Title ID 7132Collection ID766
Title[Holiday to Mallorca and Menorca]
Date[ca. 1963]
CollectionJohn Wood Collection
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Travel
KeywordsAircraft Airports Beaches Boats Cars Children Dance Ethnic Groups Family Harbours Landscape Play Rural Areas Travel Urban Areas
LocalBalearic Islands Saint Tomas Mahon Menorca Mallorca Gatwick
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom Spain Europe
ProductionContact Screen Archive South East for details
CameraContact Screen Archive South East for details
FormatColour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film shows an extended family holiday to the Balearic Islands in Spain, travelling between the island resorts. The family visit several beaches, and villages capturing the views of everyday island life.


This film opens with beach and sea views of an Island resort of Cala Gran in Mallorca, followed by shots of the family making their way to the beach. Spanish flags waft in the breeze, a toddler attempts to eat a large piece of cake and the family carry an inflatable, to play and swim with in the sea.

The next section opens with the family boarding an aircraft bound for Menorca. The plane lands on the runway at Aeropuerto de Menorca with the terminal building forecourt decorated in flowers. The family make their way to a coach parked outside with their luggage, as the camera captures them boarding the coach. The film-maker captures a series of outdoor shots of the island as the coach passes along a road to their hotel in Santo Tomas, in the South, followed by a close up shot of the front of the 'Hotel Europa', with mixed views of the courtyard apartments and pool overlooking a beach. Shaky shots of the beach follow, where the family sunbathe and snorkel in the sea. The family sit together on the beach eating a picnic under a parasol, posing for the camera.

On a road a street sign points to 'Mahon', followed by shots of the family sitting outside a restaurant in a town socialising together. A group of Minorcan folk dancers dance in the street as a group of musicians play.

Back in the harbour, the film-maker captures views out to sea, men making fishing nets on the harbour wall and yachts, boats and sailing vessels lining the quayside.

The family return to Minorca Airport boarding a De Havilland Comet aircraft bound for Gatwick Airport. The film-maker captures views of the landscape from the aircraft as the plane takes off. At Gatwick, interior views of the family making their way through the building are followed by a wide view of the terminal building from the exterior. The film ends with the family arriving at home in their car.