Family Activities in Mallorca

Stand Up Paddle-boarding

This is something the whole family can enjoy and doesn’t take a long time to learn. The flat seas are beautiful to paddle about on and take a tour of the Mallorcan coastline. There is no pre-requisite learning necessary, but a good balance and coordination can help a lot during the first 10 minutes before getting into the swing of things. There are plenty of schools out there, but the best has got to be Mallorca Kiteboarding & SUP who offer fun and exciting excursions that all the family can enjoy. They offer lessons to both complete beginners and advanced, learning the key skills to become a paddle surfer.

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Caves

Coves de Campanet – At the bottom of the Sant Miquel hill in the Tramuntana Mountain Range are the Coves de Campanet caves. A much more modest attraction than the Coves de Drach, they’re still well worth a visit. There is a guided tour of the caves which lasts 40 minutes and takes you along pathways through the caves where you can see small ponds and impressive stalagmites and stalactites. The different chambers inside the caves are known as Sala Romántica, Sala de Llac and Castell Encantat.

Coves del Drach – Discover the Eastern coast of Mallorca and head to the most famous caves located in Puerto Cristo. Extending for almost 2,500m and including internal heights of 25m above the cave floor. The caves are said to have formed from seawater pushing through the rocks to form a vast opening that is thought to have happened in the Miocene period (between 23 and 5 million years ago). There are four caves, all of which connect to each other, Black Cave, White Cave, Cave of Luis Salvador and Cave of the French. Hidden within the caves is Lake Martel, considered to be one of the largest subterranean lakes in the World, (170m long and 30m wide) on which there are daily performances of classical music featuring pieces by Caballero, Chopin and Offenbach.

Water parks

There’s no better way to cool down in the hot sun than having fun in the water. There are several water parks in Mallorca and Western Water Park is one of the best, over in Magaluf. With dive shows and entertainment throughout the day, the rides here are great with a variety of different slides to suit all the family.

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PETER diving system

The ideal bridge between snorkelling and scuba diving. PETER Diving is suitable for all the family and takes you to ideal diving conditions for beginners. It’s a great way to see underwater ecosystems without the rigmarole of scuba. It’s a definite hit amongst youngsters with the age requirement being only 8 years old. The divers at Actionsport Mallorca in Port de Pollença are all qualified, and you’ll be sure to have a fun day out.

Kiteboarding

Kitesurfing isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life. It’s also an excellent way to get the teens entertained in a course to learn one of the hottest sports on offer in Mallorca. With a constant warm wind blowing between 10 – 15 knots and shallow water, North Mallorca is the place to learn. The instructors at Mallorca Kiteboarding & SUP are all qualified by the Spanish Sailing Federation, IKO, WDWS and Spanish Surf Federation so if you take a class with them; you’ll be in good hands. The price of courses includes all equipment and accident & liability insurance. Josep gave it a go; you can read his experience here.

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Bike Tours

One of the best ways to sample the island is by bike. The island has been growing in popularity with cyclists coming from all over Europe. You can either rent a bike and go it alone or join a fantastic bike tour which you can combine with kayaking or local markets and also there is a tour on mountain bikes to test your stamina.

Coasteering

Jump right into the blue Med on a Coasteering adventure in North Mallorca. Cliff jumping is obviously an activity you want to do with a guide who knows the safest places to go and the best spots. It’s an activity suitable for all abilities just so long as you have an adventurous side about you. Other actives that can be thrown into the mix include abseiling, zip lining, snorkelling and swimming. Practice Coasteering in Mallorca is the best way of combining sea and mountains, as we’ll follow the seaside shoreline as we discover the most hidden corners of the island.

Kayaking

Whether you’re in a single or a double kayak, it’s great fun to paddle about the water in the North. An open sea kayak is a less intimidating way to enjoy the water than something like a canoe. If you’ve got the desire to try something with a guide, then there is a super instructor here in Puerto Pollensa with vast knowledge of the best kayaking spots for all levels.

Hiking

There are plenty of great hiking route around Mallorca but one easy route is the Puig de Maria outside of Pollença. It’s a short 40-minute walk along a path with lovely views at the top. It’s worth going early or late, but not during the heat of the day.

Trail Running

We’re Mallorca-bound for Advanced Week 2015. All trails have been Tòfol-tested!Stay tuned & follow every step from the 29th March until the 4th April. #AdvancedWeek2015

Posted by Salomon Running on Friday, 13 March 2015

The flavour of this month is, not only panades, but it’s Trail Running. Seeing growing popularity over the past few years, Mallorca has been an increasingly popular destination to go running in.

In this video you can see Salomon runner Tòfol Castanyer during the #AdvancedWeek2015 running through the beautiful Serra Tramuntana.

Kiteboarding School Chronicles – Part I

Mallorca is a great place to live all year around. Some people may not be so fond of the winter time as the temperature drops and many towns like ours, Port de Pollença, seem to go into hibernation. It is definitely really quiet but I like to think of it as a well deserved rest after a busy summer. Last year and for the first time ever I decided to give snowboarding a chance and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I regret not getting to go more often. It was after my last holiday to Andorra, earlier this year that I started getting jealous of the people who live in the mainland and have the ability to hop in their cars and a few hours later arrive to a ski resort. Although we had a short chance to practice snowsports in Mallorca this is definitely not the best base for weekend snowboarding getaways.

While driving back home from the airport after that holiday, along the road between Alcudia and Port de Pollença, I was greeted with a swarm of kites in the air, it wasn’t something new, we are used to seeing them in the bay all the time, but it struck me as a revelation: here’s this action sport that looks just as fun as snowboarding literally on my doorstep. Nothing seems to stop the people enjoying Kiteboarding, it was mid January, it doesn’t get much colder than this but they still seemed to have a blast in spite of the weather. I automatically remembered of Mallorca Kiteboarding & SUP, a young company that introduced themselves to our team last year offering their kiteboarding courses and paddle boarding excursions.

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This was my instructor and co-founder of Mallorca Kiteboarding & SUP

Before unpacking my bags I looked for the contact details of Pedro Álvarez (aka Perico), co-founder of Mallorca Kiteboarding & SUP who also happens to be a very talented guitarist, and I asked him to sign me up to their waiting list.

After a few weeks of not so ideal conditions for a learner I got a call from Perico and scheduled my first lesson, I freed-up a bunch of hours from the calendar and the morning after I met up with him to get started.

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Hopefully they’ll be a photo of me like this in a few weeks time. For now, here’s another photo of Perico, the pro

One of the obvious requirements for kiteboarding is the wind and in the Pollença bay in particular we aren’t short of it. The other side of the coin is that if the water is cold on a winter’s day, the constant breeze does not help you warm up! In all honesty, I have never been much of a beach person and it is very unlikely that I’d get into the sea anytime before July but I was excited, so excited that I went into the water in March without much hesitation (with a wetsuit, obviously).
Before I dipped my first to into the water, we spent about an hour going through all the equipment and all the security protocol. In this sport you are dealing with two great forces of nature: wind and sea, so all the great explanations I received from Perico were actually very helpful. From an early stage I felt confident that I was controlling the kite rather than the kite controlling me – kind off, it was only my first day, I still have a lot left to learn!
The very important thing to understand is the wind windows. Understanding this is critical for managing the power of the kite and the direction of traveling. After this we covered the all important hand signals to communicate with other kiters to maintain order and safety and also to learn the rules and etiquette when kiting.
Getting closer and closer to actually going out onto the water, I was also encouraged to set up the whole rig, starting with inflating the kite, inspecting and untangling the lines and attaching everything to my harness properly.
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Learning my lines, almost ready for the water.
 
Once it was all ready it was time to get into the water, which didn’t actually feel that cold with my two wetsuits on. We actually had a lovely sunny day and it felt great temperature wise. I can’t wait to try this in the summer with less neoprene on!
It is not advised to learn to fly a full size kitesurfing kite on a beach – as this is the most dangerous place to do so. You need to head out into the water at a safe location to learn.
In the water I was taught how to pilot the kite, launch and landing, relaunching it in the water as well as powering and depowering the kite which enables the kite lines to let go of pressure,  decreasing the speed of your kite.
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Up, up and away!
Feeling the force of the wind pulling you can be a bit daunting at first but once you start to understand how the control bar works and how sensitive it is, you start enjoying the experience. It was fun to see the 14m2 kite being steered from one side of the wind window to the other.
It might not be as simple as other action sports and it might take a bit longer to get you on a board but with all the good tips and support I received from Mallorca Kiteboarding & SUP, they made it is as easy as it can possibly get. Knowing whats next; body dragging, waterstarting, steering/reaching the board, etc… it makes me really look forward to my next lesson.
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Stay tuned for part II!
Josep Sebastián
Director of Prestige Villas

Let’s try kiteboarding!

It’s not all doom and gloom in the Prestige Villas office, although it never is, but today is a particular highlight – Josep is off to try out kiteboarding with the guys from Mallorca Kitebaording & SUP. Here’s his first glimpse of the waves that await him. More updates and photos to follow!