When it comes to family holidays, Majorca has been first choice for many families for decades. It's enduring appeal as a safe, fun family holiday destination is testament to the friendly welcome offered around the island, the amazing beaches and landscapes, and the variety of resorts offering family-friendly holidays.
Sandy Beaches. Majorca's got them in spades (pun intended). From secluded coves (calas) to long stretches of white coastline, Majorca does some very fine beaches. On the north east coast, Alcudia bay stretches for 11km (miles), providing soft, white sand and safe, gently sloping waters, ideal for families with small children. Perfect for paddling, this stretch of sandy coastline is home to the resorts of Puerto Alcudia and Can Picafort.
The south coast area of Ses Salines also has several reknowned beaches around the Colonia Sant Jordi area, for example Es Dolc and Sa Rapita, both of which are famed for their outstanding natural beauty. There is a nudist beach here also: En Trenc.
Other resorts with large beaches include Magaluf, Palma Nova, Santa Ponsa and Playa de Palma.
Majorca also has several resorts built around smaller beaches within coves. Known as calas, these are typically short in length (along the shore) and can be relatively deep, surrounded by craggy, rocky headlands. If this is what you're looking for, head for Calas de Mallorca, Cala Ratjada or Cala san Vicente.
Family Friendly Resorts. This is a must for anyone travelling with small children, if you want the adults to have a relaxing holiday! Splashpools, waterparks with exciting rides and slides, mini golf, karting, watersports, boat trips, trampolines, funfairs, amusements and more. Majorca is packed with all of these, and many hotels now have fantastic amenities for children.
Great Value Hotels And Holiday Accommodation. Majorca is well served my major tour operators offering package holidays - where the flight, accommodation, and usually transfers to the resort, are included in one package. There are some great deals to be had, including all-inclusive packages, where food and drink are included in the price of the holiday. Some holidaymakers prefer to have more variety, and so there are a great number of self-catering apartments on the island. Depending on your particular family: number and ages of children etc., you may prefer one or the other to suit your own needs.
Family Attractions. Majorca has plenty of attractions to entertain the children. In and around the major resorts you'll find lots of amusements and rides, trampolines and bouncy castles. The island also has several fantastic waterparks, with enormous slides and smaller splash pools for toddlers. There's also a range of more sedate family activities you can try whilst on holiday - for example, snorkelling and rockpooling, boat trips and excursions to the main sights. Plus, Majorca is packed with glorious countryside just waiting to be explored, whether you choose a hiking trail or perhaps hire bicycles (how about a four-seater 'family' bike?). Or for sportier types, try a new watersport or hire pedaloes - all great fun for families.