Make the beaches your first port of call, from Es Trenc in the south to Formentor in the north. If you’re averse to getting wet, glass-bottomed boats will take you out for a closer look at what’s lurking beneath the waves. There’s plenty to do by, on or above the beach, including sailing, paragliding, water-skiing, body-surfing and good old-fashioned sailing. The Bay of Palma hosts many prestigious regattas, including the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía and the Copa del Rey, which make for a great family day out.
At Puerto Pollenca (one of our favourite beaches), while away the hours watching sandcastle-building take on epic proportions as the pros come down to the sands and practise their art. Incredible castles as tall as a man, with drawbridge and turrets, crocodiles, and half-submerged cars all appear and disappear within a matter of days, or sometimes hours. It’s great fun to watch and may also get your kids' competitive streak going.
Head away from the high-rises and the beaches to explore Palma, Mallorca’s vibrant and beautiful capital with its largely pedestrianised winding lanes and alleyways. From Palma you can ride the rickety old Sóller Train to Sóller itself.
Take a trip to Rancho Grande in Son Serra – a working ranch where children (and adults) of all abilities can get in the saddle or in a wagon that follows the trek behind at an easy pace.
Book a hot-air balloon flight from a launch site close to Manacor – a great way to see the islands for those who don't suffer vertigo.
Enjoy some of the shows designed for tourists. Pirates Adventure Mallorca offers jaw-dropping, gravity-defying gymnastic feats in a magical setting.
Head for one of the many waterparks: Western Water Park and Aqualand El Avenal are two of the best.
Browse at a market – those are Santa Maria and Pollenca are great.
Sit in a square until late into the night watching the world and the people go by – go on, it’s a holiday, and the Spanish are used to bringing their kids out late to eat with them.