Magaluf on the west side of the Bay of Palma is a clubland/nightlife mecca resort in Majorca, with a real tongue in cheek character. Both Magaluf and Palma Nova evolved out of the post 1960s tourist boom, and today they really are on the list of top youth clubbing holiday nightlife destinations. Both are very good value for money vacation package holiday destinations. Extremely British, with Brit Bars all along the coastline here so yep it's like a home from home with the heat! And there's a real 'tongue in cheek' friendly feel to both Magaluf and Palma Nova, two Majorca resorts which kind of blend into one. There all here, Eastenders Bar, the Prince William Pub and the big clubs like BCM Magaluf. They kind of laugh at themselves these resorts, and they're friendly with it. Many miss the joke, but not the many that return year after year. Let it all hang out! Magaluf and Palma Nova quieten down out of the peak summer season, and make good laid back Majorca holiday destinations in late spring and early autumn!
Bonus, is the superb stretch of sandy beaches along this west coast of Palma Bay. Lots of bars, lots of clubs, lots of watersports sitting a-top of a giant bananna and so forth, plus waterparks, go-karting, mini golf, Macdonalds, Burger King, larger and cocktails on tap 24/7. Other water sports in abundance include paracending, doughnuting, Kite Surfing and jet skiing. Sound like your idea of heaven, is for many. Palma Nova and Magaluf are becoming increasingly popular with long-weekenders and stag and hen parties, with only an hours transfer time from the airport, or just 15 minutes by taxi, plus a short flight of just over two hours and lots of cheap deals. Well worth considering as a short break, it makes sense to choose Blackpool in the Sun!
Magaluf gets a raw deal by most travel writers. Unfortunately they don't see behind the usual what has this tourist development since the 1960s and 1970s done to charming little islands' chit chat. For sure, there are issues around this, particularly around eco-tourism which is a hot topic in the idyllic island of Majorca. But there is more, and many make the pilgrimage to Magaluf for the music, the culture of dance and this is an imaginative and creative area of music today. Both Magaluf and Palma Nova sit firming within the Med dance tour firmament, and much of the criticism which hits holiday resorts like this has been seen before. The criticism is to do with class, think Blackpool, and it forgets to recognise that such resorts within Majorca were opened up by Franco back then to make money - and packaged accordingly in the UK.
It's not just the music, sunshine, glorious sandy beaches and watersports that attract such a large number of people, not just young people I might add, to these two resorts. They are cheap, with pints going at around Â£2, in over 100 bars. There are two supremo tourist information websites on both Magaluf and Palma Nova. Check out magalufuncovered.co.uk and the delectable shagalluf.com for all the information you'll need on the best bars, clubs and entertainment in Magaluf. Well worth checking on the scene before you head out, rather than grappling around when you get there. (weblinks to the right!)
Eating out is easy in Magaluf, with cheap being the key word, and meals only setting you back about Â£12. Many of the bars serve snacks American style, and these bars stay open til 7am in the morning. All your recognisable favourites are there as well for quick grabs, including Macdonalds and Burger King. You can find a good range here though, contrary to perceptions there's a good mix of Spanish and English traditional food.
Magaluf means party time, bars and clubs open all night - you can literally dance the night away, fun times, sunbathing and water sports, people watching and a superb range of entertainment including Western Waterpark, the rather unusual but popular Pirates show, and paintballing and go-karting to name a few!
Check out BCM Magaluf, Planet Dance, a hotspot club in Magaluf. Frequented by the likes of DJFubar (check link to right), BCM has an impressive 10,000 watts of sound and 400,000 watts of lighting systems. There's five screens showcasing dazzling laser shows and 16 "cannons" dispense party paraphernalia such as balloons, wet stuff and the like, eek. The building has no internal pillars, allowing plenty of space, while its incredibly high ceiling gives clubbers the feeling of being outside under the stars. A team of dancers get the party moving, supported by some of the world's best DJs as they tour the Med. BCM Planet Dance, Avda S'olivera, s/n, Magaluf, Spain, 07182, Tel: +34 971 132 715
There's some ace tourist info sites on Magaluf out there already (see links to the right), so for detailed club info check with them. There's a real working together of the clubs and bars out there. People seem to look out for each other. The result is things like the relatively new club pass - the MCP Magaluf Club Pass. This gives you entrance to the five big clubs including Boomerangs, Bananna Club (watch out for Hed Kandi here!), the classic 60s, 70s & 80s venue Carwash, Fusion and Tokio Joes. With the Magaluf Club pass when you pay admission to any of these five clubs you get your first drink free, plus you'll get stamped and it'll give you unlimited admission to any of the five clubs. Takes out a lot of hassle!
Stag Weekends Magaluf style are a great idea. Hen parties as well. It's all here, plus the Majorca sunshine as well, and not much more than the price of a Stag weekend Blackpool style.
Stag and hens can choose from an array of favourite stag and hen pursuits, including Magaluf and Palma Nova choice clubbing, go-karting, waterparks, superb clean sandy beaches with lots of watersports and enough bars and restaurants to fuel a billion parties.
Highly recommended by the Magaluf uncovered site is Ness Beach Club right on the Magaluf beach stretch. Laid back, great food, and a superb venue for getting in the party mood with great DJs spinning tunes in the background, and an enormous terrace from which to watch the world go by. The venue has it's own website, all in Spanish, rather nice looking DJs. Tel - +34 619 46 06 97 to make a reservation.
Want ya Sunday Roast? Get down to 42nd Street then, opposite the Sling Shot, can't miss it apparently. 42nd Street is a family run bar/restaurant with a friendly very English atmosphere, and food served is mostly traditional English, with various Chef specials each day. There's a pool table, large screen tv and a little terrace onto the street for good people watching! Find 42nd Street on Calle Pinada 7, Torrenova, Magaluf, Calvia, 07181, Mallorca. Tel: +34 971 134 646
Daiquiripalace, aka Gill and the Girls, is renowned for it's iced cocktails. Again this bar/eatery is right on the beach, offering great beach views. 24 different iced cocktails are on offer here, plus a large beach bar with terrace, a steady reel of tunes, a the food is American snack style, pizzas are their speciality and made fresh every day, served in rectangle slices.
No doubt the attractive waitresses pull in those punters as well. Looks like they work pretty hard. This place is big, with a huge terrace, a barbecue area, three outside kiosk, a large game area, and an inside food court with game room. Size aids the party atmosphere, and Daiquiri will accommodate large or small corporate events or celebration events - upto 2000 they say. Find Daiquiri at Calle Contraalmirante Ferragut, S/N, 07181 Magalluf, Calvia, Majorca, tel: +34 971 130855
Magaluf doesn't disappoint in the water park department. Waterparks are rather big business, and perfect entertainment for families, groups, couples and everyone with a bit of the kid in them. Check out Aquapark Magaluf, a waterpark which offers a whole range of water rides, big and small, for tots and for urr the brave. There's a new ride here called Tornado, aptly named as you're powered by water through a circular tube, the idea being your move like a tornado. There's the Enchanted Castle shallow pool area for the tots - they'll love it. There's a mini pool as well for the younger ones, with little slides, mushroom umbrellas and giant frogs to climb.
Of the big rides choose from Boomerang where you get catapulted down one almost vertical waterslide slope in a two person dingy ring, then thrown up another opposite, urr like doing a giant V. At least you can do this one with a friend or partner. Hurtle down the Kamikaze slide and god knows how many miles an hour, have a race with your mates on the multi-lane slide or surf the upto 1 metre high waves on surf beach. The park itself is a very good size, and well equipped with ample parking facilities, toilets and lots of food outlets and a cafeteria area.
Opening hours are seasonal, from May 3rd to October 9th 2004, with gates opening May, June, September and October from 10 am to 5 pm. July and August, 10 am to 6 pm. Prices are excellent considering what you get in your fun packed family day out. Check the website right for details on prices.
Carretera Cala Figuera - 07182 La Porrasa, Magalluf (Mallorca), Tel: 971 130 811. For Public Transport, take the Catalina Marqués bus lines 2 and 10 stop opposite the Park on their way to Palma, and also from Palma to Santa Ponsa and Peguera. The Park is located only 5 minutes away from Palma Nova-Magaluf and 10 minutes from Santa Ponsa, Parguera and Palma.
Ok, are you ready for some serious go-karting in the Magaluf Sun. This track bills itself as the safest karting circuits in the world! They cover the range here, from young beginners to experts wanting to race and flex their go-karting muscles. There's a wee little circuit for mini-karts which is great for the tots, especially if it's your first time on a circuit accompanied by mum or dad.
They run events for groups here, which is great news for stag and hen parties, or holiday parties and corporate events. You can hire exclusive use of the whole complext, but it's not cheap. Check their web link for price details.
The range of rented karts offered is second to none, serving all ages, from three-year-old children to teenagers and adults. Different karts are adapted to different needs. The mini karts are for the youngest family members, the junior kart, as well as the super junior kart are for teenagers and the senior and super senior karts are for adults who like speed. the pro - kart and the extra-kart are for those who know what they're upto.
Go-Karting Magaluf, Cami de Sa Porrassa, Magaluf, Tel: +34 971 131 734 (check web link to the right).
Here's a gooden. Hop aboard the Nemo 'submarine' (doesn't look like a submarine), and take a 20 minute boat trip out to the diving spot then spend 50 minutes underwater, in a vessel with portholes for viewing the underwater world. This really is an ace attraction, diving upto 20 metres for some fascinating seaworld watching including scholes of fish, strange divers generally acting ridiculous and the odd ship wreck!
Hey up, you get free coffee as well and free pick up by bus from most resorts! The website (link to the right) gives an excellent pre-taste of what the attraction is like, with lots of photos and videos of the dive underwater. Well worth a look!
It's not cheap, but it's certainly an experience, and something different on your holiday. Kids will love it. Check prices on their website, and you can book online through the Nemo website before your holiday. Nemo doesn't dive on Sundays!
For more waterpark family fun check out Western Waterpark, their website is currently under development, as this is a pretty new waterpark.
This waterpark has a different angle, it combines water slide attractions with theme park attractions. What a good idea! There is also a number of predatory bird shows going on, a small animal farm, and green lawned areas to chill out in.
Find this Magaluf attraction at Western Park, Carretera Cala Figuera Sa Porrasa 12-22, 07182 Magaluf. Tel: +34 971 131 203
For that real Blackpool feel, check out the popular daily show 'Pirates Adventure' which is an English speaking show. The show blends west end show song style with circus and pantomime. Ultimate bit of kitsch this, who says there aren't any pantomimes in June?
Hey up, "the adventure takes place on a beautiful island situated in the cruising grounds of some of the most fearsome Pirates the world has ever known. Pirates were the scourge of the high seas, attacking and plundering the merchant vessels that transported passengers and slaves, then plied their wares between the busy sea ports of the seven oceans, if no merchants could be found they'd attack each other! Our tale surrounds one such motley band of pirate captains, joined together under the flag of Sir Henry Morgan, one of the most infamous pirates of them all." That'll give you a flavour of what it's all about!
Check out their website, there's a great kids section to get you in the mood. (link to the right)
Pirates Adventure, Calle Joaquin Sorrolla 17 Bajos, Edf. Alivia, 07181, Magalluf, Mallorca, Spain Tel. (+34) 971 130 411