Alcúdia is the stuff of Family Holidays; a super wide bay edged with soft golden sand shelving gently into clear water making it the perfect haven for children to play safely.
Add to that a great choice of accommodation, the historic old town, a busy marina and a wealth of restaurants and bars and it all adds up to a wonderful family holiday environment.
The 5-mile beach ensures there’s plenty of water based activities; snorkelling, banana rides, learning to water-ski or perhaps topping up that tan on a boat trip. Speed freaks can wear themselves out on the go-kart tracks or whizzing down the slides at the nearby water park whilst those looking for a little culture can explore the old town or search out Mallorquin cuisine at some of the local restaurants.
If you’ve never visited this resort before, Alcúdia covers quite a large area and mainly consists of 3 parts:
Ciudad Blanca (or 'The Mile' as it’s also known) is probably where most people find themselves on holiday. This is the heart of the main holiday area and has access to the beaches, shops and the laid back nightlife. In particular many of the bars cater for families and make sure the little ones are kept entertained. As you can imagine there’s plenty to do here with all the typical services you’ve come to expect from a popular holiday resort. The locals tend to refer to this part of the resort as the port, even though the actual port is further round the bay.
Alcúdia Old Town is full of Moorish and Roman influences and, if you’re a couple, will offer you a different type of holiday than staying on the port. Enter through one of the imposing gates and within the massive stone walls you’ll find a town full of Moorish history, Roman remains, historic churches and narrow streets – all providing more of a feel for the real Majorca than at the main resort.
Accommodation tends to be in smaller more intimate hotels and now there’s a healthy smattering of Boutique hotels which along with the more modern bars and restaurants springing up prove this town is on the up.
Many holidaymakers make the trip from the coast and wander around the narrow streets, often on market day (Tuesday and Sunday) when it can be too hectic to get a feel for the place. We’d recommend avoiding market day if you want to visit the historical sites. Spend the morning exploring the Roman theatre, the 13th century church of Santa Anna, the ancient walls or the small area of the Roman town founded here then do as the Spanish do and enjoy a leisurely lunch in a typical bar before heading back for a siesta!
Puerto de Alcúdia is a couple of kilometres away at the western end of the bay and is a favourite place to be for many holidaymakers. There’s more of a relaxed atmosphere where you can sit and watch the boats coming and going, or sample the fresh fish dishes served up at many of the restaurants there. You’ll also find more typical mallorquin dishes too, so for those wanted to sample ‘Majorca on a plate’ seek them out!