Alcudia is one of the most loved places in Mallorca. It’s located in the north of the island approximately 42 minutes from the airport via a car journey, about 59km/37miles.
The expanse of white sandy beaches and shallow waters is one of the main reasons why people are drawn Alcudia.
Alcudia is different from the resorts in the south in that it’s more family orientated and doesn’t have crowds of young party goers dominating the area at night.
When tourists mention Alcudia they often consider the old town, the port and the adjacent resort as one and the same place. The Port is on the coast not far from the old town set just inland 1.8 km/1.1miles, and the popular resort stretches eastwards out from the port along the beach front.
Most of the hotels are in this area beside the beach running east almost up to the resort of C’an Picafort. From the air or google maps, you can get a good sense of the resort’s layout.
The old town of Alcudia is definitely worth a visit during your stay. It has many narrow old streets revealing the towns past, which dates from approximately 1300.
The old town has a 14th-century wall that can be entered through two historic gates. For the more adventurous it’s possible to climb up onto the wall and walk aloft around the town for large sections. There are also remnants of a Roman settlement to the south by the Sant Jaume church.
Most visitors will pass their time enjoying the sun and beaches relaxing. However there are many more energetic things to do on the beach as well as away from the beach. Aside from watersports on the beach many will enjoy racing go-karts or visiting the aqua park (Hidropark), or even horse riding along the beach etc.
Nightlife in Alcudia is lively and tourists will find a variety of traditional entertainment and night time activities, although nothing like the wilder resorts to the south of the island.
Taking a boat trip to discover the azure coast around the rocky north of Alcudia will be a memorable holiday experience. Various boat trips start from the port, ranging from relaxed half day outings to larger ferry crossings. Itineraries vary, some will include snorkeling or scuba diving at a secluded coves where the waters are crystal clear.
Ferry crossings depart from the port heading for Menorca or Barcelona. The crossing to Barcelona takes about 7 and a half hours, while the journey to Menorca takes about two hours.
There is a local market set up by the old town walls which makes for an atmospheric experience. Apart from national holidays it’s scheduled every Tuesday and Sunday mornings from approximately 9:00 to almost 13:30 whereby many traders will have started to pack up.
It is a typical Mallorcan market offering fresh fruits vegetables and locally produced goods. There is also a wide selection of stalls offering items such as; clothes, shoes, leather accessories, souvenirs and kitchen utensils etc..
The city walls are archaic although parts have been renovated and reconstructed. The walls encircle most of the town and tourists can walk aloft or alongside.
There are two imposing city gates in good condition and are very photogenic. One of these is the Xara or Del Port Gate (also known as Portal de Moll). This has two large square towers with a round-arched portal within. The other gate is the Palma or Sant Sebastia Gate.
Sant Jaume or Saint James’ church is an impressive structure worth seeing, especially given its location next to the Roman ruins. Sant Jaume is found to the south of Alcudia town in line with the old town walls.
Museu Monografico de Pollentia is right by the Sant Jaume and is a museum dedicated to the town’s Roman settlements. It has jewelry, statues and ancient remains on display all of which were discovered in the Roman settlement.
The settlements are found to the south of the town a few meters away from the Sant Jaume church. There are three parts to see which include a small Roman theatre carved out of stone, a residential area and a forum.
The settlements are called by the old name Pollentia. The settlement had strategic value being between the bays of Alcudia and Pollenca. Along with ancient Palma city this was one the major cities in the Balearics.
The port is well worth a visit, even if just to walk around the port area as it is offers some great views of the sea and port. Where the port juts out into the sea, the white sand runs up alongside the port wall forming a crescent shaped picturesque beach.
Along with the usual bars and cafes around the port there are raised wheelchair friendly wooden walkways on both sides of the port giving elevated views of the boats, beach and surroundings.
S’Albufera Natural Park is a bird-rich wetland unusually located on a Mediterranean island. It has a visitor’s reception area with a permanent exhibition and lots of observation boards and hides, and marked.
The habitats consist generally of wet grazing fields, reed beds, pools with small avenues or stands of trees and bushes. The park is free and the visiting times are 9-6pm from April to September and 9-5pm for the rest of the year. You will need a visitor permit though, this can be obtained free from the reception center open 9-4pm.
The reserve car park is alongside the main road by the Siurana canal on the Can Picafort side, between Hotel Playa Esperanza and Palace de Muro, along the C712.