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Arenal, Mallorca (Majorca) Guide to Hotels, Car Hire and Acivities

El Arenal, Playa de Palma, C'an Pastilla Mallorca Guide

El Arenal, Playa de Palma, C'an Pastilla are often refered to under the umbrella term of Arenal. Arenal is a resort on the South coast of Mallorca approximately 10 km (6 miles) to the East of the Beautiful capital city of Palma. Buses run into Palma from the seafront every 15 minutes, so it couldn't be easier to get in town. Arenal is, almost literally, a stones throw from the airport so transfers are likely to be lightening quick (under 10 minutes) by hire car, taxi, or coach. In fact, if you felt like it, and could find a way of avoiding the motorway, you could probably walk the 3 km (2 miles) or so from the airport to the northern most reaches of Arenal beach.

The Arenal resort area encompasses Ses Cadenes, Las Maravillas, the wonderfuly named Sometimes and bustling the kite surfing hot spot of Can Pastilla. The resort is perhaps best described as the German version of Magaluf which sits to the West of Palma. During the long, hot Mallorcan summers many average German tourists flock to Arenal to relax on the beach and kick back in one of the hundreds of bars that serve beer in steins, weiner schnitzel and, of course delicious bratwust and currywust. Unlike its English twin, though, Arenal has one of the most stunning frontages in all of Mallorca. The whole of the promanade has been fully renovated and cleaned up in recent years. From end to end there is over 3 miles of glorious, clean sand on which to sunbathe and a pedestrianised walk way runs the entire length of the resort that allows only pedal powered vehicles, scooters and good old fashioned walking. There are tons of bike hire shops on the seafront where you can get pedal powered vehicles of all designs from traditional cycles to tandems and more. In fact from Arenal you can cycle along a dedicated cycleway of approximately 8 miles all the way into the heart of Palma. It is a stunning ride and offers a unique opportunity to get rid of the car for a day and see some of the real Mallorca.

Things to do in Arenal

Play a round at Golf Fantasia

Golf Fantasia is a great 54 hole crazy golf course in Arenal that is a great afternoon out with the kids. The dinosaur "theme" is a bit cheesy but it's all very well done and there is a suprising amount of competative fun to be had knocking the ball about at Golf Fantasia Interestingly, the course has a twin, over the bay at Magaluf.

Golf Fantasia Location
Carretera Arenal 56
Telephone: +34 971 263 805

Splashdown in Aqualand

Aqualand el Arenal is the largest water park on the island of Mallorca. Like its slightly smaller brother, Aqualand Magaluf, the park offers all kinds of wet fun for both little and big kids alike. With rides such as The Banzai, The Grand Canyon and The Devil’s Tail and 3 dedicated kids areas, there is enough to keep adults excited and the kids entertained. It's important to be aware that Aqualand get very busy at the height of the season as bus loads or like minded toursists are shipped in from all over the island look for some watery fun, and this means queues. You have been warned.

Aqualand Arenal Opening Hours
Aqualand operates from May 12th until September 26th in 2009.
July and August: from 10 am to 6 pm.
May, June and September: from 10 am to 5 pm
Visit the aqualand, Arenal website

See the marine life at Palma Aquarium

55 aquariums representing all of the world's major marine habitats. The aquarium boasts "8000 specimens from 700 different species" all floating around in 5 million litres of seawater doing there thing. Palma aquarium is a truely great, educational day out for all of the family and offers a cool and alternative experience to the usual stuffy day trips.

Palma Aquarium Location:
C. Manuela de los Herreros i Sorà, 21
07610 Palma de Mallorca
Telephone: [+34] 971 264 275
Visit the Palma Aquarium Website

Rent a Car in Mallorca
Address: Joan Miro, 328B, 07015 Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares