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Find information on Alcudia in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
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.
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.
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.
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 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.