Alcudia is a town that lies in the north of Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands to the east of Spain. The town was originally founded under Roman rule and named Pollentia, and was renamed Al Kudi under the Moors. The name was retained under the Christian reconquest of the island.The resort is very popular, especially with families, thanks to its 10km stretch of soft sandy beach and pleasant climate, and has plenty of spacious Spanish villas. The mixture of historic sites and modern attractions makes Alcudia especially interesting for those who want to experience of the authentic Mallorca alongside the benefits of a popular tourist destination.There are also plenty of attractions in the area to keep young, and not-so-young, visitors happy and occupied if lying on the beach is not your thing.
Accommodation and Apartments in Alcudia
There a number of resorts in the town that provide their own world of entertainment, with pools, restaurants, childrens disco, bingo nights and professional shows. Should you be looking for something more personal, La Victoria is a former hermitage situated on a hilltop 6 km from Alcudia which offers great accommodation in a truly tranquil setting. For those who prefer self-catered living to all inclusive, you’ll find a range of villas and apartments for rent on Wimdu, and there are plenty of excellent bed and breakfasts available too, if morning cooking isn’t your thing. Your host is a local resident who may well be able to offer you some further tips on the area, such as the best place for breakfast, or what part of the beach is best for escaping the crowds.
- The town of Alcudia is actually the primary tourist centre north of Majorca.
- The main beach in Alcudia is 14km long.
- Much of the accommodation in Alcudia dates back to the Medieval times.
- The area of Alcudia has been inhabited since the Bronze age.
Things to See and Do
There are plenty of things to keep you happily occupied in Alcudia, and below are some suggestions to start off your list:
1) If you’re interested in history, head to the Roman ruins, which include a very well-preserved amphitheatre. The local museum has some of the Roman historic finds from the sites on display. Also on your history trip take a look at the town walls, which stem from the 14th century and are often used as an impressive background for open-air concerts held in summer.
2) Neighbouring Port Alcudia has some great watersports on offer for the more adventurous, and north of here lies the S’Albufera National Park with its wetlands a variety of rare birds, fish and other animals.
3) Feeling like something more strenuous? Head 400 m up the Sa Talaia d'Alcudia from where you have an impressive view of the area. Up here you will also see the caves of San Martin, which are in fact small chapels to various saints.
4) If you´re feeling even more adventurous, then take the route Talaia d'Alcudia, which will take you on a four-hour hike through the mountains. Make sure you go prepared, with good hiking shoes, water and food, but the beautiful scenery and views along the way are well worth the effort. Make sure to also bring a map of the route!
5) After all that activity, go to the beach and relax and take it easy. Treat yourself to some of the amazing meatballs from the local butcher´s Carnisseria Ramis.
6) For a day trip out of town go southwest to the island´s capital, Palma, or head to Soller, a picturesque town on the northern coast. Pollenca is also nearby and has a Sunday market and a medieval monastery on top of the hill that now serves as a hostel.
7) Every Tuesday and Sunday a market is held in the town, which is a great place tp pick up fresh fruit and veg for creating the perfect self-catering feast back at your apartment. On the first weekend of October, the town holds its annual Autumn Fair.The climate in Alcudia is typical for the Mediterranean, with hot summers, especially during July and August, and mild winters, attractive to those seeking some sunshine in the darker months.
You can get to Alcudia easily by bus from Palma de Mallorca, the capital, where the airport is situated. The bus company TIB has services running throughout the day. If you are arriving from Menorca, or staying in apartment close by, there is a ferry from Cuidadela in Menorca to Alcudia operated by Iscomar Ferries. In the town, you can easily get around by car in the general area, and then explore the town itself on foot. There is also a bus heading to the Albufera National Park.