Which Mallorca resort is the one for you?

Culture Vultures…

Most tourists heading off to Mallorca will undoubtedly be dreaming of the warm sunshine and golden beaches, clubbing in Magaluf or getting a tan in the tourist hot spot of Santa Ponsa. However what many won’t realise is that nearby is a wealth of culture and history to be discovered in the town of Palma, just 8km from the airport and Mallorca’s capital city. What was once one of the most important towns during Muslim Spain still holds relics and reminders of the past, as well as providing some fantastic tourist activities for visitors. A walk through the maze of cobbled streets will take you from street markets to boutique shops, whilst you soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere and Spanish charm. Historians will want to see the Arab baths and architecture enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Gothic Cathedral overlooking the Marina or the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, an official summer residence of the Spanish royal family. Palma is the ideal city break if the ideal of sitting by the pool all day bores you and you want to explore somewhere new in the sunshine.

Party animals…

If you’re a bit less culture and a bit more clubbing then Magaluf is the resort for you! Head down to the Punta Ballena strip for the resort’s best bars and nightclubs, or to Avenida S’Olivera to visit the Islands largest nightclub,  BCM. Behind the nightclub is the BCM square which is the place to mingle, where you’ll find bars, more bars, and surprise surprise, even more bars. There is also a big screen where you can watch sports matches, so you don’t have to worry about missing the Euros or the Olympics if you’re heading out there this summer. With every bar offering a different drinks offer plus 5 nightclubs in the resort, Magaluf is not for the fainthearted. This is the best place for you if you want to party all night and spend your days sleeping off your hangover by the pool. Next door is Palmanova– slightly quiter than Magaluf but great for the younger crowd wanting a summer break.


Family fun…

Sunny Santa Ponsa is really popular with Irish holidaymakers and although it does come alive in the evenings, the entertainment on offer is more family orientated than Magaluf. This is a great family destination with golf courses, restaurants, the gorgeous Platja de Santa Ponsa beach and go karting for energetic holidaymakers. Another great destination for families is Alcudia where you can enjoy a mixture of home comforts such as chippies and bars without the 18-30 crowds that can make a resort too rowdy for your little ones. Just north of Alcudia is Puerto Pollensa which is quite laid back and great for families and couples.  If your kids are into their waterparks then El Arenal might just be the place for you, being home to Majorca’s largest waterpark. With dozens of different slides to try out, this is a family day out to enjoy time and time again. El Arenal is a purpose built resort just south of Palma with the usual ameneties such as shops, bars and restaurants, as well as the amazing Playa de Palma, a long golden stretch of sand with a waterfront promenade.

Peace and quiet…

If you’re not really into the whole ‘Brits Abroad’ thing but still want to enjoy the Balearic islands then Cala d’Or is the place for you.  This small fishing village is still a popular destination and is lively in the evenings, but much less so than larger resorts such as Magaluf or Santa Ponsa. Cala d’Or has plenty of nearby beaches for you to enjoy if you’re a sun sea and sand lover, whilst the fishing port of Porto Petro is a short journey away by the mini train that will take you through different resorts in Majorca. Another place laid back travellers might want to consider is Portals Nous with a gorgeous luxury marina- you should go just to admire the yachts and wish you had one yourself!


Congratulations to Neil Jukes who has won a £25 alpharooms.com voucher for his answer of Palma, Mallorca for this week’s Where in the World Wednesday competition. Perhaps you can use your voucher to head off to the lovely Mallorca this summer!

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  • by
    pamela ocallaghan
    Posted June 14, 2012 2:47 pm 0Likes

    palma for me love it there:) and i always book through alpha rooms no matter where i go so do my family the cheapest around is alpharooms for every destanation 🙂

  • by
    Debbie Holmes
    Posted June 14, 2012 5:29 pm 0Likes

    I love the quiet, easy going lifestyle of Porto Colom and Cala Marsaille. The atmosphere is fantastic for chilling and relaxing on the beach with drink in one hand and book in the other. Wonderful.

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