Lively, noisy and young, the resort of El Arenal is a clubbing dream. Found on the central south coast of Majorca, just down the road from Palma, El Arenal has concentrated its focus on offering brilliant bars and heady clubs behind its beautiful beach.
Situated at the eastern end of the 6km beach, El Arenal is one of a trio of resorts. It’s sister resorts; C’an Pastilla and Playa de Palma offer glimpses into a quieter and more peaceful way of holidaying. If spending the days lounging on the gorgeous beach, and exploring the nearby resorts before heading into the hubbub of activity that is El Arenal’s nightlife sounds up your street, walk this way. El Arenal is also a strong favourite with German holiday-makers, so if you like your beer by the stein, you’re in luck.
The resort is also found just 5km from Son Sant Joan Airport, so transfers are a handy 15 to 20-minute taxi ride. The ease of transport doesn’t stop there, with the bus service into Palma city running regularly, and a mini train trucking along the promenade between El Arenal, C’an Pastilla and Playa de Palma.
In fact, the wide pedestrian promenade is a fantastic place to start off your holiday. Take a stroll along here to get the feel for El Arenal, pick up a bargain or two, and enjoy a detour onto the beach on one side, and the bars on the other.
Holidays to El Arenal will be filled with raucous nights out, exploring close-by resorts, and recovering on the lovely sandy beach. Enjoy!
El Arenal sits just 10km east of the city of Palma, so it’d be rude not to take a day trip or two during your holiday. There’s a regular, and very easy to catch, bus service that will roughly cost you 2€ to get you to Palma. Once in the city, you’ll be surprised at the wealth of culture and beauty here, so go with an open mind and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
For those travelling with little ones, you might want to visit the Palma Aquarium. With over 700 species living in 5 million litres of salt water, there’s plenty to take a peek at here. There’s also a tour bus that takes around an hour and a half to whisk you through the city, making a beeline for all the best bits to see.
For a relaxing break from El Arenal, simply wander down the promenade to C’an Pastilla. This resort is great for families, with a gorgeous beach, lovely walking and activities within easy reach. There’s also a good selection of balnearios, or beach huts, that have been transformed into bars and restaurants, perfect for an early family supper, or an evening drink for two.
Playa de Palma
The beach in Playa de Palma is ideal for water sports. This is the quietest resort of the three sisters, and as such is the most popular with families. The beach huts lining the beach offer snacks, toilets and showers, making family beach days hassle-free. For something exciting, you and the kids can jump on the mini train to explore all three resorts while feeling the wind in your hair.
Exploring El Arenal...
El Arenal’s beach
While the resort of El Arenal is hectic and lively, its beach is a mini patch of paradise. We say mini, the whole beach stretches for 6km! However, with rush umbrellas, the odd palm tree, pale sand, and clear waters, the beach at El Arenal really is beautiful.
It’s a gently-shelving beach, ideal for younger (or hungover) swimmers, and the balnearios beach huts provide ample access to snacks, drinks, toilets and showers, and beach toys. Heaven.
Big kids or youngsters, a trip to this enormous crazy golf course won’t go amiss. Under half an hour from El Arenal, Golf Fantasia is a 54-hole course with a Jurassic Park theme. Think double-headed dinosaurs, mini-waterfalls, and pretty forestry to putt your way around. It closes for the winter season, but from March to September it should definitely be on your holiday to-do list.
Aqualand el Arenal
The biggest waterpark in Majorca, Aqualand El Arenal is a brilliant place for a day’s splashing around. The park is split into sections, so there’s a chill out area with a giant Jacuzzi and a lazy river. There’s an adrenaline section, with a giant cobra slide, crazy tunnel slides, rapids and tornado slides. Kidzworld has splash zones and fun slides for little ones, and there’s also a pool beach if you simply fancy a swim.
Early birds should head to one of El Arenal’s markets during their holiday. Markets here generally run from 8 am – 1 pm. There’s a traditional market, selling fresh fruit and veg, local produce, flowers and discount clothes, which runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. There’s also a flea market, with more touristy items, such as beaded bracelets, sunglasses and handbags on offer, as well as snacks and drinks, which runs every Thursday.
Tapas is - of course - a big thing in El Arenal. But while there are several Majorcan dishes which you may not have sampled before. Tumbet is a delicious vegetarian dish of aubergine, potato and red peppers fried in olive oil and dressed in fresh tomatoes, garlic, and parsley. Think a Spanish take on a French ratatouille. Porcella, if you can get your hands on it, is a meat lover’s idea of heaven. Suckling pig is slow roasted to bring out the flavour and soften the meat. Unctuous! A Spanish favourite, Pa Amb Oli is the perfect accompaniment to a drink before dinner proper. It’s simple grilled bread rubbed with tomato, olive oil and salt. Eat it with your fingers, with a glass of wine in the other hand for true simple luxury.
Looking for a sunshine-filled holiday with an excellent clubbing scene? Walk this way. Book a holiday to El Arenal with easyJet holidays and you’ll have your flights (with times chosen by you), hotel (picked by you), and even transfers (completely optional) sorted with one simple booking. So all you need to worry about is whether to take the sequins or the feathers (we’d suggest both). Holiday sorted.