El Arenal Travel Guide
El Arenal © vistaspain
Situated on the east coast of the Bay of Palma, El Arenal (also known as S'Arenal) is a lively and highly developed holiday resort, popular with German travellers (many of whom have stayed) and the 18 to 30 age group, it is an ideal beach resort not only for singles but families too. The long, palm-lined beach is exquisite; perfect for stretching out on a sun-lounger and enjoying the calm waters. A stroll along the El Arenal waterfront promenade at sunset, past various shops, bars and restaurants, offers a great way to unwind, and a walkway links El Arenal to neighbouring C'an Pastilla.
El Arenal's social highlight is probably Woody's Bar, but there are a host of lively resort bars and clubs that will keep you dancing until the early hours. Those seeking out a more authentic Spanish holiday experience, beyond the selection of German and British bars, would do well by wandering the back streets away from the strip. Visit the balnearios, 16 small beach huts that run from El Arenal to C'an Pastilla, one of which has been turned into a German-style bar. Hiring a car is an excellent way to explore the rest of the island and take in the sights while on holiday, but many choose simply to enjoy their hotels and the entertainment they provide.
El Arenal's neighbouring towns of Calvia, San Telmo and the beautiful port of Pollenca are, however, worth visiting and there are plenty of impressive historical sites to enjoy. A frequent bus service also links El Arenal to the busy capital of Palma de Mallorca. For the more active, hiring a bicycle is a wonderful way to see the sights and there are also some excellent hikes to enjoy. There are plenty of watersports, sailing and diving on offer, as well as a mini-golf course and an enormous waterpark - a perfect day out for the kids!