Alcudia blends ancient history with a beach that stretches as far as the eye can see.
Families and couples looking for a bit of history and a lot of sunshine will love Alcudia. You can split your days between the long sandy beach and the old town that’s a 5-minute taxi ride from the coast. Between those hotspots there are dozens of well-priced restaurants and bars to while away the balmy evenings.
The sandy beach starts at the swanky marina and keeps going for seven stunning kilometres. At the southern end, you’ll find hidden coves perfect for anyone looking for a quieter spot to sunbathe and swim. Closer to town it’s a bit buzzier, with plenty of adrenaline-inducing watersports as well lovely tapas restaurants facing the deep blue Mediterranean Sea.
Take in some medieval history in the old town. It’s surrounded by a centuries-old wall, enclosing houses that were built way back in the 1200s. On these historic streets you’ll find traditional markets that offer up a taste of the real Majorca and give you the perfect excuse to pick up some trinkets to take back home.
Want to see Alcudia in full swing? Visit at the start of July and celebrate the festival of St Jaume. The old town streets are decorated in glorious colour and there are outdoor events every night of the week, including fireworks, sports tournaments and a tasty Roman feast.
There’s just the one beach here, but luckily it stretches for a massive 7km. Near the marina end you’ll find plenty of beach bars and cafes lining the promenade, as well as a broad selection of exciting watersports. To the south, the Playa de Muro stretch of beach forms part of a nature reserve, and it’s great for snorkelling and relaxed dips.
The Alcudia old town is number 1 on lots of sightseers’ to-do lists. Narrow, cobbled streets lead to small squares that are taken up by churches, rustic Majorcan restaurants and souvenir shops selling local trinkets. A postcard favourite is the church of Sant Jaume; a huge neo-gothic building with a rose window front and centre. Head out of the impressive old town gates and you can explore the crumbling ruins of a once-bustling Roman town.
Take in some spectacular Majorcan wildlife at the S’Albufera nature reserve, 20 minutes’ bus ride away. It’s made up of sand dunes and lagoons, and you can catch a glimpse of around two hundred unique bird species. For something livelier, Hidropark is located nearby; a fantastic waterpark that runs a bus service from the centre of Alcudia.
Split your meals between the swish marina and the historic old town. Down by the water, it’s all about the authentic tapas restaurants with views of the Med. And within the old town walls, you’ll find local boutique restaurants and bistros known for their home-cooked food. There’s plenty of choice, so you’ll definitely find something to match your budget.
On Tuesday and Sunday mornings a local market sets up shop within the old town walls. For souvenirs you’ll find leather goods, linens and trinkets. Food stalls are perfect for a quick snack or to get fresh ingredients for the evening meal. There are plenty of smaller shops for the everyday essentials too.
Bring the kids along to any one of the family-friendly themed bars in the old town and around the marina. If you’ve got a babysitter lined up, you can go and boogie the night away in the marina nightclubs and swanky cocktail bars, too.
Alcudia is on Majorca’s north-eastern coast. It’s a 1-hour bus ride from Palma; a cross-island trip during which you’ll get to enjoy the amazing Serra de Tramuntana mountains just outside the window.