Information & Facts
Daytime activities in Magaluf are centred on the long sandy
beach, where most of the party-goers sleep off their holiday
nightlife escapades in the sunshine. The more energetic can take
advantage of various watersports, like jet skiing, donutting, kite
surfing or even scuba diving. The waterpark and a wild west theme
park are also popular options, offering thrills and spills.
Excursions to other resorts on Mallorca, and into the capital,
Palma, are also available. Many visitors prefer to hire a car or
moped and explore the island on their own steam.
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
Magaluf is geared mainly for young Brits looking for a loud and
lively holiday; it's not a great destination for those after peace
and tranquillity. Although it has improved in recent years, the
skyline of Magaluf remains characterised by 1960s and 70s apartment
blocks and the resort is packed with salesmen; the street vendors
are best avoided but the 'PRs' outside the bars and restaurants can
be worth chatting up as they offer free drinks. Visitors should be
aware of the pickpockets on the beach at night.
It is the pulsating nightlife that brings holidaymakers to
Magaluf, and therefore there is no lack of bright lights after
dark, the party swinging into, and beyond, dawn the next morning.
Most start the evening in one of the plethora of bars and move on
to dance or theme parties hosted by top DJs in the numerous clubs
along the famed Punta Ballena strip. Touts line the strip seducing
customers into their establishments with special offers on drinks
and cocktails. The most renowned of Magaluf's clubs is the massive
BCM, which uses around three million gallons of bubbles to cover
its floor on its famous foam party nights. Other well-known names
are Carwash, Bananas and Boomerangs. A popular alternative to
drinking and clubbing is an evening at the Pirates Adventure theme
dinner and show.
Magaluf is a resort favoured by young budget holidaymakers, and
it therefore has an abundance of fast-food outlets. Those in
self-catering accommodation find they are never very far from a
familiar name like McDonalds, Burger King or Pizza Hut. The resort
also has a wide selection of restaurants, the majority catering to
British tastes. There are several restaurants that offer Sunday
roasts and other favourites like bangers and mash, fish and chips
and shepherd's pie. For variety there are Indian, Chinese, Mexican,
Italian and even some Spanish restaurants too.
The promenade and streets in the centre of Magaluf are lined
with dozens of shops selling beachwear, souvenirs and other Spanish
vacation souvenirs geared for holidaymakers. Better shopping can be
found in Palma, an easy taxi or bus ride away. Every Monday there
is a market in Calvia, six miles (10km) inland; good buys here
include porcelain, jewelery and leather goods. There is also a
popular market in Inca each Thursday for those who want to go
farther afield. There are good supermarkets for shopping in Palma
Nova and Magaluf, they stock all the well-known international
brands, as well as local produce. Most things are good value,
particularly alcohol and cigarettes.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).