Category: Calvia

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Portals Nous (Oratori) Beach

Oratori is simply a great beach and the Editor’s favourite. You couldn’t wish for a better location, right next to glamorous Puerto Portals with its numerous bars, cafés & restaurants & home of probably the best beach bar on the island, Roxy’s Beach Bar.

Oratori is a Blue Flag beach located between Puerto Portals and the small community of Bendinat in the southwest of the island. The beach is very popular with the younger crowd due to its proximity to Portals and the associated foodie and nightlife scene. The beach is also popular with families because of the superb nearby amenities and facilities.

You’ve got 250m of golden sand, clear blue seas and even an island to swim to should you find the energy to do so. Facilities include sun loungers and parasols, showers and toilets and lifeguards.

There’s also water sports available; which includes paddle boats and kayaks that you can rent.

You’ll find an eclectic mix of nationalities at Oratori. The beach is particularly attractive to British and German expats and locals – which is a good indicator of how fantastic the beach is. It is also popular with yachties who moor their yachts at the marina and come ashore to sunbathe and eat in the many restaurants.

For foodies, Puerto Portals offers an excellent choice with varied menus and venues. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on sunny terraces watching the expensive cars drive by or choose a Mediterranean lounge setting or a salon.

The easiest way to drive to the beach is via the MA-1 that runs from Palma all the way through to Andratx. Take the Costa d’en Blanes-Portals Nous exit and then follow signs to Portals Nous.

Finding a parking space can be hit or miss and you’re probably end up having to take a bit of a walk from your car to the beach. Public transport may be your best option.

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Nightlife in Magaluf

Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore it! Nightlife in Magaluf is infamous and the town is the party capital of Mallorca. The Strip (real name Puenta Baena) is a magnet for the young and the not so young and in just half a mile, you’ll find over 50 bars & 5 nightclubs.

Magaluf has just one ‘superclub’ and that is BCM Magaluf; which has consistently been voted in the top 10 nightclubs in the world by DJ Mag. This 5,000 capacity club is a must visit venue for anyone that enjoys nightlife.

BCM is being fully refurbished and you can subscribe to their newsletter via their website to receive information about the opening date, artists & events.

In the past, many great DJs have played at BCM including Snoop Dogg, David Guetta and Tiesto (to name a few).

Other nightclubs in Magaluf include Boomerang, Tokio Joes, Bananas & Car Wash; which are all part of the Magaluf Club Pass (MCP). Also included in the MCP is one strip club. The pass allows you entry into all 5 venues on the same night for the price of 1 club ticket. It is a great way to enjoy nightlife in Magaluf on a budget.

When it comes to bars, there is a lot of choice in Magaluf and it is not our intention to list them all here, instead we highlight a few bars that we believe should not be missed.

Stereo Bar adds a modern twist to Magaluf with a large outdoor seating area. Its either the first bar on the Strip if you’re going uphill or the last! With live DJs & live sports, Stereo is a good place to start or finish your night.

A big favourite in Magaluf is Eastenders Bar, it is not on the Strip but not far away and is the place to go to watch football. If you fancy yourself as a singer, Eastenders Bar also host karaoke. Sunday lunch at Eastenders is legendary

If you fancy a night off the Magaluf strip, or before heading to BCM, then Panama Jacks is a great venue, it is located opposite BCM Planet Dance and is always very busy.

A big favourite among tourists is Crystals Bar at the bottom of the Strip, the VIP Booths here are excellent and the DJs play chart music until 4am.

For Shisha or for football on giant screens, head to Linekers Bar or if you want drinking games and party music, head to the Red Lion.

Early starters and day drinkers will feel at home in Mulligans or Jack Daniels.

For something different and a break from the Strip, we recommend the  Pirates Adventure Show which for over 30 years, has dazzled over 3 million spectators with a non-stop, swashbuckling show packed with acrobatics, dancing, gymnastics and visual effects that rivals Cirque du Soleil.

There is a 18+ version of the show called Pirates Reloaded or at the same venue, you could try out Gringos Bingo, this is bingo but not as you know it! It is the ultimate night out for adults of all ages. Expect chaos, raves, dance-offs, funny prizes and big prizes!

Katmandu Park

There is only one theme park in Mallorca and it goes by the name of Katmandu Park. Its a fun place, a little wacky and a little bizarre and not very big; however it has enough going on to keep you entertained for 4 to 6 hours.

Located in Magaluf, the park contains mind-blowing attractions, water park thrills & games plus an on-site hotel, Sol Katmandu Park complete with a giant yeti scaling the outside of the building.

The on-site resort hotel is themed around The Legend of Katmandu™ – a mythical story featuring a Great Yeti who guards the powerful Red Jewel, Desirata™ – its a lot of fun and includes hotel employees wearing Steampunk costumes and check in at a whimsical, time-travelling tram.

There’s some benefits for families who stay at the hotel; which include a free Sol Katmandu Play pass worth €200 per day for a family of four, it gets you into the park until 6pm daily with options to upgrade to a Gold pass, which includes night time entry.

You’ll find 10+ attractions at the park including an upside down Tibetan house where you can journey through time and imagination, the undersea world of KATOPIA Splash Park and KATOPIA Soft Play Adventure, the 16m high K3 Climb or if you prefer, you can take on the living dead in the ZOMBIES! XD Dark Ride.

For a full list of available attractions, check out the Katmandu Park website at – katmandupark.com

If you are feeling peckish, the Snack Shack in the centre of the park serves hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fries, hamburgers, cold drinks including alcohol plus tea and fresh coffee.

The park is usually open until 10pm, obviously being Magaluf, it can get quite boisterous in the evening so if you are with children, the best time to visit is during the day.

Further information about Nightlife in Magaluf.

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El Toro – (El Toro, Nation Street)

El Toro (‘The Bull’) is a friendly coastal community located next to a cliff overlooking the superyacht marina of Port Adriano.

There are close to 2,500 residents in El Toro consisting of a mix of locals and expats from Britain, Germany, Scandinavia and other European countries.

El Toro is sandwiched between two of the most notorious resorts on the island, Santa Ponsa and Magaluf; however you would not know this when you are there because it is generally tourist free.

At the top of the cliff overlooking the beach and the marina, there is a 5-star, adults only hotel called Pure Salt Port Adriano. The hotel is particularly popular with golfers because they have an on-site golf simulator and there are nearby golf courses.

El Toro has a main street, Carrer Gran Via; which is referred to as ‘El Toro, Nation Street’ by the local British expats. On this street, you will find a number of popular eating and drinking establishments including the wonderful Med 54, a British-Mediterranean style restaurant and bar that has quickly made a name for itself with a 5 star rating on Tripadvisor from over 100 reviews.

Other establishments of note are Café Kebab, a firm favourite with the locals and expats, Bohemia (a Spanish bar), Thai El Toro, The Anchor Bar and Bistro 49.

From Carrer Gran Via, a steep road takes you down to Port Adriano, one of the most modern marinas in the Mediterranean and quickly becoming the preferred marina for superyachts.

To the right of Port Adriano, is a lovely small beach called Playa El Toro (official name is Cala de ses Penyes Roges). The beach is 250m long with fine-grained, golden sand and despite being popular during the high season, there is usually lots of room to find your own piece of beach.

A very popular eating and drinking haunt is Restaurante Playa El Toro; which is located close to the water and has its own swimming pool. The restaurant is often referred to as The Chicken Shack or Tin Hut due to its tin roof. The food here is really good and the prices are very reasonable.

Towering over the Chicken Shack is a very large block of residential apartments nicknamed ‘The Ship’ because from the sea and at night when the apartments are lit up, it resembles a cruise ship.

The Ship is one of the oldest residential complexes in the area and is a mix of well-renovated apartments and apartments that are similar to how they were many decades ago. Residents of The Ship have some of the best views available in El Toro, looking out towards the sea, Port Adriano and the beach.

El Toro is a quirky and fun place with a terrific mix of personalities. Look out for a VW Chapuza usually parked on Carrer Gran Via that looks like it was abandoned 15 years ago and has grass growing out of the hood. Despite appearances, it is perfectly street legal and a constant annoyance to the authorities.