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10 family-fun activities in Mallorca

There are few destinations to match Mallorca when it comes to family-fun activities. The golden isle has countless tempting sandy beaches with safe turquoise waters but there’s so much more to enjoy away from the fray. With a vast array of captivating family attractions island-wide that include fishing trips, ostrich farms, museums, nature reserves and waterparks, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Enjoy a seafaring adventure

A thrilling family marine adventure beckons with Pesca Turismo which organizes excellent value excursions from eight different ports along Mallorca’s sunny coastline. Seasoned local fishermen will take you on a memorable Mediterranean Sea voyage where you’ll sail to hidden coves and have a chance to swim in crystal clear waters. You can even try your hand at fishing or simply relax on deck and enjoy watching the myriad of sea birds. For an authentic fisherman’s experience, families can also join a traditional fishing expedition, learn about fish species and watch the men haul in the catch of the day.Departures from eight ports island-wide (Alcudia, Andratx, Cala Bona, Cala Figuera, Cala Ratjada, Palma, Porto Cristo, Soller.)

Pesca Turismo

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All aboard the Soller vintage train

With its familiar toot toot and traditional wooden carriages, the much-loved vintage train El Tren de Sóller offers a magical one-hour scenic journey from Soller to Palma through the Tramuntana mountains. The train was founded in 1912, specifically to transport oranges and olives more rapidly to Palma than via the hilly tracks. You will enjoy a gripping ride as the train rumbles through 13 dark and cool mountain tunnels, crosses bridges and a towering five-arched viaduct. You can also hop on the train from Palma to Soller and if you fancy a swim once there, take the equally retro tram from the station to Soller port with its golden beaches and cafés.

Tren de Sóller

Plaça d’Espanya, 6, Soller

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Explore the ancient salt pans of Salinas d’Es Trenc

Explore the vast salt pans in the South East in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Salt has been harvested in Mallorca since prehistoric times and from 1958 at Salinas d’Es Trenc. Marvel at the huge white pyramids of salt and while on your guided tour learn all about its harvesting and production from the pure seawater of Es Trench beach. It’s a delight to see flocks of migratory birds and pink flamingos that rest and nest in the tall grasses and marshes. Visit the café and gift shop selling local Flor de Sal salt, then head for a swim in the crystalline waters of famed Es Trenc beach, just five minutes away by car.

Salinas d’Es Trenc

Salinas de Levante, Ctra Campos a Colonia Sant Jordi, Km 8.7, Campos, Mallorca

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Sail to Cabrera Island National Park

Enjoy an hour’s sail from the port of Colònia de Sant Jordi to the national park of Cabrera off the southeast coast where you can snorkel and swim. The archipelago, comprising Cabrera Grande and a series of islets, is the largest protected marine environment in the western Mediterranean. Once on the island, make your way to the ruined castle, historic museum and archaeological site and have a picnic or a snack from the only café on the unspoilt sandy beach. On the return journey, the regular ferries stop at the famed Cova Blau, blue cove, where you can take a dip in the pristine waters. At Colonia de Sant Jordi, pop by the port’s visitor center with its aquarium of 5,000 specimens of fish.

Port Colònia de Sant Jordi, Mallorca

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Picnic with the bears at Reserva Galatzó

For an action-packed mountain adventure, head for the fun-packed nature reserve of Galatzó that offers thrills galore. In this wildlife paradise, stroll across swinging wooden bridges to cascading waterfalls and grottos, and take a dip in a natural rock pool. Observe the rescued animals that include bears, donkeys, goats and peacocks that roam in fenced-off forest zones. Try your hand at rock climbing or watch the fascinating twice-daily raptor display. There’s a café and BBQ grill and picnic area in tranquil woodland.

La Reserva Galatzó

Predio Son Net, Puigpunyent

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Visit an underground lake at the Caves of Drach

Discover the secret subterranean wonderworld of the Cuevas del Drach in Porto Cristo. This vast network of caves by the sea on the east coast also contains Europe’s largest underground lake. Walk through the underlit caves and gaze in awe at the ancient giant stalagmites and stalactites. An exciting boat ride on the lake and mini concert with a live orchestra are also provided in the guided tour. There’s a sunny beachside restaurant, gift shop and picnic area, too.

Caves of Drach

Ctra Cuevas s/n 07680, Porto Cristo

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Meet friendly ostriches in the countryside

Artestruz, in the heart of the island’s countryside, is home to a big bunch of friendly ostriches who love to meet visitors. The ostriches, reared and cared for by the same family for many years, are treated with love and respect. You can get up close with the loveable birds and feed them seeds while enjoying an entertaining talk about ostriches by a family member. Afterwards, visit the handcraft shop and enjoy a drink on the terrace or try a jumbo family-sized omelette in the kitchen.

Artestruz

Ma-6014, km 40, Campos

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Go zip-lining at Jungle Park

Expect an adrenaline rush at the two centers of Jungle Parc that offer zipline and rope adventures for adults and children of all ages. For youngsters, the exciting Pirate adventure includes seven circuits of zip-lines, nets, swings and a pirate boat, and is overseen by a team of experienced instructors. For children aged nine and upwards, there’s the Explorer course which offers 40 different high-rope activities that include swings, zip-lines, bridges, and even a skateboard and bike! It’s a great way to while away a few hours in the shade followed by a well-deserved ice cream or cool drink at the bar.

Jungle Parc Junior

Calle Arquitecto Francisco Casas 16, Bendinat

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Get up close with tiger sharks

The enormous Palma Aquarium offers the ultimate marine life experience with adventurous activities that include getting up close with tiger sharks and 1,000 fish in the Big Blue Tank, navigating aboard a glass floor boat and enjoying a virtual sea-world underwater adventure in the Aquadome theater. Home to 700 species of fish from the Mediterranean, Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Aquarium also has the largest coral collection in Europe. Visit the atmospheric tropical rainforest and waterfall, and watch sea turtles, stingrays and Koi fish swimming in the gardens’ pools. There are plenty of dining options and so much to see that you might stay all day.

Palma Aquarium

Carrer de Manuela de los Herreros, 21, Palma

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Take a horse ride in the mountains

At Ses Roques Ranch, an exhilarating two-hour guided horse-ride is offered in a rural paradise close to Alcudia Bay in the north of Mallorca. Helmets are provided and no experience is needed for either adults or children as an expert team is on hand at all times. Children of all ages can enjoy pony and horse rides, a playground and a petting farm of baby pigs, sheep, goats and cows.

Ranxo Ses Roques

Avinguda de França, Alcudia

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