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.

Mallorca: three kinds of accommodation for three kinds of families

Checking whether the dates we prefer will work and trying to find the perfect hotel that will also fit our waller – the truth is that when you choose a hotel for your next holiday there are other things than destination, dates and even price to take into account.

What is the secret to a perfect holiday? Finding that hotel that really fits the way we travel, the way we see life, relax and even entertain our children. Is it possible to really hit the spot in that sense? The answer is that in places like Mallorca, yes, without a doubt.

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Active and very adventurous families

Even if no one is ever going to complain about a bit of luxury (it has to be said), it’s a fact that some adventurous families take other, more practical services into account. Location, for example, and making sure there’s plenty of interesting entertainment on offer for the little ones. Chains like Gran Isla are aware that the number of families looking for these things is on the rise, so they have created accommodation options such as Pirates Village Apartments.

Located in the beautiful seaside town Santa Ponça, Pirates Villages does not only offer rooms that are designed for the family’s ‘smaller pirates’; they also make sure the menu is top-level and that there’s easy transport to attractions like the Galatzó farm, Palmanova and Palma, the capital of the island.

Standard families

Those who fall somewhere in between adventure and peace and quiet make up our ‘Standard-families group’. Here we find families with kids between 5 and 7 years of age that might want to rush down a zip-line in the popular Jungle Park, or spend an evening visiting great museums such as the lovely Es Baluard (in Palma).

Jutlandia Family Resort is the best choice for all these families. This hotel is located in Santa Ponça and features specific areas for the bosses of the family as well as a full schedule of entertainment and fun for large and small, which will turn your standard holiday into a sensory experience.

Families who like the island calm

Known for sheltering a cost called ‘the Calm Coast’, the Costa Calma, Mallorca is the ideal place to come for that long-awaited tranquility. In places like Santa Ponça this island becomes a genuine retreat of silence and serenity for families looking to disconnect by the sea, surrounded by the most beautiful flora you can find at this destination.

For this group of families on holiday we would suggest a hotel like the Plazamar Serenity Resort, a hotel located less than 300 metres from the beach and where you can enjoy excellent food as well as an impressive pool surrounded by palm trees.

Resorts you won’t want to leave

Aaaaah, holiday, family, Mallorca, sun, beach and fun! This combination is never going to go out of fashion. The secret is finding the best resort where you can set up ‘base camp’ and retire to when you need a rest and where everything is taken care of for you. The only problem is that you’ll be so at ease that nothing will make you want to leave the resort.

Better than anyone, Meliá hotels have been able to give its original brand ‘Sol’ new life and to make it interesting. It’s now called Sol by Melia. Ever since the chain was established in Magaluf back in the 50s it has always been synonymous with relaxation and a family-like atmosphere, and later adventure and music were added to these attributes.

Couples, families, friends, the young and the not so young can find everything they need, and more, at the Sol holiday resorts. On Mallorca it’s obvious that Magaluf is the Meliá stronghold. I was told that the company is making significant investments there to completely remodel the area and up its level. I can assure you it’s on track. For our last holiday I took my family to the Sol Katmandu Park Resort and the ‘wow’ feeling and all the laughs we shared are still very vivid memories.

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Fun for all ages

To us it was absolute success, because we could combine the beach we love so much with a theme park that has everything you could wish for in terms of children’s attractions, water games, a zip-line (the longest in Spain), 4D-cinema, mini golf and even houses of terror for youth and adults. All this without leaving the resort. What luxury!

If you prefer to leave the kids at home, no problem. Not far away, on Palma Nova beach, you’ll find an exceptional ‘adults only’: the Sol Beach House on Mallorca. There you can experience the exclusive touch that characterises the brand and makes you feel special. If you’re thinking about a romantic holiday, this resort offers everything you might need and it’s also right by the beach.

When you’re at Sol Beach House you’ll probably want to try all the activities on offer: hiking, water sports, yoga, pilates, live music, barbecues, walks on the beach… you name it! But there will be lots of times when you’ll be happy experiencing something we enjoy more and more as the years go by: the pleasure of doing NOTHING. I must admit that there were complaints from my travel companion, who claimed the swimming pool and the gardens had abducted me. No wonder!

Holiday at sea, or in the Tabernas desert?

Even if the choice of hotel, destination and food (half board or full board) are aspects that are more than relevant when going on a holiday, it must be remembered that – when we’re talking about family holidays – exit or failure is decided by whether the family’s youngest members are offered something different to what they are used to in the family’s day-to-day life.

Boat trips are always good and yes, the play parks at hotels often distract the little ones for a couple of hours a day, but how would you feel about combining your rest with unique visits to amazing national parks, giant aquariums and hiking through pristine landscapes?

Sounds great, right? To give you some choice, Family Destinations present three holiday destinations that are ideal for all those who are looking for a top quality tourist destination with a range of family leisure activities with a difference.

 

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Tabernas desert

 

 

Almería: a day in the old West

Even if it competes with other destinations such as Murcia or the coasts near Valencia, don’t forget that Almería is a place where you can find untouched beaches, authentic locations and unique landscapes. Landscapes such as the popular Tabernas desert, a natural stage where some of the most popular Westerns from the 60s and 70s were filmed.

Take a walk through a proper desert and get to know the sets from the old Westerns – it’ll be an exciting visit, that’s for sure. If you’ve chosen a hotel such as Cabogata Mar Garden Hotel & Spa you can get to the park in less than half an hour.

Huelva: between the Coto Doñana and la Rapita

Unknown by many (partly due to its location) the province of Huelva is one of the richest and most original in the entire Andalusian region. Not only is it home to destinations such as Cartaya and Punta Umbría, it’s also where the land shelters gems such as the Coto de Doñana, one of the most important natural parks in the world, home to species unique to these lands.

Huelva is also from where Cristobal Colon launched his expedition on his way to conquer the new world. More specifically that location is the Puerto de los Palos, in la Rapita, a place where you can enjoy walks through life-size replicas of the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa María. You can get there in less than an hour if you’re staying at the Garden Playanatural Hotel & Spa.

Mallorca: of all for all

Out of all the coastal destinations that this country has to offer, the island of Mallorca offers the most possibilities for a family holiday. With family-friendly hotels designed for adults and children alike (hotels such as Cala Millor Garden Hotel), the island offers unique attractions such as Jungle Park in Santa Ponça and visits to Palma Aquarium (the aquarium with the deepest shark tank in all of Europe) and unique landscapes where you can take your family hiking.

Mallorca and its “must sees” for adventurous families

Although we are well into this routine of “snuggling under the covers”, at least we know that the summer will return eventually and with it our longed for vacation. Experts say that there is nothing better than taking advantage of these cold months to fix on the destination, the hotel deal and work out our leisure plans. We know there are hundreds of destinations in our country but are they all suitable for those who want to travel as a family? No, certainly not.

Since we are aware that in summer we are all looking for the balance between fun and relaxation, this month in Family Holidays Destinations we focus on Mallorca. Is there anything better than thinking about a family holiday with the Mediterranean as a backdrop?

Mallorca, with its many pros and its few cons, is an ideal island to spend a family holiday. A leading destination for national tourism and extremely well known internationally (especially by the British and German travelers), the largest of the Balearic Islands hides a thousand and one treasures that are perfect for those family excursions that we love.

If you have you thought about this destination for your 2017 Summer holiday you’ll want to know what the ‘must sees’ are that you can’t ignore once you are on the island? Take note because they are not all in the usual travel guides.

The Caves of the Drach

The Caves of the Drach

The Caves of the Drach

One of Mallorca’s main attractions is located in Porto Cristo (in the municipality of Manacor, home of tennis player Rafa Nadal). With its mysterious nooks giving them  a magic difficult to describe, the visit to the legendary Caves of the Drach is one of the things that can’t be missed on any family trip. You can avoid the crush of the Summer crowds by visiting them during the week and first thing in the morning.

The Costitx Observatory

Although not all travel guides talk about it as they should, don’t miss a visit to the Costitx Observatory. In addition to being a spectacular and really beautiful planetarium, this observatory in Mallorca is fundamental in international missions and of great importance in discoveries thanks to its more than twenty localized extragalactic supernovae.

The route of the marshes

Although coming to Mallorca in Summer and not going to the beach is like going to Paris and not going up to the Eiffel Tower, the truth is that the island’s mountains are ideal for a good morning excursion with the family. You could choose to do a tour of Cover the marshes and get to know the beauty of Gorg Blau. We can assure you that the experience is well worth it.

Leader of the Family Friendly label

One of the advantages of Majorca is that you don’t have to invest too much time in locating a hotel that shows the Family Friendly sign since in the island lots of establishments are designed for those who travel with their family. Hotels like Sol House or Sol Beach House (located in the municipality of Calvià and endorsed by the brand Sol Hotels) is full of extras for both big and small and it also has ideal prices.