Palma de Mallorca is one of the most popular destinations for families with children. The city with sea views is less than 2 1/2 hours by plane from Germany. Unique beaches and unforgettable activities for the whole family await you – from culture to bathing fun to outdoor activities, you are spoilt for choice. Boredom is definitely out of the question in Palma. For an unforgettable and above all eventful family holiday, we have put together the best activities for you.
La Seu Cathedral
A visit to the island’s landmark is indispensable – the unique La Seu Cathedral, in the southern part of Palma de Mallorca. The vault of La Seu measures a gigantic 42 metres at its highest point. It is supported by 14 columns. Both its façade and its magnificent interior are impressive. Here you can see Gothic architecture and the influence of the famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. In order to experience this authentic atmosphere, a visit to the majestic building is definitely worthwhile. The entrance fee for adults is 6 Euro, children up to ten years visit the cathedral free of charge.
Our tip: In front of the cathedral there are the old city walls, on which you not only have a great view of the sea with its port, but which are also ideal for walking. From there you can also see one of the many playgrounds where the little ones can really let off steam.
Mallorca’s old town is known for its numerous narrow streets, some of which are only connected by stairs. The centre of the old town is the Plaza Major. The rectangular square is framed by sun-yellow painted house facades and arcades. The lively square offers an exciting spectacle for young and old from morning till evening. You will meet living sculptures, small artists and street musicians. The fact that the paths to the shops are covered makes the Plaza Major a great destination for a summer rain or a break in the shade. The numerous street cafés and restaurants invite you to linger and enjoy delicious Spanish delicacies or ice cream
Aqualand in El Arenal
The Aqualand in El Arenal is the largest water park in Mallorca with an area of 220,000 square metres. Here is the longest water slide of the sun island. Water rats are definitely not neglected in this park. There is a large area for children only, with kites and children’s slides. The wet adventure land also offers many green areas for sunbathing, a waveband, various pools for small children and many other attractions. Fun and relaxation are guaranteed. There is also a karting track, a trampoline and a great playground. The entrance fee depends on the body size (from 1.40 meters: 28.00 euros, between 1.10 meters and 1.40 meters: 18.50 euros, between 0.90 meters and 1.10: 10 euros). If you buy the tickets online, you save 2 Euro per ticket. This way you save yourself a lot of waiting time.
The Palma Aquarium is always worth a family trip – whether in the sun or rain. It consists of over 50 aquariums, a Mediterranean garden, a jungle landscape and a large playground. More than 8,000 creatures and about 700 different species live here. The absolute highlight of the tour is the huge transparent tunnel through which you can walk the largest aquarium in Europe. Here you can experience sharks and other marine animals up close! If you want to know in advance what you can expect in the aquarium, you can take a look at the 900 m long circular path through the park here. The Aquarium is the only amusement park on the island that is open 365 days a year. The entrance fee for adults is 21,50 Euro and for children from 4 to 12 years 14,00 Euro. Babies marvel at the underwater world free of charge. Take about 2 to 3 hours to visit the aquarium. In order to avoid long waiting times at the entrance, you can buy the tickets conveniently online in advance.
In Palma de Mallorca there are many great markets: flea markets, flower markets, fruit and vegetable markets, markets for fresh produce or handicrafts. At the market stalls the fruit and vegetables shine in all colours and everywhere they smell of fresh pastries. Tasting and snacking is allowed at many stalls. Our tip: Simply browse through the different stands to your heart’s content – even if you’re not looking for anything concrete, you’re guaranteed to find a nice souvenir. So that you know what to see and buy when and where, here is an overview of the various markets, with details of the street or square:
- Flea market: Avinguda Gabriel Alomar i Villalonga Open: Saturday from 8.00 am to 14.00 pm
- Flower market: Passeig de la Rambla Open: Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 2.00 pm and from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm, Saturday from 8.00 am to 2.00 pm.
- Fruit and vegetable market: Placa Navegacio Open: Monday to Saturday from 7.00 a.m. to 14.00 p.m.
- Fresh produce: Plaza Olivar Open: Monday to Saturday from 7.00 a.m. to 14.00 p.m.
- Handicrafts: Placa Major 31 Open: In summer from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 14.00. In winter the market is only open on Friday and Saturday.
Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
When your feet are tired and the children don’t want to walk any more, just sit down in one of the open double-decker buses. You can discover a lot from the bus. And if you notice during the tour that you want to get off the bus and have a closer look at yourself, no problem: The Hop-On Hop-Off Bus always drives the same round and you can get on and off as you are funny. There are 16 stops and the whole trip takes about 80 minutes. Here you can easily book your stand tour. A ticket costs 17 EUR per person.
Playgrounds in Palma de Mallorca
In Palma there are playgrounds like sand by the sea. Especially beautiful is the playground Parc de la Mar. The little ones can really let off steam here. After plenty of playground action, there is a relaxed stroll through the beautiful alleys of Palma. The best playgrounds in Palma de Mallorca can be found here.
Have fun discovering Palma de Mallorca!
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About our author Isabelle
I’m Isabelle, 27, and immortally in love with my sister-in-law’s two children. Since they live around the corner, I try to spend as much time as possible with them. I know the importance of the right cuddly toy, that sleep should not be underestimated and how important it is to have a fluffy carpet when the little ones don’t get what they want and like to throw themselves on the floor. I would like to share my experience with the little rascals with you here and pass on some important tips to you.