Winter activities in Mallorca
For five days in January we fly with the whole family to Mallorca. (Deutsch hier.) We are 4 adults, 1 barely six year old and a baby. This is a different short trip, as we do it otherwise.
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We know that almost everything is closed for the winter on Mallorca. So what can we do, that the “almost a school kid” doesn´t get bored?
First of all, we hope for some good weather. It helps…
We arrive very early on Thursday and so we have all day long. To be flexible and mobile, we rented two cars. We brought the children’s seats, because they would have been almost more expensive than the whole car hiring.
Activities all over the island
Our hotel, the RIU Bravo, is located on Playa de Palma, here are some more hotels open during winter time. So we take a long exploration walk along the beautifully designed beach promenade. Digging in the sand and throwing shells into the surf is fun at any time of the year and makes even more fun on the deserted beach.
For the baby, our little granddaughter, this does not matter; she has got the best view from her stroller.
In the afternoon, it´s time to learn swimming in the hotel’s warm indoor swimming pool. Our grandson loves to be in the water.
For the next day we have planned a longer trip. First, we´ll take a look at the glass blowing company Menestralia. We are the only spectators in the large blackened hall.
The glassblower shows us his art and designs in front of our amazed grandson a horse of glass and shortly after a cat, which he gives to the enthusiastic child. How long will this fragile glass animal survive in the impetuous hands of the little one?
On the way back at Inca, we turn right into the mountains. We drive through picturesque small mountain villages. Higher and higher the road is winding. There is very little traffic on our route, so we can always stop for a moment to enjoy the wonderful view over the island. Up here in the mountains it is very cold in January. Good to wear our winter jackets.
At the Mirador de ses Barques, we have a great view over Port Sóller, which we will visit next. At the port we find some playgrounds for the “big” child and a café for the adults. Then we head back to the hotel and there is still time for the pool before dinner.
On Saturday we take a walk through the capital Palma. The cathedral impresses us a lot. Our grandson is looking for skulls and counting them. So he is busy and we got time to take a closer look at the church. Then we stroll through the city center and have an ice cream. In a bakery, we can even have a look through a glass floor at the diligent bakers while working.
Then we take the bus to the aquarium. It is wonderfully empty here and so we have plenty of time and space to watch the diverse sea-dwellers. Jayden even gets an exclusive talk about starfish and sea cucumbers with one of the employees.
In the outdoor area, he romps about on the air cushion and the large playground. And soon it is already dark again and the day is almost over.
Cap Formentor and Cuevas del Drach
On Sunday we again plan for a longer trip. Cap Formentor attracts us. After an involuntary break due to a flat tire, we arrive a bit later than planned. During winter season there is few traffic on this picturesque street with the many viewpoints. The light is optimal for taking pictures, it is very soft, but a strong wind is blowing, which does not invite us to stroll around for a longer time.
The photos are taken soon and then we have a go for the last guided tour in the Cuevas del Drach near Porto Cristo. Will we see a dragon? As much as Jayden is looking for it between the stalagmites and stalagmites, today the dragon probably is already sleeping. A ride in a rowing boat over the underground lake ends our cave tour and then we head back to the hotel. It’s getting dark and we are hungry.
Tomorrow morning we’ll fly back home. Although many attractions in Mallorca are closed during winter, there are enough activities for a prolonged weekend, even if the weather might not be the best.
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