PROPERTY SEARCH GUIDE ALCUDIA
Located in the North of the island, Alcudia is one of Mallorca’s most historic and alluring towns. Though originally settled by the Phoenicians and Greeks, Alcudia gained prominence under the Romans who made it the Island’s capital. Roman influence can still be felt, with Spain’s smallest amphitheatre still standing and various examples of roman artwork displayed in local museums. The most obvious relic of Alcudia’s past, however, is its wonderful twin city gates and walls, built in the 14thcentury by the conquering King Jaime of Spain. Today, Alcudia is known for its bliss beaches, sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine, breath-taking views and buzzing atmosphere.
A town rich with culture, the summer months come alive with open air concerts, plays and parties. In June Alcudia hosts the fiesta de Sant Pere, the seaman’s patron saint, with processions, a fun fair and concerts in full swing. July welcomes the Festes de la Mere de deu and the fiesta de Sant Jaume; bringing dazzling dances, theatre performances, horse races, concerts and fireworks. The fun doesn’t stop soon, however, with August a month-long celebration of music and theatre in the open air. With much going on, Alcudia’s old town is a true spectacle. Wandering the streets, you will see medieval buildings and the famous casas senorales, lavish houses of past nobility. For a free tour, head to the church on Wednesday at 10am where a local guide will explain all.
Accompanying the buzz are arguably Mallorca’s best family resorts. A five-minute drive from the town is Playa de Muro, 10km long, one of Mallorca’s largest. It is popular with families for its clean golden sand and turquoise shallow water, and for being a certified blue flag beach. For different levels of tranquillity, you need only walk further along the coast. Sector 1 of the playa, that closest to Alcudia beach, is alive with people, sumptuous restaurants and alluring bars. Sector 2 is similar but less densely filled. Further still is a stretch known as Es Comu, part of the S’albufera national park, it has 1.5km of pristine unspoilt beach. All the way along the sea remains crystal clear, with the beach’s diversity offering you a perfect choice of where to lay down your towel.
Natural beauty is not only evident on the coast however. Near Alcudia is the wonderful S’albufera national park. Here, wildlife rich wetlands are protected offering dazzling views of rare birds and amphibians. Also close is the Sa Talaia D’Alcudia, a small 400m mount offering fantastic views over both the bays of Alcudia and Pollenca.
There is much to do in this beautiful and historic part of the island. Many look no further than Alcudia and the surrounding areas for a perfectly well-rounded Mallorcan holiday. With heavenly beaches, spectacular wildlife, a rich history and a buzzing cultural atmosphere; Alcudia’s envious reputation is much deserved.