Find fun family holidays in child-friendly Palma

23rd March 2021

You may already know that Palma is considered one of the loveliest island capitals in Europe, but did you know it was also recently awarded the UNICEF ‘Child Friendly City’ seal? As Mallorca looks forward to welcoming back UK families this summer now’s the perfect time to find out what gives Palma so much child-appeal and why it’s such a great city for family holidays, any time of year.

Palma de Mallorca

Family holidays in Palma begin with the big attraction of glorious weather. Spring, summer and autumn range from warm and sunny to hot and sunny, then back to warm and sunny. Even winter temperatures seldom drop below 18°, so when the city’s described as a year-round destination, you can take that as fact. City beaches of all sorts make the Mediterranean part of daily life here and you only have to wander around for a few hours to feel its influence on the relaxed atmosphere and friendly Palmesanos. Locals say you always feel ‘at home’ in Palma and that’s as good a reason as any to plan a family holiday here this summer – although average flights from the UK taking just over two hours is a fairly tempting factor for families too. Take a look at a few other reasons why we think Palma should be high up in your family holiday plans for 2021.

Take a look at This Is Palma for more on family holidays   

Palma de Mallorca

Palma is the city for beautiful beaches

Most coastal cities have one or two urban beaches, Palma has an entire collection of them. Most are easy to reach from the city centre, quite a few are on cycle paths and there’s even one where an incredible view of Palma Cathedral competes with wide, open views over the Mediterranean. Of course no two are alike – diverse beaches are a bit of a signature on Mallorca – but what they all have in common is a safe, family-friendly atmosphere and the type of facilities which make spending a day by the sea as relaxed and effortless as it should be.

Take a look at This Is Palma for more on beaches

Palma de Mallorca

Palma is the city for family-friendly attractions

It’s easy to understand why UNICEF designated Palma a ‘Child Friendly City’, you only have to look at how much there is to do here with kids. There’s even a child-size take on the city’s history with thrilling guided tours like Monsters and Creatures of Palma, created specially for six to 12 year olds. Inspired Palma Cathedral has family workshops to engage children with one of the city’s most famous landmarks. And activities go well beyond water sports and beaches to treetop adventure parks, waterparks, climbing walls and go-kart tracks.

Take a look at This Is Palma for more on family attractions

Palma de Mallorca

Palma is the city with something for everyone

It’s no exaggeration to say Palma has something for everyone, which makes it a great choice for 2021: already shaping up to be the year of the multi-gen family holiday. Lovely and very accessible beaches along with a staggering amount of history, means you can shape every day differently here. The city’s architecture is glorious and very much part of every day life – even shopping comes with heritage in Palma. Monuments and museums make an extraordinary effort to fascinate kids and adults. Family activities and attractions are designed for all ages and stages. And that’s before you even touch on the charming local markets, gorgeous parks, gardens, and just about every type of restaurant imaginable from Michelin starred to beachy chiringuitos.

Take a look at This Is Palma for more on multi-gen family attractions

Palma de Mallorca

Palma is the city for exploring all over Mallorca

Palma could easily fill several family holidays all by itself, but it’s also very well connected to the rest of Mallorca and a great base for exploring the island. The mighty Sierra de Tramuntana is surprisingly accessible for family hikes – well marked routes, graded in order of difficulty make for any-age adventuring. Visiting villages like Valldemossa or breathtakingly lovely Fornalutx is an even easier way to enjoy the mountains. A day sailing round Archipiélago de Cabrera National Park is another must-do experience: boats, islands and wildlife, what more could kids want?  And don’t even think about missing the Sóller Railway; one of the few remaining narrow-guage railways in the world and the link between Palma and Sóller in the north east of Mallorca, through the stunning Alfàbia Mountains.

Take a look at This Is Palma for more on the island of Mallorca

The lowdown

Palma is the capital of Mallorca, the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. It sits on the Mediterranean Bay of Palma and average summer temperatures range from 27 – 30°.

How to get to there

Direct UK flights to Palma take from two hours, 15 minutes year round.


To celebrate the return of UK families in 2021, Visit Palma has published its first digital city guide for families. Download This Is Palma today for everything you need to start planning your family holiday this summer or autumn.

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