A holiday to Magaluf has attained a near-mythical status among young Britons. For many holidaymakers, the low cost of a Magaluf holiday and the lack of scrutiny from friends, family and authority figures back home make for a hedonistic experience, and the ensuing drunken shenanigans and war stories have graced many a student room and pub table back home, sometimes even making headlines.
With cheap alcohol and a thriving nightlife being the chief attractions of a Magaluf holiday, the choice of restaurants is often overlooked. Generally speaking, Magaluf is poorly served when it comes to places to eat, with frozen ingredients and microwave cooking all too common. That’s why, after consulting with Spanish residents and taking into account the opinions of those most familiar with the local ingredients and cuisine, we have recommended a few restaurants below.
Restaurante El Mundo
El Mundo is an excellent choice of restaurant, offering a variety of fresh, well-cooked food. Offering traditional Spanish dishes such as paella (made to order from fresh ingredients) and a selection of locally caught seafood, El Mundo also offers tapas, meat dishes and pizza, also made fresh and in-house.
On top of your high quality, well-cooked food, you can also expect friendly service and pleasant, airy surroundings. El Mundo serves local wine and sangria, making for an all-round excellent experience wherein you have the chance to try either local Spanish cooking or a more familiar option such as pizza – perfect for a group with mixed tastes.
Pinada Number 2
Open 7 days a week, 12pm-12am
Another Spanish restaurant, Pardos, is particularly known for its fish and seafood. So fresh you’ll swear it dropped straight off the line and into the pan, you can choose from a range of top-notch dishes. Offering staples such as prawns, squid, mussels and whole, grilled white fish, Pardos also features a lobster tank, should you fancy treating yourself.
Grilled seafood platters are always a solid choice, or if you prefer a rice dish, there are plenty of options cooked with with lobster, prawns, squid, mussels and more. As well as excellent seafood, Pardos offers various other Spanish dishes and tapas, such as Spanish ham and cheese, and staples such as steak. The large proportion of locals in its customer base is a testament to the quality of Pardos’ food and the generous portions are another plus. This restaurant makes for a tasty introduction to Spanish cuisine.
Avenida de Magaluf, 10
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
This eatery differs from those mentioned above in that it serves Mexican rather than Spanish food. Not only does it serve excellent quality, good value Mexican food, along with Mexican lager and tequila, but you’ll be made to feel welcome by smiling, friendly staff too.
The staff, the clientele and the general feel of the place all contribute to a buzzing, yet relaxed atmosphere. El Maquito offers a nice change from the burger bars and grills that dominate Magaluf, while providing a fantastic party atmosphere. El Maquito is a great place to get you in the mood for a night out, or even to visit in the middle of an evening’s revelry, and has opening hours to match.
Avenida de Magaluf,
Open 7 days, 5pm-2am
How to get to Magaluf
Now that you have even more reasons to visit Magaluf on a holiday, you will be happy to know that this resort is within relatively easy reach from the UK. If you’re flying from London airports, direct flights by Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways, Iberia and Monarch can take you to Palma Mallorca airport in about 2 hours and 20 minutes, leaving only a 25-minute transfer ride from Palma de Mallorca to Magaluf in between you and a healthy meal at the beach. If you’re driving a rental car, take the Ma-20 and Ma-1 in the direction of Magaluf.
Public transport links between Palma Mallorca Airport and Magaluf are also available, but mind that your journey will take almost an hour longer this way. If you’re taking up the challenge of getting your group and your luggage to Magaluf by public transport anyways, take bus 1 from Palma de Mallorca Airport to “Comte de Sallent”, then change to bus 105 direction “El Toro”. The journey will take you around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Where to stay
Apartamentos Sol y Vera – These apartments are perfect for sleeping a small group, with enough space for a few people and a kitchenette for basic self-catering. Sol y Vera also features an on-site bar and restaurant, although this hardly matters as it’s only a few minutes on foot to the heart of Magaluf, where you’ll find all the delicious restaurants mentioned earlier. Every apartment has its own terrace, and there’s an outdoor pool as well, allowing you to unwind and enjoy the weather before and after a night out.
Hotel Samos – With a gorgeous sun terrace and idyllic, adults-only swimming pool, 3 star Hotel Samos offers a complete experience at competitive prices. The hotel has indoor and outdoor bar areas and has live music in the evenings, meaning you can either start an evening here or enjoy some in-house entertainment without venturing into the nightly crowds.
Sol Wave House – Perfect for water sports enthusiasts, 4 star Sol Wave House offers a beautiful infinity pool and a wave machine for surfing practice. The surf theme is continued in the decor of the rooms, all of which have sea or pool views, and the hotel offers extensive on-site entertainment, with several restaurants, bars and lounges.