Majorca is a wonderful island that will capture your spirit the moment you arrive. But like all fantastic islands, it is really hard to choose the best place to stay. Alcudia might just be the pick of the bunch, or if not it is right up there.
When you stay in Alcudia you get to enjoy the best of both worlds. You get one of the longest beaches on the island and you are just a short way inland from the Old Town. There is also quite a lot of history to be explored in Alcudia. If history is your thing then you will not be disappointed. It dates back to the Romans who used Alcudia bay when they captured the island in 123BC.
Where is it?
Alcudia is located to the north of Majorca and if you are getting there from the airport it is about 59km away. The town has a living population of approximately ten thousand people and during the summer months, the population can increase to over one hundred thousand! The area is popular with people from various European countries but especially the British.
The beach in Alcudia is flanked with fantastic hotels, bars and restaurants. You will also enjoy walking around the marina and with over seven kilometres of sand, there is enough space for everyone to relax and enjoy the sun. The beach starts at the marina and it travels on until you get to Playa de Muro before ending up at Ca’n Picafort.
You will find the water to be very clear and the waves are gentle for most of the year. The water is very popular with snorkelers due to its clarity. If you like to participate in water sports then up by the town you will find various stalls offering you all sort of activities.
Things to do in Alcudia
No trip to Alcudia is complete without taking a tour of the Old Town. You should begin by walking through the gates that were built back in the 14th century. This happened when King Jaime I of Spain conquered the island. The old town has narrow cobbled streets that are lined with small cafes and boutiques. In places, the streets open up into large squares which are perfect if you are looking for somewhere to stop for a drink.
If you don’t have a car and you are happy to sit on the bus then you should take a trip to Parc Natural de S’Albufera. It is just a twenty-minute drive from Alcudia. Here you will find a nature reserve made up of paths and trails, lagoons and sand dunes. It is a great place to go for a wander where you will come across marsh frogs and tamarisk trees.
If you are looking for something to do with the children then you cannot go wrong with a trip to Hidropark. It is close to the town centre and covers an area of over 40,000 square meters. This water park has something for people of all ages. There are plenty of water slides, wave pools and splash pools to keep everyone entertained. The waterpark has an onsite restaurant and even a bbq area. Once you have finished in the pool you can stop off for a round of mini golf before you leave.
Join the Festival or Watch the Race
At the beginning of June, there is a festival called the Festival of St. Jaume. It lasts for nine days and each street in the old town picks out a theme and decorates their street accordingly. Traditional festivities are held and you will see many locals dressed in traditional Roman costume. It is always a lot of fun and highly recommended.
If you are in Alcudia during May you will get to witness the Nirvana Ironman Mallorca. This a race not for the faint hearted. The swimming part of the race takes place in the port of Alcudia. The athletes then cycle all the way to the beautiful mountains before completing a half marathon. It’s a fun day out, especially if you are watching all of the hard work with a cocktail on the beach.
Alcudia Night Life
Magaluf is what most people would think of when you mention bars and parties but it’s not the only place on Majorca to enjoy yourself. Dollar Street is the most popular area for evening entertainment and there is a lot to keep you busy. Whether you are travelling solo, as a couple or a family something will tickle your fancy. You will find a lot of the bars and pubs have live bands. Some even go in for quiz nights and Karaoke to cater to a different crowd.
If you are looking for something a little chicer then taking a wander down to the marina is a good idea. Here you will find plenty of nice restaurants and some laid back bars. There is also a selection if Irish bars in this area which can get a bit lively and are always a great place to stop if you are hoping to catch some live sport.
Best time to come?
With 300 days of sunshine a year you are spoilt for choice. Things start to really heat up around May time and by the time you get to August, it is hot, hot, hot! There is never a bad time to think about a trip here so its all down to choice. If you prefer things a little quieter then before June and after September are great choices. The flights are cheaper and the beaches quieter.
Majorca has something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you like the hustle and bustle of the bigger resorts. or the quieter places like Porto Colom.
Have you been to Alcudia before? Let us know what you think.