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Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

Five family outings in Majorca

Unsurprisingly, given the island setting and the significant seafaring history of Spain and the Mediterranean, many of the family attractions on Majorca have a link to water.

These are some of our recommendations based on the comments from parents we’ve worked with, our super nannies and, the most valuable feedback of all, the fabulous children we’ve looked after! All the attractions are open throughout the summer holidays and into the autumn half term.


Palma Aquarium

Open 365 days a year, Palma Aquarium is a veritable ocean of marine life and its giant fish tanks include the 9m deep Big Blue, one of the deepest tanks in Europe. Elsewhere you’ll find a shark vision boat, gorgeous Mediterranean gardens and even a jungle, along with plenty of aquatic-themed activities and experiences for children of all ages. With a location close to the airport the aquarium could make a great last day in Majorca if you’ve got an evening flight home, although it’s easy to get to by car, bus or bike.

 

Marineland
With dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows, the compact Marineland can be seen in around 3 or 4 hours, but for younger children you might want to allow more of the day for the lovely splash park to lark about in. You’ll also find penguins, flamingos, a carp pond and tropical house. The general consensus is that the food at Marineland can be a bit pricey, but you can take your own provisions and there are plenty of picnic tables and chairs. Advance discounted tickets are available on the Marineland website and there’s a free shuttle bus.

 


Water parks

If a day of wet’n’wild slides and rides is what you’re after, you’ll find two water parks within easy reach of Palma. Aqualand El Arenal, along the coast east of Majorca’s capital, has lots of high-adrenaline fun with rides including Kamikaze, Tornado and Tsunami, and mixes it up with kid’s splash pools and calmer family fun. Head west from Palma for more of the same, but this time in a wild-west setting: Western Park is divided into three zones – El Paso, Indian Town and Western Land – for Majorca’s most yeeha of family days out.

 


Adventure parks

If staying dry and getting up high is more your family’s style, why not try Majorca’s adventure parks. With zip-lines, rope bridges, climbing walls and obstacles, there is tons of tree-top fun to be had. Jungle Parc and Forestal Parc are both within easy reach of Palma – Forestal Parc has the longest zip lines – up to 220m in length! – while Jungle Parc has the longest courses, with a total of 134 platforms across its various circuits.

 


Kathmandu Park

Beyond Majorca’s residents and visitors, not so many people know about Kathmandu Park. But while it may not enjoy the global reputation of, say, Port Aventura on the Spanish mainland or Alton Towers in the UK, Kathmandu Park is nonetheless well worth a visit. Voted Spain’s second best theme park (behind Port Aventura), the resort offers a complete experience with a hotel, thrill rides, live, 4D experiences and water slides. There’s also plenty for the less adventurous and lots of places to sit in the shade and simply soak up the atmosphere.

 

Did you find this article useful? If so, we hope you have many fantastic days and evenings out with your family in Majorca. Please feel free to share these tips with anyone – and indeed everyone! – you feel would be interested, and remember to keep checking back for more articles on things to do in Majorca with your family.

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Wednesday, 18th July, 2018

Tina’s Top Ten restaurants in and around Pollença in Mallorca

Mallorca has a many and varied selection of places to eat, from city centre venues to tiny village cafes, and you’ll find plenty of choice in romantic fine dining, lively tapas joints and family-friendly restaurants.

With most of the villas in the north of the island and within striking distance of Pollença, we’ve listed 10 of our favourite places, some of which include some fantastic views of the Mallorcan scenery.

 

Pollença Old Town

Clivia: fine dining
Often recommended as one of the best restaurants in Pollença, Clivia offers Spanish, Mediterranean, European seafood dishes. The food is served in an almost heavenly environment, with white walls and white table cloths under beautiful exposed beams and a bespoke-designed geometric timber canopy with suspended pendant lighting and a lovely outdoor courtyard.

Font de Gall: fine dining
If you can get a spot on the pavement terrace here in the summer you can count yourself among a lucky few. Nonetheless, Gont de Gall’s simple and spot-on Mallorcan food is well worth sampling wherever you end up sitting. Good for vegetarians as well as carnivores, the highlight might be the suckling pig, although the paella is also excellent. It’s not for big eaters as the dishes are not huge, but then that does leave more room for dessert.

Fogoneu: fine dining, great ambience
This fairly recently opened restaurant is both cosy and modern with traditional dark timber ceiling beams and an open fireplace contrasting with perhaps the island’s best, largest and most contemporary display of wine – an entire wall of glass fronted stainless steel coolers. The place has a great atmosphere and there’s also live jazz on some evenings. It’s not like anywhere else on Mallorca and is a really nice addition to the food scene.

Trencador:  great Italian food with very reasonable prices
Just off Pollenca’s main square and set in a lovely private courtyard with terraced seating and lush lawns, this medium-priced traditional restaurant is child-friendly, wheelchair accessible and has those essential red and white chequered table cloths for that authentic Italian vibe. Gluten rich and gluten-free pizzas, fresh pasta and grilled fish and meats are served in a double height interior with stone walls and a modern mezzanine. And there’s not need to fret if the place is full, because they also have a takeaway menu.

Bar Alhambra: the best tapas in Mallorca?
Rated by almost everyone as the best tapas in Mallorca, this authentic place on Placa de l’Almonia has just a couple of tables on the square but plenty more inside. Hop on to Trip Advisor and read the incredible reviews – our favourite piece of advice is to simply give the waiter a budget and ask for a selection of his or her choice.

 

Puerto Pollença

Los Zarzales: typical Mallorquin cuisine
For those who find huge menus overwhelming, the mercifully small one at this farm-to-table restaurant will come as welcome relief: a tapas selection then just four or five meat and fish dishes mean you won’t spend hours of anxious confusion over what to pick. In fact the only dilemma might be which one of the two outdoor terraces to sit in – the one in the flowery courtyard or the one on the cobbled Carrer Iafuda Cresques.

Stay: long time locals and tourists favourite
For food with a view, here is where you‘ll find one of the best vistas of the bay of Pollença in a beautiful setting right on the waterfront. There’s modern Mediterranean food from daily and a la carte menus plus, of course, tapas! Stay has been open for a number of years and gets a good mix of tourists and natives, meaning you’ll feel at home among your own kind while still having a local experience.

 

Just outside Pollença

La Terrazza: stunning setting both inside and out
Another beautiful setting, this time in the former family home of the people who run the restaurant. Now approaching its 50th anniversary, La Terrazza offers new creations every year of organic Mediterranean food from an innovative kitchen. Immerse yourself in spectacular views, cooling sea breezes and even a chillout area with its own beach. The lobster paella is particularly popular.

Llennaire Hôtel: elevated food and location
Absolutely stunning views and very fine dining are on offer at this leafy, hilltop farm estate that dates back to the early 20th century that is both a glamorous hotel and destination restaurant – you could even stay a night after dinner if you don’t fancy a drive back to your villa. The terrace is beautiful with stone balustrades and sea views while a lot of the food is grown on the grounds.

Can Cuarassa – family friendly and good value
This beachfront finca with panoramic views has numerous terraces and is surrounded by a large garden with Mediterranean plants and palm trees. There are barbecues in the summer and there is plenty of room for the children to play. In winter food is served indoors lovely traditional Mallorquin surroundings. The location is about half way between Alcudia and Port de Pollença.

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Saturday, 12th December, 2009

Childcare in Mallorca

Jelly and ice Cream are now offering Childcare services in Mallorca. We can provide child care on or off the beach, for single children or groups. We will provide additional nannies according to the size and mix of the group.

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