Where you choose to stay may depend on what you want to do whilst on holiday.
Summer holidays can simply be about chilling at the beach or at the swimming pool. But for those who want to do a little bit more on their holidays, then there is a wealth of activities in Mallorca on offer for all ages and members of the family. Whether your family enjoys sailing, snorkelling and watersports, or land based activities like mini golf, cycling and karting, there is something here for everyone.
Waterparks & adventure parks
A big attraction for many families are the waterparks. There are three waterparks in Mallorca - in Alcudia, Magaluf and Playa de Palma. In addition, there are new inflatable waterparks that float in the sea all around the coast of Mallorca. They are currently available in Can Picafort, Magaluf, Palma Nova, Port de Pollença, Portal Nous, Peguera and Playa de Palma - these are more suited to older children who are comfortable swimming in the sea.
If your kids like land-based activities then try one of the tree-top adventure parks or visit one of the Natural Parks to follow some of the short walking trails on offer. For something you've never experienced before, visit the curious upside down world at the Katmandu Park in Magaluf.
Boat trips & watersports
There's no easier way to explore an island than by boat, especially if you have children! You can take boat trips to different beaches, or to visit one of the small islands that surround Mallorca, explore inaccessible coves for some snorkelling, or simply sit back and admire the coastline from the sea. If you prefer to get wet and play in the sea, then you can try a wide selection of watersports, from wind surfing & kite surfing, diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, banana boats & ringos, parasailing, or indeed, learn to sail yourself.
Animal lovers have a number of places to visit. There is a wonderful aquarium near Palma Airport where you can view hundreds of tanks displaying the ecosystems of the world's oceans. There is a shark tank, a 'touch area' where you can interact with starfish, sea urchins and plenty others. There is a lovely children's play area with pirate ship, and children's events are organised during the summer. Marineland is a sea life centre with dolphin shows, seals & sea lions, an aquarium, and bird & reptile houses. It is located west of Palma in Puerto Portals. There are safari parks in Santa Eugenia and Cala Millor, and an ostrich farm near Campos, or take a visit to Els Calderers near Saint Joan to enjoy one of Mallorca's finest manor houses and their farm animals.
Shopping & markets
Market days can be a fun way to spend a morning with the family. Many of the local markets in Mallorca specialise in local produce, clothes and locally made gift items. The big shopping centre at Festival Park (just north of Palma) has around 50 shops, family friendly restaurants, an indoor karting track and an indoor adventure park with soft play area. There is another large shopping centre called FAN which is located east of Palma, on the way to the airport. In addition to a wide range of high street shops, it has it's own adventure centre called Dock 39 which has a climbing wall, soft ball pit and wave pool.
Activities on dry land
For active families, Mallorca is a dream place to explore. Cycling is very popular and the island has a series of cycle paths that can test the fittest or indulge the casual cyclist. Equally, hiking paths criss-cross Mallorca, and you can choose from coastal paths to more challenging mountain trails. Mallorca has several Natural Parks where you can explore beautiful scenery and learn about the indigenous wildlife. Horse riding, tennis and golf are widespread in Mallorca so it should be easy to access no matter where you are based on the island.
Thanks to its rich history, Mallorca has many monuments, castles, ancient ruins and religious buildings. Top choices for kids include the castles at Capdepera and Alaró, the Roman ruins of Pollentia in Alcudia, Lluc Sanctuary and the Carthusian Monastery in Valldemossa. Other natural sites such as Mallorca's limestone caves are a fascinating experience for the family. The most famous are the Dragon Caves in Porto Cristo, but there are systems all over the island. You can read more about the sights of Mallorca in our What to See in Mallorca Guide.
Events & fiestas
The summer months tend to be the time when many of the local towns and villages hold their fiestas. They are normally over a weekend and will generally include parades, markets, small fun fairs, pony rides and street entertainments. You can check our Events Calendar for fiestas happening during your holiday dates. The main holiday resorts, plus Palma and Port Adriano also tend to organise free events aimed at families during the summer, such as open air cinema, funfairs, parades, and street entertainments.