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Pocket Guide: Alcudia

Travelling to Andalucia

Welcoming hotels and resorts, beautiful beaches and an atmospheric historic town are all part of the charms of Alcudia in Mallorca (Majorca).

Set just back from the delightful northern stretch of the Mallorcan coast, Alcudia is packed with character and ringed by mighty medieval walls that hide a warren of narrow lane. Aimless ambling is the order of the day here: as you stroll you’ll pass historic mansions, plazas lined with cafes and ancient stone houses.

Head out to the outskirts of the historic centre and you’ll reach the captivating remains of Pollentia, which was once Mallorca’s prime Roman settlement. Head in the other direction, and long stretches of beautiful beach await you, fringed by the hotels and resorts of Puerto d’Alcudia.

It’s no wonder that Alcudia has become the island's largest northern tourist hub. As a result, there is plenty of choice of hotels in Alcudia and an abundance of things to see and do.

The ancient town of Alcudia is located about five minutes by car from the coast. Many of Mallorca's oldest settlements were built several miles inland due to the constant threat of pirates. For this reason, the historic atmosphere can only be found in the town itself. Areas by the beach, like Puerto d’Alcudia, were only developed after the 1960s to cater to the growing numbers of tourists searching a holiday by the Spanish seaside.

The level of tourists has done little to dent the authentic ambience of the medieval town. Traditional fiestas and fairs may now be interspersed with classical music and jazz festivals, some of the mansions are now boutique hotels and gastronomic restaurants now sit side by side with more traditional tapas bars. Yet Alcudia still has those impenetrable narrow streets, beautifully restored city walls, one of the best markets on the island and is set in the middle of some stunning countryside that begs to be explored by foot, bike or car.

Choosing your hotel in Alcudia

The real choice here is whether you want to base yourself in the historic old town of Alcudia or stay in the purpose-built hotels and resorts of Puerto d’Alcudia.

If walking to the beach is hot on your agenda then opting for the latter is a must. But, Alcudia is very close to the coast, with the beaches of northern Mallorca only a couple of miles away from the old town. There are regular buses serving Puerto d'Alcudia and the beaches beyond this on Playa de Muro.

The ancient town of Alcudia certainly offers some of Mallorca’s most charming boutique hotels, installed inside beautifully restored historical palaces in the old centre.

There are also traditional “finca” rural hotels dotted around the surrounding countryside, which are perfect for those seeking romantic seclusion.

Families are also well catered for by family-friendly hotels in Alcudia, but many with kids may prefer the ease and laid-on entertainment of the large beach resort hotels in Puerto d’Alcudia.

Things to see and do from your Alcudia hotel

The beaches of northern Mallorca are perfect for families and water sports enthusiasts alike. The golden sands meet a calm, pale blue sea that is shallow enough for both young and old to enjoy. All sorts of water sports are available, from sailing to windsurfing and parasailing. Those looking for quieter beaches should head east, and the further you go the quieter the beaches become.

Back in the old town there is a wealth of historic atmosphere to imbibe and ancient buildings to admire. From the Roman remains of Pollentia to the medieval walls, history surrounds you. There are 16th century urban palaces (casals) and a 19th century Neogothic parish church (Sant Jaume). At the Sa Bassa Blanca Museum masterpieces from the 16th to the 19th century can be discovered alongside an excellent collection of contemporary art and sculpture.

Nestled in the gorgeous countryside around Alcudia are two wonderful natural parks, S'Albufera and S'Albufereta. These wetland areas are a twitcher’s delight with many rare species of birds among the 271 that have been spotted here. Those preferring to swing rather than twitch will find golf courses nearby to ensure that the irons remain hot on their return home.

Families will love the water park in Puerto d'Alcudia. Hidropark promises a very wet and very wild time with many swimming pools, splash pools and water slides, as well as mini golf, paintball and a good selection of places to eat when you need to dry off.

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