5 ideas for a different winter in Majorca

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Are you thinking of taking a family break to the island of calm? Visiting Majorca in winter is an excellent chance of getting to know the ‘real’ island, the Majorca that the locals know. Far from the typical crowds of the summer months, this little piece of paradise offers a much more natural and calm face at this time of year. We at Sol Hotels want you to enjoy a unique experience this winter with this list of recommendations on all the activities you can do in Majorca during your holiday. Are you ready to enjoy them?

A cultural visit.

To the capital, Palma de Majorca is the perfect starting point for a trip that promises to be exciting. Architectural wonders such as La Seu -the Cathedral of Palma-, Cort -the Town Hall-, the typical and well-known las Ramblas, the Plaza Mayor, the Borne, the Principal Theatre and the Bellver Castle, among others, are a must. In the city you can also visit some of the island’s most representative museums such as Es Baluard, Caixaforum and the Joan Miró Foundation. And for the fashionable neighbourhoods, try a vermouth in Santa Catalina and enjoy a good meal in some of the restaurants in the port and the beautiful old town.

An ensaimada.

The legendary Can Joan de S’Aigo, is one of the most popular coffee shops in Palma, and one of the ones that have made history in the city. Once there, typical things to choose are a good hot chocolate accompanied by an ensaimada (cream cake) or a delicious coca de patata (sweetened potato cake). Don’t go at busy times since it can get full very easily especially at the weekends.

A tour through the villages of Tramuntana.

The villages of the Sierra de Tramuntana are the most beautiful in Majorca, not only for being immersed in the impressive mountains and valleys, but also for their picturesque cobbled streets and the unique charm that places have when they know how to retain their true essence. From Sant Elmo to Formentor, each town is worth a visit. Some of the most popular are Esporles, Valldemossa, Deià and Lluc.

Excursions everywhere.

Winter is the best time to put on your boots and go out to see the Majorcan mountains. Some of the routes you shouldn’t miss if you are a hiking lover, are the reservoirs of Cúber and Gorg Blau, the summit of Massanella peak, the passes of Deià, the Sierra del Cavall Bernat and Puig Major, the highest peak in Majorca.

And finally…

Why not give yourself and your family a totally different hotel filled with huge amounts of fun? In Sol Resorts we want to invite you to discover our themed hotel in Calviá. It’s just right for you and your children to have more fun than they’ve ever had before. Come and try our Sol Katmandu Park experience and enjoy an unforgettable holiday in the ‘real’ Majorca.

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Merry Christmas from Sol Hotels

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Merry Christmas! So, without preamble, without a big introduction or making a drama of it, Merry Christmas from Sol Hotels and also a big thank you. Thank you very much for being with us, for being the person you are, for deciding on a fun filled holiday in Mallorca, full of unforgettable times and total relaxation. Thank you for making our work a real pleasure by giving us the pleasure of making you happy every day.

Although our doors are closed now so that we can focus on all the improvements we want to carry out, we at Sol Resorts would like to take the opportunity to give you some useful advice if you are thinking of enjoying a magical Christmas in Mallorca with your loved ones. This is a perfect time to visit the island, as it is engulfed in a huge show of lights, colours, and delicious smells and flavours, all the products of Mallorcan cookery expertise.

Without a doubt, all eyes are on the centre. The beautiful Christmas decorations fill the squares and streets of Palma with a special charm, perfect for strolling in the early afternoon. A good way to get your strength back after strolling amongst the Christmas lights is by enjoying a well-deserved hot chocolate and a “Coca de Patata’ pastry in the legendary Can Joan de S’Aigo, the typically traditional Mallorcan cafe that every winter brings together hundreds and hundreds of locals and tourists who are eager to taste the traditional delights that it prepares.

After this exquisite stop, it could be a good time to visit the Christmas markets that are set up throughout the city and where you will find every type of craft typical of the island, traditional foods and typical Spanish cuisine, scarves, gloves, handmade hats, traditional figurines, costume jewellery, sweets and trinkets; a whole range that will certainly be a help when you are choosing a souvenir to take home. The most popular Christmas markets are located in Plaza España, Las Ramblas, Plaza Mayor and Pueblo Español, an open-air museum that brings together miniature models of the most important national monuments.

And finally, why not give some thought to your next gift? This Christmas give your loved ones and yourself a very special gift and book your 2019 holiday in our Sol Katmandu Park, a real themed hotel in Mallorca where you will have more fun than you’ve ever had before.

Alternative markets to visit in Mallorca

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Autumn in Mallorca opens the doors to a large number of alternate activities among which include walking through the picturesque streets of Palma, discover the charm of its beautiful historic centre, the beauty of its villages, its typical produce and popular markets that can be found all around the island. A whole exhibition of tradition, craftsmanship and innovation that you have to explore during your holidays. For this reason, Sol Hotels have prepared a detailed list with the best popular markets in Mallorca so that you can take a bit of the island home with you.

  • Consell Market. One of the most famous markets in Mallorca, and not only because it is one of the oldest, but also because it is an authentic exhibition of handicrafts and refurbished furniture. It is located at the entrance to the town of Consell and houses a large number of handmade objects, furniture, utensils and works of art, all at a good price. Haggling is obligatory and you will often witness funny discussions about the prices of products. At the beginning of the market, they usually place perfect food trucks which provide the perfect place to relax and regain strength for more haggling.
  • Sineu market. This market combines the traditional atmosphere of Mallorca with a wide range of crafts, clothing and decoration. And not only that, but you can also find a wide variety of typical Mallorcan products such as sausages, cheeses, sobrasada and snacks which you can bring back from your holidays. The market is located in the centre of the town of Sineu, and is an excellent opportunity to get to know one of the most charming villages in Mallorca.
  • Santa Maria Market. Santa María is one of the towns in the Pla de Mallorca area (in the non-mountainous interior of the island) best known by the tourists and the athletes, as it enjoys an excellent climate practically throughout the year. Every Sunday a lively street market with typical products from the island is held in the main streets of the town, bringing together sausages, wines, traditional sweets and agricultural products of all kinds.
  • Tira’m es trastos. A very alternative market that began a few years ago in the neighborhood of Santa Catalina. This market shares the environmental philosophy promoted by Palma, and consists of a recycling project shared by the residents through the sale of second-hand items. It takes place one Saturday every month in the Pau Casals square and has musical performances, bar service and lots of entertainment.

Discover the most alternative side of Mallorca with Sol Resorts and take a different souvenir home. In Sol Katmandu Park you can enjoy accommodation full of services, comfort and fun for the little ones very close to the main attractions in the city.

5 things to enjoy in Mallorca with children

So you have decided this year to have a family holiday and you have especially chosen Majorca. It’s the white island, the island of tranquillity, the island of beautiful landscapes and incredible sunsets. Travelling with children can be quite an adventure if activities are not planned well in advance. Working out the plans together, taking into account both your needs and those of your children can sometimes be difficult. At Sol Hotels we want to make things easy for you so we have prepared 5 things for you to enjoy in Mallorca with children during your well-deserved holiday in the Mediterranean.

A walk around the capital

The old town of Palma truly stands out; in it your children can explore the winding streets while learning about Majorca’s vibrant history. You can also discover magical places such as the Cathedral, the Town Hall, the walls, the famous Ramblas and the wonderful Paseo del Borne. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the centre of the capital, which will be like a magical journey.

A train trip

Is there anything more fun than getting to know part of the Sierra de Tramuntana by train? With the Tren de Sóller you can reach the beautiful town of Sóller after a beautiful journey with the mountains as a backdrop.

A theme park

Check out the Palma Aquarium, the marine park in Mallorca that truly stands out. In it you can explore marine fauna with more than 700 species including dolphins, sharks, rays and tropical fish. In the Jungle Park and the Forestal Park you can have adventures among the trees, coming down from long zip lines and completing a great variety of circuits whilst in the Hidropark and Aqualand you can slide down incredible chutes.

A route through the castles of Majorca

The best choice for your children to connect with nature and get to know the island’s history, the castles of Bellver, Alaró, Santueri, del Rei and Capdepera are wonderful buildings worth visiting during your trip to Majorca.

A hotel

From Sol Resorts we recommend our Sol Katmandu Park. A true theme park full of fun for the whole family in which your children will have a great time while you relax in front of the pool. Book with the best online price guaranteed and start enjoying your well-deserved holiday without missing out on anything.

 

Welcome to the 2018 season!

Do you know what makes us happiest? It’s enjoying a well-earned holiday by the sea, in the pool with a mojito, pampering yourself as you deserve, acting on a whim and treating yourself to a Mallorcan escape to relax in the sun. This year you have worked hard and we want to give you the best reward. At Sol Hotels we are opening our doors to offer you an unforgettable holiday.

Yes, you deserve those relaxing days with your loved ones in Mallorca. You deserve to get to know the magic of the Mediterranean and explore every corner of this wonderful island. This is why we would like to invite you to our Sol Katmandu Park and Sol Beach House, two exclusive hotels in Mallorca that reopen this month to offer you a unique and unforgettable stay. So, if you are looking for the best, our Sol House will be waiting for you from April onwards.

How would you like to travel? We have the best idea for your holidays as a family, as a couple or with friends. Our Sun Kathmandu Park is a family hotel in Mallorca where you are guaranteed to have a good time. Come and get to know this oasis of fun; it’s a real theme park for you and yours in an unbeatable location, right on the beautiful town of Calviá’s coastline. Forget the routine and come and enjoy our themed hotel with family and friends. Relax in the huge pool while your children have a great time with all our attractions. You will want to do it all over again!

And if you want to enjoy the very best of an adults-only hotel in Cala Blanca, our Sol Beach House offers you an exclusive, intimate place to experience an unforgettable time in a peacefully tranquil environment. Get rid of stress on the beachfront and pamper yourself with the wide range of services that are available for you in our hotel. You can enjoy a refreshing swim in our pool, massages, body treatments, gym, solarium and sports geared to your health such as yoga and group exercises.

Treat yourself this March and escape to Mallorca. Enjoy your holiday as you should and experience some magical days on the island with your loved ones. We’ll be waiting for you in our hotels to offer you an exclusive deal! Come and relax. Come to Sol Hotels.

Three destinations for a family holiday ‘made in Spain’.

It’s important to get it right the first time when you plan your holiday destination and family fun. So more and more mums and dads opt for boosting their summer holiday budget somewhat, just so they can give their children a really unforgettable experience. Popular choices are the Warner Park in Madrid, Port Aventura in Barcelona and – increasingly – EuroDisney in Paris. These places are great for the youngest members of the family, but they also take their toll on the rest of us too in the end (along the lines of: “I’m home now but more tired than I was before we went”).

To make sure that you’ll actually end up with a family holiday where rest is a fundamental part of the plan, it’s important to prepare the daily schedule in advance, ensuring every member of the family a bit of time to do what they enjoy doing the most (but also taking into account that the children do need a little bit of extra entertainment). So how can this be done, you might ask yourself? Well, if you get the destination right it’s no problem, and if you chose this country for your holidays, even better! These are our suggestions for the month of August:

A journey filled with nature and gastronomy in Bilbao

Adventurous families who love nature: Bilbao is the place to go. It’s a magic place where you can enjoy outdoor excursions on unique paths offering incredible views, and where you can fill your stomach with exquisite delicacies (remember that this Spanish region boasts the most Michelin stars per square metre).

Since a family holiday can’t be only about excursions and tourism, we recommend that you enjoy some days on the beach as well. This can be found in places like Getxo (less than 20 minutes from Bilbao). Here you will find the most beautiful beaches the region has to offer. It’s also a great option if you want to be near everything but would like a hotel with good value for money, such as Petit Palace Tamarises, in Getxo.

Málaga, always a winning option

The perfect choice for a family holiday! Yes, we are talking about Málaga, one of the most visited provinces in all of Andalusia, and a place where you live life at its fullest near the sea during this time of year.

There is more to the city than talking long walks on the always vibrant Calle Larios (where you find the central hotel Petit Palace Plaza Málaga); this regional capital is an ideal destination for those who are looking for that ideal mix of beaches, beach bars (with freshly grilled sardines) and water sports. The biggest advantage? That you don’t need a big budget in order to enjoy your holiday to the fullest.

Discovering the Seville of Game of Thrones

What if you’d tell your kids that you’re going to Seville to visit all the places where the main scenes of the fourth and fifth season of the series Game of Thrones were filmed? Pretty good plan, don’t you think? Here at Destinations for Families we’re great fans of this American series with a European heart, so we can’t miss out on an opportunity to recommend an amazing experience like this.

It’s a journey that goes through the centre of Seville and the main focus lies on the Reales Alcázares of the city (located between the Giralda and the hotel Petit Palace Marqués de Santa Ana). You can finish the visit by taking a tapas route through the centre and then a carriage ride along the banks of the Guadalquivir river.

Hotel or apartment? Options for a family holiday on Mallorca

When we’re speaking of Mallorca, we’re speaking of a versatile place that allows you to enjoy tourism in all its shapes and forms. The island is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway with a view of the beach in Playa de Muro, but it’s also a great destination for a holiday with friends in places like Magaluf, Palmanova and Can Picafort, or senior tourism with group trips to Valdemossa, Deià or Pollença.

In this review of the many faces of tourism available on the largest of the Balearic Islands we’ve chosen to focus on family holidays. Due to its shape, size and wide range of leisure activities, Mallorca is an ideal place for those travelling with children and/or other relatives. So: when planning where to stay on the island, what should you go for – a hotel or an apartment?

Even if there are plenty of nice places to choose from (two great examples are Playa Garden Selection Hotel & Spa and Green Garden Aparthotel by Garden Hotels), it’s best to go through the pros and cons of each option first. Let’s go!

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Family life in an apartment

Life in an apartment can be wonderful, but it could also end up as a disaster. And why is that? Well, the desire to enjoy some long-awaited relaxation can make dealing with routine tasks (like ‘cleaning’, ‘cooking’ and so on) feel like a complete nightmare. Only families used to living in holiday apartments when travelling can successfully achieve that balance between rest and household chores.

How to avoid problems and unnecessary annoyance? Easy: an aparthotel. A winning option that gives you the independence you’re looking for without having to do the things you really don’t want to do during your holiday. What do they normally include? Basically: thorough cleaning of the apartment, sheet and towel changes and general maintenance of the apartment.

In search of the Dolçe Far Niente

If you’re looking for complete relaxation, not having to do any household tasks during your stay, then the ideal solution is to opt for a hotel where everything is done for you. The only things you have to worry about? Choosing at what time to go to the beach, finding activities to entertain your children, and deciding whether to have wine or beer with your meal. The true pleasure of the Dolçe Far Niente.

If you are travelling as a family, the only requirement there is when bookinga holiday is that the hotel must be family friendly, and that (apart from a children’s menu) they can offer your little ones fun activities, free of charge.