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Category: Attractions

Aqualand El Arenal Water Park

Aqualand El Arenal

Aqualand El Arenal – Updated 27 September 2022

Located just 12km south of Palma is Aqualand el Arenal with wave pools, artificial rivers and waterslides a plenty. It’s a fun, family-friendly day out and a terrific way to enjoy a hot summer day in Mallorca.

Aqualand

Congo River

For those just looking for a quiet and relaxing time, there are plenty of areas to sunbathe or swim. Try a float down the lazy Congo River or check out Dragonland for a swim near a giant dragon. Aqualand El Arenal is much prettier than the other water parks in Mallorca with plenty of tree-shaded lawned areas where you can relax, cool down, have an ice-cream and watch the world go by.

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Children’s Paradise

Aqualand Arenal is one of the island's largest waterparks and it caters for all ages. Kids can enjoy Children’s Paradise or Polynesia, which are fun, colourful and child-friendly pools with waterslides or opt for one of the other four themed areas such as Adventureland and Dragonland.

Tsunami & Anaconda

Adrenaline junkies have a superb choice of rides & slides to keep them happy. Try Tsunami, a 15m high half pipe with two vertigo slides or challenge your friends or family to a race down Anaconda’s twists and turns. If those rides don’t hit the mark, then you also have King Cobra, Fórmula Race, Tornado, Kamikaze, The Devil’s Tail & Banzai to try to name a few!

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Gift shop

After all of the thrills & spills and you’re ready for a break, there are few cafes to choose from or you can check out the gift shop for a souvenir or two.

Aqualand El Arenal can be crowded, so we recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot.

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Aqualand Majorca

What to expect

This state-of-the-art waterpark is one of those rare days out – an equal amount of fun for both adults and kids. Experience the watery thrills of Aqualand El Arenal, with return hotel transfers and an entrance ticket to the park.

Feel the gravity-defying kicks of the Kamikaze, or the adrenaline-pumping thrill of the Anaconda – two tangled up slides that pit riders against each other in a hair-raising race to the bottom. If you'd prefer to chill out, there's the Congo River, a relaxing hot tub, plus plenty of space to pull up a sun lounger.

Little ones will love Kidzworld including an Adventureland, Dragonland, and a Polynesian-themed area. Throw in a great range of eateries and snack stands too, and you've got a fun-filled family day out. And if you choose the PLUS option, you'll get fast-track entrance to the park and a guaranteed sunbed for every adult. Meanwhile, the kids get one drink, one ice cream and a souvenir gift. There's also an exclusive 10% discount on any purchases in the park, including the slide fast pass.

Bellver Castle

Bellver Castle, Palma

Bellver Castle – updated 27 September 2022

Bellver Castle is a well-preserved 14th century circular castle straddling a wooded hillside to the west of Palma with spectacular views of the Bay of Palma and the Tramuntana mountains in the distance.

Bellver Castle Palma

Round Castle

Surrounded by fragrant pine woods, the castle is unique in design and is Spain’s only round castle. Now a renowned Palma landmark located at the top of the hill Puig de Sa Mesquida, the former grand fortress and Catalan Gothic masterpiece attracts visitors by the hundreds who come to admire the architecture, the views and visit the interesting ground-floor museum.

King Jaume II gave the order for Bellver Castle to be built back in 1300 and the job was given to Pere Salva, the architect who designed the Almudaina Palace (The Royal Palace).

Bellver Castle Mallorca

Three towers

Bellver has three large towers surrounding a two-level central courtyard and a moat. You’ll see a contrast of architectural design as you explore the castle ranging from Gothic arches to rib-vaulting to semi-circular arches. The best way to see these contrasts is to look down at the courtyard from the roof.

Royal Residence

The castle was built to serve as a royal residence; however, with the exception of residencies by King Sanç and Joan I of Aragon, the building has spent more time as a prison than a home. Bellver Castle has hosted many prisoners over the years including King Jaume IV & King Jaume III's widow and sons and has been used as a penal institution during both the Napoleonic and Spanish Civil wars and World War II. If you visit the roof of the castle, you can see prisoners’ graffiti, carved into the stonework.

Museum

On the ground floor is Palma's museum of municipal history (Museu d’Història de la Ciutat) which follows the development of the city from the prehistoric Talayotic civilisation to the present day via its artefacts including pottery from Talaiotic, Roman, Arab and Spanish periods and classical statues from the Despuig Collection.

The central courtyard is the stage for a series of classical music concerts performed by the Balearic Symphony Orchestra each July. These open-air evening concerts are very popular.

The best way to get to Bellver Castle is via car, there is parking available, alternatively combine your visit with the Palma City Sightseeing open-top bus, which stops at the castle as part of its circuit. If you use public transport, then the closest you will get is Plaça de Gomila, from there it is a 15 minute, 1km walk up a steep hill.

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Palma Electric Car Tour & Castle Bellver

Palma Electric Car Tour & Castle Bellver

On this Palma tour with a twist, you won't be walking around the city. Instead, you'll have the fun experience of driving a 100% electric car to the top spots and standout photo stops. You'll get behind the wheel and follow your guide on a two-hour route that includes entry to the San Carlos Military History Museum, Bellver Castle and the Caves of Genova. – Book now

The Castle of Bellver Audio Tour: A History of Resistance

Visit one of the most unique architectural gems of Mallorca as never before. You will relive battles and understand the importance of the military features of Bellver Castle. When you get to the main tower, you will hear the horrific stories of those who were held in the “Olla” in the past as a form of torture. This unique audio experience will move you as you hear the sad stories of those who were imprisoned in Bellver, such as Alexander Jaume during the Franco regime. The tour ends with the story of Gaspar Jovellanos (who was responsible for inspiring the current Spanish Constitution) and the reasons why he was locked up in Bellver for years. – Book now

Manacor to Alcudia

Manacor to Alcudia driving route

Manacor to Alcudia – updated 10 October 2022

The Manacor to Alcudia route begins in Manacor, Mallorca’s second-largest city, best known as the birthplace of tennis great Rafael Nadal and as a centre of furniture manufacturing.

There’s not a lot to see here; however, the Esglesia dels Delors de Nostra Senyora church is worth a visit, so is the Manacor History Museum.

Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience

If you’re a sports fan, then the Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience puts the ball in your court. Its simulators and attractions put you at the centre of the action. As well as the tennis legend’s trophies and memorabilia on display in the Exhibition Room there are exciting experiences where you get to call all the shots.

Manacor, Alcudia

The Majorcan tennis ace, Rafael Nadal, presents all his trophies and memorabilia in a museum with a difference in his hometown of Manacor. Head into the Exhibition Room and you’ll find all his achievements, equipment and best trophies from throughout his career, but step through into the Experience Room and you become the protagonist of the show.

There are state-of-the-art simulators that take you on a voyage of different sports, including F1, tennis and more, as well as 3D Eyewear that sweeps you into another world – quite literally. Kids and adults will find something to entertain them, so it’s an ace day out for all the family – Book tickets

Caves of Drach

When you leave Manacor, follow the signs for Porto Cristo where you have the opportunity to visit the Caves of Drach, one of the largest caves in Europe and considered by many to be the 8th Wonder of the World. Within the caves is Lake Martel, one of the largest underground lakes on the planet; which today plays host to a boat-borne classical music program; which attracts visitors from far and wide.

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Cala Millor

From Porto Cristo follow the signs for Son Servera and Cala Millor, a lovely road; which meanders through orchards until you arrive at Cala Millor; which is a good place to stop for a short beach break.

Capdepera

The route then takes you east into Son Servera and then to Capdepera, largely undiscovered by the majority of visitors to the island. The biggest attraction in Capdepera is the ‘Castell de Capdepera’, it is a quite demanding walk uphill, but the views are outstanding.

Artà

From Capdepera, take the road to Artà, a quiet, attractive rural town with a maze of narrow streets, medieval buildings and pretty cafes with an impressive hilltop fortress built in the 14th century.

Alcúdia

From there, continue along the coastal road around the bay to Alcúdia, a beautiful medieval walled town of quiet charm and character.

Surrounded by mighty walls that contain historic mansions, scenic plazas, cafés with beautiful terraces & warm-stone houses, this vibrant town is a year-round destination, providing a rich taste of history and culture.

The Manacor to Alcudia drive is an excellent way to spend a day taking you through some great locations and with some incredible views.

Sa Calobra Serpentine

Sa Calobra – The Snake

Sa Calobra Serpentine – updated 10 October 2022

Just 13km long, the Sa Calobra Serpentine (MA-2141) is one of the most scenic drives in the world.

The Snake

It is referred to as ‘The Snake’ by locals but ‘Spaghetti’ would be more apt and was built specifically to avoid tunnels resulting in a road that snakes through the landscape often with a gradient in excess of 7%, which is why it is very popular with cyclists and is mentioned in our ‘best cycling routes’ section.

Knotted Tie

With an 800m descent over 12km and the infamous 270-degree loop known as the ‘Knotted Tie’ and incredible mountain views of Mallorca’s highest mountain, Puig Major, the road to Sa Calobra is an adventure in its own right.

The Sa Calobra Serpentine was manually built in 1932 and was created by the engineer Antonio Paretti and is a masterpiece of twists and turns; however, it is one of the most dangerous roads in Spain with no marked central line and no guardrails and much too much traffic especially during the summer.

At times, the road is very narrow and impassable for 2 cars at the same time and on rainy days, the asphalt becomes extremely slippy. It should not be attempted by those who don’t know how to reverse. 

50 Curves

The 25-minute route is an unforgettable and sensational experience but definitely not for anyone who is nervous of steep, winding descents. It has more than 50 curves with the majority of those being hairpins and the gradient can reach as high as 11.5%.

Sa Calobra Serpentine

Sa Calobra

Sa Calobra is a small village on the coast that is widely regarded as having the best unspoilt cove on the island. It also has a hidden beach and an incredible gorge – Es Torrent de Pareis. Tourists flock to this location in their hundreds all year around to admire the jaw-dropping scenery and to enjoy the incredible journey there with its twisting roads and spectacular views.

Palma Arab Baths

Arab Baths

Palma Arab Baths – updated 22 October 2022

Palma Arab Baths (Banys Arabs) is a 10th century ancient bathhouse and some of the last remnants of the Arab City known as Medina Mayurqa, the capital of Muslim Mallorca for 300 years.

Palma Arab Baths

Hammams

The Arab bathhouse or ‘hammams’ is located in the gardens of a former nobleman’s manor on the quiet street of Can Serra within the narrow streets of the medieval quarter of Palma and amazingly, the building is still intact.

Tepidarium

Palma Arab Baths are similar to those found in other Islamic cities. The steam room has a preserved tepidarium with a cupola (dome) in the shape of a half orange, which is supported by 12 columns believed to have been recycled from a number of Roman buildings as each column is different.

Cupola

The cupola has various round apertures to allow steam to escape the room and there is a double floor through which the hot water and steam travelled, proof that this room was used for hot baths. The cupola also has five oculi which let in light.

Walled garden

The bathhouse has a walled garden with cactus, palm and orange trees and is where the residents of the manor would have cooled off after their bath. Many locals come here to enjoy a refreshment during the day.

Palma’s Arab Baths are located on Carrer de Can Serra, just behind the Museum of Mallorca. It’s easy to reach the Baths on foot from downtown; they are about five minutes’ walk from Palma Cathedral.

The Cathedral occupies the site of what once was the central mosque of Medina Mayurka.

Cathedral

The story behind the cathedral is long and full of interesting twists but began with the young King Jaume 1 who vowed to build a grand cathedral if he was successful in surviving a storm and also ridding the island of Moors.

Opening times

The Arab Baths are open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and the entrance fee is €2.50.

Things to do in Palma

Hidropark Alcudia

Hidropark Water Park Alcudia

Hidropark Alcudia – updated 08 September 2022

Hidropark Alcudia is the only water park in the north of the island and is located close to the beach and city centre in Port d'Alcudia and 1km away from the medieval walled town of Alcúdia.

Ideal for families

The park is ideal for families and smaller children. It is also quite large with a good variety of water attractions spread over 40,000 square metres.

Hidropark Alcudia

Fun for all of the family

You’ll find numerous rides, slides, pools, chill-out areas and even a children’s playground plus an infant area – there's something to keep everybody entertained at Hidropark Alcudia.

The waterslides are the main draw for visitors to the park and include Kamikaze rides, parallel slides, foam slides, multi-slides and spirals but there’s also plenty to do for the less adventurous such as the wave pool, waterfalls, fountains, shallow splash pools and climbing frames. Add to the list, bouncy castles & trampolines and it is easy to see that Hidropark Alcudia could keep a family entertained for the whole day.

Hidropark Alcudia

Mini golf

Just in case you run out of things to do, there is also a 54-hole mini golf course to try and paintball too!

The park does not allow visitors to bring their own picnic; however, there are fast food places and bars on-site.

Hidropark Alcudia

The park is open each day from 1 May to 30 October from 10am to 5pm, during July and August, it stays open until 6pm.

Alcúdia

After you've finished at the water park and if time permits, consider taking a short drive to Alcúdia. Surrounded by mighty walls that contain historic mansions, scenic plazas, cafés with beautiful terraces & warm-stone houses, this vibrant town is a year-round destination, providing a rich taste of history and culture.

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Hidropark Alcudia

Enjoy a day splashing about on the different water slides and pools at Mallorca's Hidropark. Make any summer day become an unforgettable experience and a great memory. Located in Alcudia, the park is ideally situated for those staying in the resorts of Alcúdia, Ca’n Picafort and Puerto Pollença.

Slide down the spiral and super slalom, try to walk across giant water balls, splash about in the wave pools, and more. You can relax in the sun, always in sight of the kids, who have float boats, bouncy castles and super jumpers to play with – Book tickets

Katmandu Park

Katmandu Park, Magaluf

Katmandu Park – updated 28 September 2022

There is only one theme park in Mallorca, and it goes by the name of Katmandu Park. It's a fun place, a little wacky and a little bizarre and not very big; however, it has enough to keep you entertained for 4 to 6 hours.

Katmandu Park

Magaluf

Located in Magaluf, the park contains mind-blowing attractions, water park thrills & games plus an on-site hotel, Sol Katmandu Park complete with a giant yeti scaling the outside of the building.

Yeti

The on-site resort hotel is themed around The Legend of Katmandu™ – a mythical story featuring a Great Yeti who guards the powerful Red Jewel, Desirata™ – it's a lot of fun and includes hotel employees wearing Steampunk costumes and check in at a whimsical, time-travelling tram.

Katmandu Park

Katmandu Play Pass

There are some benefits for families who stay at the hotel, which include a free Sol Katmandu Play pass worth €200 per day for a family of four, it gets you into the park until 6pm daily with options to upgrade to a gold pass, which includes night-time entry.

Attractions

You’ll find 10+ attractions at the park including an upside-down Tibetan house where you can journey through time and imagination, the undersea world of KATOPIA Splash Park and KATOPIA Soft Play Adventure, the 16m high K3 Climb or if you prefer, you can take on the living dead in the ZOMBIES! XD Dark Ride.

Step into a mythical world of unexpected adventure, exciting rides, epic 4D encounters and splash park chills! From enchanting family fun to mind-blowing adventures for thrill seekers-everyone finds endless freedom to play with flexible ticketing options.

Snack Shack

If you are feeling peckish, the Snack Shack in the centre of the park serves hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fries, hamburgers, cold drinks including alcohol plus tea and fresh coffee.

The park is usually open until 10pm, obviously being Magaluf, it can get quite boisterous in the evening so if you are with children, the best time to visit is during the day.

Tickets – What to expect

Katmandu Park tickles the imagination and provides loads of cool treats that'll have the whole family smiling. With our PLUS pass, you'll have unlimited access to the park's top attractions including The House, Katopia splash park and soft play areas. There's also fast-track entrance plus two rounds of 18-hole mini-golf, too.

Katmandu is Majorca's only theme park – and it's brimming with spectacular attractions and special effects. There's The House – an upside-down mansion that boasts a musical enchanted forest, an ice cave and an interactive aquarium. And then there's the mind-boggling 5D virtual reality attractions and the 4D cinema.

A fire-and-ice-themed mini-golf course and a selection of 3D shooting games are also part of the package. And there's more. The kids can cool off at Katopia splashpark, and then run wild inside Europe's largest soft play area. It's one of the top family things to do in Majorca.

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Exhibit Show by Son Amar

Exhibit Show

Exhibit Show by Son Amar – updated 11 October 2022

Son Amar is famous on the island among both residents and visitors and has been entertaining guests for more than 50 years.

Son Amar Estate

Located within a purpose-built hi-tech theatre on the Son Amar estate, the show is a world-class, high-energy programme of dance, music, magic and comedy set on impressive stage sets with spectacular costumes.

House of Son Amar has been bringing its brand of entertainment spectacular to the shores of Majorca for over 45 years. And this year, it’s back bigger than ever. With a cast of artists and acrobats formerly of world-famous Cirque du Soleil and a soundtrack set by Europe’s top DJs, Exhibit is an all-new show set to dazzle audiences.

VIP Experience

Step into the grounds of a grand Majorcan manor house, and you’ll be greeted by a Las Vegas-style Bellagio fountain show before being seated in the theatre. You can opt for show-only seats, add a touch of class with the cava and chocolates option, or choose the VIP Experience – you’ll get the best seats in the house, comfy sofa-style booths, plus Moët & Chandon champagne.

Once the show begins, you’ll be toe-tapping, laughing and dancing all night long. Expect glitz, glam and plenty of glitter as the cast combine live music numbers, classic cabaret and acrobatic feats in a star-studded evening the whole family will enjoy.

A taste for all the senses! Daring acrobatic feats gelled together with spellbinding choreography and a cutting-edge soundtrack.

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  • Experience Exhibit, House of Son Amar’s brand-new show
  • See a Las Vegas-style fountain show
  • Enjoy huge performances from a cast that includes former members of Cirque du Soleil
  • Three seating options to choose from
  • Table service included with every seating category

The Son Amar show is located on the Sóller road near the village of Palmanyola, just 11 km from Palma.

Western Water Park

Western Water Park, Magaluf

Western Water Park – updated 28 September 2022

Located in the southwest resort of Magaluf, Western Water Park is a fun family-friendly day out full of rides, slides, thrills & spills.

Designed to entertain both children and adults, the slides range from small and fun to really high and terrifying!

The Beast

The park includes the 11th highest water slide in the world aptly named The Beast, there’s also a further six rides designed specifically for adrenaline junkies such as The Whip, Tornado and Boomerang.

For younger adults and the less adventurous, there are moderate rides, Grand Canyon and Hurricane are popular so is the Tam Tam Splash wave pool.

3 sections

There’s something for everyone at Western Water Park, which is divided into three different sections called Western Land, Indian Town and El Paso.

You’ll find swimming pools and water fountains, which are perfect for toddlers, lots of places to grab something to eat including a pizzeria and an ice-cream shop plus if you want to bring along your own food, there are designated picnic spots within the park.

Diving show

Western Water Park is unique from the other two parks on the island due to its diving show, which occur three times a day and is really fun. You get synchronised diving, high diving and diving whilst set on fire.

Opening times & tickets

The park is open each day from 10am to 5pm (May, June and September) and 10am to 6pm (July and August).

The ticket prices range according to age and there are discount packages available.

Western Water Park Ticket

Western Water Park Ticket

It's fast, it's furious and it's Majorca's only themed water park. Western Water Park is so exciting that you'll be running from one attraction to the other. There are three themed areas with slides for the kids and for the fearless – including The Beast, Majorca's biggest vertical drop slide.

The names of the slides tell you all you need to know. Tornado, Big Hole, Mega Slide, Boomerang, Devil's Tail and the new attractions El Latino and El Alano that will have you screaming for more while The Beast's 30-metre drop will have you screeching with joy – or fear. And after all that excitement, you can take it easy in the hot tubs or drift on the Wild River.

Over at Kidzworld, little ones can have fun in safe and supervised areas like Tam Tam Splash, where gigantic buckets of water teeter before spilling the goods over the throngs below. It's an action-packed day for everyone – Book now

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Western Water Park Entrance with transfer

Other water parks on the island are Aqualand El Arenal and Hidropark Alcúdia.

Both of these parks provide excellent facilities and a fun-family day out.

Royal Palace of La Almudaina

La Almudaina

Royal Palace of La Almudaina – updated 28 September 2022

The Royal Palace was a 10th century Muslim fortress (alcázar ) prior to being converted into a residence for the Mallorca Royal Family at the end of the 13th century.

Roman Fort

A long time before the Moors arrived in the 10th century, the site had been utilised by both the Talaiots and the Romans and the area was once home to a Roman fort.

Royal Palace La Almudaina

King of Spain

Symbolically, the King of Spain still resides here; however, it is unlikely that you will see him there with the exception of an occasional important ceremony, the Royals prefer to spend summer in the Palau Marivent (in Cala Major) instead. In fact, since King Jaume III died in 1349, no king has lived in La Almudaina on a permanent basis.

Balearics military command

Remodelled in the Levantine Gothic style by the Christians, The Royal Palace of La Almudaina is located opposite the magnificent Palma Cathedral, La Seu. Its elevated position has provided the palace with protection and strategic importance over the years and the building still serves as the Balearics military command.

Scenic views

Today, the palace is one of the capital's main attractions and tourists can enjoy incredible, scenic views overlooking the Bay of Palma in addition to exploring the inside of the palace and its numerous rooms.

Interior

Whilst exploring the interior of the palace, you will find three grand rooms with bricked-in-Gothic arches that have been cut off in the middle, they were once double their height and would have formed a vast hall. These rooms have been luxuriously decorated and furnished with period pieces and tapestries.

Courtyard

Within the main courtyard, you will find the 11th century lion fountain and the entrance to St Anne’s Chapel. This Chapel was built for the Queen at the beginning of the 14th century, as was St. James’s Chapel, which was for the use of the King.

Royal apartments

The grand staircase takes you up to the royal apartments with beautiful timber ceilings and lavishly appointed rooms, which are worth seeing as many of the palace rooms are completely bare.

Joan Miro

Beneath the palace are the S'Hort del Rei gardens which are a great place to sit, relax and watch the world go by. Look out for Joan Miro's Egg sculpture and the Arc de la Drassana, once the gateway to the royal docks.

Getting there

If you are staying in Palma, it's a short walk or public bus ride to the Royal Palace. There are also plenty parking spaces in front of the Cathedral along the Paseo Marítimo.

The palace is open from 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday (closed on Monday) and 10am – 6pm on weekends and public holidays.

Visitors can explore the grand rooms and apartments, and the chapel, at their leisure. See the opulent art, tapestries and furniture, then wander through the tranquil gardens.

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Free entrance: Wednesday all day and Sunday from 3pm to 6pm.

Further information can be found on the official website – patrimonionacional.es

La Almudaina tours

Palma Electric Scooter Tour

What to expect

Explore parts of Palma you never knew existed with an electric scooter tour. Save on tired legs and still see the sights as you zoom around the city with ease. Learn about Majorca's historic capital as you follow a guide by must-sees like La Seu cathedral, Almudaina Palace, Passeig des Born and through the trendy La Lonja district.