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Attractions and Amenities
The resort of Paguera, along with the neighbouring resorts of Palma Nova, Magaluf and Santa Ponsa, are all part of the municipal district of Calvia on the south west coast of Majorca.
Transfer time for the 35km journey west from the Son Sant Joan International airport can vary substantially on the time of the day or night of the journey, although generally by coach this will be around 45 minutes from leaving the airport grounds, or 30 to 40 minutes by taxi.
The route west is fairly straightforward for the most part, once you have adjusted to driving on the wrong side of the road that is. As you leave the airport grounds you will normally join the PM-19 motorway heading west towards Palma, which then becomes the PM-20 as it arcs around the northern residential and industrial suburbs of the city. You then need to continue west along the PM-1 until it becomes the C-719 Carretera de Palma-Andratx, at which point then keep a sharp look out for the C-719a turning to take you into the centre of the resort. A more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
As we mentioned earlier, a taxi transfer will normally trim the overall journey time slightly, and for the growing numbers of visitors who prefer this option, there are always plenty of taxis available from the ranks outside of the arrivals hall, although on occasions you should be prepared to queue. In theory at least, these taxis should all operate on a fixed price basis, typically charging around €40 for the journey to Paguera, however experience has shown that this "fixed price" may vary slightly depending upon the number of suitcases, the time of day or night of the journey, and of course the number of passengers carried. Also an important consideration for families with small children, is that these taxis do not as a rule carry child seats, therefore children may have to sit on their parent's knee for the journey. If this is a cause for concern, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you, and clearly specify at the time of booking that a child seat is needed for the journey.
Paguera is often unkindly referred to as "Little Germany" by many of the English speaking residents on the south coast. But in all fairness, the resort is very popular with the German tourist who do make up the vast majority of visitors here, many of which are attracted by the small network of coastal hiking routes towards the back of the resort.
The resort offers visitors a choice of 3 beaches, called "Playa Palmira", "Playa Tora" and "Playa La Romana", which are all joined by a fairly new pedestrian promenade. During the summer months all 3 beaches can become very busy, although in all fairness to the local council, they are usually kept very clean.
Behind the promenade there's a long shopping street running the length of the resort, where most of the restaurants and bars seem to be concentrated. Despite the majority of visitors to Paguera being German, there is also a small number of British owned bars and restaurants along this street, which we'll cover in more detail on our Restaurants and Bars pages.
Before the growth of the tourist industry on the island during the 1960's, Paguera was originally a tiny fishing village, however, the last 40 years has seen it develop and grow, into a popular modern tourist resort with plenty of restaurants and facilities.
Whilst not quite in the same league as the neighbouring resorts of Palma Nova and Magaluf, Paguera is certainly not the resort for those seeking peace and quiet. If this is what you are looking for along the south coast, then perhaps the nearby resort Camp de Mar may be more suitable. Although in all fairness, from the end of October onwards, when most of the families leave the island, many of the hotels do close until Easter of the following year, and the few visitors that do remain see a completely different side of Paguera.
Most of the hotels in the town are found towards the back on the resort in quite a hilly area. Whilst this affords most visitors a good view back over the town, it does make Paguera particularly unsuitable for those with mobility problems, or families with young children in pushchairs.
One particular problem we did encountered in the town, was the sheer volume of traffic and the limited parking spaces available. In recent times this has been eased slightly with the construction of a bypass, which does take some through traffic away from the town, but nevertheless, there still appears to be a constant game of "musical chairs" going on, competing for the few parking spaces that are available.
All things considered Paguera gives the impression as being a busy, lively resort that always has something going on. Somewhat of a German "oasis" amongst the other Brit dominated south coast resorts.
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