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El Arenal
Travel Guide

Relax at this lively beach resort, known for its active clubs and bars, which make it a favorite destination among young Europeans. 

El Arenal is an idyllic stretch of white sand beach bordering the blue-green waters of the Bay of Palma. Relax in this very enjoyable place to lie in the sun. El Arenal is also known as one of Mallorca’s party capitals and can serve as an ideal base for trips to nearby beaches.

Stretching 690 feet (210 meters) along the coast, El Arenal’s soft white sands curve gently toward the sea. Try paragliding, Jet Skiing or paddleboating on the open water. You’ll find a number of small beach huts, called balnearios, along the beach where you can relax with a drink.

Be sure to claim a spot on the beach late in the afternoon to watch the sunset. Don’t leave without experiencing the beach’s buzzing nightlife scene. In the past, the beach catered toward young, single German tourists. You’ll find many of the bars and clubs are still geared toward this crowd. Although the beach also attracts families and couples, most visitors come with the goal of partying late into the night.

Check out the town’s pleasant market, which takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday,Friday and Saturday mornings. Chat with the friendly vendors and shop for textiles, footwear and clothing, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.

Rent a bike or catch the mini-train to visit the nearby beaches of C’an Pastilla and Playa de Palma. These lovely, laid-back beaches offer scenic views and exciting watersports. El Arenal is also an ideal base for visiting the island’s capital, Palma, where you can escape the beach crowds and discover Mallorca’s rich history.

Take the kids to Aqualand El Arenal, a popular water park. Drive or reach it by shuttle bus from the town.

El Arenal is located along the southern coast of Mallorca, 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of Palma. It’s connected to Palma by public transportation. Find free parking available in the streets just behind the beach.

Top hotels in El Arenal

Hotel whala!fun
Hotel whala!fun
4 out of 5
Calle Terral 23, El Arenal, Llucmajor, Playa de Palma, Illes Balears
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Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of El Arenal Beach and Port of El Arenal. Playa de Palma and Aqualand El Arenal are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (59 reviews)

"the staff for the hotel was verry good food verry good room was ok location was ok"…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019

Hotel whala!fun
102626 -  House in Arenal
102626 - House in Arenal
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Miramar, Playa de Palma, Mallorca
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Offering direct access to the beach, this Playa de Palma holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of El Arenal Beach and Playa de Palma. Port of El Arenal and ...

102626 - House in Arenal
Piñero Hotel Tal
Piñero Hotel Tal
3 out of 5
Carrer de Maria Antonia Salva, 44, El Arenal, Playa de Palma, Mallorca
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Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of El Arenal Beach, Port of El Arenal and Playa de Palma. Aqualand El Arenal is 0.7 mi (1.1 ...

3.7/5Good! (363 reviews)

"The hotel was excellent and couldn’t fault a thing, clean, great choice of food at all mealtimes and very friendly staff, only 1 slight complaint was the Wi-fi in public areas wasn’t very good and had to use your own"…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2019

Piñero Hotel Tal
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in El Arenal

102626 -  House in Arenal
102626 - House in Arenal
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Miramar, Playa de Palma, Mallorca

Offering direct access to the beach, this Playa de Palma holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of El Arenal Beach and Playa de Palma. Port of El Arenal and ...

102626 - House in Arenal
Spacious House With Pool and sea View - Casa Son Veri de la Marina
Spacious House With Pool and sea View - Casa Son Veri de la Marina
Playa de Palma, Balearic Islands
The price is £2,550 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

This family-friendly Playa de Palma villa is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Port of El Arenal and El Arenal Beach. Playa de Palma and Aqualand ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Big family

"Everything was perfect. Todo bien especially thanks to Marta. Hasta luego proximo Año. I can recommed to big groups or big families."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2018

Spacious House With Pool and sea View - Casa Son Veri de la Marina
Elegant Villa with private pool and BBQ. Only 100 m. from sandy beach. Wifi zone
Elegant Villa with private pool and BBQ. Only 100 m. from sandy beach. Wifi zone
Playa de Palma, Balearic Islands

This family-friendly Playa de Palma villa is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Port of El Arenal and El Arenal Beach. Playa de Palma and Aqualand ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Great villa

"Just got back from a great holiday at villa sol veri, 9 of us including my three grandchildren aged 10, 8 and 6, the pool is fantastic, the villa is spacious and the location was perfect for us, the BBQ terrace is great, we spent most of our time on the terrace and in the pool. Miquel is a great ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2019

Elegant Villa with private pool and BBQ. Only 100 m. from sandy beach. Wifi zone
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of El Arenal

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5/5 - Excellent

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1 Oct 2019

Hire a bike and go into palma as they have a special bike route so very safe and worth the views

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Sep 2019

Aimed at German tourists, from food and bars to the sports shown on tv it does issolate tourists from other places.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Sep 2019

Lots of people, lots of noise and music, better for young people. Good prices in pubs, shops.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Aug 2019

If you want to go for a vacation with your friends (age 17-25), than I would recommend El Arenal and Whala! Beach. But for a familytrip I would advies to go to an other city, where there’s more culture and less drunk people.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 Jul 2019

Felt it was catered for a much younger crowd and didn’t find any nice restaurants.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

11 May 2019

lots of black people walking about trying to sell tatt. there is not much on offer and not many places with good affordable food. very over priced for what we got.

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