The island of Majorca isn’t just great for lazy beach holidays – it’s full of sports for all abilities, whether you want to try kayaking for the first time or you’re an experienced horse rider looking for a Spanish trail. It can be pretty overwhelming when the whole family needs to decide on an activity for the day, so here are some of the highlights.
- Majorca is famous for its tennis players, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya. You’ll find plenty of courts across the island, with some inside your hotel complex.
- Cycling is also massive here and central Palma has plenty of bike lanes so you can see the city in a new way. Many of the local councils also have free booklets with marked cycle trails, so pop into your local tourist office when you arrive and start planning your freewheeling adventure. Children will love flat beachside routes, whilst more ambitious bikers can take to the Tramuntana Mountains.
- Because of the warm temperatures all year round, you can take up water sports in winter here. Most resort beaches have calm waters for swimming, and you’re never far away from a lagoon for snorkelling. With the more challenging sports then look out for beachside companies who will show you exactly what to do – check out the list below for ideas.
North Majorca has the Tramuntana Mountains, where you can go by two legs or two wheels and explore the landscape with companies such as Tramuntana Tours. Reward yourself after an active day out by unwinding at one of the cafes in the mountain villages of Deia and Valldemossa.
East Majorca is full of caves, many of which are open to the public for guided walks or caving trips and see a different side to the island. It’s also home to Rafael Nadal, who lives in Manacor. Head to one of the area's many tennis courts to follow in his footsteps.
South Majorca is where you’ll find the Mondrago Natural Park. Follow its trails and discover the local wildlife, or head to the beach at Cala Mondrago for lots of water sports, where its calm sea and shallow depths are ideal for children.
West Majorca will tempt people who love diving and discovering marine life. Dive sites include El Toro, Malgrats and the Isla del Sech, where you’ll also find the popular Nemo Submarine attraction. Take the family 30ft underwater to explore the ocean floor.
Must-Do Sports Activities on your Majorca Holiday
Family Sports in Majorca
- Horse riding takes place across the island and companies including the Santa Ponsa Riding Club accept children aged 4 and upwards. It’s gentle and fun, but also a great way to see the landscape when you go on a trail ride. Don’t forget your camera!
- It makes sense to play a game of tennis when you’re on the home island of Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya - try doubles if there's a group of you.
- Snorkelling is good for children of all ages and it’s really cheap – all you need is a snorkel and your swimming gear and you’re good to go. Puerto Pollensa’s shallow and clear waters are perfect for this.
Adventure Sports in Majorca
- Cycling and mountain biking are popular here because there are so many good roads and trails to explore. Rural Majorca doesn’t have many cars, so you won’t be fighting the traffic as you ride. Try Pro Cycle Hire Mallorca for a variety of bikes, and speak to them for advice on trail routes.
- Trail running will bring out your competitive side. Run Mallorca will take your group on a guided trip so you can see the sights as you go.
- Hiking isn’t just for die-hard fans of walking boots. It’s ideal for discovering the island because you can track down stunning views that you wouldn’t see by car or from the beach. Stick to the marked paths and take a guidebook and a sturdy pair of shoes, then before you know it you’ll be able to experience the real Majorca, such as Deia village or Puerto Andratx.
Water Sports in Majorca
- Diving is a memorable way to enjoy your holiday here. You don’t have to be an expert and each dive is run by trained supervisors. Contact the Association of Majorca’s Dive Centres to find the one nearest to you.
- Wind or kite surfing can be done on most Majorcan beaches. Organisations such as Wind and Friends in Alcudia will help you out with all of the right gear and show you how it’s done.
- Canoeing can be very relaxing when you’re on holiday. Kanu Adventure Mallorca offers rental of canoes and kayaks and can also give you guided expeditions so you can get to know the coastline.
Plan your Majorca Sports Holiday
Now you've lined up your itinerary, it's time to book a 2013 holiday to Majorca. Take advantage of low deposits and flexible booking with easyJet holidays and save money when you arrange flights and accomodation together.