Family holidays are times to be treasured, but it can be all too easy to lessen the enjoyment by worrying about the budget. So arm yourself with a selection of cheap and free activities that are suitable for everyone to set about making great memories.
If you have decided to go to Majorca, then you are in luck. We have a ready prepared list of places you may want to explore with your brood. Hassle-free, low-cost getaways start here. Read on to find out what your family could be getting up to.
Santuari de Sant Salvador
Whether you walk or drive up to this beautiful monastic outpost may depend on the length of your children’s legs, but it is well worth the exertion when you get to the top. It costs less than £5 per head to get in and it is easy to stay all day.
That is because there is the monastery to explore, but also an interesting museum, ruined 14th century castle and well maintained gardens. At 509 metres above sea level, the Santuari de Sant Salvador is the highest point on the Sierra de Llevant and therefore offers superb views of the surrounding countryside.
To find the hillock head towards the town of Felanitx and it is the highest one around. A stone cross and statue of Christ with outstretched arms also distinguish it from other landmarks. Right up until 1992 the Santuari was still home to a monastic order, being the last community in Majorca to lose its monks. Pilgrimages are still taken to its summit.
Museu Fundacio Juan March
As much as the adults would often like to spend hours exploring art galleries while on holiday it can become a little bit too much for the younger members of the family. What is great about the Museu Fundacio Juan March is that it comes in a more manageable portion.
That is not to say that it is not crammed full of world-class paintings from across Spain, because it certainly is. The private collection of the wealthy March family, who made their fortune in banking, is now free to enter.
The kids are most likely to be taken with Joan Miro’s Parrot with all its bright colours and Antoni Tapie’s Eart Colours on a Yellow Background is also a firm favourite. Other highlights, which often appeal to more mature tastes, include works by Antonio Saura and sculpture by Eduardo Chillida.
Even though the children will be too young to try the produce from the 15 high-quality wineries found in the Binissalem region, they will still enjoy being shown round. It is normally free to enter, although the adults may wish to part with some cash if they particularly enjoy any of the samples they are given.
The kids will also be enthralled by the tours of the processing areas, finding out all about how the humble grape is turned into wine. Most of the wineries are happy to open their doors to guests between 10am and 1pm, but if you wish to visit outside of these hours it is best to phone up in advance to avoid disappointment.
Vins Nadal, Bodegas Angel, Bodega de Macia Batle and Jose Luis Ferrer are all known to be very welcoming to families. Drop in and learn more about the wine making process.
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