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.

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!

A very special hotel: Sol Katmandu Park

Sol Katmandu Park & Resort is one of the most amazing hotel resorts in Majorca: original, unique and full of surprises. A surprising hotel? Of course, this is not a random hotel: it’s a hotel designed as an amusement park, recently built and with high-tech facilities, offering you personalized customer service in all languages.  A perfect place for your family holiday break: entertainment at the hotel itself. You don’t need to leave the hotel for any reason, except for swimming at the Mediterranean sea.

The hotel is a new project of Melia hotel chain and is part of  Sol Hotels family hotels portfolio, offering great facilities and excellent children’s services. Katmandu emerged some years ago on one the most original entertaining parks in the Balearic Islands: we first see an upside-down house on a garden that seems to be taken from an animation film.

themed park hotel in Majorca

themed park hotel in Majorca

Sol Katmandu Park has been awarded as the second themed park for families in Spain, the perfect place for families and especially for kids to enjoy holidays to the fullest due to the wide range of possible activities for both kids and adults. We must also stand out the advantages and excellent amenities of this 4-star hotel in Magaluf.

Magaluf with kids

Although Magaluf is known as a holiday destination for young people looking for extreme parties, sunny weather and beaches, Magaluf is also a nice charming town designed for quiet family holidays. It has many beautiful beaches, with light winds and swell, perfect for kids swim. We can find some aquariums, golf courses, children’s parks and excursion areas nearby.

The best hotels are located in front of the beach, close to a nice path along the coast, within just 200 – 250 meters from the beach, where the atmosphere is quiet and you can take a relaxing and pleasant break.

Tips for your perfect family holidays

Holy Week is coming and we need to plan our holidays. Kids have school holidays and it’s time to have a break and relax. One of the best family holiday destinations is Majorca, a place where you and your children will enjoy the beach, the natural environment, the sunny weather and the quiet atmosphere.

The island offers lots of interesting spots that you can visit, explore and take pictures with your family. You cannot miss some of these places like the centre of Palma, especially if you are visiting Majorca for the first time. Here’s a list of the most emblematic places of Majorca:

La Seul Cathedral, Majorca

La Seul Cathedral, Majorca

  • Majorca’s Cathedral: it’s one of the most beautiful gothic monuments in the world. The cathedral, also known as “La Seu” is not just an emblematic temple of the island, but a wonderful building that characterizes the city of Palma and its people. n
  •  Bellver’s Castle: an impressive castle which towers can be spotted from far away. It is located near a beautiful pine forest. We have panoramic views of Palma’s Bay from the top of the castle. The castle hosts special celebrations during the spring months, as the popular Angel’s celebration.
  • Almudaina: it is one of the most emblematic buildings in the city located just in front of Majorca’s Cathedral. The Spanish Royal Family still hosts official receptions during their holidays in the island.
  • Santa Catalina neighbourhood: it is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Palma, where we can find many bars, nightclubs and restaurants. It’s one of the best places to have a drink or snack on weekends.
  • Jaime III, Sindicat, Sant Miquel and Borne Streets.- it’s the best shopping area in Palma, an essential tour to buy some top brand clothes, accessories or original products. Moreover, there are lots of charming cafés with nice terraces where you can drink something and have a rest.

In reference to accommodation, if you have already planned your family holidays in Majorca, you should book a child friendly hotel. Palmanova and Playa de Palma -because of their comfort and proximity to the airport- are the best areas where you can find child friendly hotels.

Some of the best family hotels are:

Sol Hotels for families

Sol Hotels for families