Coordinates: 39°30′39.6″N 2°32′15″E / 39.511000°N 2.53750°E / 39.511000; 2.53750
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Magaluf is located in Majorca
Magaluf shown within Majorca
Coordinates: 39°30′39.6″N 2°32′15″E / 39.511000°N 2.53750°E / 39.511000; 2.53750
Sovereign stateSpain
Autonomous communityBalearic Islands
ProvinceBalearic Islands
ComarcaSerra de Tramuntana
 • Total3,981
Postal code
Dialling code971

Magaluf (/mæɡəˈlf/, Catalan: [məɣəˈluf], Spanish: [maɣaˈluf]) is a town on the western coast of the island of Majorca. Known as a major tourist destination and holiday resort town, Magaluf is in the municipality of Calvià, which is likewise a popular package tour destination.[1]


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[2]) adults and couples as well as families, with peak season during July and August. During the winter season (November through March), the population of Magaluf consists primarily of[3] 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 five-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.[4]

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.[5]


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, Tiësto, Pat Sharp, Calvin Harris, Tim Westwood, Greg James, Martin Garrix and Lauren Pope.[6] Night-life in Magaluf is centred on the Punta Balena strip, where most of the nightclubs and bars are located.[7]

The nightlife and associated activities results in the town being commonly nicknamed "Shagaluf" and “Megamuff” in popular British culture.

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 centres located close to bar areas.[2]

British tour operators have warned the Spanish Tourist Board that the image of Magaluf[8] is affecting their efforts to market Mallorca.[9][10]

Magaluf in popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ "Magaluf Majorca: Your Best Guide to Move to Majorca". VillasBroker Real Estate. 16 November 2016. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Vlamingen in Magaluf: "We willen hier zo snel mogelijk weg"". 28 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Nomenclátor. Relación de unidades poblacionales". Instituto Nacional de Estadística. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Calvia Beach Resort". Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Popular Challenge - Low Cost Holidays". Retrieved 21 November 2012.
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  7. ^ Aspinall, Adam (23 July 2020). "Magaluf's infamous Punta Ballena party strip is now boarded-up ghost town". mirror.
  8. ^ Carvajal, Doreen (11 July 2015). "In Tourist Destinations, a Picture of Excess". The New York Times – via
  9. ^ "Will strict new behaviour rules spell the end for 'Shagaluf'?". The Independent. 5 June 2015.
  10. ^ McVeigh, Tracy (18 April 2015). "Magaluf's days of drinking and casual sex are numbered – or so Mallorca hopes". The Observer.
  11. ^ Behrang Miri (20 August 2015). "Alla borde få lov att ha sommarlov" (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. Retrieved 6 January 2016.

External links[edit]

Media related to Magaluf at Wikimedia Commons