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As one of the most family friendly resorts on the island of Majorca
, holidays to Palma Nova are a hit with those who have little holidaymakers in tow. However, as well as the safe, gently sloping shores and warm, shallow waters, Palma Nova has more than enough to keep the grown-ups happy.
As Magaluf's more sophisticated older sister, Palma Nova is a sun-drenched coastal resort with three beautiful beaches - including a Blue Flag stretch - a fantastic variety of restaurants, and a lively, welcoming nightlife. It offers a more relaxed pace than its loud and lively neighbour, but is within easy reach of Magaluf if you're feeling in the mood for a party.
Direct Holidays has affordable package holidays to Palma Nova available all year round, so browse the accommodation choices now to find your perfect Majorca break.
Just 30 minutes from Palma Nova you'll find Palma, the island's capital. Well worth a day of city sightseeing, you can marvel at the impressive gothic cathedral, admire the stylish yachts in the harbour, and wander the cobbled medieval quarter. The city sightseeing tour bus is a good way to get around and see the main highlights with ease.
Son Matias Beach
The promenade that lines this stunning white sand beach is a brilliant place to find sumptuous seafood. Pull up a chair in a waterfront restaurant and savour the catch of the day, as fresh as it comes. Try the crayfish, prawns, razor clams and barbequed swordfish for an amazing seafood experience served with beautiful views of the bay.
This aqua and animal park makes a fantastic day out for all the family, with dolphin and sea lion shows being a particular highlight. You'll also find a range of other aquatic and non-aquatic animals, from penguins to parrots, as well as a children's pool where little ones can cool off.
Palma Nova is a great place to shop, with several shopping hotspots where you can flex the plastic. Wander shop to shop in the sunshine on the seafront promenade, browse the Son Matias boutiques or, if you fancy an authentic Majorcan shopping experience, why not take an excursion to one of the island's largest outdoor markets at Inca?
Palma Nova's close proximity to Magaluf means that those choosing holidays in Palma Nova can enjoy a family friendly base but with access to all the attractions of Magaluf. One of this party resorts most infamous attractions is the Pirates show ' which has showings that are suitable for the whole family, as well as an adult-only version. Watch amazed as you're treated to an incredible spectacle of acrobatics, dance, music and adventure ' eye patch and peg leg optional!
The Orange Blossom Express
If you'd like to discover Majorca away from the most popular coastal resorts, take the Orange Blossom Express to Port de Soller for a breath of fresh air. Wind your way through pine clad mountain paths and orange and lemon groves, before relaxing over a drink in an unspoilt village square, to experience a taster of traditional Majorca.
Palma Nova is perfect for families ' there's nothing that hasn't been thought of in this resort to make your family holiday the best that it can possible be. Even the beaches have playparks, and you'll also find mini golf, go-karting and the brilliant Western Water Park. The nightlife is relaxed but there are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from ' many of them family friendly ' so you needn't worry about missing out on fun when the sun goes down.
For those who want more from their holiday nightlife than waterfront cocktails or an ice cold beer al fresco, Magaluf offers all the neon soaked excitement that you'd expect from the island's number one party town. Here you can hit the clubs until the sun comes up, before relaxing the day away on the soft sand beach. Away from its main nightlife strip however, Magaluf has a lot for families to enjoy. The sheltered bay makes for safe swimming, and playgrounds, watersports and fun attractions are easy to find.
Santa Ponsa is a relaxed coastal holiday resort offering a quieter base within touching distance of the attractions of Palma Nova and Magaluf. The small beach backs onto fresh pine woods, with a promenade and marina for holidaymakers' to enjoy. Families will appreciate the clean sands, waterfront playground and child-friendly restaurants. While Palma Nova is a fantastic resort offering a perfect balance between lively and laid back, Magaluf and Santa Ponsa offer options for those who want to take it up, or down, a notch. You'll find affordable Majorca breaks at Direct Holidays, whichever resort best suits your idea of a perfect getaway.