By Matt May
If you are looking for a holiday destination with sand, sea, sun and a 24-hour party atmosphere, Magaluf on the island of Majorca ticks all of the boxes..
The town of Magaluf is similar in terms of what it offers to visitors as its counterparts of Benidorm and Torremolinos on the mainland of Spain. Over the last ten years, Magaluf, located on the South West of the island, has been the number one location for young people and large groups, and is especially popular as a location for hen and stag nights.
The majority of tourists heading to Magaluf are attracted by the choice of nightclubs and bars (many serving English food), the warm climate and a huge sandy beach. If you are looking for a sedate holiday location, then Magaluf is probably not the best choice for you.
Magaluf is very popular with youngsters looking for fully inclusive holidays. The attraction of "free" alcohol should be tempered though, as Spanish measures are much larger than in the UK.
Below is our guide to a few of the major attractions in the town.
Western Park is a large water park with a western theme, located on the outskirts of Magaluf. There is a local bus service to the park which takes a few minutes, but it is walkable from the town centre.
Western Park is one of the largest water parks on the island and has some spectacular water slides. If you are visiting in peak season, arrive early or be prepared for the long queue due to the parks popularity.
Ticket prices are slightly cheaper online, and the park is open from May to September.
Renting a Quad bike for a day in Majorca will set you back around €45-50 for a 50cc bike or €80-100 for 250cc from companies like mallorcarentabike.com.
There are a few considerations to bear in mind if you are planning to hire a quad bike in Magaluf or at any other destination in Spain:-
A mixture of theatre, gymnastics and dance routines, Pirates has been running in Magaluf for nearly 30 years. Shows are held frequently during the summer and are included in many of the all inclusive packages. There are two shows, the pirates uncut for over 18s only and the normal show for under 18s and families. People visiting the Pirates Adventure have the option to purchase food and drink during the show and souvenirs before, after and during the show.
Many of the bars and nightclubs are located on the popular "Strip" area, and in Magaluf you certainly an club all night (well until 6AM at most clubs). BCM is the largest nightclub on the island, set in the heart of Magaluf, catering for up to 5000. The club is renoned for foam and paint nights here the audiences get doused with whatever is on offer. The entry fee is quite steep at around €30, but may include free promotional drinks. Outside the club, the BCM square is full of bars, small clubs and also has a bucking bronco. See the BCM Planet Dance website for details of what's on during your stay.
If you want to keep your options open, 5 of the most popular nightclubs in Magaluf including the Boomerang nightclub sell tickets allowing entry into all of the 5 on a single night. Look for the MCP (Magaluf Club Pass) for more information.
The upside down Tibetan style building of Katmandu really does stand out in Magaluf. The house is full of imaginative and interactive activities. Laugh, play and explore the 18 hole mini golf park set outside the Katmandu mansion. Set inside is the Kat bar and restaurant, and a 4d motion cinema; a simulator full of special effects that overall delivers a fun packed evening.
Anyone who has seen the first Inbetweeners movie will have a fairly good idea of what "Attraction Catamaran" Booze Cruise has to offer recalling the scenes of mild debauchery towards the end of the film.
The cruises have a party atmosphere with the main themes being drinking, dancing and flirting. Most cruises include free beer and Sangria in the price which is around €40 for a 2 hour cruise. There are afternoon and evening cruises so you can choose when to party, and there is live music, often with a DJ included in the price.
For those with an interest in diving, snorkelling or simply wanting a quieter cruise, plenty are available from Magaluf, generally earlier in the day before the party-goers surface.
Magaluf is under half an hour from Palma Airport by car. Flights to Palma are available from most of the low cost airlines including Ryanair and Easyjet.
If you require a larger vehicle, Blue Valley Car Hire provide 9 seat self-drive minibus rental at airports throughout Europe.