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The idea of holidays in Magaluf probably conjures up thoughts of foam parties and beach bars, but there is plenty more to this sun-soaked resort in the south west of Majorca, besides the lively atmosphere. The contrast between the quiet winter and the frantic summer is stark.

Why go?

Set on the largest of Spain's Balearic Islands, Magaluf offers plenty for families, as well as groups and couples...

The long and wide beach, which is covered with fine, pale sand and dotted with shade-giving palm trees, is perfect for family breaks and groups and couples too, with opportunities galore to hit the waves via the water sports on offer.

Magaluf holidays do have a reputation for wild nights and high-rise hotels, but recent years have seen the redevelopment of this resort and moves towards a more family-friendly image. Many of the hotels have been pulled down and replaced by low rise properties.

Partygoers need not worry though, as Magaluf's legendary nightlife scene is still thriving. It's just there is now something for everyone under the Majorcan sun in Magaluf.  And in the winter months you'll find a peaceful, quiet resort with an older crowd there to soak up the winter sun on offer.

The lively resort is home to a wide variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, and is packed with restaurants and bars in which to spend warm evenings sipping a cocktail or two and enjoying the local hospitality.

Party people will love the famous nightspots, such as Linekers Bar and BCM Planet Dance.

A popular evening activity is the Pirates Adventure dinner show, which draws plenty of crowds eager for a side order of swashbuckling with their food. If you're aged over 18 and enjoy a bit of pirate-themed sauciness, the Pirates Uncut show is hosted much later in the evening and one not to miss. The Cala Vinas casino is just a short taxi ride away and offers even more nightly entertainment.

Holidays in Magaluf can be reached via flights into Palma Mallorca Airport (PMI) - Mallorca is the Spanish name for the island - and take just two hours from the UK.

When to go?

With near daily flights from the UK to Majorca, the island is accessible year round. Spring to late in the year offer the warmest days...

Magaluf is mainly a summer destination, with visitors baking in temperatures averaging at 28°C in July and August. Spring and autumn are pleasant and enjoy daily averages of 20°C, while the rainy and mild winter months do not attract many holidaymakers and many hotels close for the winter season.

What's on?

If you want to party, you have come to the right place and these events will leave you wanting more...

BBC Radio 1Xtra Party; August: The radio station teams up with BCM Planet Dance to bring a host of music acts to the island for a huge party.

Nit de Foc (Night of Fire); June: Travel 20 minutes to the capital of Palma to see one of the biggest parties of the year. This night of fire marks the start of fiesta season in Majorca.

Mallorca Rocks; weekly during summer: The Mallorca Rocks hotel in Magaluf is home to weekly parties that attract some of the hottest acts on the music scene. You don't need to stay at the hotel to get tickets, but get them before they're gone - this is a popular night.

What to do?

If you don't want to sit on the beach all day, there's plenty more to keep you occupied, from go-karting to shopping...

There is plenty to see and do during the daytime in Magaluf, if you can tear away from the lovely beach and gentle waters of the coast. At Marineland, there are dolphins, sharks, penguins and a variety of other marine life to see, while you can immerse the family in water-based fun at the nearby Aqualand water park. The Western Water Park, which is themed around the Wild West, is another fun-packed water adventure for the family.

The capital city of Palma is just 20 minutes away and easily accessed by frequent bus services - or you could hire a car to get about on Majorca. Shopping and sightseeing are top of the agenda in charming Palma.

Kids & teens: Teens will love letting off steam at the Magaluf go-karting track, while all the family will enjoy a day out at the Wild West themed waterpark, Western Park.

Active types: Watersports galore are on offer in Magaluf, so get the adrenaline pumping by jet-skiing, taking a trip in a speed boat or hopping in a banana boat.

Nightlife: Home to mega-clubs such as BCM, partygoers won't be disappointed with Magaluf's popular bar and club scene. The action centres on the Punta Ballena strip where themed bars, foam parties and pumping clubs will keep you dancing until dawn.

Shopping: Shopaholics looking for their fix should head to the island's classy capital Palma, which is only a 20-minute bus or car journey away. Here you will find a great selection of stores and boutiques to splash some cash in.

Babies & toddlers: The large sandy beaches at both Magaluf and nearby Palma Nova offer the perfect location for little ones to play in the sand and paddle in the sea.