Magaluf Excursions Guide
Magaluf is not just a party animal’s paradise but a haven for natural beauty. With stunning caves, pristine beaches and much more, the region is clearly blessed with nature’s bounty. And to complement these wondrous sights there are innumerable historically rich sites for history and architecture buffs.
Named after the large number of black lizards that reside here is the Black Lizard Island locally known as “Isla de sa Porrassa” or “Isla de la Porrasa.” Located in the bay of Magaluf, the uninhabited island challenges tourists to swim across for a round of applause and bragging rights. Other than swimming you explore the area by boat or hit a hiking trail. Located a short distance away from Magaluf is The Gran Casino Mallorca. This is the only casino on the island and combines the fun of gambling with partying. It draws avid gamblers but also people who wish to be entertained and enthralled. The beautiful beach outside gives it an edge over even the great Las Vegas. Passports are required to enter gaming halls, which is open only to adults.
In Magaluf, you can find plenty of mesmerizing, naturally formed caves. The most popular amongst them is the Coves De Arta. These stunning caves are set in the foreground of imposing mountains, a sight that adds to their beauty. The Canyamel Bay is the darling of budding and professional photographers. Located on Majorca's East coast are the Coves del Drach. These massive caves are home to Lake Martel, one of the largest underground lakes in the world. Boat rides on the lake are set to classical music and special lighting, and afford people lovely views of limestone creations that are all around. A little away from Magaluf are the famous Coves del Hams, which are also called Cuevas dels Hams or Coves dels Hams. Much like at the Coves del Drach, one can enjoy boat rides to music and lighting here as well. These manmade additions heighten the mood and natural beauty of the caves. The fourth most famous caves around Magaluf are the Caves of Campanet or the Coves de Campanet. These sprawling caves are stacked with stalactite and stalagmite spikes some of which are so old that they have fused together to become a single formation. Here, you can see Europe’s longest 'spaghetti' stalactite and also fossils of an extinct goat-like creature. Unlike most other caves, these unique caves are still growing. And to protect their fragile environs photography inside is forbidden.
A popular destination for tourists looking for high-end luxury in the area is Son Amar. This is an exclusive 16th centure estate located in the Majorcan countryside and draws people with its luxurious fine dining and entertainment. Here, champagne flows like water and live orchestra enchants the guests. At night, a spectacle of light, music and lasers take over and the day is closed by the exotic Son Amar Dancers. The Venetian carnival and ball is recreated for the audience followed by a stunning equestrian exhibition and Spanish ballet recitals. The dinner and theater show is given a perfect conclusion by an incredible laser and water show.
A great day trip from Magaluf is the Els Calderers in Sant Joan. Located at the bottom of the Bonany chapel, this is an estate built by the Veri dynasty in the 13th century. It now serves as a popular museum, which is open all year round. Wine tasting is organized at the estate and their wine cellar is very popular amongst connoisseurs of wine. Located in Palma is a Spanish village known as The Pueblo Espanol. This is an authentic recreation of a Spanish village where people re-enact the life of an actual villager. The Pueblo Espanol also boasts of a series of recreated buildings like buildings from Toledo, Madrid, Cordoba and a reproduction of the Alhambra Palace. Recently the place went through major changes and is now called the Nuevo Pueblo Español. Its theme-based quality was replaced by commercial attractions like bars, lounges and restaurants. In 1838, Chopin and his lover, George Sand bid adieu to their homes in Paris to escape society’s restrictions over their love. They, then, came to Valldemossa and made the monastery their home. With its stirring history, Valldemossa draws innumerable fans of Chopin and Sand. Even for those who aren’t moved by the story, this a lovely place to enjoy panoramic views of the region. Other than the Valldemossa monastery, tourists must walk through the village. On your way to the monastery you might even catch a glimpse of the home of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones.
The Palma De Mallorca Cathedral is more than just a tourist destination it is a revered spot which exudes divinity. The Cathedral is set by the sea and offers splendid romantic sights. There Cathedral, locally known as Seo has many enchanting aspects, which will be deeply appreciated by followers of French Gothic architecture. One of the most famous monuments in Majorca is the Bellver Castle or the Castell de Bellver. Built in the 14th Century by King James II of Aragon, this circular-shaped castle is perched on a hill near Palma. In the 18th and 19th Centuries the castle served as a holding place for prisoners of war. And it is believed that over 50,000 people were executed or imprisoned here within the King’s first 10 years of rule. Today, the castle serves as a popular tourist destination and museum. For photography enthusiasts, the Castle’s courtyard offers stunning sights of the city, its bay and the castle itself.