If you haven’t yet discovered why the beautiful Balearic island of Mallorca is so popular, the charming and historic city of Alcudia is the perfect place to convert you into a return visitor, year after year, like so many others.
There’s just so much to see and do in this gem of a place, including gorgeous beaches, fantastic natural features and attractions, warm, friendly locals and delightful dining options. In addition to all that, for those who enjoy delving into some of the historical aspects of a place whilst on holiday, as Mallorca’s oldest city, Alcudia will definitely not disappoint.
Looking for History? Head Straight to the Old Town
The Old Town of Alcudia is best explored in a leisurely way, on foot. It’s easy to get around and, if you allow yourself time, there’s a lot to be discovered in a relatively small area. Set a relaxed pace, make sure you make plenty of stops for coffee, lunch or a quiet wine, and take in the wonderful ambience of this surprising little place.
To Market, to Market
If your visit coincides with a Sunday or Tuesday, the local market is an experience not to be missed. It’s one of the oldest established markets on Mallorca, and is now also one of the largest. The atmosphere is fabulous, with hundreds of vendors selling their delicious smelling foods, clever crafts and local wines. Simply stroll around soaking up the ambience and history, or buy some local cheeses, bread and meats (don’t forget to barter!) and make your own picnic, or take it home to enjoy with a glass of wine later.
Walk the Walls
Another very pleasant activity to get you in the mood for some history is to take a relaxing stroll around the top of the fourteenth-century walls (built after the Spanish conquest of the island) that encircle the city. You’ll get fabulous views over the Bay of Pollensa and the Old Town itself, and be able to pick out the historical landmarks you want to visit. This is a really fantastic way to get the lay of the land, and as you look down onto the cobbled streets and clusters of rooftops, you’ll be able to feel the stories emanating from centuries past.
Church of St Jaime
The Iglesia de San Jaime de Alcudia is set right in the heart of the Old Town. This beautiful Neo-Gothic building dates back to the thirteenth century, although it underwent reconstruction in 1870, after it was heavily damaged by rains. From the outside you’ll be able to see the bell tower, which is home to the oldest bell on the island, and the impressive arched gate that welcomes you. Inside is nothing short of breathtaking, with a magnificent Gothic altar, medieval paintings decorating the walls, stunning vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows.
The Roman Ruins
Just outside the city is the site of the Roman ruins of Pollentia. The site is still being excavated to this day, after artefacts were first discovered way back in the seventeenth century.
Pollentia dates back to its founding in 123 BC and was a hugely important city during the period of Roman rule. It originally comprised around 15-20 hectares and today is a fascinating place to wander around and imagine the events and people of centuries ago. You can visit three sites of interest: the residential area of La Portella, the forum and the theatre.
Museu Monografic de Pol-lentia
Included in your ticket to the Roman ruins is entrance to the Museu Monografic de Pol-lentia, a museum that is located near the main church in the city. This fascinating little museum is filled with excavated objects found on the site of Pollentia over the years, and helps to build a wonderful picture. There are also several models of how the city most likely looked in the times of the Romans, which are interesting to compare.
Where to Stay
ARA Alcudia: Set in a quiet area in the heart of the historical Old Town, this lovely hotel offers stylishly decorated rooms, air-conditioning, friendly accommodating staff and a buffet breakfast to set you off on your day the right way. With restaurants nearby and beaches just a short distance away, this is the ideal base for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle but still be central.
Forum Boutique Hotel & Spa: This elegantly appointed adults-only hotel is located in the Old Town and comprises light, modern rooms with traditional touches, a bar, lounge, swimming pool and spa. With excellent amenities that include air-conditioning, satellite TV and a buffet breakfast, this charming boutique hotel has a delightfully private ambience yet is within walking distance of everything.
Barbera: With an unbeatable location in the Old Town, Barbera features stylish furnishings, a gorgeous garden with a terrace and a well-equipped kitchen. Offering free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning throughout, the property is a perfect home-from-home from which to explore the city and the rest of the island.
How to Get There
Getting to Alcudia is a breeze, with regular flights in and out of busy Palma Airport (PMI). Flights start from as little as £21 each way, with carriers including easyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, TUI, British Airways, Iberia and BA Cityflyer all offering options. The flight time is around 2.5 hours from the UK and then it’s around 45 minutes by road to Alcudia.
As soon as you’ve secured your flights, I recommend booking a convenient airport transfer to Alcudia with Shuttle Direct. This will save hassle at the airport and ensure you don’t have to deal with the stress of public transport. With friendly, professional drivers and clean, comfortable transport, you’ll arrive fresh and ready to start your holiday.
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