One of Europe’s party capitals, Magaluf is where the modern high-rise hotels, thumping nightlife and white beaches draw a fun-loving crowd. There's a reason why Magaluf has become one of the most well-known resorts in Europe. With golden sandy beaches to sunbathe on and safe, crystal-clear sea to swim in, it's not a surprise that holidaymakers settled here a few decades back.
This resort town, on the south-west coast of Mallorca, is a clubbing mecca (and way cheaper than its Balearic Island neighbour, Ibiza). When you’re not drinking and dancing, the fun continues with adrenaline-fueled watersports beneath that Spanish sun.
Let’s be straight, you’re not here for the Spanish culture. Magaluf, known for its holiday packages, is where the wild and hedonistic come to dance in mega-clubs and under the Spanish stars. ‘The Strip’ will be your holiday hub, a 600m-long street where music, booze and revelry are always on tap. The Square, a cluster of bars marked with ‘SQ’ in neon lights, is your zone for a laid-back drink – and the place to meet up with, say, those hot prospects you met by the pool.
Every type of music has its time in the spotlight here. There’s hip hop in Tokio Joe’s, 7000-capacity BCM Planet world-class dance DJs and at Carwash, hits from chart DJs, 70s, 80s and 90s. Boomerang puts on live shows from the likes of Skepta and Lethal Bizzle.
Some nights you might not even remember where exactly you ended up – just that you had a good time, with those podium dancers, lazer light show and a foam party in the small hours.
Sex on the Beach, anyone? We mean the chilled cocktail parked next to your sunlounger, of course. Magaluf’s 2km stretch of white sand beach is a place for the young crowd to see and be seen. If you’re on a cheap holiday to Magaluf, lazy days on the beach will suit your wallet too. So, pack your best posing bathing suit and stretch out those limbs. Or, go for a dip in the mild and gloriously blue Mediterranean Sea. There are loads of bars and restaurants too, perfect if you’re a sunbather who likes a tipple, or you’re just at that ravenous point of a hangover. Hello, fry-up.
While the beach is officially child-friendly, it isn't all that suitable for kids (Magaluf is a party town, remember?) Much of town's party atmosphere extends to the beach as well, so if you're looking for somewhere a little more peaceful and family-friendly, head south and enjoy the relative privacy of a few calas. If you want sandy beaches and placid water right on the doorstep of your resort, you can't go wrong with Cala Vinyes. For somewhere a little more natural, then the rocky, tree-lined Cala de Cap Falcó could be for you.
Have you even been on a boys’ or girls’ holiday if you haven’t done a banana boat ride? Screams of delight echo across the beach as the boat – well, a giant inflatable banana – is pulled along at surf-churning, wind-whipping speed. No one stays dry. Once you’ve tackled the banana, there’s always jet-skiing, parasailing, snorkelling and windsurfing.
The 2-hour thrill ride, Bladerunner Jet Boat Experience Magaluf is one of the best things to do in Magaluf and the only experience of its kind in Europe. The boats blast off from a standstill of 0 to 100 kph in 30 metres distance, giving you a chance to go snorkelling and swimming in between.
And look, we know this isn’t technically a watersport, but it IS a fun activity on the water: The Boat Parties in Magaluf (Booze Cruises), which sail through the beautiful waters and coves.
If you set aside one day to splash out on, make it Nikki Beach. This daybeds-and-champagne beach club warrants your best Love Island-inspired holiday outfit. Located on the beachfront and centred around a pool, cheap holidays to Magaluf have never looked so glamorous - other branches include St Tropez and the Caribbean island St Barths.
Rent a sunbed by day and party at night – if you think you are young, rich and cool enough. It’s also the place for a blow-out dinner or a themed party, like Champagne Sundays, ladies night, and Fiesta Fridays.
A water park, themed like the Wild West? This wacky entertainment complex features a platoon of water rides and chutes, plus lavish cowboy shows in its very own wild west town. Home to Mallorca’s
highest waterslide, at 100ft tall, here’s your chance to show your mates what you’re made of. If you’re in for more of a relaxing time, there’s the Lazy River, Wave Pool and hot-tubs too.
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