The Balearic Islands are often top choice for party lovers, but there are plenty of family-friendly options too. Whether you want water parks and playgrounds or nature and peaceful beaches, the warm sunny Balearics will keep the whole family happy.
The beautiful Blue Flag beaches of Alcudia are perfect for young families. With golden sands, gently shelving shores and plenty of quiet, shaded coves, the little ones can enjoy sunny days paddling and building sandcastles. Hire a pedalo from the Lago Esperanza watersports centre and spend an hour or two bobbing in the Mediterranean breeze.
Away from the beach, there’s the fantastic Karting Magic, an exciting go-karting track, and the renowned Hidropark with giant water slides, boating pools, and mini-golf. If you’re a family of nature lovers, head out to Parc Natural de S’Albufera, a huge nature reserve brimming with birds and plants – perfect for a day of exploring.
Ibiza, with its booming parties and groups of youngsters, may not seem like the obvious choice for families, but there are many places on this stunning island that will seem a million miles away from the nightclubs of San Antonio. Beautiful Portinatx sits on the most northern point of Ibiza, far from the all-night partying of the south.
With a beautiful sandy beach, perfect for watersports or paddling, and a range of family-friendly activities, you’ll wonder why you never tried a family holiday in Ibiza before. For a fun-filled day there’s a mini-golf course, 10-pin bowling alley, and the fantastic El Greco Waterpark.
Cala’n Bosch, Menorca
Being the quietest of the Balearic Islands, Menorca is the perfect place for young families. Cala’n Bosch is the number one destination for little ones, with sandy, shallow beaches perfect for paddling or pedaloes and fantastic family friendly restaurants.
To keep the kids busy, there’s a waterpark for a day of splashing around, or Goody Goody Park, an exciting adventure playground complete with trampolines, bumper cars, and a bouncy castle.
Es Pujols, Formentera
The white sandy beaches and turquoise shallows of Formentera have been compared to the Caribbean, but, while still sunny and warm, this sheltered island is more catered to families than sun worshippers.
The intimate resort of Es Pujols is the main tourist destination but has all the charm of a small fishing village. The locals are friendly and the beaches within walking distance for little legs. If you’re up for a fun family history lesson, cycle up to Cap de Barbaria, just 10 minutes from Es Pujols, and admire the view from the top of the charming lighthouse.
Puerto Pollensa, Majorca
The laid-back resort of Puerto Pollensa is a popular choice for families due to its shaded beaches and shallow waves. Choose between the watersports and sun loungers of Pollensa Beach or the family-friendly, sheltered Albercutx Beach.
For a day of exploring, check out the magical medieval museum or shop for sweet treats and handmade toys at the colourful local market. While Puerto Pollensa isn’t a built up and busy holiday resort, it has all the charm and tranquillity that many families crave on holiday.