Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

Holidays in Mallorca with a baby – are they do-able? Damn, right! I was anxious about the Island’s reputation, but I’d go as far to say that Mallorca was one of our best family holidays ever. As this was our first time abroad with a baby, I’ve put together some helpful tips if you’re thinking of going to Mallorca with a bubba.

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Holidays in Mallorca with a baby?

Good girls stay at home, Bad girls go to Magaluf!” scream the bosoms of one T-shirt, “What happens in Magaluf stays in Magaluf” squeals the chest of another. I’m squirming in my sandals as we wait for take off with our 8-month old baby. It’s 5 in the morning and next to us, a woman in her sixties is knocking back rosé. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a bit of breakfast boozing, but it’s our first holiday abroad to Mallorca with a baby and this crowd are making me wonder if we’re headed in a baby-friendly right direction.

Puerto Pollensa - holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

It doesn’t take long for all that to fall by the wayside. On landing, the riotous crowd transfer to Magaluf, the Brit-tastic party hub of Mallorca, while we and our Balearic-bliss-seeking co-passengers peel off to the pretty market towns of the north. Because there, far away from lads on benders and the lobster-toned, shot-downing hoardes, is the baby-friendly Puerto Pollensa where we lay our scene.

Puerto Pollensa - holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

Puerto Pollensa - holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

If you’re looking for some family travel inspiration or have already booked a stay on the island, below are some handy tips for a holiday in northern Mallorca with a baby in tow.

1. Make the most of the baby luggage allowance on the flight to Mallorca

Easyjet offer two FREE pieces of hold luggage per baby and as most accommodation can sort out a travel cot and high chair, we took a buggy and a baby car seat. You can keep hold of your buggy until you are about to board the plane and it’s worth taking your own car seat for piece of mind.

Holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

2. Holiday in the northern end of Mallorca

I suggest you head for the northern end of the island with your brood. Mallorca has a split personality – the south has a beer-swilling party reputation, while the north is totally charming, sprinkled with pretty Mediterranean market towns framed by the Tramuntana mountains. If you’re after a more baby-friendly vibe, Puerto Pollensa is perfect – here you’ll find restaurant-laden shores with families lapping up the sunshine and crystalline seas, all just an hour away from the airport in Palma.

Formentor Beach Holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

Puerto Pollensa Holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

3. Head to the markets of north Mallorca

Large areas of Puerto Pollensa, Pollensa and Alcudia are predominantly pedestrianised and within easy driving distance of each other. Market stalls squeeze into narrow winding streets and spill out into picturesque squares, their tabletops bedecked with olives, nuts, cold meats, jewellery and hippy-chic baby clothes. Wander the old towns, sample yummy local produce before refuelling with an al fresco tapas lunch and a spot of people-watching.

Pollensa market - Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

Holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tipsAlcudia - Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

4. Sightsee in Mallorca with a baby

If you’re after a bit of adventure, hire a car and wiggle your way along narrow, windy roads to the remote and rugged lighthouse of Cap de Formentor (210m above sea level) for stunning views. On a clear day you can see neighbouring Menorca in the distance, but we aware that this is a very popular spot, even at the end of August after the British schools have gone back and there is likely to be a traffic jam of cars waiting to get to the top of this narrow hilly road.

A short drive away from Puerto Pollensa is Cala Formentor beach – a pretty spot with a hint of the Caribbean about it – it’s also the drop-off point for the Glass Bottom Boat Trip.

Walk the ramparts of the walled town of Alcudia, visit vineyards, kite surf or go for a splash at a water park. Pollensa town also makes for an enchanting day trip – visit the market, then burn off lunch by climbing the Calvari steps (all 365 of them!) to a chapel at the top.

View from Cap de Formentor - Holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

Mallorca with a baby: holiday tipsAlcudia - Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

5.  Try the food in Mallorca

The food in Mallorca is scrumdiddlyumptious. Waterfront bars and restaurants line the Pine Walk and serve exceptional Tapas, fresh seafood, traditional paellas and simple, tasty pizza. Purply-pink sunsets, twinkly lights and live Spanish guitar add to the magic of eating al fresco in the balmy evening heat. If you’re in need of food for a baby, the always reliable Ella’s pouches are available at the Puerto Pollensa’s Spar shop. I also highly recommend the food and friendly service at the restaurants in the marina port of Puerto Pollensa.

Holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

6. Try the drink in Mallorca

Maybe because my eye is specially-trained to hunt out the gin, or maybe a deliciously cold G&T goes perfectly with sea and sunshine, whatever the reason, just know that there seems to be an abundance of beautiful places to drink this splendid spirit. Head out for an evening sundowner, or pick up a ginny refreshment from a perfectly placed gin cart on the promenade to top off your holiday. Because let’s be honest, parents need gin in their lives.

Gin cart - Puerto Pollensa, Holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

7. Invite the grandparents to Mallorca to help with the baby

As parents with a baby will know, a ‘holiday’ away with them is really a transferal of your parenting duties to another destination, rather than the relaxing break it once was pre-kids. Suntanning and book reading are restricted to baby nap times – if you’re lucky – and daily activities may have to be fashioned slightly around their eating/sleeping schedule. This is where grandparents and their enthusiastic, trust-worthy, hands-on free childcare come in very handy. Make the most of it and squeeze in a date-night or baby-free lunch/activity.

Cala Formentor beach - Holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

Holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

8. Head to the beach in Mallorca with a baby

The north coast of the island is dotted with stunning beaches, dramatic mountain backdrops, calm, shimmering waters and activities for families. Pedalos can be hired for a mooch out to sea. You have to pay for sun loungers under the rustic parasols that pepper the shores, but if you’re happy to set up camp on the sand you can normally eek out some late afternoon shade from a nearby tree. However, I’d definitely recommend bringing a small tent or inflatable paddling pool with cover for shade for baby.

Holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

Family travel: Holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

9. Go to Mallorca with a baby at the end of summer

If you’re not restricted to school holidays, for quieter beaches and cheaper prices head to Mallorca just before or just after the schools go back. The island still smoulders in sunshine during the day in early September and you’ll still get gorgeous balmy evenings – the best!Family travel: Holidays in Mallorca with a baby: holiday tips

10. Go on holiday to Mallorca prepared

Make sure the following items are on your packing list if travelling to Mallorca with a baby:

UV sunsuit and sun hat
Sun tent/parasol for the beach for shade
Light clothes
Kids 50+ sun cream
Inflatable baby swim seat  3-12 months. They can sit in the water without you having to hold them (available from Tesco/Mothercare etc).
Wrap around baby sunglasses (Baby Banz)
Baby first aid kit
Koo-di UV sunshade for buggy

11. Practice your Spanish before your holiday

Mallorcans love little ones and make a lovely fuss over babies, meaning if you’re travelling with a baby you will be immediately endeared to most waiters or passers by. Go one step further and learn a little local lingo and you can’t fail to receive the best service.

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17 Comments

  1. Mateja
    March 28, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    A very useful article! May I ask where the beach photos are from? It looks perfect for a family holiday, a bit of shade from the pine trees … Thanks!

    • March 29, 2017 / 7:46 am

      Hello, thanks so much for reading and commenting on the post! The beach photos are taken at Cala Formentor beach. It was such a fantastic place for a family holiday – I highly recommend 🙂

  2. June 27, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    I love reading about how people still travel to the places they want with children. Very inspiring and informative!

  3. June 27, 2018 / 11:04 pm

    What an absolutely gorgeous post, you’ve truly captured the beauty of Mallorca! So glad you were able to enjoy your trip as a family, it brings back fuzzy memories for me as Mallorca was actually my first ever holiday abroad aged 6!

  4. June 27, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    I love Mallorca! I went last March, and it was so much fun! Plus, it wasn’t the busy season yet, so there weren’t a ton of people. So glad you were able to find a way to make it kid-friendly :).

  5. June 27, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    oh dear god, rose at 5 am? Even reading that made me feel sick. good to know there are still some more low-key places like the markets. I guess every major beach destination has some element of the party crowd — you’re brave to take it on with an infant!

  6. June 28, 2018 / 12:39 am

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! If nothing less, they are making me want to plan a visit!

  7. June 28, 2018 / 12:42 am

    You have some gorgeous photos. Honestly, I never even knew about Mallorca. I wish I knew before visiting Spain and especially had this post handy. I was tempted to visit Ibiza, but was worried about it being a party destination and I am not much of a partier. Great tips! Looked fun for your family!

  8. Michelle
    June 28, 2018 / 1:42 am

    Mallorca looks absolutely beautiful. Although we don’t travel with a baby, I think I would choose the quieter side of the island as well. It sounds like a great destination to relax and enjoy time with one another.

  9. June 28, 2018 / 2:07 am

    It looks like a beautiful area! It’s nice to be able to find a quieter area amongst a party island!

  10. June 28, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    So colourful and vivid! I love how you opened your post with slight apprehension and went on to describe the delights of Mallorca. I hope the baby enjoyed the trip as much as their parents 🙂

  11. June 29, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    I went to Mallorca last year and I loved it. It’s such a beautiful island! And it has such a stunning beaches. You right about Magaluff it’s a very very crazy place. I went there one night and it was scary to watch. Your post is favourite and cover everything!

    • June 29, 2018 / 5:09 pm

      Thanks so much! Yes so pretty, and yep there’s definitely a different vibe in other parts! Glad you had a great time, thanks for reading

  12. July 3, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    Gorgeous pics! We went to Mallorca for our first family trip, it is indeed perfect! #Fearlessfamtrav

  13. July 3, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    By the way, when I shared the post on Twitter, it cNe up with the Shareaholic handle rather than yours… not sure how you fix that!

    • July 3, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Oh that’s weird?! I’ll have a look, thanks for letting me know

  14. July 11, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    Mallorca has always been off my radar for exactly the scenario you lay out in your opening paragraph (which I couldn’t help but smile at whilst reading). You have TOTALLY proved me wrong now, and I’m gutted that I haven’t explored this island yet. Will definitely look back on these tips for our visit.

    Thanks for linking up to #fearlessfamtrav

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