Renowned for its lively and largely brash nightlife, Magaluf is located in the popular southwest of Mallorca, in the municipality of Calvià, close to Palma Nova. This was the original home of the British package holiday in the 1960’s and, today, British tourists consider this the party capital of the island. Welcome to our guide to the best that Magaluf has to offer.
In recent years Magaluf has enjoyed considerable investment. The Spanish authorities are concerned that the negative reputation of Magaluf tarnishes the island of Mallorca as a whole and have been taking action to demolish cheap high-rises and enforce rules for minimum standards of behaviour for tourists in full-on party mode.
Despite its reputation, Magaluf is well-policed and offers a number of attractions for families and enjoys a large sandy beach, overlooking the small island called Illa de Sa Porrassa. Most of the action happens close to the beach with many water-front bars and restaurants and a further strip of mainly British venues, takeaway spots and shopping. There is a good range of amenities that cater well for the largely English-speaking residents and visitors.
History and Culture of Magaluf
Magaluf is almost entirely purpose-built as a holiday resort and is notorious as a destination for hedonistic young Brits. The nightlife features numerous bars and nightclubs competing for the custom of the ‘hens’ and ‘stags’ who often lose their inhibitions amid the bright lights and seductive special offers on cocktails and other drinks. The recent negative publicity surrounding organised pub crawls show only one side of the town – there is much more to Magaluf than cheap booze and all-inclusive packages.
Magaluf attracts golfers in September and the recent development of more up-market beach clubs and hotels has drawn in boat owners and more well-heeled tourists.
As a party destination it’s hard to beat, especially if you’re young, single and like to holiday with a bunch of mates. There are clubs and bars to suit a range of tastes and a lot of live entertainment on offer.
Shopping – Most of the shopping in Magaluf is aimed at tourists looking for beach wear and souvenirs.
Major Attractions in Magaluf
Magaluf is home to some popular and well-established tourist attractions, including Pirates (housed in a purpose-built theatre), House of Katmandu, Karting Magaluf, Aqualand and The Western Water Park. It’s also the location of the new BH Mallorca, which offers live music from well-known DJs and chart-topping performers.
2012 saw the opening of the redeveloped Calvia Beach with the launch of the exclusive new Nikki Beach and Wave House which have brought a welcome face-lift to the area.
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Things To Do
Magaluf caters very well for British tourists looking for typical sea, sand and sangria type holidays and there are endless fun things to do. As well as clubbing you can enjoy a wide range of water sports, live entertainment and theme parks. If you are young (or feel like you are) head for BCM, one of the most famous clubs in Europe. Families will enjoy the ever popular Pirates show and water parks. For a more upscale experience let the staff of Nikki beach pick you up from your yacht and have a bottle of champagne at the ready to spray on your friends. Sportier types can enjoy go-karting or book a training session at The Wave House for instruction on surfing. There is also the golf club Golf Poniente at nearby Cala Vinyes.
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Restaurants in Magaluf
Many of the restaurants in Magaluf serve fast-food and British staples including ‘chips with everything’, however there are a number of more gastronomic options for the discerning diner. Nikki Beach serves a sophisticated menu including sushi, seafood and chateaubriand. There are also more authentic Spanish restaurants tucked away and a short taxi ride will open up a whole range of options.
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Hotels in Magaluf
Magaluf has a wide range of hotels to choose from including themed hotels for music lovers and clubbers, beach hotels, complexes with pools and cheap and cheerful apartment hotels.
The most luxurious hotel near to Magaluf is the five-star St Regis Mardavall.
Living in Magaluf
Magaluf is home to many British residents but is not as popular as the nearby resorts of Palma Nova and Santa Ponsa. The town is very quiet in winter with many of the shops, bars and restaurants closing from October to Easter. However Magaluf is a good location, having easy access to the motorway and only 15 minutes drive to the city of Palma. There is also much to explore in surrounding areas. Property prices are relatively low for the south west, but there is also limited availability. Most properties cost less than 500,000 euros starting at as little as 60,000 euros for a studio. Small villas and a range of apartments are mostly on offer.
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Surrounding Areas for Magaluf
Magaluf enjoys an excellent location with much to see and do. The adjacent town of Palma Nova is walking distance and offers a quieter more family-orientated experience. Also close by are the coastal resorts of Cala Vinyes and Sol de Mallorca which are mainly up-market residential areas. For a more authentic beach day head for the pretty little bay of Puerto Vells which caters to an international set and is popular with boat owners. Cap Falco is also worth a visit for beach lovers looking for a more natural, unspoilt setting. The next stop on the motorway is the resort of Santa Ponsa, although more mixed this resort also has many British residents and visitors and is more family-friendly.
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