The idea of holidays in Magaluf probably conjures thoughts of foam parties and beach bars - but there is plenty more to this Majorcan resort, besides the lively party atmosphere.
The sun-soaked resort in the south west of Majorca, which is the largest of Spain's Balearic Islands, offers plenty for families as well as groups and singles. The long and wide beach which is covered with fine, pale sand and dotted by shade-giving palm trees, is perfect for family breaks in the sun 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.
Partygoers can rest assured 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Magaluf is mainly a summer destination, with visitors baking in temperatures averaging at 28C in July and August. Spring and autumn are pleasant and enjoy daily averages of 20C, while the rainy and mild winter months do not attract many holidaymakers and many hotels close for the winter season.
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.
Best of Magaluf holidays for...
- Nightlife: Neon-lit Punta Ballena strip is the focal point of Magaluf's legendary nightlife. BCM Planet Dance, the resort's biggest club, sprays outgoing dancers with foam and dazzles with laser shows long past dawn.
- Babies & toddlers: There's nothing like a bucket and spade to keep young kids happy. Spend your holidays to Magaluf hanging out on the beach building sandcastles and eating ice creams. Simple!
- Shopping: Hop aboard a frequent bus and hit the shops of Palma, the island's capital. The area around Plaza Weyler is awash with boutiques while the old quarter is the place to go for local arts and crafts.
- Kids & teens: Walk the plank to the Pirates show for dinner served with a swashbuckling mix of dance, music and adventure - think Captain Jack Sparrow meets Cirque du Soleil. It's a family-friendly night out, unless, of course, you go for the late-night Uncut version, strictly for over 18s.
- Active types: Behind the main town, along Carretera de Cala Figuera, Western Water Park Magaluf is a western-themed water park where kamikaze slides, such as The Beast with its 30m drop, are guaranteed to thrill.
Getting to Magaluf from Palma de Mallorca Airport
- Regular buses connect the airport with Palma and Magaluf.
- It's easy to hire a car at the airport and you can drive to Magaluf in under 30 minutes.
Getting around on holidays in Magaluf
- Car Hire a car for a quick and easy way to reach the numerous attractions just beyond the town centre.
- Bus Hop aboard one of the frequent local buses to explore Magaluf and to go to Palma, Majorca's capital.