Alcudia, lies in the north of Majorca near the rocky pine covered Aucanada Peninsular which separates the bays of Pollensa and Alcudia. The peninsular gives shelter to the beaches of Alcudia making them some of the warmest in the island.
Why Go To Alcudia
Alcudia caters for most tastes and age ranges. The combination of guaranteed sunshine during the summer season, a wonderful long stretch of broad sands leading into warm shallow water, make Alcudia the perfect holiday destination for very many people. Alcudia offers an abundance of water sports for the more energetic holiday maker and activities to keep the children entertained. There are numerous bars and restaurants with enough variation to appeal to most appetites and with markets twice weekly there is ample opportunity to buy holiday souvenirs.
Who Is Alcudia Popular With
Alcudia has widespread appeal. The beautiful beach offers both safe bathing for families with small children and water sports with varying degrees of excitement for adults. There are good cycling and hiking routes for those who wish to explore the hills. The wetlands of S’Albufera, a conservation area, are a birdwatcher’s paradise as it is a nesting site for over two hundred species of birds. The ancient ruins in Alcudia old town attract those with an interest in history.
When To Go To Alcudia
Alcudia’s season lasts from April until October with temperatures rising to the eighties during the summer months. Although the beach is sheltered by the peninsular there is often a slight breeze which is very welcome during the hottest months.
Alcudia - The Place
Alcudia is 62k north of the capital Palma and transfers from the airport take a little over an hour. The old town, built a couple of miles inland to avoid being attacked by brigands, shows Roman, Byzantine and Moorish influences. The town is walled and among the historic sites is a Roman theatre. Puerto Alcudia is a vibrant area, particularly at night time when the many bars and restaurants along the water front put on their music and light their candles. It becomes a very popular place to end the day. The beach in Alcudia stretches from the marina to Playa de Muro and Ca’an Picaforte, a distance of ten kilometres. The fine white sand and shallow seas make it an ideal holiday for families with small children. Most beaches have lifeguards. Bars and small restaurants line the beach so refreshments are never far away. Alcudia offers many opportunities for water sports including kite surfing which is popular in the breezy Bay of Pollensa. Children will enjoy El Laberinto, a maze fun park and the Hidro Park with its large water flumes and boating lake. The children can also play minigolf here. Golf enthusiasts will find Golf Alcanada, a new par 72 course, west of Alcudia. There are many tennis and squash courts and opportunities for cycling and horse riding.
Although there are many bars and restaurants in Alcudia which are open late into the night, it is not an area with many night clubs and discos. Entertainment is often hotel based with clubs being open to the public.
There are many shopping opportunities in Alcudia with a good variety of boutiques, craft and gift shops. Shoppers need to be up early on both Tuesday and Sunday as there is a very busy market which opens at eight and closes at one. Here, it is possible to purchase all of your holiday gifts and souvenirs. Leather goods, embroidered linens ceramics and jewellery are all good value. There is an interesting shop in Alcudia called Agata, which sells stones, birth stones and geodes. These are made into various objects including jewellery, sculptures and wind chimes and make a more unusual gift.
Restaurants in Alcudia old town are mainly traditional Majorcan cuisine although there is, surprisingly, a Thai restaurant. Sa Romana is noted for its fine cuisine and its live music. At the port the restaurants are cosmopolitan and cater for most tastes and pockets. Fish dishes abound and the quality and freshness is unrivalled. Spanish wines are good and reasonably priced.
Things to do in Alcudia
Alcudia is a very popular resort in the north of Majorca that owing to its many recreational facilities and tourist attractions, draws a wide variety of holidaymakers to its shores. A great many of the attractions are aimed at families, including those with older children. First and foremost, people come to Alcudia for its wide expanse of sandy beaches. Apart from the long swathes of soft sand, ideal for youngsters wielding buckets and spades, the wide bay offers a variety of water sports. These include wind surfing, water skiing and jet skiing, sailing and fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling. Since the waters are clear and the marine life diverse, the latter sports are very rewarding. Boats are available to hire so you can take a trip around the northern coastline and enjoy its stunning beauty, or take the ferry a little further afield to the island of Menorca or even Barcelona.
Family attractions include the Hidropark, where slides and flumes provide fun and excitement for all ages. On an adjoining site is a large crazy-golf course which appeals to adults as well as children. For “real” golfers there is an excellent golf course to the west of Alcudia, Golf Alcanada. There are opportunities for cycle hire, and there is a go-kart track. Another favourite is the El Laberinto maze, a challenge for all ages. Apart from trying to escape, there are challenges and surprises within its walls and it becomes very spooky after dark.
Young adults, particularly those who enjoy an active holiday, can fill their days with the many sporting activities both in and out of the water, and enjoy fairly lively evenings. Although not on the scale of Magaluf, there are vibrant bars and pubs which are popular with the eighteen to thirties.
Away from the beach, Alcudia and the surrounding area has much to offer. Couples will enjoy the old town which is actually the oldest settlement on the island and was once the important capital during Roman rule. The medieval walls remain and there are many archaeological sites to be explored. The narrow streets of the old town are filled with craft and gift stores, and small boutiques, ideal for holiday shopping. When you need to rest, there are small squares where you can sit in the sun, relax and enjoy refreshments. Shoppers will be pleased with the variety of goods that are found in the twice weekly markets.
The beauty of the northern landscape of Majorca can be explored on foot or by bicycle as there are a number of accessible trails. Car hire is recommended if you wish to visit the many charming inland villages.