The seaside resort of Arenal lies at the eastern end of a 6km stretch of beach running from C'an Pastilla, through Playa de Palma, and finally on to Arenal in the east. The resort was one of Mallorca's first mass tourism destinations and appeals to many for its fine sandy beach, quaint narrow streets, gift and craft shops, and lively nightlife scene. A tree lined promenade runs along the beach and joins the quieter resort of C’an Pastilla.
During the summer months, Arenal and parts of Playa de Palma, are very popular with young Germans looking for raucous nightlife. This means that Arenal may not be an ideal family resort, though this depends on your tolerance levels and also precisely how you intend to be spending your trip. If you are using Arenal as a base to explore other parts of Mallorca, the young revellers will probably not affect your stay.
Arenal is around 8km east of Son Sant Joan International airport in Palma. A large number of no-frills airlines offer flights to Palma from the UK, and you can also travel to Mallorca via ferry from various ports across Spain.
Numerous bus and taxi companies offer transfers into Arenal from Palma airport, with a journey time of around 15-20 minutes.
The holiday season in Arenal begins in April and ends in late October, and the busiest months are May to August. Arenal, like the rest of Mallorca, has an ideal climate for holidaymakers with little rain and average temperatures staying below 30 degrees, even in mid-summer. Temperatures remain nice in the spring and autumn and even in winter rarely drop below 10 degrees, though rain is more likely at this time of year.
September is a great time to visit, with more tolerable temperatures, smaller crowds and cheaper deals. Water temperatures range from 18 degrees in May to 26 degrees in August – ideal weather to enjoy the watersports on offer in Arenal and beyond.
One of the first things many visitors to Arenal do is make the journey back into Palma for shopping or sightseeing. Palma is easily accessible by public transport via the Empresa Municipal de Transports de Palma de Mallorca bus service.
Some, naturally, head straight for Arenal’s beach, which is very popular and shelves gently into the sea. The beach boasts fine white sand and a good range of facilities, including watersports activities. It is also backed by a promenade lined with bars, shops and restaurants.
Arenal also boasts a couple of excellent family-friendly recreation venues. The biggest water park on Mallorca, and one of the biggest in Europe,
is Aqualand el Arenal, located on the outskirts of the resort. The park
has more than 20 water rides set in luscious green surroundings.
Palma Aquarium is a spectacular marine park that recreates sea and oceanic habitats and ecosystems. The 55 aquariums contain an impressive range of flora and fauna from the Mediterranean Sea, and the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Also worth a visit whilst in Arenal is the Golf Fantasia mini golf course. This is the sister course to the one of the same name in Palma Nova, and features 54 holes in a Jurassic Park setting..
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