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.
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.
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.
Get to explore the island from a whole different perspective. The beautiful Mediterranean is home to lots of weird and wonderful sea life so take a trip with Tramuntana Diving & Adventure so they can take you to all the best diving spots in the north. They offer complete beginner dives right through to SSI qualifications. If you’re not sure on the scuba diving, they offer snorkelling trips in the beautiful Cala Sant Vicenç beaches where the rocky cliffs create a fantastic home for all sorts of sea creatures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.