Family-Friendly Guide to Mallorca, Spain
I just returned from my family's first trip as a family of four. Mallorca, Spain was an incredible place to visit — and was a great first dive into navigating international travel with a 5 year-old and 1 year old in tow.
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Where to stay in Mallorca
La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, Mallorca
Mediterranean hillside chic hotel with luxe accommodations, a splendid pool and spa.
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Chic hotel on Port de Soller's promenade overlooking the sea with two pools, a restaurant and a rooftop garden.
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Things to do in Mallorca
Book a boat with Sollermar in Port de Soller for a full day. Start your boating journey by heading north to Sa Calobra and Cala Tuent for some beach time before heading south to Sa Foradada for paella at a cliffside restaurant only accessible by hike or boat! After lunch, stop at Cala Deia for another swim!
Port De Soller is a great spot to have a beach day with kids. There are pedal boats with water slides for rent for 20Euros/hour, which our kids loved. We also stopped at beach shops and picked up some floats and enjoyed hours of swimming and floating in the harbor. There is a large area of the harbor that is blocked off for swimming, so it is very safe to swim. You can rent beach loungers that include a lockbox for valuables.
Head into the town of Soller (not to be confused with Port de Soller) for shopping. Ca's Sarrier has an incredible selection of espedrilles for the whole family, made in Menorca. After shoe shopping, head a few hundred yards to Ca'n Pau Gelats Artesans for orange sorbet. I dream of the orange sorbet at gelato shops in Mallorca.
We enjoyed spending time at the Belmond Residencia because our daughter could hop between the Kids Club and the pool, and met other children from all over the world. Our time at La Residencia was our time to sit back and relax and let our children have some autonomy around the property. It is located in the heart of Deia so there are plenty of shops and restaurants to checkout all within walking distance.
Places to eat & drink in Mallorca
Places to Eat and Drink in Port de Sóller
Villa Luisa: Pro tip: book a reservation *after* sunset during the summer or you will be in direct sunlight.
Randemar: Looks like it may have a club atmosphere, but the food was lovely and the view was beautiful.
Patiki Beach: Our all time favorite spot on the island. I wish I would have made reservations to eat here every day. Grace Berrow creates beautiful and delicious farm fresh dishes. It's located right on the beach so it was great for our kids to be able to play in the sand while we enjoyed a leisurely lunch.
Ca's Patro March: Beachside lunch spot in Cala Deia. It is a seen and be seen spot so a reservation is a must. *Pro Tip* - they open up online reservations 15 days prior, so set your alarm as the day's reservations will be filled within the hour.
Cafe Miro: The restaurant at Belmond La Residencia was lovely. Extensive menu of fresh fish and pastas. Note that this is not El Olivo, the upscale fine dining experience at La Residencia, as they do not recommend children. Cafe Miro was perfect for our kids and the ambiance and food was beyond our expectations.
Casa Maruka: Located off the beaten path in Palma, this family restaurant serves up classic Mallorcan dishes in an unpretentious space. The extensive menu (and blackboard specials) showcase the islands specialties. We loved it because it was far away from the tourist neighborhood, so it was quiet and delicious. They are known for the apple pie, so save room for dessert!
The breakfast spread at both hotels (Esplendido and La Residencia) were highlights of the trip. Every morning, we were greeted by tables upon tables of fresh local produce, meats, cheeses, juices and eggs. I wish we could have Mallorcan breakfast every morning.
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