Family days out in Mallorca
Palma Aquarium opened in 2007 in the heart of Playa de Palma and is a unique marine park with 55 aquariums that faithfully recreates the habitats and ecosystems of the world’s seas and oceans. It has become a benchmark for tourism in the Balearic Islands.
Within the Aquarium are hundreds of different species of marine life, with a large selection of creatures from the Mediterranean Sea as well as the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They also have the largest shark tank in Europe, which is home to the Blacktip Reef Shark, Smooth Hound, Sand Tiger Shark, and the Sandbar Shark. If you have a PADI diver’s license you can even dive in this tank and swim with the sharks!
Outside there are 40,000m2 of gardens with tanks of hammerhead sharks, Sting Rays and a multitude of fish tanks, along with a children’s play area and a huge Jungle Roof garden.
Throughout the summer months, Palma Aquarium provides a number of activities for children including children’s games, face painting and water fights on board the pirate ship. One of the Aquarium’s most recent innovations enables young children to become assistants to the Ocean Guides, helping them with their duties and feeding some of the animals in the Mediterranean Gardens (turtles, rays and Koi Fish).
Discover the Mallorcan Caves
There are numerous caves in Mallorca, some of which you can actually swim into. If you decide not to swim you can travel to the caves via boat or bus. Ceaves del Drach (Caves of Drach) is one of the top tourist attractions on the island. There are three chambers inside the caves, Cueva Negra (Black Cave), Cueva Blanca (White Cave) and Cueva Luis Salvator (Luis Salvator Cave). Why not take the children on a boat ride on one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world and see the beautiful limestone formations, including stalagmites protruding from the rock face and stalactites hanging down from the roof of the cave? A real must!
Visit the Cabrera Marine National Park
The Cabrera National Park is a group of 19 small islands and islets, 10km south of Mallorca, its lack of human interference has ensured a well-preserved environment. You will discover hidden coves, crystal waters and beautiful marine life, as well as 430 species of plants which can be found on the islands, 30 of which are not found elsewhere.
The deep quiet water (boats are not allowed to anchor around the islands and diving is strictly prohibited) surrounding the islands are an ideal breeding ground for turtles, dolphins, sperm and pilot whales, the carnivorous Goby fish, massive fan mussels (up to one meter in length) and coral. The quiet environment also makes it an important area for seabirds and birds of prey. Boat trips are available to the Cabrera from Colonia de Sant Jordi and Porto Petro (on the south coast of Mallorca), and hiking is available. There is also a tourist information office, a museum, a 14th-century castle, gift shop and a cafe.
Have fun at Mallorca’s water parks
Heading to a water park is a great way of entertaining the children while cooling off in the hot summer sun. There are 6 different water parks on the island.
Alcudia Hydro Park is only a short drive away from Pollenca and is open every day in the summer season from 10:30 until 18:00. HidroPark offers a variety of fun attractions for all the family such as slides and big pools for all ages. There are also 54 holes mini golf, paintball, giant floating water balls, super jumper, pedaloes, a 20m long bouncy castle, Kids Zone and a relax zone. HidroPark has water taps with drinkable water free of charge and their restaurants and bars offer food and drinks at reasonable prices.
Visit a Vineyard
The area around Pollenca is one of the oldest wine-growing regions of the world. When the current owners of Ca’n Vidalet winery began to restore the land in 1995, they discovered remains of plants and vines, which proved that at the ‘finca’ had hundreds of years of wine history.
Today, their Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Moscatel grapes produce fruity white wines with complex aromas, which are an excellent accompaniment to the Mediterranean cuisine. Among the reds, they decided on the internationally known varieties of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. They produce deep, strong-hearty red wines. The winery offers tasting in an idyllic, peaceful environment with plenty of outdoor space for the children to play in the sunshine.