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Magaluf, Majorca

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 Calvià and is situated within a group of towns, primarily Torrenova and Palma Nova. The main airport of Majorca is approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi) away from Magaluf.

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 tourist shops backed by hotels. The largest tour companies include Thomas Cook andThomson. 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 4.355 local 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 holidays. In the 1980s, the family reputation of the resort changed as the growing culture of lager louts, binge drinking and the problem of violence became an issue, however in the 1990s the town was said to have been “cleaned up” and made more family friendly.

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, where most of the night clubs and bars are. BCM is the largest nightclub on the island and is located on the Avenida S’Olivera. The club comprises three floors, the lower of which (millennium) regularly puts on foam, popcorn and water parties. The club claims to feature “the world’s largest foam machine”.

Mallorca Rocks is a weekly live music night taking place every Tuesday and a load of night clubs there to during the summer season at the Mallorca Rocks Hotel. The event has a capacity of 7,000 people and last years guests included The Kooks, Calvin Harris, Tinie Tempah and Dizzee Rascal. Next to BCM is BCM Square, with a number of bars and screens surrounding the area. In 2010 Ibiza Rocks opened a sister hotel to the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, called the Mallorca Rocks Hotel in the resort and started promoting live concerts there. UK band The Kooks opened the hotel in June 2010 and the venture appears to have been successful as the promoters have announced they are running weekly live concerts next year for 17 weeks. It has also acquired the nickname “Shagaluf”.

Water Parks

There are two water parks, aqualand water park and western water park. They are situated next to each other, about 1km from the south end of Magaluf beach.

Shows

The pirates Dinner show has its own purpose built theatre and has been entertaining tourists for over 20 years. Pirates the uncut version is a show for the adults aged 18 and above. Come fly with me is the latest show in Magaluf located at the gran casino theatre.

Other Attractions

  • Gran Casino Mallorca
  • House of katmandu – Themed rooms including interactive games, special effects, magical illusions and robotics.
  • Karting Magaluf – Go-karting
  • Horseback riding
  • Various water sports – SCUBA, Jet skiing and wind surfing.

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 and is approximately 400m away from the beach front.

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