Majorca Family holidays
Posted on 3rd March 2017 at 08:23
When many people think about Majorca, they think of Magaluf and its appeal to a young lively crowd with its buzzing nightlife and high rise hotels, however you should not overlook this island as its various resorts offer so much more...
Majorca is the largest in the Balearic Islands and offers beautiful scenery, lots of historic buildings, fantastic food and some of the best beaches in the Med. I’ve been to Majorca on a number of occasions, one of my favourite resorts is Cala d’Or which means “golden cove”, a beautiful quiet family friendly resort with a few small but perfectly formed sandy beaches. Cala d'Or is a desirable spot to have a holiday home or for a relaxing seaside holiday. The original village and harbour was situated in one of the small rocky coves with sandy beaches, called 'calas', which are found all along the east coast.
The resort has now spread out to include several of these coves, with many hotels, apartments and villas to suit all tastes and budgets. It is a very chic resort, recommended for families because most establishments cater extremely well for children. There are numerous adjacent smaller resorts and quaint villages clustered around the calas all along the south-east coastline, connected by a good bus service or the small tourist train. Well worth a visit are Cala Egos, Puerto Petro, Cala Mondrago, Cala Figuera, Cala Santanyi and Cala Llombarts.
The Cala d'Or marina is the heart of the east coast resort area, with many restaurants and bars I would definitely recommend stopping to have a drink and admire the amazing yachts in the marina. If shopping is your passion you won’t be disappointed as the main shopping street, Avinguda Tagomago is filled with chic boutiques, leather shops and galleries. Designer clothes and shoes, in particular, are available at reasonable prices. Souvenir shopping is fun with the wide variety of local crafts, traditional pottery and glass, and olive wood carvings available at several stores, and at the Sunday morning flea market in Felanitx.
You should visit the Capital city of Palma, a city steeped in history, amazing buildings, great shopping and hundreds of restaurants and bars to choose from. Well worth a visit is the Gothic cathedral, then after your visit you can take a horse drawn carriage around the local area where the guide will fill you in on all the history surrounding the cathedral and local area.
Can Picafort is another quieter family friendly resort that I have enjoyed, I have fond memories of cycling round the local area on a 7 seater family bicycle.
With flights from Luton and Stansted taking just over 2 hours, Majorca is an ideal destination for a family holiday. Alternatively it is also near enough for a short weekend break in the sun. A transfer to Cala d’Or is just under an hour, we often hire a car to make it easy to get around and have found it a very easy drive. There are regular buses to and from all the major resorts, with many of the resorts running tourist trains to take you to the local attractions and other beaches. The main season runs from May to October and the temperatures can reach into the high 30’s in the height of the summer.
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