With an established reputation for quality beach holidays, Majorca has been welcoming British families to the green and sun-drenched island for over 60 years. That kind of pedigree brings a guarantee of sandy beaches, relaxing days, stunning views of the Mediterranean and vibrant nightlife. With idyllic villages dotting the coastline, mixed with busy resorts and the working city of Palma, Majorca has something for everyone. The resort of El Arenal, also known as S'Arenal, is a typical Balearic holiday destination. Located on the south coast of the island, a short transfer from the airport and capital city, El Arenal boasts a Blue Flag beach, busy bars and restaurants and top attractions for the kids. Whether you’re a couple looking to party or a family looking for fun then a 2018 holiday to El Arenal in Majorca would be a great choice.
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El Arenal is a modern getaway with all the trimmings of a 21st-century holiday destination. The largest water park on the island, Aqualand El Arenal, is on the outskirts of the resort, easy accessible by local transport with tour operators running trips here from all over the island. The park is very popular and has new attractions opening this summer 2018. With existing favourites like the rapids, Black Hole and Kamikaze slides, as well as the wave pool and Dragonland for the little ones, the water park offers something for all ages.
If a more natural water experience is more to your taste, the Palma Aquarium in the capital city is a fabulous marine ecosystem. The 55 aquariums include aquatic animals and plants from over 700 species living in all the major oceans of the world. The wonder does not stop with your eyes though, with interaction, surprises, shows and educational elements for those who want to live the experience even more.
Most cuisines are available in the resort with British, American and Japanese food available as well as more traditional Mediterranean fayre and the occasional fast food joint. Local delicacies include sausage, olives and almonds as snacks while tapas feature heavily on the menu. Popular Majorcan dishes include the meat and rice dish, ‘arroz brut’, similar to meat paella but with more sauce. Another speciality of the island is the ‘ensaimada’ pastry which can be sweet or savoury. A traditional end to a meal in Majorca would include the herbal liqueur, Herbs de Majorca, and you may be asked to sample this after a meal with the good wishes of the house.
Although popular with young party-goers, El Arenal also caters for families. An El Arenal holiday is fun for kids, with the Aqualand El Arenal water park and the Palma Aquarium on your doorstep, so the children will be very well entertained. If you’re feeling more competitive, the Golf Fantasia mini-golf course in Arenal is the Open Championship of crazy golf. With 54 holes set to mimic Jurassic Park, it’s without question one of the best mini-golf courses in Majorca.
If you fancy a day off the beach, within a few miles is the Zoologico Natura Parc, with a range of over 500 species of animals. This family-run park is a more interactive experience than many larger zoos and the bat cave comes highly recommended to get the kids excited.
Choose an El Arenal holiday and you can enjoy watersports with the long stretch of sands which are home to parasailing, scuba-diving school, windsurfing and water-skiing. The Club Nautic Arenal is a great place for daily boat trips out into the clear blue sea with a long break for snorkelling and swimming.
For a more adventurous and active way to spend a day, why not cycle some of the Transtramuntana 4500? A breathtaking coastal road along the west side of the island, the road through the mountains hosts Majorca's biggest cycle race. The closest point to El Arenal is at Port Andratx and is a great place to bike on this cycle-friendly island. Hiking is also recommended along this trail if the peaks are too challenging to cycle on your summer break. Or, a drive along the 235-kilometre route also gives a stunning view of the beautiful landscapes.
If you’re looking for a beach holiday in Majorca then an El Arenal holiday is the break for you. The resort lies at the eastern end of a 6-kilometre stretch of pristine golden sand joined to the local resorts of C'an Pastilla and Playa de Palma. The long, sandy beach features kilometres of sand sloping into the clean, shallow water with a scattering of palm trees giving it a postcard-perfect look. The beach has been awarded the internationally recognised Blue Flag for cleanliness, water quality and facilities. The beach is flanked by a majestic promenade running the length of the sand – it’s wide and traffic-free to give an enjoyable walk between resorts. A mini-train is available as a convenient alternative for tired legs.
Beach sports are on offer but a noticeable feature of the coastline are the regular open-air huts selling drinks and snacks. Known as 'balnearios', the 15 huts have clean toilets and showers and friendly kiosks or bars selling cold drinks and snacks. They are unmissable stopping points on a casual walk along the promenade and easily recognised landmarks and meeting points.
A busy and popular bar culture exists in El Arenal, with British pubs in the resort, although most bars have a more European than British feel. Staying open until well into the early hours, a number of disco-bars exist in the surrounding area if you want to dance well into the night. El Arenal hosts The Joy Palace, C'an Pastilla has Uforia, Playa de Palma has the enormous dance floor of The Rui Palace and the 4,000 strong Zorbas, which has hosted many of the UK’s top DJs over the years.
Ten kilometres to the west, the capital city of Palma hosts a range of clubs to suit all tastes including reggae and ska, jazz, latino and soul and funk, as well as one of Majorca's biggest and best-known club, Pacha Majorca. Palma also has many tasteful and atmospheric cocktail bars if you prefer a more intimate atmosphere.
With a popular and diverse nightlife, the resort caters for couples who either prefer a lively night out or those who enjoy a cocktail overlooking the moonlit Med. A short ride along the coast is the city of Palma with its lively bars and restaurants. La Llonja is Palma’s historic fishing pueblo but today it’s lined with restaurants, cafés and bars in the traditionally narrow and twisting lanes. La Llonja is a great place to sample the music bars playing a range of Spanish-style music with flamenco dancing as part of the bargain, or simply enjoy the romantic evenings of the Med.
If you’re in search of peace and quiet, a 30-minute drive to San Telmo offers a vision of beauty in picturesque natural surroundings. The mountain walk from San Telmo to Port Andratx is a beautiful way to spend a romantic couple of hours. Blue skies, stunning scenery, and intimate places to stop and rest your feet.
The resort of El Arenal is a specialised holiday retreat but any El Arenal holiday can be an invigorating cultural experience. A short trip to Palma will show you a city with attractions like the Tapas Festival, the Night of Art and daily live jazz, classical music and ballet. Named the 'Pearl of the Mediterranean' and voted the best place in the world to live by a British newspaper in 2015, Palma is an tourist’s dream and few Mediterranean towns have the range and diversity of art and music of Palma. If historic architecture is a must, be sure to include a visit to Palma Cathedral, La Seu, and the Bellver Castle dating back to the 14th century.
Palma also provides the island’s best shopping experience. The Paseo del Borne, now open every day of the week, is known as 'The Golden Mile' and hosts most of the big names in designer shopping. The variety of outlets includes luxury fashion, Swiss watches, interior design, art, gifts and even something special for the kids.