Situated in the liveliest part of Mallorca, offering wonderful long white beaches, a wealth of entertainment and an exhausting nightlife. Much has been done to improve Magalluf over recent years with some of the 60s apartment blocks being demolished and a new palm-lined promenade being created, however it is still very much a party town popular with 18 to 30s looking for sun, sand and the odd San Miguel. Quieter areas can be found on the outskirts of Magalluf, in the suburb of Torrenova and in neighbouring Palma Nova.
This area is suited to the younger lively crowd, singles and many families, mostly European and British, throughout the high season. Mature holidaymakers tend to take over in the low season. This resort has something for all, though the focus is still on the younger crowds who come to enjoy the active nightlife.
Magalluf is found on the south west coast and is 15½-ml from Palma Bay, merging with the smaller resort of Palma Nova (9½ mls SW of Palma, 15½ mls from the airport). The resort is facing south east, overlooking the wide bay and Magalluf Beach. It is backed by open rural land.
The beach here is the largest on this section of coast and, indeed, on the S side of the island. It is broad and deep, with fine white sand, though it is still capable of overcrowding. It’s safe to swim here; the currents are not too strong and the waters fairly shallow; lifeguards are present from May to October.
Ther are scores of shops with reasonable prices, selling jewellery, clothing, beach and water-sports wear, souvenirs and handicrafts. There are some some high-street retailers. However there is lots of junk, and the more serious shopper will do better in Palma. There is a Monday-morning market in Calvia, and various others throughout the island. There are many small, well-stocked supermarkets in the centre itself, with a couple of large supermarkets on the edge of the resort.
Magalluf is Mallorca’s entertainment and clubbing capital. Most hotels have organised entertainment, some excellent, some appalling. Most are free with the exception of Pirates, which is a must for those who aren’t easily offended. The largest nightclub on the island is BCM, which attracts top DJs from around the world.
Other clubs include Bananas, School Disco, Boomerang and Carwash (60s and 70s music). Most clubs don’t get going until around 11pm, but there are lots of good bars nearby which offer good music and large jugs of sangria. Popular ones include BCM Cafe, Panama Jacks, Bar 29, Lennon’s and Eva’s.