Magaluf

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Magaluf
Municipality
Magaluf Beach
Magaluf Beach
Magaluf is located in Spain
Magaluf
Magaluf
Location of Magaluf in Spain
Coordinates: 39°30′39.6″N 2°32′15″E / 39.511000°N 2.53750°E / 39.511000; 2.53750Coordinates: 39°30′39.6″N 2°32′15″E / 39.511000°N 2.53750°E / 39.511000; 2.53750
Country  Spain
Province Balearic Islands
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Body Ayuntamiento de Calvia
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 07181
Area code +34 (Spain) 971 (Province)
Website www.calvia.com

Magaluf (Catalan pronunciation: [məɣəˈɫuf]; also spelled Magalluf, IPA: [məɣəˈʎuf]) is a major holiday resort on the Spanish island of Majorca, primarily catering for the British, Russian, Irish, German and Scandinavian package holiday market. Magaluf is in the municipality of Calvià and is situated within a group of towns, primarily Torrenova and Palma Nova. The main airport of Majorca is approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi) away from Magaluf.

Swedish pop artist Orup sang about the resort in 1992 in the song "Magaluf". English punk band Toy Dolls wrote "I've Had Enough o' Magaluf".

Resort[edit]

The resort caters for young singles and couples as well as families, with peak season during July and August. The winter season (November through March) sees the population of Magaluf consist of mainly[1] local residents, with most resort and package-based hotels closing their doors.

Magaluf consists of a white sandy beach and the notorious Magaluf strip, which is the centre for the main bars and clubs. Magaluf has notably seen a decline in its image, this is ultimately due to the binge drinking, which has resulted in the press releasing many negative articles. The negative reputation of the resort has meant that action needed to be taken to spruce up the resort for a new type of tourist. Meliá Hotels International started the required investment for the first stage in modernising the resort of Magaluf, by updating four hotels on the beach front, known as the Calvià Beach Resort, which opened in June 2012.[2]

It is expected that within the next 5 years there will be renovation of other hotels in the area, changes in their use, improvement of existing facilities and construction of new facilities as well as the ability to attract visitors in the low season.[3]

A popular challenge for tourists is a swim to Black Lizard Island (Isla de sa Porrassa) located in the centre of Magaluf Bay. The island is known by this name due to the very high number of black lizards that can be found scurrying away during one's climb. The island is situated right in the centre of Magaluf bay and is approximately 400 m away from the beach front.[4]

Nightlife[edit]

There are many bars and nightclubs in Magaluf and many DJs have played at the resort including David Guetta, DJ Sammy, Freemasons, Basshunter, Greg James, Judge Jules, Tiesto, Pat Sharp, Calvin Harris, Tim Westwood and Lauren Pope. Night-life in Magaluf is centred on the Punta Balena strip, where most of the night clubs and bars are located.

Controversy[edit]

  • Magaluf, which is notorious for binge drinking, is often highlighted in the newspapers due to the outlandish behaviour by the British[5] and Irish.[6] It has gained the nickname "Shagaluf" in some media outlets.[7]
  • British tour operators have warned the Spanish Tourist Board that the image of Magaluf is affecting their efforts to market Mallorca. The night-life has been notorious for many years, and the latest image is not much to be desired with news reports of balcony deaths and nightly presence of prostitutes, who local business and council claim are muggers.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nomenclátor. Relación de unidades poblacionales". Instituto Nacional de Estadística. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Calvia Beach Resort". Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Future". Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Popular Challenge - Low Cost Holidays". Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Reid, Sue (31 July 2012). "Daily Mail - Brits in Magaluf". London. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Horan, Niamh (20 July 2014). "Irish Independent - Every parent's worst nightmare: carnage of Magaluf uncovered". Dublin. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/focus/article1433661.ece
  8. ^ "Euro Weekly News - Mallorca". Retrieved 21 November 2012. 

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