Alcudia, on the north east coast of Majorca, is one of the most popular Balearic resorts. It is an historic town with Roman, Byzantine and Moorish influences. Indeed, it takes its name from the Arabic for “the hill”. Formerly known as Pollenta, Alcudia was the capital of Mallorca in Roman times.
The town, which nestles along the southern part of the bay of Pollensa and behind mountainous headlands, has enjoyed something of a renaissance over the past century, with tourism being a major catalyst. Today, Alcúdia remains a small community of around 15,000 people. But whilst it has retained much of the tradition of bygone years, Puerto Alcuda is also a cosmopolitan, 21st century tourist resort.
The international airport of Son Sant Joan, which is 8km from the city of Palma de Mallorca, is the main entry point to the island. There are direct flights from a large number of UK airports to Palma, which is around 60km south of Alcudia. Alcudia can be reached from Palma by hire car, coach or taxi, with numerous transfer companies vying for your custom.
One warning: A coach transfer into Alcudia should take approximately 1 hour, but some tour operators drop guests off in a neighbouring resort which will add another 30-45 minutes to your journey. Check in advance if you are on a deadline to reach your destination.
For those who don´t wish to fly or are bringing their own car, it is possible to reach Alcudia by sea. There are daily ferries between Palma and the ports of Barcelona, Valencia, Dénia, Ibiza, Ciutadella and Mahon. The port of Alcúdia is also an important transit point and ferries from here connect with Menorca and Barcelona.
In the peak summer months of July and August temperatures can hit 90 degrees, so if you’re not a fan of excessive heat you may want to avoid this period. Winter temperatures remain warm, though cool at night, whilst May, June and September are possibly the best times to visit, with the weather still beautiful, but smaller crowds and cheaper prices.
Puerto Alcudia boasts the longest stretch of beach on Majorca - 11km – and the clean sand and warm, shallow waters make the resort extremely popular with families with young children.
Another great attraction for families is the Alcudia Hidropark on the Avda. Tucan, which has giant water slides, swimming and boating pools, and three mini-golf courses in landscaped surroundings.
For shopping, Puert Alcudia is fairly limited, though there are a number of markets in the town which sell fresh local fruit and vegetables, as well as flowers and craft goods, that are worth checking out. They are traditionally open on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Puerto Alcudia’s nightlife is fairly sedate, but there are many bars and cafes that stay open until quite late. These are a mix of authentic Mallorcan/Spanish establishments and British-influenced venues.
A good excursion out of the resort is to follow the coast road north of Alcudia along the Cap de Pinar. There's stunning views looking back towards Alcudia Bay, and also over towards Pollensa. The road ends in a military zone, although you can get as far as the Ermita de la Victoria, a 17th Century hermitage.