Don’t get us wrong we love the beaches on Mallorca and do spend time splashing and playing around in the sea. However, there is so much more to see on the island and we’ve put together our top 3 places to visit with the kids in Serra de Tramuntana on Mallorca that aren’t the beach.
Mallorca with Kids
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We’ve visited Mallorca a couple of times with the kids and stayed in villas near to Pollença on the island. Whilst there, we liked to explore and visit a few different places as well as have lazy days at the beach and beside the pool.
We picked Pollença over Palma or areas around that as it’s a little quieter and also gave us a more authentic experience than a large resort hotel.
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Serra De Tramuntana
The places we picked for our Top 3 are all within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Serra de Tramuntana.
This area forms the backbone of the island of Mallorca and stretches from Andratx in the southwest to the Cap de Formentor in the north. It’s around 90km long and beautiful.
With a hire car it’s easy to explore although I must admit that the next time I go I really fancy doing this Self Guided Walking Tour of Serra de Tramuntana that Mum’s Gone Too did doesn’t it look fantastic.
Top Places to Visit with Kids in Mallorca that aren’t the beach
The beaches are fantastic and we would recommend it (in fact we’ve kind of sneaked in a beach in one of the places but that’s not the highlight!) but there are plenty of other places. There’s so many to choose from check out these top beaches in Mallorca to head to with kids as recommended by Flying with a Baby.
We’re featuring them in the order that the kids wanted so the first is the thing that they enjoyed the MOST out of our trips to Mallorca.
Take the Train to Sóller
There is a train that passes across the island from Palma to Sóller. It’s old fashioned and along the way stops so that you can take pictures.
The kids loved the fact that the trains were so different than we are used to in the UK.
From Sóller we recommend taking the tram through the town and out to Port of Sóller which had a lovely harbour and although bigger than Fiskardo reminded me a lot of the pretty town in Kefalonia we had visited before.
If you start off in Palma you may want to have a check out of My Travel Monkey’s Guide to the Top Things to do with Kids in Palma there’s plenty to choose from our favourite and we visit every time is Palma Aquarium.
Tips for Taking the Train to Sóller
Instead of starting our journey in Palma we decided to start at Bunyola which is a smaller town in the centre of Mallorca and more picturesque. It meant missing out on 25 minutes of the journey but from speaking to people they really recommended doing this as it’s less crowded for the children and the station is very pretty.
We bought food and snacks for the kids and as we journeyed through the mountains they enjoyed the views and the snacks on the train. We saved half of them for the journey back.
In the middle of the journey the train stopped to allow us to see the view something that was amazing and we got the fantastic picture of the kids leaning out of the train window as well.
The secret cove and Gorge at Sa Calobra
This is a very popular destination and if you are heading there then we advise doing as we did which was head there by hire car very early in the morning to avoid the many coaches that arrive from around 11 am onwards. For the first couple of hours, we had the beach and gorge to ourselves and as everyone headed there we were able to eat at the restaurant in peace and quiet before heading back to the villa.
Sa Calobra is on the west coast of Mallorca. As you arrive you may think what the big deal is because the beach that you see is very small and although pretty is nothing to write home about.
However, follow the path around, head through the tunnel and you arrive a what the kids named the secret cove.
This is the end of the gorge which has been eroded out by Torrent de Pareis over many millenia. With a mix of sand and shingle it’s a lovely place to paddle and have a swim.
However, our kids loved even more heading up the gorge, spotting of fish in the shallow pools that had been left in the summer from the river and then attempting to skip stones.
Pollença town is at the edge of Serra de Tramuntana the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the mountain range the forms the backbone of the island. In fact, all of our Top 3 places to visit are within the area.
Pollença is an old town with narrow streets that lead up to the steps that head up from the town towards the church of El Calvari. Be warned there is 300+ steps and on a hot day it’s VERY hot.
The main square though is beautiful, surrounded by cafes and a church this is the location of the famous Sunday Markets which our kids demand to go to every Sunday that we were on the islands.
Walking around with the children we discovered a shaded playground that they enjoyed climbing, swinging and playing in the shade of the cypress trees.
Sunday Market in Pollença
Sunday is the day to head to Pollença to get a real feel of the town.
The main square is filled will colourful stalls selling fruit, vegetables, fish and meat.
The surround streets alive with clothing, leather good, street performers and other items.
With delicious ice-cream available everywhere we popped in on a Sunday, parked the car, explored the streets. Then stocked up on goods for the week ahead from the market.
Afterwards, it was to a cafe to enjoy a cafe con leche for the adults and a Fanta for the kids. Plus a hand-made ice-cream and then to the playground.
Getting Around to Visit the Places
We loved having a hire car for our visits to Mallorca it made it easy to have our own plans and do what we wanted.
However, if you would like to visit these area without a car there are organised trips to see them. Check them out below