Magaluf is renowned throughout Europe for its party atmosphere with young crowds and wild clubs. This reputation is well-founded and forms the foundation of the resort’s appeal to tourists, many of whom return year after year in search of a good boogie.
Situated on the gorgeous Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Magaluf is surrounded by beautiful natural locations and fascinating historical sites. For a break from the booming bass of the town, sneak away and enjoy these hidden gems while you can – and don’t worry, the party will still be going when you get back!
The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range stretches across northwest Mallorca, covering around 30% of the island’s total area. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, it is a must visit for all lovers of nature and history: its spectacular landscapes and attractions deserve a couple of day visits to fully appreciate them.
Andratx – The first stop on your mountain exploration should be the charming little town of Andratx. Narrow streets and a cute main square characterise this small town, which also boasts a weekly market on Wednesdays. After picking out local delicacies from the stalls in the square, head up to Sant Bartolomeu Church and look out over the almond fields.
Deià – Next up is a visit to Deià, an old village famed for its artists and authors. Surrounding the village are several wonderful towns, such as Soller, which sits in the famous Valley of Oranges.
Lluc and Cap de Formentor –The Santuari de Lluc is a monastic site that represents the peak of Mallorcan religion, housing the island’s patron saint Catherine of Palma. A short drive north of the monastery brings you to Cap de Formentor – the very tip of the island. On this route, visitors can look across the Mediterranean and visit the tower known as Atalasia of Albercuix, which peaks out of the rock and into the open sea.
Mallorca is also home to a number of fabulous hidden beaches. Of these, Cala Falco is a short distance from Magaluf, and is the tranquil and quiet opposite of the resort’s coastline. Better described as a hidden cove than a beach, the sand here is golden and the water is clear and shallow.
Another excellent option for visitors in search of a hushed and relaxing beach is Portals Vells Beach, located in between Magaluf and Port Adriano. The beach itself can only be accessed by navigating a maze of small country roads, but it’s all worth it for the magical caves and rock formations waiting for you at the waterside. The same can be said for Cala Deia, the furthest beach of the bunch from Magaluf and a hotspot for artists, celebrities and people generally in the know.
Since Moorish times, Castell d’Alaro has stood atop a rocky outcrop above the town of Alaro in western Mallorca. About an hour away from Magaluf, the castle makes for a perfect day trip, combining everything from a scenic walk to a delicious lunch. Visitors to the castle can choose to walk to it from the town or drive a bit closer before beginning the ascent. As you walk 800 meters above the town and up towards the castle, you will witness some fantastic views over the valley’s olive groves and settlements. And, even better: once at the top, you can enjoy some of the island’s finest wine, cheese and hams. You deserve it!
The island of Sa Porrassa is visible from the beaches of Magaluf, only a short boat ride or long swim away from the resort. The small island is only 400 meters across and is known as Black Lizard Island because of the abundance of black lizards that can be found scurrying up its rocks. For a bit of early-morning fun rather than a whole day trip, a visit to Sa Porrassa is a worthy challenge for intrepid swimmers and nature lovers alike.
How to Get There
London to Mallorca has a flight time of around two and a half hours, with large budget airlines such as easyJet, Jet2 and Ryanair flying direct to Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI).
Magaluf is a 30-minute drive from the airport, so you will want to sort out a speedy airport transfer before you leave. Shuttle Direct offers a low-cost and efficient transfer service, enabling you to easily get to the resort and keep costs down. Book a budget-friendly shared shuttle, meet other travellers and exchange tips for the holiday.
Where to Stay
Hostal Jakiton – Hostal Jakiton is a five-minute walk from Magaluf’s beaches and is located away from the main strip. Every area of the resort is accessible from this well-placed hostel, including delicious nearby restaurants and chic bars. The rooms here are all squeaky clean and are equipped with tiled floors and air-conditioning, meaning that they remain very comfortable in the hot weather.
Hostal Roberto – Ten minutes’ walk away from Magaluf, this hostel is further out and avoids the noise and bustle of the resort. The location is an ideal base for enjoying the resort and the surrounding area, and the beach is only 100 yards away. Staff at the reception are exceptionally friendly and full of advice for curious travellers.
La Mimosa Guesthouse – This B&B is closer to Parma than to Magaluf, giving you easy access to the island’s capital. All of the rooms at La Mimosa Guesthouse are delightfully simple, and some include a terrace with sea views. The property is four minutes’ walk away from the beach and is enclosed by verdant gardens.
About Shuttle Direct
For ease of use, low costs and punctuality, you cannot beat a Shuttle Direct airport transfer. With years of industry experience, Shuttle Direct knows how to keep its customers happy and on the move. By employing local drivers with knowledge of their area and its attractions, airport transfers with Shuttle Direct are a nifty way to find out all of the secrets about your holiday destination.