sure to get everyone’s heart beating as the clock ticks down.
A real life escape-the-room game which will get your pulse racing. Get a group together and see if you can solve the puzzle in 60 minutes. Find out more. […] Adventure Rooms Mallorca
The family will stay occupied for hours at Mallorca’s excellent marine park, which features more than 8000 animals of 700 different species, in more than 5 million litres of salt water. Visitors take an adventure through the Mediterranean, Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans, set to the haunting strains of classical music. Palma Aquarium is also home to The Big Blue, the deepest sharp tank in Europe. The aquarium is the only attraction in the Balearics to open 365 days a year. Opening times are 9:30 h to 18:30 h, Monday to Sunday.
Palma Aquarium is open 365 days a year. It is a great place to visit regardless of your age. It takes around 2 hours to see all the attractions. Check online for special promotions and offers. […] Palma Aquarium
If you wish to see the latest movies in English, your best bet is Ocimax, on the outskirts of Palma, or Cineciutat off Carretera de Valldemossa – which is more inclined to indie and art-house films.
Watching children’s animations is a great way for the whole family to improve their Spanish. Cines Cinesa at Mallorca Fashion Outlets does cheap 4.90 euro tickets on Wednesdays (movies are all in Spanish).
More rainy day ideas
From caves to castles, shows to shopping malls; there’s plenty to do in Mallorca whatever the weather. Read our selection of activities for rare rainy days. […] The top 14 things to do on a rainy day on Mallorca
Best family beaches
Check our our comprehensive guides to the very best beaches on Mallorca…
Beaches close to Palma
Want something handy for Palma? There is a great little beach at nearby Cala Major that offers sports installations. Closer to Palma are the trendy areas of Portixol and Es Molinar where you can relax in the sand while watching the parade of inline-skaters, cyclists and strollers.
The capital of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands, Palma is the pearl of the Mediterranean. Discover why it’s been named the world’s best city to live in. […] Palma de Mallorca
Holiday town next to Palma with a white, sandy beach and Castell Bellver as a sight close by. Enjoy restaurants, bars, water sports & the proximity to Palma […] Cala Mayor
Beaches in the southwest
In the south-west, favourites include Camp de Mar and Sant Telmo – the latter a charming cosy little beach, sheltered by the island of Dragonera. Camp de Mar is distinguished by the small rocky island in the middle of the cove, home to a small eatery where you can enjoy a delicious paella (the greedy sparrows will keep the children entertained!).
Both Palma Nova and Magaluf have excellent clean Blue Flag beaches, with lovely fine sand and safe waters, and all the amenities you could want nearby so that you never have to go far to find something to eat or drink. The quieter Illetes is a beautiful spot with two coves some 75 and 150 metres wide, and it’s noted for its superb sand and pine trees on the shore. Santa Ponsa‘s main beach is good for families, as is nearby Peguera with its fine sand and pine trees.
A holiday resort town with a lovely white sandy beach lined with hotels, shops & restaurants. Ideal for a relaxed family holiday & a central location to explore the southwest of Mallorca. […] Camp de Mar
The small fishing port village of Sant Elmo has a lot to offer with its backdrop of the Tramuntana mountains and Sa Dragonera close-by. […] San Telmo
With three beaches on a wide bay, located in the Southwest, Palma Nova offers typical resort amenities and a cut-above-the-average mini golf course. […] Palma Nova
Magaluf is the essential place for many parties. Live music, several major tourist attractions and a large beach make this a popular spot on the island. […] Magaluf
A well established, popular holiday restort in the southwest of Mallorca with beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise waters, beach clubs, hotels, restaurants… click here for your complete guide to Illetes. […] Illetes
In the resort of Peguera, in the southwest of Mallorca, you’ll find several types of German beer and Wurst and three beautiful sandy beaches. […] Peguera
Beaches in the northwest
Perhaps the most picturesque beach settings can be found in the north, where the Tramuntana mountains meet the sea to dramatic effect. The beach at Port de Sóller is all the more interesting for the journey to get there and you could also fit in a boat excursion during your visit.
The popular family resort of Port de Pollensa has some particularly beautiful family-friendly beaches, offering water sports and with safe waters for little bathers. The narrower stretches of sand bordering the Pine Walk (where you can enjoy the natural shade of the trees) offer gorgeous views of the bay. Take a boat trip over to Formentor and you’ll find a lovely small beach, bordered by pine trees, with sparkling waters but get there early to secure your waterside spot.
One resort in the north that’s a bit of a hidden gem is Cala Sant Vicenç. Surrounded by hills, it offers three beaches – all with glorious views. Being in the north, these resorts benefit from some cooling breezes in the hottest months.
The bay of Alcúdia is one of the most popular family holiday restort destinations on the island. A long, white sandy beach with clear blue water is the major attraction. Streaching all the way to Playa de Muro this ticks lots of boxes.
Make the most of your time in Port de Sóller with the abcMallorca guide on the history, culture, best attractions, hotels, restaurants and things to do. […] Port de Sóller
A beautiful secluded resort village with a splendid beach offering a good variety of hotels, apartments, and medium sized holiday villas. […] Cala San Vicente
Port d’alcudia is a popular and family friendly resort town in the northeast of Mallorca. A beautiful, clean beach, and boardwalk with restaurants & hotels. […] Port d’Alcúdia
Beaches in the northeast
In the north-east, Cala Mesquida is one of the few spots where any surfers in the family might catch a wave or two. The quiet resort of Canyamel is family-friendly: a long curved sandy beach backed by pines and with just a few hotels and restaurants for the essentials. Cala Rajada offers the benefits of beaches – a mix of rocky beaches and small sandy bays – and town and harbour. There are some great places to have an ice-cream sundae!
Find out what makes the resort of Canyamel especially sweet and sporty with our abc-mallorca guide to the very best of this coastal town in east Mallorca. […] Canyamel
Cala Ratjada is a beautiful fishing port in east Mallorca. See the abcMallorca guide for the best hotels, eating out, beaches, things to do and much more. […] Cala Ratjada
Beaches in the east & southeast
The east coast has plenty of choice for families and there are more traditional resorts here, such as the wide expanse of beach at Cala Millor. Every beach accessory a child could ever need can be found for sale in the resort’s shops. Heading south, road signs tempt you to discover one of the many small calas on this coast. Around Cala d’Or you’ll find a choice of beaches, small idyllic bays with fine sand and handy facilities for a family day out.
With its blue flag beach, the east Mallorcan resort of Cala Millor is the perfect place for a family holiday; find out more with this abcMallorca guide. […] Cala Millor
Cala d’Or is great If you enjoy traditional holidays. So check out the abcMallorca guide to the best hotels, shopping, restaurants and attractions. […] Cala d’Or
Sporting activities for kids
Golf or gymnastics, Taekwondo or tennis, there’s a wealth of sports centres and clubs in Mallorca – and many offer free taster sessions enabling your child to see if they like the class before committing to a course.
The Rafa Nadal Academy
Who better to inspire your youngster to play tennis than the one and only Rafa Nadal? Located in Manacor, the Rafa Nadal Academy offers a variety of programmes for young players at the tennis star’s training base.
The world famous tennis champion from Manacor has opened The Rafael Nadal International Tennis Centre in his hometown of Manacor. Find out more here. […] Rafa Nadal’s International Tennis Centre in Manacor
Arabella Golf Academy
Situated at golf course Son Muntaner, the Arabella Golf Academy provides special training and facilities for children and teens. A two-hour golf lesson in a group starts from 55 euros, while private lessons for members start at 60 euros.
Popular with celebrity visitors, Son Mutaner is an excellent course in the prestigious Son Vida Estate with superb views overlooking Palma. […] Son Muntaner Golf
Son Gual riding school
There are equestrian centres dotted all over the island. Just 5km from Palma on the road to Puigpunyent lies Son Gual, a smart stable offering classes, excursions and livery.
If you like the idea of natural horse care and bitless riding, Hipica Formentor in Sa Pobla is your place. Small groups are taken for treks on the quiet roads and sandy tracks of the Albufera.
Diana Athletic Club
Diana Athletic Club (DAC) is a non-profit sports organisation in Palma. While formed with the aim of promoting the involvement of females in sport and athletics in particular, it also encourages boys to join. There are a variety of different groups running throughout the week in the areas of running and athletic sports, for ages six through to teenagers.
Sport Xperience by Rafa Nadal
This glossy Manacor attraction provides not only the chance to get up close and personal to Rafa Nadal’s impressive trophy collection, but to feel the thrill of high-performance sport. Advanced simulators mimic the sensation of football, rowing, hockey, tennis, climbing, Formula 1 and more. Kids under 8 go free.
Enter the thrilling world of top-level professional sport at Sport Xperience by Rafa Nadal in Manacor, with ticket sales going to benefit youth initiatives. […] Sport Xperience by Rafa Nadal
Being an island which necessitates the importation of goods, Mallorca is not necessarily known for the cheapness of its shopping. However, with a little know how, you’ll be able to dress the whole family – and the family home – in style and quality, at a sensible cost.
As parents, one store you’ll no doubt default to time and time again is Decathlon. Here, you’ll find an array of sporting clothing and equipment under one roof, at very reasonable prices. So whether they’re into swimming or soccer, rollerblading or rugby, they’ll have the complete kit.
Where to go to shop for children’s bedrooms that not only look the part, but inspire happy play? KidsHome, the dedicated interior store selling everything from beds and dressing tables to prams and toys, is a must for quality items.
This kids furniture store in the center of Palma offers a wide selection of children´s bedroom and home furniture. They have a large selection of home accessories for kids including school bags, lunch boxes and lots more. […] KidsHome Palma
Mallorca Fashion Outlets
Don’t forget the credit card if you go to Mallorca Fashion Outlets (or leave it at home to curb spending!). This California-style outdoor mall boasts a wide variety of clothing shops catering to each member of the family – plus handy food and ice-cream places if getting your children to try on clothes necessitates a little bribery.
For excellent shopping and entertainment, head to Mallorca Fashion Outlet – an attractive outdoor mall with choice brands and discount designer labels. […] Mallorca Fashion Outlet
Porto Pi Shopping Centre
Situated at the end of Palma’s Paseo Marítimo promenade, Porto Pi has no less than 140 shops – plus lots of child-pleasing eateries.
For excellent shopping and entertainment, head to Mallorca Fashion Outlet – an attractive outdoor mall with choice brands and discount designer labels. […] Mallorca Fashion Outlet
FAN Mallorca Shopping
The latest addition to the Mallorca shopping scene, this outdoor shopping mall offers a wide selection of shops and eateries, a huge Carrefour and a cinema.
Shop ‘til you drop at this stylish outdoor shopping mall in Palma with all of the stores, restaurantes and cafés you could imagine! […] FAN Mallorca Shopping Centre
El Corte Inglés
It may not be the place to go to kit the kids out on a budget, but, for the label-conscious family, department store El Corte Inglés stocks cool collections from the likes of Ralph Lauren, Sisley and Tommy Hilfiger. It also has extensive electronics and toy sections.
There are two in Palma: Avenida de Alexandre Rosselló and 12-16 Avenida. de Jaime III, 15.
The question of which school to choose for your child warrants a whole article. We’re lucky to have many varying options in Mallorca; check out abcMallorca’s comprehensive guide to private educational establishments on the island.
All-round quality education for your child. Here is your complete guide to the best International schools on Mallorca. […] International Schools on Mallorca
Making the decision on where to send your kid/s to school is a big one so here is helpful background information to schools in Mallorca. […] Education in Mallorca
Quality of public healthcare on Mallorca is generally of a very good standard. To access it as a foreign national, you’ll need to be classed as a resident and contributing to the social security system via employment or self-employment. In order to register for free state health care for yourself and your family, you must attain a social security number from the Dirección General de la Tesorería General de la Seguridad Social (TGSS), who’ll also issue you with certificates proving your eligibility for medical assistance.
Take these certificates – along with your passports and NIE numbers – along to your nearest health centre, where you’ll then register with a doctor and apply for individual Tarjeta Sanitarias – health cards – for each member of the household.
Should you choose to safeguard your family’s health by going private, there are some excellent options available. Clínica Juaneda is the largest private healthcare network in the Balearics, having more than 50 centres on Mallorca, including specialist paediatric units.
The first private health care network in the Balearics, Juaneda continues to go from strength to strength for its international patients. […] Clínica Juaneda Hospital
Right in the heart of Palma, Clínica Rotger has more than a dozen specialist paediatric doctors. Facilities and standard of patient care are first class.
Some of the best children’s birthday parties come in the shape of a beach, a picnic, some games and a bunch of friends. If, however, you’d prefer to let someone else do the organising while you sit back and watch the fun unfold, there are countless options to choose from.
Cool off with delicious Italian-style ice cream delivered straight to your home, boat, or even the beach by Palma’s leading gelato maker, Bo Bom. […] Bo Bom brings the gelato party to you
The aforementioned Palma Jump is a popular venue for birthday parties. The complete birthday package costs 18 euros a head and lasts 1 h 45 minutes (one hour of free play and 45 minutes in the VIP party zone). Food and drinks, a special group photo and the obligatory socks are included.
Charging around the woods and forts at Paintball Fantasy in Sa Pobla makes for an unforgettable birthday date. Children must be eight years or older, with a minimum of eight participants.
One exhilarating option is the indoor electric karting track at Mallorca Fashion Outlets. Groups race against each other in high-performance go-karts, with safety a prime concern. Party packages include simple food and drinks options to be taken after the race.
Groups of birthday party children get three hours of fun and entertainment immersed in the world of Palma Aquarium. They meet the sharks and their companions, including rays, morays, groupers, jellyfish; play games at Nautilus Park, and are supplied with snacks to keep them going (in addition to lunch and a birthday cake). In summer, there is option of not visiting the sharks and, instead, playing in the exterior area and splash fountain.
If your son or daughter loves getting in a muddy mess, gather the troops for an afternoon at Mallorca Madness. Teams compete against each other at this fun south west activity centre featuring a crazy and challenging obstacle course. Tip: they often run special offers on Groupon.
There really is no reason for the kids to be bored with all of these exciting things to do on Mallorca whether it is indoors or outdoors, whatever the weather – and the adults should enjoy it too!