The beaches in Palmanova / Magaluf
Palmanova and Magaluf are two classical holiday resort areas - and especially Magaluf is Mallorca's centre of colourful celebrations during the summer months. At that time, the city is invaded by youngsters who party all night and rest on the long, wide sandy beaches all day. The rest of the season, the age group among the visitors vary more, and the pace is significantly quieter. During the cold winter months, retirees dominate the area.
In Palmanova and Magaluf, there's no need to feel bored. Plenty of bars, restaurants and discos are at your disposal, and on the beach you can enjoy all types of water sports. In addition, you have five good golf courses nearby. The two areas have gradually grown together, but still have different character. In Palmanova, the buildings are low, and you find large, old residential neighborhoods with a predominant Spanish population. The tourists are primarily Scandinavian as well as some English and Germans. Magaluf, however, consists of large hotel complexes and a distinct tourist environment. Visitors are almost exclusively British.
These years, Palmanova / Magaluf are undergoing a rather extensive 'face lift'. A wide beach promenade offers lots of restaurants and cafés, and it's also good for cycling and jogging. Along the promenade, palm trees has been planted, nice walls have been erected, and well-kept playgrounds have been built - all of which are regularly updated and upgraded. It's easy to get to and from Palma by bus.
The beaches of both Magaluf and Palmanova are child friendly due to the nice sand and the pleasantly shallow water. However, Magaluf is probably not the right resort for families with children. It's still dominated by young people looking for a good time and a party, which is also clearly observed when taking a stroll on the beach. On the other hand, everything is possible in Magalluf as regards rental of equipment - water skiing and water ski school, jet skiing, banana boats and paragliding. The activities are also numerous in Palmanova, but if you miss opportunities, take a detour to Magaluf, and you'll find the actitivies, almost guaranteed.