El Arenal Holidays
Travel Agent's Viewa lively resort with many late night bars and entertainment so can be just the place for young couples and groups
El Arenal is a lively and highly developed resort with many late night bars and entertainment so can be just the place for young couples and groups as well as families.
There are many ways to see the resort whether it be on foot, cycling along the many cycle paths including one that goes all the way to Palma or for the less energetic there is the mini train that runs through the resort and in to Ca'n Pastilla.
There are many shops, bars and restaurants situated along the waterfront promenade or for those looking for the more traditional Spanish bar, venture into some of the back streets away from the main strip.
Activities are in abundance for the whole family with a variety of watersports, mini golf and a large water park which is as popular with adults as it is with children.
Insider's Viewby Anna Nicholas
Children flock to El Arenal for Aqualand, one of the largest water parks in the world while others come for the excellent cycling and walking paths that run all round the bay
Rather like Magalluf, Arenal is tarred with the Blackpool-on-Sea brush but actually it is looking up in the world, and boasts far more than the long banana hued beach of Playa de Palma, rows of deckchairs and British and German grub.
Only 10 kilometres from Palma, Arenal is conveniently at the centre of the action while enjoying a relaxed, virtually traffic-free environment as its being mostly pedestrianised. It has a long and palm fringed promenade and beautiful vistas out to sea and to the craggy pine clustered cliff tops. Aside from the glorious stretch of Playa de Palma beach, these days one of the big attractions of Arenal is the fantastic Palma Aquarium housed in a funky modern building and displaying more than 700 marine species. I have taken groups of children here and it never fails to keep them amused for hours. I rather like the tasteful shop which has some unusual gift ideas and a quick stop at the café is essential after viewing all those sharks in tanks!
Children flock to El Arenal for Aqualand, one of the largest water parks in the world while others come for the excellent cycling and walking paths that run all round the bay. I love walking or cycling between Arenal and Palma. The coastline is spectacular and on a sunny day there's nothing better than stopping at one of the cafés on Arenal's leafy promenade for a cool drink or better still to have lunch at the very smart Club Nautico in the yacht club that does an excellent lunch and evening menu and offers pretty views of the marina.
Nearby resort of Cala Estancia has some upmarket clubs such as the ever-so white Ibiza style Puro Beach which is a little earnest but serves good cocktails and reasonable food overlooking the glistening sea. It also holds DJ nights by the pool which are well attended. Also popular is Anima Sea Lounge which is super cool and serves delicious Asian fusion food by the sea. For those in search of a few home comforts and Sky TV, the long established Sportsman's bar is a mecca for visiting Brits and apparently serves good English fare.
For shopping it's best to take the 23 bus into Palma rather than buy the fairly predictable souvenirs in Arenal although there's a nice little market every Tuesday and Thursday which sells artisan jewellery and crafts.
El Arenal Hotels
Amazonas Hotel is a traditional family friendly hotel set around the swimming pool in the resort centre....
Arenal Pins Hotel
Verimar Hotel offers budget accommodation in easy reach of the beach and resort facilities....
Bahamas Hotel is a family friendly hotel in a quieter area of this lively resort....
Be Smart Alea Hotel
Set in a quiet location away from the hustle and bustle of the resort centre but close enough to enjoy....
Blue Sea Costa Verde Hotel
Costa Verde Hotel is a family friendly hotel in lawned gardens close to the waterpark....
Blue Sea Torre Arenal Hotel
Torre Arenal Hotel is a resort centre, traditional hotel with two pools offering basic accommodation and regular entertainment....
Caribbean Bay Hotel
Saga Hotel is a simple, modern hotel in a central location most suited to younger couples and singles....
Costa Mediterraneo Hotel
Costa Mediterraneo Hotel is a family hotel close to the resort centre....
Don Pepe Apartments
Don Pepe Apartments has recently had a full refurbishment to give it a more modern feel. It is ideal...
Encant Hotel is a beach front hotel in the immediate vicinity of shopping and entertainment venues....
Fergus Geminis Hotel
Geminis Hotel is a popular hotel with guests that return year after year. It is ideal for families and...
Gracia Hotel is a small and friendly hotel with a family atmosphere just 50m from the beach....
Hispania Hotel is a modern beach front hotel ideally located to enjoy this lively resort and, is suitable for all...
HSM Alejandria Hotel
Alejandria Hotel was partially refurbished during winter 2009 giving it a more modern feel to it. The complex is...
HSM Europa Hotel
Europa Hotel is a classic hotel suitable for all ages and close to all resort facilities....
Ipanema Park Beach Hotel
Ipanema Park Hotel is a family friendly hotel with colourful and relaxing grounds, close to the resort centre....
Excellent hotel for those on a budget with the beach and local amenities nearby....
Jade Hotel has one bedroom self catering apartments, close to the beach and resort amenities....
Kilimanjaro Hotel has an attractive pool area and enjoys a central location....
Lido Hostal is a small hostal located on the beach The complex is perfect for those looking for a...
Luna and Luna Park Hotel
Luna Park & Tropical Park Hotel is a family friendly all inclusive hotel set in attractive grounds with leisure facilities...
Manaus Hotel is a classic hotel in a quiet location within easy reach of the beach and resort amenities....
Mediodia Hotel is a traditional hotel, close to the beach, suitable for all ages....
Mediterranean Bay Hotel
An adults only complex in a peaceful location offering comfortable accommodation and good facilities. Perfect for couples looking for...
Monaco Hotel is a small and friendly simple hotel most suited to couples and singles....
Olimpo Bay Hotel
Olimpo Bay Hotel is an all inclusive lively resort centre hotel, suited to young couples and singles....
Orbe Hotel is a small and simple budget hotel in easy reach of the resort nightlife and leisure facilities....
Palma Bay Club Hotel
Palma Bay Club Hotel is ideal for families, close to the beach, with a good variety of on-site...
Palma Mazas Hotel
Palma Mazas Hotel is a comfortable hotel in a popular area, close to local leisure attractions....
Paradise Beach Music Hotel
Isla Dorada Hotel is set in well tended grounds in the centre of the resort and is suitable for all...
Pegasus Playa Hotel
A small beach hotel offering guests comfortable accommodation and excellent facilities. Perfect for couples wanting a relaxing holiday by...
Pinero Bahia de Palma Hotel
Bahia de Palma Hotel is centrally located and provides for children during the summer, making it very popular with families....
Pinero Tal Hotel
Pinero Tal Hotel was renovated in 2003 and is in a good location. Ideal for families and couples wanting...
Playa Sol Hotel
Playa Sol Hotel is a small hotel in the heart of the resort, best suited to couples and singles....
Playas Arenal Hotel
Playas Arenal Hotel is a small hotel close to the beach and resort centre....
Reina Del Mar Hotel
Reina Del Mar Hotel is a classic hotel in a convenient location suitable for holidaymakers of all ages....
Reina Isabel Hotel
Reina Isabel Hotel is a simple, classic hotel in easy reach of the entertainment and activities available in this lively...
Riutort Hotel is a modern hotel suitable for holiday-makers looking for a central location....
Sahara Nubia Gobi Complex
A complex comprising of 3 buildings where guests can be allocated rooms in any buildings. Perfect for those looking...
Salpi Hotel is a small and simple family run hotel in a central location....
Santa Monica Hotel
Santa Monica Hotel is a small and traditional hotel offering a comfortable base to all types of holidaymaker....
Teide Hostel offers budget accommodation in the heart of this lively resort....
Torre Azul Hotel
Torre Azul Hotel is a 3 star 9 storey hotel with good facilities on and off site. The complex is...
Triunfo Hotel offers budget accommodation close to the beach and the resort entertainment....
Vita Bahia De Plama Hotel
Summa Llorca Hotel is a pleasant hotel with roof top solarium and leisure facilities....
Whala Beach Hotel
San Diego Hotel is a beach front hotel with roof top pool and great sea views....
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