cathedral in palma de mallorca under a deep blue sky

Palma De Mallorca With Kids

The Balearic Island of Mallorca is a fantastic place for a holiday with kids, only two and a half hours flight from London and beautiful temperatures from Spring to Autumn you wont be disappointed. Places like Alcudia and Puerto de Pollensa can be great to visit for families as there is loads to do with kids but it can get super busy during peak seasons. If you fancy a bit of culture with your family beach holiday, Palma is a magnificent city. It’s one of our favourite European city breaks with children and the beaches of Playa de Palma (just 10 mins drive from the airport) makes a great base. Read on to discover more on visiting Palma with kids.

restaurant in playa de palma looking out to sea with palm trees in the background

Playa de Palma’s promenade is great for running and cycling and there are lots of places to hire bikes with child  seats or smaller sizes. You’ll often see locals doing yoga on the beach or having a dip in the sea before breakfast. The whole area has recently undergone a big old revamp making it even more family friendly.

sunset into the sea with palm trees on the beach

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promenade in playa de palma

Things to do in Palma with kids

Es Baluard Museum of Modern Art

A gorgeous modern Art Gallery set in a beautiful building featuring some amazing works of contemporary art. It’s small enough and the Art is wacky enough so the kids won’t get bored and provides a welcome relief from the Mallorcan sunshine. This makes it one of the best things to do with kids in Palma de Mallorca on a baking hot day. Es Baluard Museum features permanent collections with artworks by Miro and Dali and many, many more.

needles artwork at es baluard modern art museum

Outside the museum offers fantastic views of Palma from the Round Pass surrounding the roof of the building and there is a delightful Terrace to enjoy some food or a cold glass of wine.

outdoor sculptures under a blue sky at modern art museum in palma

Children 12 and under are currently free to visit, adults are 6 Euros. You can find out all the info you need on the Es Baluard Website

Catedral de Mallorca

Towering over the city of Palma, the Cathedral is the first thing you will see as you drive into town. The building is stunning from both up close and a far and well worth a visit. This is one of the most iconic things to do in Palma with kids and gorgeous inside and out. We didn’t enter as we were on a pretty tight schedule but I think you can book a timed visit online.

yellow brick walls of palma cathedral

Outside the Cathedral, along with spectacular views out to sea you will find Horse rides and the Parc de la Mar with a stunning water feature, great views out to sea and a cute kids playground. It is also where you will find many street venders selling knock off bags etc as you make your way back into town.

street artist sat in front of an easel outside palma cathedral

You can find out about any upcoming events on the Cathedrals website

Palma Aquarium

For super family friendly things to do in Palma with kids you can’t beat an aquarium. This is not just a place to see the fishys, Palma aquarium puts loads of effort into family entertainment and keeping the kids involved. Alongside the largest display of live coral in Europe and a huge Shark Tank

Tickets are currently €25.50 for adults and €15 for children. Palma Aquarium has loads of add on activities if you want a bit more adventure such as snorkelling with the rays, the shark vision boat and diving with sharks.

fountain outside palma catedral

View the upside down church

I love this sculpture by Dennis Oppenheim titled Device to root out evil. It’s simplicity and quirkiness is gauranteed to entertain the kids and they can get super up close to view it. You’ll find it in the Plaza de la Puerta de Santa Catalina next to a fab little playground.

upside down church sculpture in palma

Amazing Adventure Playground

Mallorca has several fantastic playgrounds, one of the best is located just outside of Palma. This one is outdoor and is absolutely huge so you could easily spend a whole afternoon watching the kids play. There’s plenty of parking and space to run around or ride bikes like the local kids. Don’t skip the playgrounds when working up your things to do with kids in Palma de Mallorca itinerary, they’re fantastic, free ways for little ones to burn some energy.

Head to Carrer de Jesús, 29, 07010, Palma

Or there’s this fantastic one outside the cathedral.

kids outdoor playground under a bright blue sky in Palma

Day Trips from Palma with Kids

Soller

We hired a car for our short break which meant we could easily pop to and from Palma town from Playa de Palma. But also meant we could get the most out of some days trips from Palma a bit further away. Our favourite was to the north of the Island to a gorgeous town called Soller. We took the slow route there – over the beautiful winding mountain road. It offers some amazing views from the top and fragrant lemon groves on the way down. It took us just under an hour from Soller, but you can take the toll tunnel through the mountains which cuts it down to about half an hour and might be easier if your kids suffer from motion sickness.

main square in soller, mallorca with neo gothis church and pavement cafes

For an even more authentic and picturesque journey to Soller, then you could take the Serra de Tramuntana Train. This is a wooden, electric train which will take you through the Mallorcan mountains to Soller and then onwards to the seaside town of Port de Soller. Learn how to take the train from Palma to Soller in this fantastic guide.

The town is super cute (although seems to have a bit of a parking problem!) with a gorgeous town square – the Plaça Constitució, a lovely town tram which passes through the square and the beautiful Sant Bartomeu parish church. Take a trip inside, the various alters are stunning.

alterwork inside sant bartomeu church in soller

Make sure you stop in the square at one of the various cafes and people watch for a while, it’s a great place to soak up the atmosphere and watch the locals hanging out by the fountain. Soller is home to one of Mallorca’s best markets so visit on a Saturday morning if possible. Read more about visiting Soller with kids.

Port de Soller

From Soller it’s a short drive (5 km) to the Port de Soller, a charming seaside town with a small beach with calm and shallow waters, loads of quaint shops, restaurants and bars. It’s perfect for a stroll along the pedestrianised promenade and a great place to pick up your postcards and souvenirs.

boats moored in port de soller mallorca

Portals Nous

A short 20 minute drive from Palma is the charming village of Portals Nous in Calvia. It’s home to a luxurious marina with plenty of high end restaurants perfect for people watching.

marina with boats moored at portals nous marina

It’s very popular with British holiday makers and home to two lovely beaches, Cala Bendinat and Cala Portals Nous.

beach at portals nous with man walking along the sand

Where to stay in Palma with kids

IBEROSTAR Playa de Palma 

This is a luxury 5 star hotel located just two minutes to the beachfront and 5 minutes from the airport. There’s the option to go all inclusive, family rooms, a kids pool and a small kids club. There’s even a spa if you can spare the time!

Hotel Riu Bravo, Playa De Palma

This is a 4 Star all inclusive hotel offering everything you need for a relaxed family holiday. It has a gym, pool, wellness centre, games room and family sized suites.

Innside Palma Center, Palma De Mallorca

A new 4 star Melia hotel in Palma De Mallorca with a panoramic rooftop bar and pool, just a short walk from the old quarter, Plaza Mayor and The Cathedral. The hotel has connecting family rooms and a fabulous wellness centre.

Where to eat in Palma with kids

Mikel and Pintxo, Playa De Palma

This is a lovely Tapas restaurant located in Playa De Palma, with great views of the Palma sunsets. Order the iberio ham and plenty of small pates and you won’t be disappointed.

MG-Café , Playa De Palma

We love this gorgeously decorated café bar which has a cosy feel and huge outdoor seating area.

two glasses of white wine and a bowl of peanuts

Es Rebost, Palma town 

Tiny coffee shop in the centre of Palma serving possibly the best toasted sandwiches I have ever tasted. It’s a good stop for a quick lunch if you’re shopping in the city.

Enco Palma, Palma Town 

A few minutes walk from the Cathedral in Palma’s historical district serving huge salads and fresh cakes.

If you enjoy Spanish city breaks then you’ll love visiting Bilbao with kids.

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visiting palma de mallorca with kids

Have you been to Palma de Mallorca with kids? Let me know what your favourite things to do are. Leave a comment below and help other families plan their perfect holiday.

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