A visit to the bustling Balearics need not mean around the clock parties and lazy days spent on the beach. Majorca, the largest of the famous Spanish Mediterranean islands, which boast a 24/7 party lifestyle and club scene, actually far exceeds its narrow reputation.
Although the island is a well-known tourist hotspot, there is much to be explored beyond the clichés and stereotypes. And, with a third of Brits planning a summer getaway to avoid the Olympic rush this year, there’s hardly a better time to whisk the family away on an idyllic summer holiday. So, if you’re looking for family holidays abroad, Majorca may just be the perfect destination.
Due to its favourable climate and the many low-cost flights available, you need not visit Majorca in the high season, which can run from mid-June to thebeginning of September. This will not only be a busy time, but you can also save
yourself money by visiting earlier or later in the year. Rest assured, off-peak temperatures are high enough for swimming in the sea, and will give those travelling with children plenty of time to frolic in the sun.
Aside from its gorgeous beaches, Majorca has a whole range of other natural wonders which you can explore. These will make an active and fun family day out.
The Caves of Drach, which are naturally formed and extend to a depth of 25 metres, are a breathtaking feat of nature. Here you can explore four different interconnecting caves, as well as an underground lake – a sight which is sure to
take your breath away.
The Formentor Peninsula is another great slice of Majorcan nature. If you manage to hike to a higher point on the cliffs you will get a great view of the northern part of the island, as well as of neighbouring island Menorca.
For something a little more relaxed, the historical capital of Palma is sure to have you immersed in its intriguing past. Make your way through the winding streets of the old city and discover Majorca’s vast historical influences on the architecture and the surroundings.
Palma’s impressive cathedral, La Seu, is also definitely worth a visit for its sheer scope and grandeur. With so much to see and do, and with the relaxed atmosphere of the Mediterranean, the whole family is sure to enjoy a different
and absorbing day out in the capital.
If you’re looking for some fun, forget the crowded beaches and head over to Marineland. Boasting dolphin and sea lion shows (as well as dolphin encounters), exotic bird shows and a tropical house and aviary, you are sure to be kept entertained for hours. If it gets a little too hot, the children can cool off in the specially designed kid’s mini-waterpark.
In order to make your stay as relaxing and family-friendly as possible, consider renting accommodation, rather than staying in hotels, which can be busy and noisy. There are plentiful villas in Majorca, which can cater to the type of holiday and atmosphere that you want.
Secluded traditional accommodation in picturesque towns such as Pollensa will let you experience local life. Alternatively, go for a villa in a leisure resort such as Club Son Antem. Here you will find something to keep the whole family happy – a golf course, spa centre, kid’s club, and a great selection of restaurants.
A visit to beautiful Majorca can really let you discover the exotic attraction of this paradise island on your own terms. Choose from various types of villa holidays, from reputable providers such as James Villas, which will let you relax and unwind from the privacy of your own home away from home.
Don’t forget to enjoy the sights, sample some local cuisine and really immerse yourself in the Mediterranean culture – there is no doubt you’ll have some great family-friendly fun and make some lasting memories.