Family Holidays Majorca - Mallorca Travel Destinations Spain

Majorca makes a splendid destination for families. The Spanish penchant for welcoming children into hotels, restaurants and bars with an enthusiasm seldom seen in the UK should relax even the most harassed of parents. And when you combine this attitude with the availability of children-friendly activities, it is easy to see why package holidays to Majorca are so popular with parents travelling with their offspring.

All-inclusive deals where food, drink and activities are paid for in advance can be particularly tempting for parents who will then not be forced to spend another €20 per day on Junior's ice creams and drinks. Self-catering offers greater freedom and may be more suitable if you have older children who are as likely as you to scream at the prospect of yet more all-inclusive chips. And some self-catering apartment complexes do, in fact, have children's clubs, so it is possible to enjoy the best of both these worlds.

Some tour operators offer package holidays to Majorca where accommodation is not allocated until your arrival at Palma airport. These holidays are usually cheaper than others, but will be less suitable for parents who want to know in advance what facilities there will be for their children.

When making your booking, you should clarify what limitations there are regarding the age ranges that the accommodation will accept. Some hotels will not take youngsters under four; some raise that age minimum to 13. And assuming your children are allowed, you might want to ask what height the balcony railings are and what the kids' clubs are like.

These clubs generally keep children amused from mid-morning until lunch and then again during the late afternoon. Outside those hours there may be babysitting services included as part of the accommodation package, but if not, you can usually arrange them yourself. Cosy Toes (www.cosytoes-mallorca.com) provides babysitting services on Majorca.

For family-focused package holidays to Majorca the south of the island makes a wise choice with its large beaches and calm atmosphere. The beach at Es Trenc slopes very gently into the water, while those at Cala Pi, Playa Caracol and Cala Mondrago near Santanyí are all recommended.

More general advice is available at www.takethefamily.com, which is able to book you into recommended, family-friendly accommodation on the island.

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