Landscapes, sport and fun in northern Mallorca

Although every tourist, every traveler and every visitor wants a specific destination; All those who visit Mallorca in the summer months agree on something: Few things are comparable to the natural beauty of the north of the island.

Unknown to all those who prefer leisure of the Balearic capital (Palma de Mallorca) and the southern beaches (like the well-known and paradisical Es Trenc), the north of the island is the perfect place to enjoy scenery of immeasurable beauty, sea and mountain sports and entertainment for young and old. An area formed by geographical points that lend their names to the areas that we are going to tour today. Would you come with us?

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Cala Millor, a haven of peace

Although its population has a very high percentage of young people (when compared with other areas of the island), Cala Millor is a place where you breathe tranquility. A piece of the island where you can experience the word “vacation” in every sense.

In this area of ​​Mallorca not only can you enjoy places of inland beauty like Sant Llorençs des Cardassar but its beaches stun in spots like S’Illot and Cala Bona. So with an exceptional gourmet tour and places where you can practice all kinds of sports, you can understand perfectly why so many people choose it for their holidays.

Can Picafort, much more than a beach

The temple of the spectacular Playa de Muro (that which has led Mallorca to be compared with the Caribbean himself) and infinite sea front strolls, Can Picafort is much more than a beach destination. Perfect for cycling enthusiasts and for families seeking tranquility and leisure, this area of ​​northern Mallorca has everything and more for a perfect holiday.

Can Picafort, Mallorca

Can Picafort, Mallorca

Alcudia, the realm of water sports

As can be inferred from the title, Alcudia is a paradise for lovers of water sports. A destination in which to enjoy the most beautiful Mallorcan landscapes whilst kite surfing, paddle surfing, kayaking, parasailing or even sailing with an instructor.

Where to stay in northern Mallorca?
The northern part of Mallorca is characterized by having high quality accommodation. Hotels with no shortage of facilities for big and small alike, are perfectly integrated into the area’s magical environment. So in Cala Millor our recommended choices range from the Apartahotel Ferrer Isabel (for its excellent service and facilities) in Can Picafort and in Alcudia, the Apartamentos Ferrer Tamarindos and Hotel & Spa Ferrer Janeiro, a unique hotel facing the bay of Alcudia.

Santa Eularia, the most emblematic village of Ibiza

Ibiza has thousands of places where to enjoy a holiday, but if you are one of those travellers looking for calmness, tradition, the sound of the sea in the morning, sandwiches in traditional bars, walks around narrow streets and the Mediterranean at its best, Santa Eularia des Riu is your destination.

Santa Eularia des Riu, Ibiza

It is said to be the perfect place for a family vacation, as it has the most relaxing and entertaining ambiance for children. In addition, it features tourist attractions for all ages, beyond nightlife and the great discos and clubs of electronic music of the moment.

Santa Eularia des Riu is unique, not only because it features the only river of the Balearic Islands, but because it keeps the authentic essence that the island of Ibiza lost with the arrival of the mass tourism of parties, sun and beach. It is a small place of turquoise waters and white sand.

Its beaches and coves are a beehive in summer, but much more welcoming and quiet than those in Sant Antoni, Sant Josep or Vila. Ideal for all type of travellers, Santa Eularia des Riu’s beaches are perfect for children due to their shallow waters and their sandy areas for walking and playing. Rocky coves, despite their beauty, might be dangerous for children and of difficult access.

Regarding accommodation, there are thousands of options, as despite the calm and authentic ambience, Santa Eularia is one of the tourism centres in Ibiza. There you will find Adults Only hotels, hotels for children, classic beach hotels, hotels with chill out and beach club… Whatever you may need. Some examples of accommodations with a good quality price ratio are the recently inaugurated IBEROSTAR Santa Eularia, the Tropic Garden or the Fergus Paraiso Beach, located in Es Canar beach.

Sea view accomodation of IBEROSTAR Santa Eulalia Hotel

Sea view accomodation of IBEROSTAR Santa Eulalia Hotel

For eating, do not miss one of the most famous sandwich bars in the island, the Costa Bar, and try its delicious cured ham sandwich. But if you want to try a more elaborated local dish, you will find options for all tastes in the historic centre of the village. Tapa hopping is also a must-live experience in Santa Eularia. It is true that in summer you will have to make your way through the crowd to get a tapa, as many people go to Santa Eularia to eat.

For a morning or a cool night in the island, instead of visiting a disco, we recommend you an outdoor experience: the hippy markets. The Punta Arabi and Las Dalias markets are in Santa Eularia, one of them really close to Es Canar and the other one in the area of Sant Carles, one of the must visit villages of the island.

Another of the villages near Santa Eulalia and considered one of the gems of the island for its traditional essence is Santa Gertrudis. It is also a good area for discovering some local delicacies, prepared with fresh products from the orchards of this small locality.

In Santa Eularia, we recommend you walk up to its highest peak, Puig de Missa. It is worth the effort, as you will be able to contemplate a panoramic view of this coastal area of Ibiza.

This village has good communications with the centre of Ibiza (Vila) and with the airport by public transport. The best option if you want to make the most of your time and to visit more areas of Ibiza or plan trips to its different beaches is that you rent a car or a motorbike. Buses are not the best option, especially if you are not going to stay in the island for a long time.

Ole Hotels, the perfect option for a family vacation in the Canary and Balearic Islands.

Travelling with your couple or friends is very different to travelling with your family and children. Although travelling with your family is a unique experience (especially if your children are between 5 and 10 years old), the experience might turn an authentic drama if you do not book the perfect hotel in advance, the one that covers all your needs and ensures a safe and comfortable stay.

There are just as many types of hotels as there are families. While in destinations like Seville or Malaga you can choose hotels with half board plan, the best option in other areas of the Spanish geography like the Canary or Balearic Islands is the All Inclusive service offered by chains like Ole Hotels. A chain with experience and many good reviews regarding the services it offers. Its best advantage? Its excellent quality/price ratio and the location of its hotels.

Olé Hotels

Olé Hotels


Are you looking for your All Inclusive hotel in the Canary and Balearic Islands?

Although Ole Hotels has All Inclusive hotels in different areas of our country, the ones in the Canary and Balearic Islands deserve a special mention for their quality, good reviews and good price also in high season. Which is our selection of hotels of this chain for this summer month?

  • Olé Galeón Ibiza

Apart from being one of the most beautiful destinations of our country (for its hippy ambiance and its wide leisure offer for the whole family), Ibiza hosts one of the All Inclusive reference establishments of the island: the Olé Galeon Ibiza. This hotel located at the shores of the emblematic Puerto de San Miguel is perfect for an unforgettable family vacation.

It is located in a natural setting and offers an excellent gastronomic service. In addition, it features an area for children and children’s entertainment offered by a professional staff. And for adults? Its chill out areas or its exclusive solarium with views.

  • Olé Galeón Tenerife

The best option for those who prefer to spend their holidays in the Atlantic ocean is Tenerife, a destination full of natural gems perfect for a family vacation. It has fabulous All Inclusive hotels like the Olé Tropical Tenerife, a charming accommodation located less than 500 metres away from Troya beach.

The hotel offers modern facilities and a good gastronomic service, and it is perfect for parents looking for safe areas for children.

  • Olé Olivina Lanzarote

If you want to enjoy a summer family holiday far away from mass tourism areas, Lanzarote is your best option, a volcanic island with the essence of the Canary Islands and with thousand plans for the most adventurous families.
Although there are many All Inclusive hotels in the island, only the Olé Olivina Lanzarote has its own volcanic garden and a surface of more than 5000 metres devoted to the entertainment of adults and children. In addition, the hotel has an excellent location 200 metres away from Porcillos beach which makes it one of the most popular hotels of the area.

The Balearic Islands: essential part of the Spanish tourism

The international profile of the travellers who visit the Balearic Islands, the high average expenses and the stay in relation to the rest of the autonomous communities of Spain, as well as it excellent connection with the rest of the peninsula and Europe, have made these islands an authentic treasure for the Spanish GDP.

The innovative character turns the Balearic Islands and, more specifically Palma de Majorca, into one of the points of reference for new tourist trends. There are situated some of the main hotel and commercial aviation companies such as Barceló, Melià, Iberostar, Globalia…Tour operators such as Tui are also very relevant at these islands and work together with tourist agencies in the same islands in order to strengthen their position in Spain.

As a destination in itself, the Balearic Islands are the second community -after Catalonia- with more visitors  during the years (more than 11 millions of people), but if we bear in mind that it is a smaller territory, figures get a more important meaning. Majorca, Ibiza and, to a lesser extent, Minorca, are the driving force of the Spain tourism.

British and German tourists are still the main support of their markets, although the increase of Italian, French and Swiss visitors to the islands is noticeable. Russians are a prospect for tourism companies in the Balearic Islands, since they represent travellers with a higher purchasing power: love luxury, excesses and consume complimentary services although they book an All Inclusive hotel.

Iberostar Royal Cupido en Playa de Palma

Iberostar Royal Cupido en Playa de Palma

With 347.897 accommodation rooms, the Balearic islands have been of the pioneering communities targeted at different traveller profiles. For example, you can visit Ibiza and stay at Ushuaïa hotel, which has become a trip motivation in the island. In Majorca, hotels for children in Alcudia stand out, as well as Adults Only spa hotels in Playa de Palma, golf hotels in Llucmajor, thanks to its nearness to Palma, the capital of the island.

The Palma example

Palma de Majorca, precisely, is one of the Spanish cities considered as a mature tourism destination which is really working to break this label and offer a completely new travel concept. Deseasonalizing, extending the summer, activating the island attractions in winter, keeping the restaurants, bars and discos opened…  The challenge is important and, by now, it has had success in some aspects: a few weeks ago, some of the main groups in the Balearic Islands, as far as leisure and bars are concerned, have announced to keep closed their most representative premises during winter, which are traditional meeting points in the nights of the Palma’s Paseo Marítimo (Tito’s, Pacha…).

Nevertheless, we can note a positive tendency: the small businessmen and owners of restaurants, pubs and bars situated in the old quarter and Santa Catalina neighbourhood are strongly investing in the deseasonalization.  Live music, art galleries, gourmet restaurants, second-hand shops and vintage cafes, DJ sessions, theatre and avant-garde cultural meetings are focusing the Palma attraction to a different point, along with Barcelona and Madrid, but to a lesser extent, with the extra benefit of being just some kilometres away from some of the most paradisiacal places in the world.

The city deseasonalization is also noticeable in the opening of hotels in the centre of Palma, the revitalisation of the called boutique hotels in areas such as Cort, La Calatrava and La Lonja. Open during the entire year and specially conceived for travellers of high and medium standing. An interesting way of increasing the average expenses per tourist.

Majorca for families

Another of the main attractions of the Balearic Islands is its largest island. Majorca has the perfect size to stay for more than one holiday week, it offers nature, beaches, mountains, towns with cultural and traditional plans during the whole year, the best international connections in almost all the country, and services specialized in all types of travellers: sport lovers, children, couples, backpackers, those who travel alone, with friends… All this makes it a versatile destination specially preferred by families

Peace, gastronomy for all tastes, leisure plans for children, relax areas and wonderful beaches and coves for breaking the routine, and complete hotels with all types of prices. In Majorca, families can book a spa and golf hotel next to Palma, an aparthotel for children in Alcudia, a hotel in Cala Barca for getting away from it all, or an All-inclusive hotel in Cala Ratjada to stay 15 days.

Ibiza, always young

It is truth that Ibiza has a thousand faces and you cannot discover all of them at night, but this island still sells the eternal youth spirit that even the most reluctant one buys. There is no age to go to Ibiza, but all the visitors bring the same energies: enjoying relaxation, nature, sea and, of course, the tireless fun ambience which seems to emanate right from its centre.

In order to receive all types of public, even those who travel with children, Ibiza has been creating new leisure centres, adapting bars, restaurants and discos to more specific profiles, and creating a paradise where glamour and jet set feel at ease. So, you can find 5 star accommodations, luxury apartments and Adults Only hotels in Es Canar, San Antonio and even in Vila, the capital of Ibiza.

Minorca, the British island

Its relations with Great Britain go back to many years ago. Minorca is and has been a British bastion in the Mediterranean as far as holiday is concerned. With high-medium class travellers, this island receive every year some of the most important political, economic and cultural figures in Europe, especially those who come from the United Kingdom.

Declared Biosphere Reserve thanks to its great natural richness, this important attraction joins to the excellent gastronomy it offers, the charm of the fishing villages, the beautiful and quiet coves… All this and the very varied hotel trade shape the the medium-sized island of the Balearic Islands. Although the demand has decreased in last years, it is still the privileged destination of high standing in the Mediterranean.