Majorca, with its blissful temperatures and profusion of gorgeous sandy beaches, is a favourite with holidaymakers from all over the world, for both family holidays and couple getaways. Whilst many tourists come to Majorca for summer beach or clubbing holidays, there is an alternative way to spend your family holiday here. The capital, Palma de Mallorca, is a lively, cosmopolitan city, with a wide range of restaurants and bars, as well as cultural sights such as art galleries and museums. It is also home to some fantastic beaches of its own, making it an ideal compromise between a city break and a beach holiday.
Majorca is a year-round destination thanks to its long summers that last well into October, with temperatures as high as 20-25°C even in December. Families looking to get away later in the year will appreciate both the lower prices and the fantastic weather, even after our own summer is long gone. Enjoy a slower pace, without the crowds, and get a more natural feel for this stunning city by travelling in the autumn months for your Majorca family holiday.
For the Adults
Culture vultures will enjoy a visit to Palma’s Le Seu cathedral, and Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum. The city is often compared to Barcelona for its architecture as well as its laid-back, cafe culture atmosphere. Many of the island’s best restaurants, shops and nightlife are situated in Palma, which boasts an upmarket, clean and classy feel compared with some of the more famous resort towns on the island.
Shopping in Palma ranges from high-end, designer brands, to little bijou boutiques and artisan craft shops. There are also many markets in and around Palma itself, with those a little further out of town just a short taxi or bus journey away. With the cooler weather on the horizon, you’ll get more enjoyment from spending a whole day perusing the market stalls and can enjoy the quiet of the cathedral with fewer tourists around.
For the Kids
Keep the kids busy with all the usual activities, thanks to the warmer weather everything stays open until much later in the year. Wet weather days are the perfect opportunity to discover the Palma Aquarium, centre of marine research and conservation with some 8000 specimens with everything from sea horses to sharks and plenty of colourful fish in between. You can easily spend half a day here. Activities range from snorkelling to shark sleepovers for your inquisitive little nature fans and budding conservationists.
No family holiday to Palma de Mallorca would be complete without castles and beaches, of which Palma has plenty. After all, what kid doesn’t love forts and castles? Let them explore the tunnels and secret staircases of Bellver Castle while you admire the 360 degree views.
For the Whole Family
Mallorca is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and in the cooler weather it’s the ideal place for the little ones to break in their walking boots. Shorter or longer walks can be found against a backdrop of mountainous landscapes and sea views, making for wonderful long autumn hikes. Once you’ve seen the mountains, head into the local towns to experience the fiestas.
Autumn is a fantastic month for fiestas in Mallorca and each offer a taste of traditional island life as well as being a great day out for the whole family. Beginning in September with Les Festes del Rei en Jaume, a medieval themed festival with markets, concerts and parades, the fiestas continue late into autumn and make a great excuse for getting to know the rest of the island. Foodies should make a point to visit in November, when the traditional olive fair in Caimari and the mushroom fair at Mancor de la Vall can be found in quintessential island villages.