To get a sense of the real Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, you need venture only 30 minutes north of the island’s major resort, Magaluf, and you’ll discover a real gem that's ideal for a family break.
Puerto Pollensa sits in a sheltered horseshoe-shaped bay, set against the backdrop of the stunning Tramuntana mountain range, which is popular as a training ground for professional Olympic cyclists. Situated on the northern tip of Mallorca, it’s surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery on the island and edged by lovely, sandy beaches. This pretty former fishing village has managed to retain much of its old world charm - particularly in the streets set back from the waterfront. There are nine hours of sunshine a day, turquoise blue waters, golden sandy beaches and fine paella.
Who is it good for? The short flight and gently shelving beaches will appeal to those with babies and toddlers, but Puerto Pollensa is great for children of all ages too.
A stroll from the yacht-filled marina along the renowned Pine Walk will take you past dozens of great eateries and is a great way to work up an appetite.
Just a 15-minute and breath-takingly scenic drive away is Formentor Beach: a narrow but gorgeous stretch of golden sand running into crystal-clear turquoise blue water. The views of sea, mountains and pine forest are simply spectacular and there are overhanging trees on the beach, which make a great shelter for little ones – and parents – needing a break from the sun.
See Mallorcan treats for kids for more family-friendly activities.
Best time to go: From May to September. But be prepared for the crowds to descend during the school holidays, particularly July and August.
Travel time: Flights from London to Palma take 2 hours and 20 minutes.
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