By vida villas | 28 February 2023 | pollensa
Santa Ponsa is one of the most popular places to stay in Mallorca, famed for its impressive beach, the great collection of places to eat and activities to enjoy in the town centre. It’s an established resort town that is really popular with tourists, meaning that visitors with families often opt to stay in Santa Ponsa to make the most of all of these choices for how to spend their time.
If you’re staying in Santa Ponsa with your family then you’re likely wondering what kinds of things you can do during your visit that will keep everyone entertained. In this article, we share nine of the top-rated things to do in Santa Ponsa for families, with options for kids of all ages.
The main beach in Santa Ponsa is Platja de Santa Ponça, located in a sheltered bay between two rocky points and backed by trees and buildings on the edge of the town. It’s one of the most popular places in Santa Ponsa and definitely sees some of the most tourist activity, partly because the beach is over 1000 metres long!
The main beach at Santa Ponsa is a brilliant place to take your family if you’re visiting Mallorca in the summer and want to spend a day making the most of the good weather. The water close to the beach is relatively shallow and calm thanks to the bay, so it’s a pretty safe place for children to go swimming as long as they are supervised.
There’s a lot of space on Platja de Santa Ponça, but you’ll find lifeguards stationed in certain areas where you should swim in order to remain as safe as possible. The beach has a Blue Flag rating for cleanliness and there are plenty of facilities and places to eat close by, so you can spend all day on the sand without having to travel far for anything you need.
Jungle Parc is constantly rated as one of the best things to do in Santa Ponsa for families. It’s an outdoor adventure park and course with activities just as tree-trekking, high-wire courses and zip lines, with four different courses to choose from depending on your age and ability.
The largest rope course in the Balearic Islands, Jungle Parc offers as much fun for adults as it does for children. It’s a great place for a family day out, allowing you all to face any fears of heights and encourage one another through the treetops on an adrenaline-filled adventure.
Jungle Parc has also recently opened a special course for children between the ages of 4 and 12, so there are options suitable for all family members. You'll find the park just northwest of the town centre, so it’s easy to reach on foot if you don’t have a car during your trip.
Santa Ponsa’s position on the coast means that a great activity to enjoy whilst you’re staying in the town is a boat trip from the beach out along the coast. If you’ve got older children and you’d like to see more of the island, taking a boat trip on a calm and sunny day is a brilliant idea.
There are plenty of different boat tours available from Santa Ponsa, ranging from hour-long excursions to full-day trips. You may also be able to hire a boat exclusively if you want control of where you sail to or are part of a large family group and want to enjoy the trip with just your relatives.
Boat tours are also a great way of trying snorkelling and scuba diving in Santa Ponsa, which is a great activity for children that are confident swimmers. These tours often provide you with all the equipment you need and take you to particularly interesting dive sites along the coast, so they’re really worthwhile.
The main strip in Santa Ponsa is where the hub of the town’s nightlife can be found in the evening, but during the day there are other attractions suitable for families searching for something to do. One of these activities is mini golf, which is a great way to keep kids of any age entertained and encourage competition amongst family members to see who is the best at the fun sport.
You’ll find a mini golf course close to the beach, just off the main strip in Santa Ponsa. There’s also a soft play area and a bar/cafe where you can buy drinks and snacks to keep you fueled during your game.
Plenty of the best family-friendly activities in Santa Ponsa are based around the beach, which is why there are so many great watersports options that are ideal for both adults and children to try.
The relatively calm water alongside the beach means that stand-up paddleboarding is a popular option, giving you the chance to get out on the water without having to take a dip in it! Kayaking is another great choice, especially when you have the option to put two people in a boat so that parents and children can work together to paddle through the water.
More exciting water sports activities include jet skiing and banana boat rides, all of which are bound to get you laughing together as you try exhilarating new sports. For a more relaxed experience, pedalo boats are available to hire from the beach in Santa Ponsa and let you explore the water with your family at a much more sedate pace.
The Santa Ponsa Yacht Club, or Club Nautico de Santa Ponsa, is a sports club on the edge of the town which is home to a wide selection of different boats that are moored throughout the year and which belong to locals and holidaymakers alike. If you and your family are visiting Santa Ponsa by boat then it’s the best place to find a berth, but it’s also a lovely place to visit if you want to admire some of the beautiful yachts that are kept here.
There are several yacht charter companies based at the yacht club, so if you’re looking to hire one of these boats for a family excursion then this is a great place to make enquiries. There are also a couple of restaurants housed in the club, which are great places to come for a meal if you’re looking for a dining experience in a luxury setting.
The Puig de Sa Morisca Archaeological Park is found on a hill just outside of the centre of Santa Ponsa. It has been a protected archaeological park since 2002 and is home to over fifteen different archaeological sites and nine architectural elements that belong to various periods of history.
This is a great place to bring children that are interested in history or who want to learn about the past of the place you’re visiting on holiday. It’s also a fantastic place to admire views of the whole town and the nearby coastline, especially if you pick a day when the weather is bright and clear.
Families can explore the Puig de Sa Morisca Archaeological Park by following the different winding trails that circle the hill and meet at the top points. It’s not a place to bring very small children as the walk can be steep at times and may be tiring for little legs, but it’s a great place to visit for an afternoon if you want to connect to Santa Ponsa’s history.
If you’re staying in Mallorca for a while and want to visit attractions outside of Santa Ponsa, one of the best things to do with kids is visit Katmandu Park. You’ll find this popular theme park in nearby Magaluf, which is only a short drive away.
Katmandu Park isn’t a huge theme park, but it’s one of the best on the whole island and includes a range of things to see such as an adventure golf course, a huge house of illusions and 4D rides, all with a signature quirky twist that the park is known for.
You can easily spend a day at Katmandu Park, especially if you decide to explore Magaluf as well and visit any of the beaches or restaurants nearby. The town is known for becoming a party hotspot in the evening, so if you’re visiting with young children you might want to plan your visit in the morning and travel back to Santa Ponsa before it gets dark!
Another top-rated family attraction in nearby Magaluf is the Western Water Park; a brilliant place to spend a warm day if you’ve already spent a lot of time at the beach. Enjoy all kinds of rides, water slides and outdoor pools, all with wild west themes that will delight young children and keep them entertained for your entire visit.
This isn’t just a water park designed for children however - plenty of the rides offer adrenaline-filled experiences and are specifically designed for adults to have fun as well. No matter the age of your kids, this is a great place to spend the day if you can travel over from Santa Ponsa.
There is a range of different cafes on site where you can buy food, along with several picnic areas to enjoy a packed lunch and snacks. It’s a spot that can get busy in the summer months, so we recommend that you book passes for your family in advance.
As you can see, Santa Ponsa is a town in Mallorca that has plenty of things to do for families. It’s been a popular place for holidaymakers to stay for decades because of this brilliant range of attractions, and you can be sure that a lot of the shops, restaurants and hotels are all geared towards family groups and will help your holiday to happen without any problems.
There’s a great range of options of places to stay if you’re visiting Santa Ponsa with family, from hotels and B&Bs to self-catering apartments and holiday homes catering to large groups. One of the best things to do is to rent a villa in Santa Ponsa with enough room for your whole family, as this gives you your own private space to relax and cater for yourselves whilst still being close to all the action in the town.
When you’re staying in your own villa near the town, you can enjoy trips into the centre of Santa Ponsa or to the beach to take part in the activities we’ve listed in this post, and then retire back to your accommodation to relax together and unwind after a day filled with fun. Whether your kids want to spend their holiday trying new activities or would prefer to pass the time on the beach or in the pool, Santa Ponsa has a great selection of attractions and activities to keep the whole family happy.
If you’re planning a trip to Santa Ponsa with your family and are looking for somewhere to stay, check out our collection of villas in Mallorca that are perfect for groups, or get in touch to tell us more about the kind of villa you’re seeking.