|Autonomous community||Balearic Islands|
|Comarca||Serra de Tramuntana|
Magaluf (//, Catalan: [məɣəˈluf], Spanish: [maɣaˈluf]), also spelled Magalluf in English, 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. Son Sant Joan Airport – Majorca's main airport – is 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Magaluf.
Magaluf is part of the municipality of Calvià and is located within a group of towns which includes Palma Nova and Torrenova. The resort caters to young (mainly British) adults 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 local residents, with most resort and package-based hotels closing their doors. The Palma Nova resort is located just north of Magaluf and is approximately a seven-minute drive from the centre of Magaluf.
Magaluf consists of a white sandy beach and the Magaluf strip, which is the centre for the main nightlife and restaurants. The twin resorts of Magaluf and Palma Nova are the largest resort developments of the municipal district of Calvià, and are situated on the island's south west coast at the western end of the huge Palma Bay, approximately 15 kilometres (9 miles) from Palma, and the Son Sant Joan International airport. 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.
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.
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's bay and is approximately 400 m away from the beach front.
There are many bars and nightclubs in Magaluf and many DJs have played at the resort including David Guetta, DJ Sammy, Freemasons, Basshunter, Judge Jules, Tiesto, Pat Sharp, Calvin Harris, Tim Westwood, Greg James and Lauren Pope. Night-life in Magaluf is centred on the Punta Balena strip, where most of the night clubs and bars are located.
The resort focuses almost exclusively on British binge drinking tourism, with extremely low alcohol and fast food (fish and chips) prices, and British staffed medical emergency centers located close to bar areas.
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.
Magaluf in popular culture
- Swedish pop musician Orup sang about the resort in 1992 in the song "Magaluf".
- English punk band Toy Dolls wrote "I've Had Enough o' Magaluf".
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- Magaluf image
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- Behrang Miri (20 August 2015). "Alla borde få lov att ha sommarlov" (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
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