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The ultimate family-friendly guide to Majorca's beaches

From the calmest waters to kid-friendly, beachfront restaurants.

Leon Beckenham
By Leon Beckenham4 Jun 2024 6 minutes read
Kids playing on beach in Majorca
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As a trailblazer in the 1970s package holiday boom, Majorca has always led the way when it comes to family-oriented getaways. Of course, resorts around Spain have been attracting tourists to its sunny shores for generations now, but the biggest of the Balearic Islands offers something special—kid-friendly beaches in abundance.

Being a dad to a pair of rambunctious boys growing up on the island, this has been an invaluable boon. Whether sculpting castles from the powdery sands, splashing in the shallow surf, or hunting for crabs in rugged rock pools, Majorcan beaches offer endless boredom-busting activities for little ones. And from the huge sweeping bahías in the north to the narrow, cliff-lined calas in the south, this beach-blessed Mediterranean island offers a truly diverse range of sandy spots to choose from.

Here are the island’s top spots for beach breaks that’ll keep the whole crew happy.

For quieter family getaways: Port de Pollenca

Beach and coast of Port de Pollenca, Majorca, Spain
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Getting here

While Port de Pollenca is one of the island’s most remote resort towns, it’s still less than an hour from the Palma de Mallorca airport. Rental cars are plentiful from the airport, otherwise pre-book a taxi (or minibus if there are more than four of you, or you have lots of luggage). Transunion offers a budget-friendly shuttle bus service, though brace yourself for a longer transfer—and bored kids.

Beach breakdown

  • Playa del Puerto de Pollensa is the area’s main beach, with calm, shallow waters and a strip of family-friendly restaurants. At one end there’s an on-the-sand playground with a wooden “shipwreck” complete with rigging to climb.
  • You’ll find Playa de Albercuix along the Pine Walk—a scenic tree-lined path that runs around part of the bay. It’s much quieter here with less sand and fewer facilities, but more contained making it great for smaller tots.
  • Playa de Can Cap de Bou extends about a mile south of the marina. Its broad golden sands are conveniently positioned baby steps from most of the town’s hotels, plus there’s a great, slightly quirky playground that looks like it was built from driftwood at the southern end.

Away from the beach

Where to stay

Mostly catering to (largely British) families, many hotels here offer apartment-style stays. One group-friendly example is Hoposa Villaconcha, where duplex apartments sleep up to four and you’re just a five-minute stroll from the beach. On-site child-pleasing highlights include waterslides, a bouncy castle, and a lively entertainment program. Even closer to the shore, Cabot Pollensa Park Spa has family-sized junior suites, together with a supervised kids’ club and a brilliant splash pool complete with a mini-waterpark.

For stunning family-friendly coves: Cala D’Or

People sunbathing on Cala Gran beach, Cala D'or, Majorca, Spain
Cala Gran
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Getting here

Set on the island’s south coast, this popular resort town is less than an hour from the airport. We’d recommend renting your own wheels—there’s no direct public bus. Plus, the area is also home to some of the island’s most Insta-famous beaches, and driving is the best way to reach them all.

Beach breakdown

  • Cala Gran Beach is the largest of five beaches that are easily accessible from the main resort. Golden sands and calm turquoise waters sit alongside a surplus of beachside restaurants, lots of lounge chairs for rent, and a lifeguard in the summer. Plus, there are pedalos to hire and a great play area at the back of the beach.
  • The resort’s eponymous Cala d'Or Beach (also known as Cala Petita) is the most sheltered of the five coves, so its shallow toddler-friendly waters are consistently calm. Sunbeds, umbrellas, and toilet facilities add to its family appeal, though it fills up at peak times.
  • If you’re looking to leave the main resort area, Cala Mondrago offers a sparkling stretch of wilder shoreline as part of the Mondrago Nature Park. Despite a sense of remoteness, there are still plenty of family-friendly facilities like lounge chairs, a summer lifeguard, and chiringuito beach shack serving up snacks and drinks.
  • The equally scenic twin bay of S’Amarador is also a short flip-flop shuffle away and usually less busy.

Away from the beach

Where to stay

While there’s certainly no shortage of choice in this area, one of the top spots to stay for families is Barceló Aguamarina. With two pools, a mini-club, and a sandy beach just steps away, this hotel ticks all the kid-friendly boxes. An all-inclusive plan also simplifies holiday budgets, plus adjoining rooms accommodate larger families. Another hard-to-top hotel for families is the Inturotel Cala Azul, where you’ll find supervised kids’ clubs for ages four to 12, organized sports, and apartment-style accommodations (some come with sea views).

For easy airport access: Playa de Palma

Lounge chairs on Platja de Palma, Majorca, Spain
Platja de Palma
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Getting here

If you want to get your toes in the sand as soon as you touch down, you can’t land closer than Playa de Palma. It can take as little as five minutes by cab from the airport to get here, or 15 minutes by public bus if you want to save a few euros. Chances are your hotel offers a free shuttle service, too.

Beach breakdown

  • Named Platja de Palma in the island’s native Catalan, this popular stretch of sand extends for miles along the shimmering bay. Even in peak summer with kids in tow, you’ll find space to flop on the numerous sunbeds. The beachfront promenade is lined with restaurants that will welcome your kids with open arms, too.
  • Set just to the west of the main resort area, Cala Estància is a scenic urban beach that sweeps around a tiny bay. Water is particularly calm here, the sand is well maintained, and there’s a lifeguard on duty over the summer months.

Away from the beach

Where to stay

Set back one block from the beach, Iberostar Cristina is one of those hotels where you could easily spend your whole holiday. A huge freeform pool, playgrounds, and the excellent “Star Camp” kids’ club ensure the little (and bigger) ones are always entertained—while the grown-ups can get in some spa time. Big and breezy family rooms also come with separate bedrooms and lounge areas. And on the quieter side of town, the beachfront Fontanellas Playa combines apartment-style accommodation with a raft of child-friendly features, including a paddling pool and a kids’ club.

For bustling family beaches: Palmanova

Aerial view of coastline and beach of Palmanova, Majorca, Spain
Palmanova
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Getting here

While not as close as Playa de Palma, you’ll barely notice the 20-minute taxi hop between the airport and Palmanova (or 25 minutes if you take the scenic route past the cathedral). For a fraction of the cost, public buses also run directly to the resort town’s center in just over half an hour.

Beach breakdown

  • Es Carregador is usually the least busy of Palmanova’s trio of beaches. The sea is particularly calm and shallow at its eastern edge thanks to a rocky breakwater, making it perfect for tots. There’s a playground at this end too, complete with a pirate ship and rope climbing frame, while the other end offers pedalos for hire.
  • Palmanova Beach is backed by a thicket of pines that provide plenty of natural shade. Expect an abundance of sunbed-umbrella combos and pedalos for hire, plus there’s an excellent on-the-beach restaurant—Il Chiringo—with child-friendly eats like chicken nuggets and spag bol, together with a playground just steps away.
  • Son Maties Beach follows a similarly family-friendly vein, with sand-castle-ready sand and gentle, paddle-able water. The boat jetty here also picks up passengers for trips to Santa Ponca and Palma.

Away from the beach

Where to stay

Grateful parents staying at AluaSun Torrenova can drop their darlings at the kids’ club or watch them splash around the kiddie pool, which comes equipped with slides and water features. This all-inclusive hotel also has family rooms that comfortably sleep up to four. If you’d rather have apartment-style lodgings, try Aparthotel Ca's Saboners. Kids will love the big swimming pool, which has a separate waterslide area, as well as a colorful playground, nightly mini-disco, and other organized fun.

For crowd-averse fams: Port de Alcudia

Boardwalk of Platja de Muro in Alcudia bay, Majorca, Spain
Platja de Muro
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Getting here

Despite being on the opposite side of the island, it’s just 45 minutes from the airport thanks to an arterial highway that slices through the middle of Majorca. The distance does make for a pricey cab fare, however, so either rent a car or hop on the public bus, which will get you there in an hour.

Beach breakdown

  • The port’s main beach, Playa de Alcudia, offers miles (yes, miles) of broad, gently shelving dunes and calm summer waters perfect for families with little ones. The long golden sands are lined with loungers (which you can even reserve online) and you’re never too far from a beachfront bar-restaurant.
  • Playa de Muro is a bonafide beauty. Away from the resort center and backed by rolling dunes, its powder-soft sands and vibrant waters feel incredibly remote.

Away from the beach

Where to stay

The upscale, all-inclusive Zafiro Palace Alcudia has everything you need for a top-notch holiday. A mini-waterpark, giant pirate ship, and bubble-dome pool make it holiday heaven for kids, while parents can settle in at the swim-up cocktail bar or the deluxe spa. If you want to be closer to the sea, Iberostar Ciudad Blanca is a top family pick with direct beach access. But with two huge pools, one with waterslides, kids clubs from tots to teens, and loads of onsite sports, you might forget it's even there.

Leon Beckenham
A Londoner born and bred with a lifelong passion for travel, Leon Beckenham has journeyed widely across Europe, Latin America and the US, both as a writer and a musician. He has now hung up his trumpet and settled on Majorca, where he writes extensively about his Balearic Island home – among other things – for the likes of The Times, The Telegraph, iNews, Mr & Mrs Smith, and Culture Trip. Follow him on Instagram and X @leonbeck.