A beach holiday in the north of this popular island
The holiday paradise of Alcúdia is right in the north of Majorca. Relax on the beach, explore the old town or take a trip up to the Cap de Formentor. Alcúdia will enchant you!
The lively town of Alcudia is situated between two bays in the north of Majorca. As one of the most popular holiday towns on the island, this Majorcan region wins over the hearts of holidaymakers every year with its picturesque harbour, long sandy beaches and pretty old town. Today, I’m going to introduce you to the most beautiful spots in the city and tell you what you can see and experience in Alcudia.
Alcudia – a holiday paradise in the north of Majorca
The holiday town of Alcudia is about an hour away from Palma by car. You can take a bus from the bus stop in Plaça Espanya in the island capital. The journey is quicker and more comfortable if you take a taxi or rental car. Once you’ve arrived, I recommend taking a dip in the cool water. The amazing beaches and their amazing water quality promise you the perfect day on the beach. Being honest, we look forward to holidays on the soft sand by the azure blue sea the most, don’t we? The coastline around Alcúdia stretches around 30 kilometres.
Soft sandy beaches and small bays are just waiting for you to discover them. There’s everything that you could possibly want on holiday in Alcudia. You’ll find excellent hotels and apartments, a cultural city centre with small shops and cute tapas bars, an impressive harbour and much more still. There are no words to describe Alcudia’s delightful variety of things to do. Families especially love this city, children can look forward to a fun programme of activities and there are lots of playgrounds on the beach. There’s even one right in the water!
A perfect mixture of beach and culture
As you’ll see, a colourful mix awaits you in Alcudia. Boredom is a rare feeling here. I’m going to take you through the best places in the popular holiday town now.
Alcúdia’s Old Town
The restored town centre is characterised by Moorish and Roman influences. Today, it takes you on a journey back in time. A wall almost completely surrounds the town and used to protect it from pirate attacks. Today, you can enjoy beautiful views of the town and its surroundings from the top.
“You can feel the pulse of the true Majorca here”
Enjoy the town’s colourful everyday life and listen out for live music. In the summer, bands often play in front of the ancient backdrop. It is especially busy here during the markets on Tuesdays and Sundays. Locals and tourists alike can stock up on fresh fruit and other Majorcan specialities. Tapas bars attract hungry visitors and there are lots of cute boutiques along the old lanes. Many designers and painters have opened colourful shops here. Historical buildings and old churches stand alongside modern bars and restaurants. The old and the new meets here and lends Alcúdia’s old town a special charm.
In the footsteps of the Romans – Pollentia
Visit one of the few remnants from the time when the Romans ruled Majorca. The ruins were covered up in the 16th century when a new city wall was built. If you were expecting a completely preserved city, then I’m going to have to disappoint you. The ruins are still worth a visit if you’re spending some time in Alcúdia though.
The ruins of an excavated Roman town
Entry: 3 euros
The best time to visit is the morning
A visit lasts about 1 hour
For example, you can visit La Portella, a residential area where you can see the remains of three Roman houses. Recently, the remains of a temple in the Roman Forum were opened to the public and there is also a theatre to visit. Do you want to learn more about this place? Then you should visit the Monographic Museum of Pollentia. Here you can admire the finds from the different archaeological sites. You can take a look at objects, like pottery, glass shards and jewellery, which are all thousands of years old. The highlight of the exhibition, however, is the bronze head of a woman. The settlement borders Alcúdia’s old town and is really easy to reach. You should visit the Roman town in the morning so you’re not swamped by bus-loads of tourists. This also means that you can spend the rest of the day on the beach!
The Ciudad Blanca is the heart of the holiday town. Most of the town’s hotels and holiday apartments are here and there’s no lack of restaurants or beach bars here either. The 4-star hotel IBEROSTAR Cuidad Blanca is particularly well-known. It is right on the beach and has excellent reviews.
Hotels and apartments in Alcúdia
Have you fallen in love with Alcúdia and just need to find the right hotel? Many hotels and apartments are right on the beach and are ideal for an unforgettable family holiday. The 4-star hotel Zafiro Tropic even has a pirate ship in its pool so your little buccaneers can feel all grown up. If you think you need children for a holiday in Alcúdia, you’re mistaken. There are also hotels, which deliberately distance themselves from the family character of the holiday town. The Eix Alcúdia Hotel is an adults-only hotel. The central location is really popular with couples who would like to spend a relaxing time together in Alcúdia. Whether you’re travelling as a family or a pair, there are so many things on offer for every taste!
Alcúdia is the perfect holiday town for families thanks to its wonderful beaches, which run gradually into the sea. Many hotels are also within walking distance of the beach, which is particularly handy. Enjoy the sun, sea and sand. If you get bored, you can try one of the countless water sports on offer there. You can bob around on the waves in a comfortable pedal boat or skim over the gleaming, turquoise sea on a jet ski. In the port of Alcúdia, there is also a waterpark, which is a lot of fun for the kids. (You do have to pay to get in though.)
Playa del Alcúdia
The long, wide beach is full of everything you need for a perfect day at the beach. The soft, light sand stretches all the way south to its neighbouring beach, the Playa del Muro.
Facilities and qualities of the beach
Toilets and showers
Water sports providers
Restaurants and cafes
It can be really full in the summer but everyone can find a lovely spot. You might struggle to find an umbrella in August as its the busiest month of the year. The beach promenade runs parallel to the beach. It is home to a good selection of restaurants, which are just right for hungry sunbathers. The shops invite you to stroll around them and have a browse. Is lying on the beach and just looking at the water not enough for you? On the beach, you can rent stand up paddle boards (SUPs), have a ride on a banana boat or even dare to go parasailing. Even if it seems like there’s a lot to do here, it’s actually quite quiet. You shouldn’t confuse the Playa del Alcudia with one of Majorca’s party beaches – families and relaxation are definitely the main focus here.
Playa del Muro
The southern end of the long section of Alcudia’s beach is called the Playa del Muro. Together with the Playa del Alcúdia, it makes up the biggest area of sand on the Balearic Island. This section of beach is very similar to its neighbour. Everything is within walking distance so it’s just perfect for a relaxing holiday on the north coast. Another plus is that the beach has disabled access.
Even more tips for your holiday
Do you already know Alcúdia like the back of your hand? No problem! There is always something new to discover on the sun-kissed Balearic Island. The Cap de Formentor right in the north of Majorca is particularly beautiful. The Tramuntana Mountains are also a real highlight for nature lovers and ramblers.
Cap de Formentor
This magical place is at the end of the Formentor peninsula. It is known by the locals as the meeting point of the winds. Don’t forget your camera as you’ll definitely want to remember these views. Take in the imposing cliffs along the coastline and feel the wild freedom of the sea and the strong winds.
Serra de Tramuntana
Nature lovers can spend a day in the impressive mountain region, Serra de Tramuntana, and go on spectacular walks there. Some holidaymakers even come to Majorca just to spend time in these mountains.
It’s also worth visiting Alcúdia’s neighbouring town, Pollença, or searching for another favourite beach. How about Playa S’Illot, Playa de Formentor or Coll Baix? There are plenty of bays and beaches for you to discover. Some are easy to find but others are real hidden gems. ;)
Ready for a holiday?
The north of Majorca is home to a true holiday paradise. In Alcúdia, you can look forward to an excellent beach holiday in a relaxed atmosphere. The lively town is a culture, nature and beach paradise so everyone can find something to do. If you’ve suddenly got an urge to go to vibrant, family-friendly Alcúdia, take a look at my current Majorca deals or even send me a message!