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Magaluf Beach, Mallorca
Magaluf Beach, Mallorca

Magaluf is a major holiday resort on the Spanish island of Majorca primarily catering for the British and Scandinavian package holiday market. Magaluf is in the municipality of Calvi√† and is situated within a group of towns, primarily Torrenova and Palma Nova. The main airport of Majorca is approximately 24 kilometers (15 mi) away from Magaluf.

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The resort

The resort comprises three main beaches, popular for their white sand: Majorca Beach, Magaluf Beach and Palma Nova Beach. These beaches are lined with small bars and 'tat' shops backed by hotels. The largest tour companies include Thomas Cook and Thomson. The resort caters for both young parties as well as families, with peak season during July and August. The winter season (November through March) sees the population of Magaluf dive to a mere 100 or 200 locals residents, with most, if not all, resort and package-based hotels closing their doors. Neighbouring Palma Nova is more popular with families. This resort is wellknown for its 18-30's hoidays.

In the 1980s the family reputation of the resort was spoilt by a growing problem of lager louts, [1] binge drinking and violence, however in the 1990s the town was cleaned up and made more family friendly.

Night-life

There are many bars and nightclubs in Magaluf and many well-known DJs have played at the resort including DJ Sammy, Freemasons, Greg James, Judge Jules, Tiesto, Pat Sharp and Tim Westwood. Night-life in Magaluf is centred around the Punta Ballena strip. You can purchase a Magaluf Club Pass for 12 Euros a night or 50 Euros for a whole week, this allows you entry for 5 of Magaluf's main clubs (starting at the top of the strip) Buffalo Girls, Bananas, Boomerang, Honeys (lapdance bar) and also Tokio Joes.

BCM is the largest nightclub in the resort and is located on the Avenida S'Olivera. The club comprises two floors, the lower of which regularly puts on foam, popcorn and water parties. The club claims to feature "the world's largest foam machine".

Next to BCM is BCM Square, with a number of bars including BCM Sports Café and Baywatch bar. There are many smaller bars and clubs in Magaluf, including the Mambo's Terras Beach Club, Poco Loco, Britannia Bar, Goodfellows and Benny Hills.

Attractions

Isla de sa Porrassa, Magaluf, Mallorca

Besides bars and nightclubs, there are two water parks, a bungee rocket, go kart racing, horseback riding and various water sports including SCUBA, Jet skiing and wind surfing. A number of hotels have more family friendly dinner shows and cabarets.

A popular challenge for tourists is a swim to Black Lizard Island (Isla de sa Porrassa) located in the centre of Magaluf Bay. The island is known by this name due to the very high number of black lizards that can be found scurrying away during one's climb. The island is situated right in the centre of Magaluf bay. The island is approximately 400m away from the beach front.

References in popular culture

References

  1. ^ The Vacation Pamphlet, 1989 Winter, issue 7, Page 2

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Magaluf is a purpose built resort in Majorca popular with Britons as a stag-weekend or package-holiday destination for visitors looking for sun, sea and sex (although not necessarily in that order). Affectionately known as "Shagaluf", the resort seems to thrive on its downmarket reputation - a British enclave of tacky-souvenir shops and theme-bars offering the same tawdry appeal as Blackpool, but with much better beaches and weather. If sex and alcohol are top of your holiday wishlist, Magaluf offers the promise of both in copious quantities. Otherwise the resort is best given a wide birth

Get in

Palma's city airport (IATA: PMI) is the major airport in Mallorca, and has daily flights from many European cities on national and budget carriers. The airport is managed by Aeropuertos Espa√Īoles y Navegaci√≥n A√©rea [1].

Many package tour operators will arrange transfer from the airport direct to the hotel. A taxi transfer takes about 20 minutes and costs around ‚ā¨30.

  • Pirates Adventure, [2]. Pirate-themed music and gymnastic extravanganza - evening shows have an adult flavour from ‚ā¨30.  edit
  • Booze Cruise, [3]. Cruise around the island on board a catamaran with a well-stocked bar. Evening cruises tend to be monopolised by tour operators  edit
  • Aqualand Waterpark, [4].  edit

Eat

There are a large number of cafes serving mostly British food; many with British soaps and comedies streamed permanently throughout the day.

There is no local food -understanding local as Majorcan- on restaurants, but the paella is an exception. Available almost everywhere, you can find this typical Spanish dish in many terraces by the beach. Worth trying.

Drink

Nightlife is the main (and for many vistors only) reason for coming to Magaluf. There are bars scattered throughout the resort - but the main area of nightlife is focused in two areas, both walking distance apart. The busy main strip runs parallel to the beach and boasts a large number of bars and small nightclubs, filled with revellers hopping from one bar to the next. BCM square, next to the BCM superclub, offers further theme bars and more outside seating.

Expect to hear a similarly cheesy trance hits in most places you go; the Magaluf scene is much more focused on sex and drink and less on the music itself than on other Balearic islands such as Ibiza. On the other hand, BCM is large enough to attract big-name DJs and drink prices everywhere are much cheaper.

Unlike some similar resorts, touting in Magaluf is banned although if you're travelling in a group you're still likely to be offered drinks promotions to entice you into bars as you walk past.

  • BCM, [5]. 9pm-6am. BCM's premier nightclub is one of the largest in Europe and boasts an impressive . The main floor attracts internationally-famous DJs whilst the lower floor immerses its dancers in foam, water, or even popcorn. The ‚ā¨30 entry fee might seem steep until you realise that the bar is totally free all night (you're only allowed to buy one drink at a time) and the promotion includes free T-shirts and accessories (for those sober enough to remember to collect them but drunk enough to actually wear them). You can start free drinks early in BCM's satellite bar on the main strip.  edit
  • Banana Disco, [6]. Dance club well established on the local scene and known for being where DJ Sammy started to build his international fame. An entry ticket to here gets you into four other small clubs on the strip  edit

Sleep

As a purpose built holiday resort, Magaluf has an extensive choice of places to say, though much of the budget accommodation is in poor condition

  • Sol y Vera, [7]. Budget self-catered accommodation located a short distance from BCM square; generous room sizes but condition and cleanliness are variable at best  edit
  • HSM Atlantic Park Hotel (HSM Atlantic Park), Calderon de la Barca, 2 - 07180 Magaluf, ‚ėé +34 971 130 600 (fax: +34 971 249 607), [8]. Formerly known as the Don Manolo Hotel, the HSM Atlantic Park Hotel is located next to Punta Ballena and a short walk from the beach. Renovated on 2007, bookings can be done either half board or all inclusive. (39.50369302231557,2.5277888774871826) edit

Stay Safe

Most Magaluf venues thrive on getting their patrons very wasted very quickly, so be aware of the threat of drunken violence. The burly bouncers patrolling seem to do a reasonably effective job of maintaining order. Be aware that the free cocktails served throughout the night in BCM tend to be mixed very strongly You're strongly advised to wear a condom, since there's a good chance any potential sexual partner you might meet might have had numerous other partners on the same holiday.

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