Mallorca is the Spanish Balearic island best known for its secluded coves, beautiful beaches and vibrant and capital, Palma. Cala d’Or is a great place to explore this stunning island from when travelling as a family. Here are 8 easy and fun things to do in Cala d’Or with kids!
1. Beaches of Cala d’Or
The beach can keep kids entertained for hours and we always make sure we pack a bucket and spade!
(If we bought a new one every time we went somewhere, I would need to buy shares in the manufacturing companies that make them!)
The beaches in Cala d’Or are not big expansive stretches of sand. Instead they are rather beautiful little coves framed by volcanic rock, pine and palm trees. Our favourites in no particular order are:
- Cala Gran with its appealing little cafe on the side and easy access for pushchairs.
- Cala Ferrera has the widest beach and shallowest water and I assume the best one to spend the day at, if it’s busy.
- Cala Serena is a bit further out, smaller, and mainly used for diving, but this means it’s quiet and secluded.
- Lastly Es Forti, which is the other side of the marina next to the fort and very pretty.
All of the above are walkable from the middle of town and, for most, the sea is pretty shallow for quite a long way out. This means it’s great for little ones to have a splash about.
2. Visit Cala d’Or Marina
Amble the marina and have a good look around all the expensive boats and decide which one you would have – if you had the money! This is a great place for the kids to zoom around on their scooters or have fun looking out for fish in the water.
Be warned, there are no barriers between the pavement and the water. If you have little ones, keep hold of their hands.
3. Day Trip to Palma
I spent a lot of time looking at the cheapest way to do this. Unless you have hired a car, which we didn’t, there isn’t really that much difference in the price.
We booked it through our hotel in the end. As the kids sat on our laps on the coach they didn’t cost anything, which made the trip a little cheaper. The coach picked us up and dropped us back at our hotel. It’s a great sightseeing day out for the whole family.
4. Visit the Fort
The walk to the fort is a nice one past the marina and onto a shady path protected by a dense tree canopy. It’s a little walk away from Cala d’Or but well worth it. The fort is free and views a lovely, as you would expect. The route is pushchair friendly and it’s a great way to get to see the local area and the more residential areas too.
5. Enjoy a Menu of the Day meal
We found that there were quite a few restaurants that offered Menus of the Day for around €11 – €14.
These were such good value we were drawn in every time we saw one!
They usually consist of four courses and included wine or water. They’re a really great way to experience some really fabulous fish dishes too!
6. Go out for All-You-Can-Eat Tapas!
In the town of Cala d’Or there were a couple of restaurants that offered all-you-can-eat tapas for about €19 per person.
We didn’t pay for the kids, because of their age, and the amount we ate and the time we spent there made this such a good deal!
One time we chose to have lunch at an all-you-can-eat when it was a little rainy. The rain normally has a tendency to ruin a day on holiday, however, on this particular day, both myself and my husband spent the whole afternoon eating while the kids fell asleep in front of the heaters wrapped in blankets! Somehow the rain and heaters and blankets had given us a little ‘us’ time right at the end of the holiday, which was absolutely lovely! Plus, I got just enough ‘me’ time to drink the the most amazing jug of sangria!
Also, the food was AMAZING. If you find yourself in the same situation you have to order the figs wrapped in bacon! They are simply divine!
7. Fantasy Park, Cala d’Or
All rides are a euro, including bouncy castles, go carts, and baby ride-ons. Another good choice for a rainy day or when the kids have a little bit of extra energy to dispel.
8. STARFISH Glass Bottom Boat
Great way for the whole family to see some wildlife and enjoy the sea in a different way. This means you also get to see a little more of the islands coastline depending on where you go and what trip you take.
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