When we went to Mallorca on holiday I didn’t plan to do a huge amount. If I wanted to do stuff I would have gone to New York or Paris, so here’s my realistic round up of what you can get up to with kids if you too are after a relaxing holiday in the Alcudia area.
If you book a break in Alcudia it’s most likely you’ll end up in the port area, Puerto Alcudia, where they base a lot of the package holidaymakers. Despite being on the other side of the island from the airport in Palma, it’s only a 45 minute drive, so a great transfer for little ones. The main attraction in Puerto Alcudia is the beach, miles of white sand gently sloping into the Mediterranean. You can make sandcastles, bury the children, dig up the children, paddle, have a fight over suncream application, swim and repeatedly say, ‘We don’t throw sand’. What fun. It’s a hugely popular beach which means there are lovely lifeguards on duty and ample cafes to buy refreshments.
The Port area caters for holidaymakers (lots of Brits and Irish) so you won’t struggle to find a shop selling sarongs, flipflops, inflatable beach toys and postcards. The area is very flat, noticeably flat, so perfect for toddler exploration, though some of the pavements are about 20cm high which is just excessive. It’s an extreme steps class for the overheated, but we wheeled our double buggy around, trying not to bump the children too much.
There’s also a good supermarket, car hire and a fab fresh fruit and vege store, brilliant for those in the early days of weaning – mashed mango you shall have young Mr Baby.
COFFEE STOP – ALCUDIA
Just a few miles from Puerto Alcudia is Alcudia itself. We had a hire car for the week so we just drove a few minutes up the road to visit. This is the old town and it’s utterly charming: a walled town packed with gorgeous cafes, restaurants, markets, boutiques and architecture. If the Port is modern and tourism-driven then this is the refined, historic quarter. It looked so lovely I was terrified my babies would somehow destroy it all so, rather than attempt a fancy evening meal, we went for morning coffee and a stroll in the sun (i.e. chase Mr Toddler and try to stop him climbing the city walls as, yes, you can quite literally climb the walls and walk along the top).
It was really chilled and I’d strongly recommend leaving the port for even the briefest visit to the old town. We bought nougat as souvenirs for ‘nanny’ and for our own greedy guts, from the sweetest sweet shop called Vicens. Instinctively we followed our nose to what may be one of the best cafes and restaurants in the area, La Caseta, and sat outside with our babies sipping fresh coffee – the tots had cooled boiled water in sippy cups (yum).
We explored the church and wandered around a bit taking it in. Well, Mr Toddler and Mr Husband explored the church, I sat outside on a bench feeding Mr Baby and nobody gave me a second glance. I love a bit of old town magic.
MORNING EXCURSION – PLAYA SAINT JEAN
If you want to escape the busier beach of Puerto Alcudia there are lots of little quiet beaches and coves dotted around the nearby coastline where you’ll find locals, backpackers, kitesurfers and a fresh crowd. We dropped by Playa St Jean to watch the surfers and pretend we were hip.
These beaches have limited, if any, facilities and you generally need a hire car to reach them, but they do offer a change of scene from the more developed and built up beach resorts.
DAY TRIP – PALMA
The capital of Mallorca, Palma, is relatively close for a day trip, only three quarters of an hour’s drive. After exploring the city itself, perhaps visiting the aquarium or cathedral and playing on the beach, one of the best attractions is to catch the train up to Soller. This scenic ride is literally through the Sierra de Alfàbia mountain range, in a train dating back to the early 20th century, so it’s a quality excursion for all ages and in all weathers. There are numerous organised trips so you don’t have to think too hard about this one. If travelling independently check the timetable though just to ensure there’s no renovation work.
Leaving the city of Palma and rejoining all our tourist brothers and sisters in Port D’Alcudia was so easy. Everyone’s showered and dressed for dinner, you can see the red patches on those who maybe overdid their sunbathing and everyone’s in the same boat, just trying to have a relaxing break with their family in the sun. What’s not to love about that?
What for you makes a good package holiday a great package holiday? And which beach resorts do particularly rate? We’re always looking for new ideas.
To see the profile of the hotel we stayed in, Seaclub Alcudia Mediterranean Resort, click here.
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