For a taste of ‘real’ Majorca, consider Alcudia – this ancient town is steeped in history and packed with relics of its colourful past. With narrow, winding streets lined with beautiful little houses and buildings, the town offers a sample of traditional Mallorcan life, and a chance to discover a fascinating and historically important town, some parts of which date as far back as the 14th century.
Like many of Majorca’s towns, Alcudia was built a couple of miles inland from the port area – this, like the old defensive walls and gates that surround the town, was to protect the main town and its residents from invaders who might arrive by sea. Nowadays, the port area known as Puerto Alcudia is a thriving holiday resort in its own right, with a lovely beach and marina and great number of hotels, bars and restaurants. Puerto Alcudia is often confusingly referred to simply as Alcudia, however the old town is quite separate, and often missed by package holiday makers.
Being slightly off the beaten track, the old town tends to attract visitors seeking history and culture – and they find it! This pretty, ancient town is packed with historical significance, and the site has Phoenician and Moorish influences which date as far back as the 7th century BC. Visitors can take advantage of guided walking tours for more detailed information about Alcudia’s turbulent history.
One of the main attractions of Alcudia is the historical significance of the town: in Roman times, Alcudia was the capital of Mallorca, and the town features in many significant events of Majorca’s past. Close to the town you can view the ruins of an old Roman town and a fascinating ampitheatre. There is also a small museum close by.
This is also a great area for walking holidays and exploring the north of the island. There is some spectacular scenery around this area, with the northern part of the Serra Tramuntera mountain range just to the west, and plenty of hills and peaks providing wonderful viewpoints of the scenery all around. The highest part of Alcudia is Sa Talaia d’Alcudia, over 440m high. Ther was once a building here, from where smoke / fire signals could be sent to other parts of the island to alert news of invaders. There is still a remnant of this building atop Sa Talaia.
Although not a typical resort, the town is not sleepy – it has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, and bustles with activity on Tuesday and Sunday mornings, when there is a street market. Head there for a bargain, there is plent
If you need a little beach time, then a trip down to Puerto Alcudia is worthwhile – the resort has developed to cater for the many tourists that visit the area each year. Set on the vast and impressive Alcudia Bay, a beautiful stretch of white, sandy beach that runs for over 10km (6 miles), along the full length of the resort, and on to neighbouring Playa De Muro and C’an Picafort. There is also a very luxurious and pretty marina, around which you will find a great range of shops, restaurants, bars and discos.
Alcudia is roughly 60km (about 35miles) from Palma International Airport, and typical transfer time from the airport to this area is around an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic, although the route itself is relatively straightforward.