Self Catering Holiday Villas in Mallorca or Majorca, Spain


Mallorca or Majorca is famous for its countless breath-taking beaches, crystal-clear waters, fine sandy beaches, lively nightlife, lush green foliage, rugged mountains, picturesque villages and a vibrant capital city.

Palma de Mallorca Airport is an international airport located 8 km east of Palma. Marvel at impressive architecture from medieval times through to Modernist creations in the island's capital city, Palma. Palma is also home to the most varied nightlife, with top quality restaurants and a host of late-night bars and clubs.

With over 500km of coastline, families love the island for its child-friendly beaches and idyllic corners. There are over 200 beaches, many of are located in the south ideal for sailing and snorkelling, while the west coast has a mixture of beaches and dramatic cliffs with stunning scenery.

A perfect holiday destination for both young and old, with its unique and diverse nature, array of sports and stunning scenery, Mallorca is ideal for enjoying outdoor pursuits. For those with families, you can expect some great waterparks, adventure parks and petting farms.

Mallorca is a four-hour flight from Ireland, making it easily accessible for those in search of a little piece of paradise.

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Self Catering Holidays in Santanyí in Mallorca


Santanyí is a town on the Spanish island of Majorca, one of the Balearic Islands, situated in the most western part of the Mediterranean Sea. Santanyí is pretty and rural occupying a privileged position slightly inland from more than 48km of ravishing coastline. Positioned next to the second-largest nature park in the Balearics, this golden-stone village is blessed with stunning natural surroundings.

Santanyí is a food lover’s paradise, with countless and delightful restaurants contained within its handsome streets and tranquil atmosphere. There are many galleries and art workshops in Santanyí, and a stroll around the side streets is worthwhile. Be it for the scenery, curiosity or interest in art, Santanyí is well worth a visit. Saturday is market day in Santanyí, take a stroll around the market stands with their vast selection of curiosities, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Santanyí’s Festival International de Música takes place from April through to September. Held in special and symbolic spaces including the churches and monastery, concerts are free and bring a rich array of talented artists to town.

Our Santanyí holiday villas and apartment are ideally located along this beautiful coastline, start planning now and book yourself a Spanish holiday today on our website.

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Family Friendly Attractions in Majorca, Spain

Are you looking for fun activities and sightseeing things to do on your children on your next family holiday to Majorca? We have selected some of the best family-friendly places to visit on your next sun holiday. Majorca known for beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains.

There is riding schools, tennis clubs, golf courses, athletics clubs, go-kart centres, water-sports such as diving to windsurfing, all options are covered. Fishing is also very popular and the waters around the islands are rich and fruitful.

Cycling is very popular on the islands and there are many easy to follow routes of varying difficulty. Even the casual cyclist can enjoy a day or two cycling, stopping at a café or restaurant for delicious local refreshment.

Walking and rambling in the hills and valleys of the islands is a year-round pleasure, safe marked routes are to be found in most areas.


Waterparks

You can take your pick from three water parks in Mallorca: Western Water Park in Magaluf, Hidropark in Alcúdia and Aqualand in El Arenal.

Western Water Park consists of three areas: Western Land, Indian Town and El Paso. The park has the eleventh-highest slide in the world named The Beast together with El Salto del Diablo in Aquarama. The park is 15 minutes from Palma and 5 minutes from Palmanova. There are regular bus services from Palma (routes 104 and 105), Palma Nova (104, 105 and 106), Magaluf (104, 105 and 106), Santa Ponça (104) and Peguera (104). The park is open from May until October.

Hidropark is a water park, located in Alcúdia, Majorca, Spain. Besides water slides, the park features a 54 hole golf course, inflatable castles, floating balls and trampolines. The park is 55km north west of Palma, and it is open May 1st to October 30th.

Aqualand in El Arenal is a large amusement park with a mix of high-speed water slides, kids' splash pools & calm raft rides. Its is located 15 km east of Palma. The park is also open from May until October.

Palma Aquarium

The Palma Aquarium is excellent, the kids will be occupied for hours which features more than 8000 animals of 700 different species, in more than 5 million litres of salt water. Palma Aquarium is also home to The Big Blue, the deepest shark tank in Europe.

Visitors take an adventure through the Mediterranean, Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans, set to the haunting strains of classical music. The aquarium is the only attraction in the Balearics open 365 days a year, 9:30 h to 18:30 h, Monday to Sunday.

Beaches

The Balearic Islands is one of the world’s premier beach holiday destinations with around 375 recorded beaches. The choice ranges from fine city to resort beaches with fabulous facilities for leisure and relaxation, to tiny coves reachable only by boat.

There will be a fabulous selection of beaches to suit all tastes within a short distance of your accommodation. Of course, the bigger the resort the more likely you are to find leisure activities, options for food and refreshments and playgrounds for children.

La Reserva Galatzó

Visit this nature reserve deep in the Tramuntana, 3.5 km looped road winds past grottoes, waterfalls and a variety of wildlife including peacocksa and goats. There are bird of prey displays twice a daily, plus opportunities for rock climbing, passing swinging bridges, and sliding down canyons.

Sailing & Stand Up Paddle Boarding

The islands calm conditions are perfect for sailing or SUP, stand up paddle boarding. Sail & Surf in Pollensa offers classes for kids and teenagers, learn to sail and surf in one of the best spots in Europe with ideal wind conditions.

Popular Water Sports

Mallorca is the ideal place for water sports in the heart of the Mediterranean. With its warm climate, favourable winds, pleasant water temperatures and numerous facilities. We have listed a few of the islands favourite water sports:

Jet Skiing

Jet-skiing is very popular and jet-skis can be rented at many of the centres that rent out boats or surf boards.

Water Skiing

Water-skiing still has numerous followers, as the sea can be as calm as a lake on many days. Ask for water-skiing facilities at boat hire and charter centres.

Kite Surfing

A popular area to kite surf with the locals is Can Pastilla, but you will also find suitable wind conditions in many areas such as Palmanova, Es Trenc and Alcudia. Surfing schools have added kite surfing courses to their programme and to get the best out of the different wind forces. In the summer you can rely on good, steady thermal winds, but on crowded beaches you may disturb others.

Snorkelling

You can snorkel are more than 170 beaches, and snorkel gear is available in many shops around the island a beautiful way to explore Mallorca’s beautiful marine life. If you haven’t snorkelled before but fancy a go, just ask at one of the diving centres and they’ll give you professional advice.

Pirates Adventure

For 25 years, this action-packed Pirates Adventure supper show, set in a purpose-built theatre in Magaluf, has thrilled audiences of all ages with its world-class gymnastic feats and fearless pirates. A Mallorca institution, everyone should see the show at least once!

Palma

Palma City Sightseeing open-top bus, which gives you a great overview of Mallorca’s capital without too much footwork on your part. The tickets are valid 24 hours and include multilingual recorded commentary. Hop on and off the bus at any of the 16 stops along the route, to explore the vicinity.

Karting

Karting Magaluf has mini karts for children from three years old, junior carts for teenagers and a race class for mums and dads. Speed demons can challenge their abilities on three different courses. XtremKart is an indoor electric karting track at Mallorca Fashion Outlets at which groups race against each other in high-performance go-karts, with safety a prime concern.

Local Tourist Attractions in Majorca, Balearic Islands

Mallorca (in English also called Majorca) is the best known and largest of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. There are wooded hillsides, towering mountains, gentle valleys, olive groves, ancient towns and villages, sheltered bays and marvellous sandy beaches. Capital Palma has nightlife, the Moorish Almudaina royal palace and 13th-century Santa María Cathedral. Stone-built villages include Pollença, with its art galleries and music festival, and hillside Fornalutx, surrounded by citrus plantations.


Hop on Hop Off Tour Bus

Explore Palma at your own pace with a 24 or 48 hour ticket to the open-top hop-on, hop-off bus. Discover the city’s top attractions, and jump off at any of 20 stops en route to explore further. Enjoy onboard audio commentary available in 8 languages. At bus stop 12, you will discover the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation. After visiting Bellver Castle, at bus stop 9, you can relax on the Paseo Marítimo (promenade), contemplating its marvellous sights (bus stop 7).

The Cultured Capital City of Palma de Mallorca

A beautiful capital city, Palma de Mallorca has to impressive monuments, the cathedral and the castle, Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma and Castell de Bellver.

The glorious Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma (Cathedral of St. Mary of Palma), more commonly referred to as La Seu overlooks the Old Harbour. It was built by the Crown of Aragon on the site of a Moorish-era mosque. The cathedral is 121 metres long, 55 metres wide and its nave is 44 metres tall. By way of comparison, the height of the central nave reaches 33m in Notre Dame de Paris, 38m in Reims, 42m in Notre-Dame d'Amiens and 48m in Saint-Pierre de Beauvais, the highest of all Gothic cathedrals. Designed in the Catalan Gothic style but with Northern European influences, it was begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but only finished in 1601. It sits within the old city of Palma atop the former citadel of the Roman city, between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace. It also overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea. In 1901, fifty years after a restoration of the cathedral had started, Antoni Gaudí was invited to take over the project. While some of his ideas were adopted – moving the choir stalls from the middle nave to be closer to the altar, as well as a large canopy – Gaudí abandoned his work in 1914 after an argument with the contractor. The planned changes were essentially cosmetic rather than structural, and the project was cancelled soon after.

Castell de Bellver is a Gothic-style castle on a hill 3 km to the west of the center of Palma on the Island of Majorca. It was built in the 14th century for King James II of Majorca, and is one of the few circular castles in Europe. Once a royal stronghold, the castle's unusual circular plan was influenced by Eastern architecture. A bridge leads into the castle's courtyard, which is lined with Romanesque and Gothic arcades. The castle is open to the public and has a history museum and chapel.

Coves dels Hams

The Coves dels Hams are a Solutional cave system on the east coast of the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca. The caves are in the municipality of Manacor, about 1 km to the west of the town of Porto Cristo. Walk through 850 metres of extraordinary caves with 15 different areas. Be amazed by the Magical Mozart show in the underground lake called The Sea of Venice.

Sa Dragonera

Sa Dragonera is currently a protected natural park and an uninhabited island in the Balearic Islands, located just off the west coast of Majorca. Explore the beautiful coastline of Mallorca on your way to Dragonera Island. Explore the island's caves and natural beauty, take a swimming stop, and enjoy a fresh lunch buffet on board your catamaran!

Hot Air Balloon

Float above Mallorca on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight at sunrise or sunset. Take in amazing aerial views of the rugged coastline and Tramuntana mountains, and get an album of photos of your experience as a keepsake.

Take a Tram & Train Journey

The Ferrocarril de Sóller, acronym FS, is an interurban railway and the name for the company which operates the electrified 3 ft narrow gauge tracks running between the towns of Sóller and Palma on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The route of the train starts in Palma, the capital of the island, and its final destination is the station of Sóller, located in the hearth of the valley and its journey is approximately one hour. The tram is one of the oldest in the world and one of the biggest attractions of the island. It is used both for tourists and for by locals to enjoy the beautiful route from the center of Sóller to the port of Sóller. The duration of the journey is half hour approximately, check the frequencies of the timetable as they change depending on the time of the year. The tickets for the tram unlike the ones for the train are acquired on board, unless you have purchased your ticket in the main station of Palma a Pack ticket (Train+Tram).

How to travel to and around Mallorca or Majorca in Spain


How to reach Palma de Mallorca Airport from Ireland?

Palma de Mallorca Airport is an international airport located 8 km east of Palma, Majorca, Spain, adjacent to the village of Can Pastilla. The airport on the Balearic Islands is Spain's third largest airport after Madrid–Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat.

Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock, Kerry and Shannon airports all have non-stop flights to Majorca. The flight takes 2 hours and 50 minutes and covering a distance of 1686 km.

The airlines that fly the most frequently between Ireland and Majorca are Aer Lingus and British Airways.

Traveling around Palma de Mallorca Airport

Road is the main form of transport in Mallorca. Three motorways connect Palma and the airport to with the different parts of the island, making it easy to travel around.

Getting to and from Palma de Mallorca Airport

It is very easy to travel to the centre of Palma from the airport. Taxis and bus services are readily available. It is only about a 10 to 15-minute journey from the airport to the centre of Palma.

Bus from Palma de Mallorca Airport

Palma Airport Bus - Number 1, it is an efficient, inexpensive and convenient method of travelling to and from the City of Palma. The Palma service runs approximately every 15 minutes and stops at Plaza de Espana in the centre of Palma. From there you can connect with many resorts and towns around the Island by bus or train.

There are also several airport direct buses to resorts operating North, North East, South East and South of the Island.

Which resort buses operate from Palma Airport?

Aerotib is operated by TIB Public Transport - yellow and red. There are 4 main resort buses travelling direct from Palma Airport to various destinations around Mallorca including Magaluf, Cala Millor, Alcudia and S'Arenal Aerotib Bus Stop - on the ground level opposite the multi-storey car park.

Aerotib Resort Routes:

A11 Southwest: buses to and from Palma Airport covering Peguera, Santa Ponsa, Magaluf, Palmanova

A32 North: buses to and from Palma Airport covering Playa de Muro, Alcudia including Puerto Alcudia also stopping in Inca

A42 North-East: buses to and from Palma Airport covering Cala Bona, Cala Millor, Sa Coma also stopping in Porto Cristo, Manacor,Vilafranca and Montuiri

A51 South-East: buses to and from Palma Airport covering Campos, Llucmajor and S'Arenal

Other Routes and Destinations

There are many other routes available from the bus and train station at Palma Plaza de Espana located in Palma City, 10 km away. To get there by bus you would take the No1 EMT Palma Airport Bus and then select your route.

Train from Palma de Mallorca Airport

The train station in located in Palma City, 10 km from the airport. Take the Palma Airport Bus - Number 1, which runs approx. every 15 minutes and stops at Plaza de Espana in the centre of Palma.

Mallorca has a small railway service that connects the capital, Palma, with several towns and villages on the island. It's divided into three routes which run between Palma and Inca, Sa Pobla, Manacor, Marratxí, Santa María, Consell, Binissalem, Lloseta, Muro, Sineu and Petra.

The train timetables vary depending on the day of the week. Fares depend on the journey as there are four different price zones, with single tickets ranging from €1.60 to €4.10 and return tickets from €3.20 to €8.20. Children under 4 years old travel for free.

You can purchase tickets from the ticket offices and automatic ticket machines at the stations of Palma, Inca and Manacor or from the train conductor.

Taxi from Palma de Mallorca Airport

Taxis are available from outside of Palma de Mallorca Airport.

Taxis can be found directly outside of the public arrival’s hall. To get to the taxi rank aim to exit the baggage reclaim area through the middle set of doors, this will be exit gate C. You will enter the public arrivals hall and will also be at the meeting point for pre-booked taxi transfers. Carry on in a straight line from here and directly exit the airport building, this will be through exit gate 4. Now outside go to your left, where you will find queues of both taxis and travellers waiting for the white taxis. Join the queue which is cordoned off or avoid queuing by pre-booking.

Car Hire from Palma Airport

Beat the crowds and make the most of your city break in Palma by renting a car. Renting a car or vehicle is another highly recommended option for travel around the Majorca. You can reserve online before you arrive and it gives you the flexibility and freedom to move around at your own pace and explore this beautiful island.

There are several car hire companies with desks at Palma Majorca Airport: Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, Goldcar, Europecar, Sixt and Record Go. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.

Palma Majorca Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads with a well-developed road network. The island’s three motorways all merge on Palma’s Via Cintura - Rng Road:

  • The Llevant motorway comes in from the West
  • The Ponent motorway from the East
  • The central motorway from Inca and the Northeast

It is easy to access all parts of Palma from the ring road. For the airport terminal take exit 7A off the Ma-19 eastbound which leads directly to the airport terminal.

Palma Mallorca Airport’s address for your Sat Nav is: Palma de Mallorca Airport, 07611 Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain