Party time - Magaluf has a reputation for being a lively party resort, and it doesn't disappoint. Fun, sun and clubbing are the order of the day here.
The very popular and well-established holiday resort of Magaluf, along with its close neighbours, Palma Nova and Torrenova, occupies a peninsula on the south west coast of Majorca, within the district of Calvia. Magaluf is about 15km from Palma airport, and transfers are usually straightforward, taking about half a hour.
The resort has been improved in recent years to upgrade the beach and beachfront area. Several high rise buildings have been demolished and the addition of a palm lined promenade has helped improve the look and feel of the resort.
This is a lively resort by anyone's standards, and has a reputation for wild nightlife, typically the British 18-30 crowd and young groups of revellers. Magaluf attracts a large number of hen and stag parties, and has a somewhat saucy reputation - and is often referred to as Shagaluf!
There are several big nightclubs and discos in Magaluf, open all night, so there is never a dull moment. The most famous club is probably BCM, which attracts famous DJs. The resort is packed with bars, including many sports bars, mostly centred around the main 'strip', Punta Ballena, which comes alive with crowds of partying holidaymakers at night. Karaoke and discos are very popular here and it can be very loud.
Drinks are plentiful and often cheap: jugs of sangria, two-for-one deals, buckets, free shots and all kinds of drinking offers can be found everywhere, along with cheap and cheerful cocktails and popular beers. The atmosphere is generally friendly though, and the resort is proud of it's fun, party town reputation, whilst still welcoming and friendly enough to attract families.
The beach at Magaluf is beautiful, white and sandy and has plenty of amenities. You can hire sunbeds and parasols, banana boats, pedaloes and more. There are all kinds of boat trips and watersports available, including jet-skiing and windsurfing, plus scuba diving. The water is clean warm and clear, and the shores slope genty, making a very safe beach for children. Lifeguards are in attendance.
The resort itself has plenty of everything: it is buzzing with bars, cafes, restaurants, fast food outlets, nightclubs and discos. There are a great number of British pubs here too, many serving pub grub and full English breakfasts. KFC, MacDonalds, Pizza Hut, Wimpey, Burger King can all be found here alongside a few more traditional restaurant options: tapas and seafood can be found in Magaluf alongside Chinese, Italian, Mexican, German to name but a few. Whatever your fancy, you will find a good value, friendly restaurant to suit your needs.
There are plenty of shops here selling clothing, beach accessories, souvenirs, jewellery, leather goods and virtually everything you could need on holiday.
Holiday accommodation options range from budget self-catering or room-only apartments to luxury and all-inclusive hotels. The resort provides lots of no-frills accommodation options, and so there are plenty of cheap holiday deals for Magaluf, no doubt this helps its continuing popularity with young adult holiday makers on a budget. There are also plenty of family friendly hotels in the resort with in-house entertainment and childrens clubs.
Although many families do visit Magaluf, Palma Nova may be a better option for those with young children, away from liveliest of the nightlife. Out of season, Magaluf sees less of the hen & stag parties, and more families and couples seeking winter breaks, although many party groups do still visit Magaluf for the weekend.
There is a waterpark in Magaluf, Aqualand, and you'll also find mini-golf ,tennis, horse-riding and karting. There is also a world reknowned Pirates Show featuring pyrotechnics and acrobatics (and there is a more risque, uncut adult version of the show, also very popular).
From Magaluf, it's easy to explore a little further, with good public transport links in the area, including regular buses to Palma City. You can easily walk into Palma Nova and Torrenova as they practically merge into one resort.
“For all-night clubbing and bouncing nightlife, Magaluf is the place: a lively beach resort, packed with bars and clubs, with plenty of family amenities too, and a friendly, fun atmosphere.”