For some teens, there’s no worse punishment imaginable than being forced to spend a whole week (or worse, two!) with their family at some boring holiday resort. But while you may not be as cool as their friends, and while you may still be in the dark about what a ‘Snapchat’ is, there’s are ways to ensure everyone, teens included, enjoys the holiday. Next time you’re planning a family getaway, consider Alcúdia, Mallorca. From waterslides to zip lines, Alcúdia has enough to entertain even the most reticent adolescent!
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What to Do
Cool off from the hot Mallorcan sun with a day at this action-packed water park. Here you’ll find waterslides to suit even the most serious adrenaline junkies, as well as a wave pool, mini golf course, and a poolside bar for mom and dad. Restaurants in the park can be a bit on the pricey side, so you might want to consider packing lunches for the family.
Avenida Tucan, s/n, 07410 Port d’Alcudia, Alcudia, Majorca, Spain
Tel: +34 971 89 16 72
Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00am-6:00pm
La Reserva Aventur
This 2.5 million square metre nature reserve at the foot of Galatzó Mountain abounds with flora and fauna, most of it natively Mallorcan. Ostriches, emus, wild donkeys, peacocks, deer, and goats wander the forest and caves, and there are even three brown bears in the park (though they are not island natives!) The nature reserve also offers a variety of activities suitable for school groups and families. Try your hand at rock climbing, or fly through the forest on Mallorca’s longest zip line!
La Reserva Puig de Galatzó, Predio Son Net s/n 07194 Puigpunyent, Illes Balears, Spain
Tel: +34 971 61 66 22
Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00am-6:00pm
El Laberinto Maze Fun Park
Looking for something just a little bit different? Try to puzzle out this labyrinth theme park with your family. Featuring winding paths, twists, and turns, this giant wooden maze is a fun challenge for all ages. More than just an ordinary maze, this labyrinth is packed with concealed characters and surprises around every corner.
Carretera des Flamencs, Playa de Muro, Spain
Tel: +34 971 36 77 01
Hours: Daily from 10:30am
Prices: €8 each or €25 for groups of four.
You may not be quite ready to teach your kids to drive, but you can satisfy their need for speed with a trip to the go-karting track. No matter your age or ability, Karting Magaluf has a racing experience for everyone. Some karts (for the older and more experienced, mind you) can 60 km/hr, and even as fast as 90 km/hr. But we’ll leave that choice up to parental discretion…
Carretera de la Porrasa, s/n, Magaluf, Calviá
Tel: +34 971 13 17 34
Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00am-10:00pm
Prices: Kart rentals range €20-€40
Action. Competition. Making a huge mess. What could be more perfect for teens than paintballing? At Paintball Fantasy, team up (parents against kids?) for a colourful shootout in Mallorca’s stunning Mediterranean woodlands. With full protective gear you’re safe from injury… although not safe from humiliation by the hands of your offspring.
Urbanización s’Ubac, Vaumera, s/n, 07420 Sa Pobla, Illes Balears, Spain
Tel: +34 971 10 17 28
Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm
Prices: €20 for 100 paintballs and gear
How to Get to Alcúdia
Alcúdia is served by Palma de Mallorca airport on the southwest coast of the island. With a popular destination like Mallorca, you’ll have no trouble finding plenty of nonstop flights from London with budget airlines like Ryanair or easyJet. Total flight time is two and a half hours.
Once you’ve touched down in Palma, you’ll need to make your way to Alcúdia in the north of the island. Rather than navigate the congestion of Mallorca’s capital on your own, book a private transfer to take you from Palma airport to Alcúdia. In just 45 minutes, you can be gazing out at the clear waters of Alcúdia Bay.
Where to Stay:
Smartline Panoramic – True to its name, the Smartline Panoramic offers beautiful panoramic sea and mountain views from each of its 163 rooms. Situated right on Bacares Beach, your family can come and go from the surf and sand as they please. The spacious poolside deck is the true hub of this beachside hotel, so grab a sun lounger and soak up some rays.
Fonda Llabrés – Located right in Constitution Square, this family-run guest house offers easy access to Alcúdia’s charming Old Town. The interior of the Fonda Llabrés is done up in tones of sunny yellow, providing a cheerful welcome for you and your family. Try the hotel’s excellent restaurant downstairs, which serves a combination of Spanish, Mallorcan, and international cuisine.
JS Horitzó – At this mid-budget hotel, the only thing separating you from the beach is a thin strip of sidewalk. Wake up each morning to a view of the bright turquoise Mediterranean from your private balcony. Rent a bike from the front desk and explore the Alcúdia Bay area, or simply chill out on the sun terrace.
About Shuttle Direct
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