Magalluf holidays

Experience Magalluf

Experience [destination]

Best Places to Visit

The beach resorts of Magaluf and Palma Nova are the main attractions for most visitors to the island of Mallorca. With stretches of golden beaches as far as the eye can see, seemingly endless sunshine, and an array of fun activities for adults and children alike, both resorts offer tourists the quintessential summer holiday. These neighbours, situated in the municipality of Calvia, are within walking distance of each other, making beach-hopping easy.

There are several places outside of the resort areas which make for great day trips or even a next stop after a few days at the beach. Palma de Mallorca is the capital city of the Balearic Islands and the largest city on the island of Mallorca. Home to several landmarks and cultural icons, including a spectacular cathedral and the Bellver Castle, Palma de Mallorca is arguably the yin to Magaluf's yang.

Famous for being the secret getaway of Chopin and George Sand, Valldemossa is a charming town nestled within the Tramuntana Mountains. Steeped in history and home to some great Mallorcan architecture including the old monastery of La Cartuja, Valldemossa is a beautiful town that is worth the trip.

Soller, set amid the highest mountain ranges in Mallorca, is a lovely town and the perfect place to spend a quiet night or two away from the hustle and bustle of the seaside resorts. As most of Soller is agricultural, tourists will be surrounded by the region's natural beauty and the most aromatic lemon, orange and olive groves. For the art buff, Soller is home to a modern art museum containing work by Miro.

Located in the far north of Mallorca, the city of Pollensa offers visitors lots of charm. Here, tourists can amble along the narrow cobblestone streets and take in a coffee at one of the numerous outdoor bistros. If travellers happen to be here on a weekend, the weekly Sunday market is not to be missed.

La Seu Cathedral at Palma de Mallorca waterfront is another sight that's worth making some time for. A prime example of Gothic architecture and at over 120 metres high, this mammoth structure is difficult to miss. With great views of the Mediterranean Sea and easy access to the trendy area of Parc de la Mar, the cathedral offers visitors abundant photo opportunities. Palma de Mallorca plays home to tiny, twisting lanes that house quirky shops and characterful buildings.

Top Landmarks

Established for the specific purpose of tourism, Magaluf doesn't really have any noteworthy landmarks aside from its coastline. The surrounding towns, which can be easily reached by car or bus, have several sights which are worth a trip away from the sea, sand and sun of the coast.

Palma de Mallorca does not disappoint when it comes to landmark buildings. Bellver Castle is one of the most recognised castles in Spain. Situated on Palma Hill, this 14th-century castle provides a fantastic view of the bay below. Visitors will not be disappointed by the examples of early Spanish architecture which are apparent throughout both the interior and exterior of the building.

Another must-see when in Palma is the Basilica de Sant Francesc. This Baroque-style church was constructed in the 13th century and still makes its bold presence known today. The massive sandstone facade is a sight to behold while the intricate detail of the interior walls is breathtaking. Visitors can enjoy a peaceful walk through the quiet courtyard which is lined with lemon and orange trees.

When it comes to sight-worthy landmarks, Valldemossa is tough to beat . La Cartuja is probably the most well-known for being the winter getaway for Chopin and George Sand. Today, this old monastery, situated high atop the hills of Valldemossa, is one of the most familiar landmarks on the island. Comprised of several interesting cells, one of which has been turned into an apothecary, La Cartuja also boasts the impressive Museum of Contemporary Art.

Entertainment

Above all else, Magaluf is known for its entertainment and nightlife. While some travellers may argue that Ibiza is Spain's party destination of choice, serious party-goers will know that Magaluf gives Ibiza a run for its money.

Partiers flock to the strip of road called Punta Ballena. Here, travellers will find most of the popular clubs, discos and bars. The popular Avenida S'Olivera Street is home to some of the most famous clubs in the region. The clubs in this area often attract big name DJs from around the globe and throw wild themed parties like foam, popcorn and water bashes.

Fans of live music will be happy at the resort, which has become known for hosting some of the best bands in the world. What started as an annual festival has turned into a plethora of live concerts throughout the year. During the summer and peak seasons, live music shows by top-notch acts can be enjoyed on a weekly basis.

Local Spanish music is not played in Magaluf establishments as the little resort town has honed in on more contemporary beats. If bass heavy beats don't sound enticing, there are a few places in the resort which specialise in a wider variety of music. Everything including classic 1970s tunes can be heard blasting through bar doors and with beats this infectious, even the biggest of sceptics may find themsleves on Magaluf's famous dance floors.

Dining Out

As a result of the large British tourist population, most Magaluf eating establishments specialise in British cuisine.

For the quintessential resort meal, try one of the many beachfront restaurants which offer a range of salads, baguettes, pizzas and burgers. Located right next to the shore, these establishments have an upmarket setting and provide the perfect atmosphere for an elegant dinner after a day at the beach.

Parents dining with children should not be concerned about finding entertainment for their little ones. There are several restaurants in Magaluf which specialise in providing not only top quality cuisine, but great dinner shows as well. From singing and dancing to theatrical displays between courses, Magaluf's beach front area has pulled out all the stops.

Fast food outlets are also aplenty, catering to tourists who want to catch a meal on the way to the beach. There is a range of restaurants catering for every palate, including international favourites and some local fast food joints as well.

For those tourists wanting to get a taste of the local cuisine, try the terraces by the beach. Here, some good local paella (a traditional rice dish with saffron and either chicken, fish or rabbit) can be found.

Beach

The most popular sunspot, Magaluf Beach, is one kilometre of fine white sands and crystal clear waters. However, if you're looking for some peace and quiet, be warned that Magaluf Beach can become rather crowded during peak tourist season. A hit with sun-bathers and water-sport enthusiasts alike, Magaluf Beach is a prime summer vacation spot. Black Lizard Island, which can be seen from Magaluf's shore, is also a great place for swimming and diving. 

Romance

While Magaluf is not in itself the most romantic destination on the island, it offers couples several romantic activities. Embark on a private helicopter ride at sunset overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the island of Mallorca or hop on a catamaran for a sunset cruise with your cocktail of choice in hand.

Family

Although Magaluf is primarily known as a premier party destination, there are also activities which the whole family can enjoy. If the kids are tiring of long days on the beach, why not make a turn at the ever popular Aqualand? Right outside the resort is one of the best waterparks in the country, with many of the rides and slides specifically designed to accommodate children. The entrance fee is reasonable, with children under the age of three entering without charge.

Adventure

Travellers can take full advantage of Magaluf's vast coastline with the wide range of water sport opportunities available. From jet-skiing and paragliding to scuba diving in the clear Mediterranean waters, the options are endless. There is even a water ski school at the resort for those wanting to learn the basics and improve their skills.

Need to know

Need to know [destination]

Language

The native language of Spain is Spanish but dialects vary from region to region. The dialect used most widely in Magaluf and the Balearic Islands is Catalan. English is widely used in the tourism industry and most locals have a working knowledge of French and German as well. However, the locals tend to smile upon those who at least have a go at the basics of their language, as opposed to those who don't. Even simple greetings, such as 'hello' and 'goodbye', peppered with a few courtesies, such as 'please' and 'thank you' can help to show willing, so it's worth investing in a Spanish phrasebook or language app.

Currency

The currency used in Magaluf, as in all other parts of Spain, is the euro, with 1 euro divided into 100 cents. Currency exchange offices are not as prolific as they once were, leaving banks as the best bet for money conversion. ATMs can be found all over the resort and accept most major credit cards. Banks tend only to operate between the hours of 8.30am and 2.00pm. However, many of the larger hotels are happy to exchange money, although the rates of exchange might be slightly lower than those found in banks. As an alternative, there are official exchange kiosks scattered across Magaluf. However, these tend to incur higher fees than you might find elsewhere.

Visas

Citizens of EU states and those states which have signed the Schengen Agreement are not subject to any border control when entering Spain. Citizens of the United Kingdom are allowed to stay visa-free for an unlimited time period as well. Once inside Spain, there are no extra requirements for entering Magaluf. However, it can still be worth carrying a passport, credit card and driving license in the event of needing to hire certain things, such as car-hire. Nationals of other countries should check with their nearest Spanish embassy for visa requirements and costs.

Climate

Generally, Magaluf’s climate is very pleasant. June to September see average daily temperatures between 21°C and 25°C, with July and August the hottest months of the year. Evenings are cooled by the coastal sea breeze, making Magaluf a pleasant place to enjoy a spot of fresh, local cuisine by the beach..

Main Airports

The nearest airport to Magaluf and Mallorca's major air gateway, Palma de Mallorca Airport is situated near the city of Palma. It becomes the busiest Spanish airport during Magaluf's peak season, receiving flights from many European cities. Overland connections from the airport to Magaluf can be easily arranged by taxi or package holiday transfer.

Flight Options

Spain's national carrier operates flights between London and Palma. There are also budget airlines which run direct flights from London Luton to Magalluf, with London Gatwick and Manchester also operating frequent flights. The average flight time between London and Palma is 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Travel Advice

The price of flights and accommodation generally peak during the UK school summer holiday period from June through August, as a result of the resort's popularity with British package tourists. It is best to either avoid this period entirely or make sure to book tickets well in advance.

Other Transport Options

The port at the city of Palma is fully operational, with ferries arriving from the mainland cities of Valencia, Barcelona and Denia. From Palma, overland transport can be arranged to Magaluf by taxi. Most taxi drivers speak English, but the rates could be considered to be a little expensive and you could save money in the long term, by choosing to hire a car.

Getting Around

Getting around Magaluf itself is easy enough on foot but the local buses are great for reaching other beaches and resorts. The island's train system doesn't connect with Magaluf. Hiring a car is the best option for reaching areas which are not covered by public transport.

Bus

There is a reputable sightseeing bus on route 50 which has a hop-on, hop-off policy for those wanting to get orientated. The local bus system is great for hopping from beach to beach in Mallorca and stops right in the heart of the Magaluf resort.

Train

Running from Palma to Soller and Manacor, the main train line makes several stops in quaint little towns like Inca, which is great for sightseeing and souvenir shopping. The main train station is in Palma at Plaza Espanya. There is no train station in Magaluf, itself.

Car

Car hire is probably the most popular form of navigation and sometimes the only way to reach the more secluded areas of the resort. There are several international agencies accounted for at Palma de Mallorca Airport but local companies are known to be reliable as well. The road network in Mallorca is of a high quality and traffic in the city of Palma is minimal.

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FACTS

  1. Mallorca plays host to over 6 million tourists and visitors each year.
  2. There are over 2,500 restaurants to be found in Mallorca.
  3. There are over 400km of walking trails to be found in Magaluf.
  4. Magaluf has been inhabited by people since 7000BC.
  5. Famous visitors to Magaluf include Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor.
  6. Some of the best attractions in Majorca are to be found below the surface: the Coves del Drach are a subterranean spectacle of lakes, rivers, stalactites and stalagmites.
  7. Majorca is favoured by professional cyclists, for training purposes. The most challenging route is Sa Calobra, a 10km route with 26 hairpin bends and an average gradient of 7.1 per cent.

FACTS

  1. Mallorca plays host to over 6 million tourists and visitors each year.
  2. There are over 2,500 restaurants to be found in Mallorca.
  3. There are over 400km of walking trails to be found in Magaluf.
  4. Magaluf has been inhabited by people since 7000BC.
  5. Famous visitors to Magaluf include Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor.
  6. Some of the best attractions in Majorca are to be found below the surface: the Coves del Drach are a subterranean spectacle of lakes, rivers, stalactites and stalagmites.
  7. Majorca is favoured by professional cyclists, for training purposes. The most challenging route is Sa Calobra, a 10km route with 26 hairpin bends and an average gradient of 7.1 per cent.

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