Magaluf is situated within the municipality of Calvia on the island's south west coast, at the western end of the beautiful Bay of Palma. Once a peaceful fishing village, Magaluf's rapid development started in the 1960s and has not stopped since, with the resort becoming known as the party capital of Mallorca.
However, there is more to Magaluf than its notorious nightlife, especially after moves by the authorities in recent years to gentrify the resort and get rid of some of its less attractive buildings. With a sweep of palm-fringed beachfront, a wide choice of watersports, and quiet neighbouring holiday suburbs, Magaluf has an attractive setting that has broadened its appeal beyond the 18-30s crowd.
Getting to Magaluf could not be easier, with flights on offer from a vast selection of airports throughout the UK and the rest of Europe. The arrival point for flights to Mallorca is Palma International Airport (Son Sant Joan). The resort is just a short 20 minute drive from the airport ensuring relatively easy coach or taxi transfers, particularly with the modern and upgraded highway system.
Palma also hosts a major port, which can be reached by ferry from various points in mainland Spain, though this method of travel obviously takes a lot longer.
Magaluf, like the rest of the island, enjoys a superb all-year-round climate with plenty of sunshine and very low rainfall. The average annual temperature is about 17C.
During the summer, Magaluf is more suited for those looking for an action-packed holiday, rather than lazy days on the beach followed by a quiet drink in the evening. However, from the end of October to around Easter the following year, the resort experiences a change of character: As the families, and the 18-30's begin to leave the island, middle aged couples move in, looking to take advantage of long winter breaks in the Mallorcan sunshine.
Magaluf has fine sandy beaches with various activities on offer including watersports and glass bottom boat trips, as well as countless shops, bars and restaurants scattered along the wide promenade.
The Aqualand Magaluf on the edge of the resort is a giant waterpark with exciting slides, thrilling rides for older kids and some tamer ones for toddlers. There is also a Go-kart track located near to the Aquapark.
One of the newest attractions in Calvia is the Western Park, a combination of a water park and a wild west theme park. It is suitable for all the family, offering birds shows, a small animal farm, and green lawned areas to relax in.
Located right in the centre of Magaluf, the House of Katmandu is a giant, Tibetan-style mansion which takes visitors through a series of rooms as a self-guided tour tells the story of its owner, Kilgore Goode. At the rear of the House of Katmandu is the 4D Experience extreme motion cinema, which offers 6 rides to choose from, with specially designed seating and special effects.
Also in the resort is the Pickles Ballroom and Dance Studio, which is open during the winter for social dancing as well dance tuition, including modern ballroom, latin-american and salsa.
The diversity of Magaluf nightlife means such there’s something for everyone. For younger crowds there are hundreds of bars and some of Europe's best clubs and discos. Most of these venues are located along 'The strip', which can be found on a hill called Punta Balena which runs from the town centre up to the district of Torrenova.
For older visitors and families there are more laid back bar venues offering fine entertainment, as well as a good selection of restaurants. The resort's must-see evening attraction for families is the Pirates Adventure themed dinner/show. This is an excellent place to take the children, though there is a weekly adults' night, usually on a Sunday.
If you want to get away from Magaluf, Palma is easily reached by buses that leave every half-hour. Alternatively, the number 50 is a sightseeing bus which visits all the main attractions in Palma before returning to Magaluf.