Magaluf's fantastic nightlife and gorgeous beach have long made it a holiday hotspot on the beautiful Balearic island of Majorca, located in the Calvia region on the south of the island. In summer, Magaluf's clubs and bars host fabulous parties and world-famous DJs along the popular Magaluf strip. A lot of visitors to Magaluf choose to stay just outside of Magaluf in nearby resorts like Santa Ponsa.
For winter 2018, Magaluf is quiet and tranquil, appealing particularly to families and older couples who come to enjoy the wonderful winter sunshine on the island of Majorca. For 2019, why not try out an all inclusive holiday to Magaluf?
Once a byword for hedonistic excess, Magaluf has been carefully positioning itself as a family resort for the last few years, and you'll find plenty to keep kids of all ages happy for a 2019 holiday.
Much closer to home than Lanzarote, Tenerife or the other Canary Islands, and cheaper than Benidorm, Magaluf is one of those excellent Balearics destinations that caters to a wide range of visitors each year.
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Magaluf holidays are best known as the Balearic's party destination for the under-30s, alongside Ibiza, of course, but it also appeals to older couples and families, particularly in the off season. The Calvia coastline is sunny 300 days a year and is often still warm later into the year. Central to Magaluf's appeal is its long, sandy beach, which is equipped with every imaginable facility. The world-famous nightlife in Magaluf ensures that you’ll have a fantastic choice of bars and clubs for a 2019 holiday, which run the gamut from laid-back, family-oriented beach bars to super-clubs.
Magaluf town has made substantial efforts in recent years to shake its hedonistic party image, and, although it’s still synonymous with cheap, exciting Balearics holidays, there’s plenty to see and do besides enjoying the bar action. Just down the coast is the quiet, unspoilt beach of Cala Falco, perfect for a getaway from the party buzz. Entertainment includes the Pirate Show, which appeals to all ages, and there are lots of enticing towns and villages across Majorca within easy reach by car or bus.
Booking a cheap holiday to Magaluf in 2019 means you've got cash left over for those holiday treats. Magaluf has a huge choice of cafés and restaurants, from all the major fast food chains to restaurants serving Spanish, British, Indian, and Chinese cuisine. Plenty of places stay open all through the night to cater to the crowds of night time revellers. There are some tapas bars and eateries serving traditional Mallorcan dishes, but, if you want to try genuine local cuisine, head into Palma de Mallorca. Palma’s extensive choice of restaurants runs the gamut from tiny neighbourhood tapas bars to some of Spain’s best Michelin-starred restaurants. In the winter, many restaurants close down completely, or only open at weekends, but there is still plenty of choice for low-season visitors.
Away from the busy Magaluf strip, the fine sand and shallow waters make the beaches at Magaluf and adjoining Palma Nova great options for families. With lots of family-friendly hotels as well as the hotels that cater to the nightlife, Magaluf has shaped up to be a good destination for a cheap family holiday in 2019.
There are scores of family-friendly attractions in Magaluf, including go-kart circuits, mini-golf, play areas, and inflatable play parks. The Western Waterpark has plenty of adrenaline-pumping slides and rides, including the whirling Cola del Diablo (‘Devil’s tail’) slide. The Katmandu Resort is a very entertaining upside-down 'house' in the centre of the resort, which has a host of interactive activities along with a 4D cinema, and an XD Dark Ride. Another great afternoon out for all the family is Golf Fantasia, a 54-hole mini-golf course set in gorgeous gardens.
The Pirates Adventure show is the biggest attraction on Majorca: the audience dine on board a recreation of an enormous pirate ship, while buccaneers regale them with all kinds of antics. It’s always a big hit with the whole family.
A short drive from Magaluf in Portals Nous, Marineland has aquariums and dolphin shows, and Jungle Parc, an adventure park in Santa Ponsa, has two treetop circuits with rope bridges and zip line. There are lots of family-friendly places to eat in Magaluf, and a wide range of cuisines available, so even the fussiest children won’t go hungry.
In Magaluf you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to facilities for water sports off the Calvia coastline. After all, this is the Balearics. With the money you've saved booking a cheap Magaluf holiday, you could try your hand at paddle-boarding, kayaking, water-skiing or kite-surfing. Or rent a kayak or a speed boat to explore the surrounding coastline. Inland, the beautiful Serra de Tramuntana mountains are a paradise for hikers, with some outstanding walking paths, including the long-distance GR routes. Among the best is the GR22 Ruta de la Pedra en Sec (Dry Stone Route), which gives you the chance to see some of the traditional Mallorcan dry stone walls and buildings. Near Alcudia, in northern Majorca, you can go skydiving and hang-gliding.
Magaluf, and the adjoining resort of Palma Nova, are both blessed with magnificent beaches, and beaches are the pride of the Balearics. These long, well-kept stretches of fine golden sand overlook the dazzling blue of the Mediterranean. There are scores of facilities available in Magaluf, from sunloungers and parasols for rent, to every imaginable water sport. Water-skiing, sailing, parasailing and kite-surfing are just some of the options available. There are also banana boats, jet skis, party boats, speedboats and glass-bottomed boat trips around the bay. The beach is backed by a promenade, the ‘Passeig Marítim’, which is full of cafés, shops, pubs and restaurants, and there are a couple of play areas with climbing frames for kids. The beach in Palma Nova is marginally less hectic, and is a popular choice with families. Even quieter is the unspoilt beach of Cala Falco, just a little down the coast from Magaluf.
Magaluf is one of the biggest party destinations in the Mediterranean, particularly in July and August, when flights to Magaluf are still staggeringly cheap. The famous Magaluf strip is home to numerous bars and clubs.
Many hotels have their own nightclubs attached to their all inclusive package, which is worth checking out before you travel if you want to keep your holidays to Magaluf as cheap as possible. Besides the hotels, most of the action is concentrated on the Punta Ballena bar strip, which is choc-a-block with clubs.
The biggest club of them all is the legendary BCM, which attracts top-name international DJs and puts on infamous pool parties, foam parties, popcorn parties and more throughout the summer. Magaluf is a popular destination for stag dos and hen weekends throughout the year, although you’ll find that there many of the clubs in Magaluf either close down completely in winter or only open at weekends.
Head into nearby Palma, Majorca’s beautiful capital, for sophisticated cocktail bars, jazz bars or just if you’d like to go clubbing with the locals. Ibiza, Majorca's big sister, also boasts some incredible nightlife worth checking out.
If you’re looking for a relaxing break with your partner, then visit Magaluf in the winter. The Magaluf strip stays lively but takes on a slightly more subdued mood. There is plenty of lovely winter sunshine in Majorca, and the long beach along the front of Magaluf is perfect for romantic strolls, and it’s still warm enough to enjoy languid al fresco lunches.
If you and your partner enjoy partying, then hit Magaluf in July and August when there are nightly parties and club nights featuring some of the best-known international DJs. If you want to escape the crowds, you could take a walk down to Puerto Portals, a chic marina filled with yachts, for a quiet drink.
Picking a romantic hotel is no hassle. Many of the hotels in this part of Majorca are adult only and all inclusive, and picking one that's a little quieter for a few moments of peace with your loved one, or a hotel that's buzzing 24/7, isn't tricky.
Magaluf is just a short bus journey from the charming island capital of Palma, which is full of superb cultural sights, the best in the Balearics. Among them is the handsome Gothic cathedral, the outstanding Es Baluard museum of contemporary art, which is set in a 16th-century fortress, a slew of dainty Modernista mansions, and the splendid Royal Palace of La Almudaina. You could also take the vintage train from Palma to Sóller, a very pretty town set in orange groves. Or take a tour of drive to Valldemosa, where Chopin and Georges Sand wintered in the monastery in the 1830s. Nearby Deia is one of the most picturesque villages on the whole island, and now has a museum dedicated to the writer Robert Graves who lived here for many years.
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