In this article we tell you what to see in Alcudia (Alcúdia in Catalan), one of the three towns in Mallorca that holds the distinction of forming part of the ranking of the most beautiful towns in Spain, as a visit is one of the essential things you should plan to do on your route around the island.
Alcudia stands out for its uniqueness, which is palpable in its geography and, above all, in its historical legacy, which is very visible when observing the old city protected by the city walls, its well-kept and lively streets and the cultural heritage of the city. and historical heritage that is proudly exhibited today and which you should visit; and also in its social dynamics, as Alcudia is a town open to the world as it is directly connected to places such as Menorca, Barcelona and France..
Do you want to know more? Read on or click on the section you are interested in reading in the table of contents! In this guide we give you all the information about what to see in Alcudia and its surroundings, and what to do.
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History of Alcudia
The history of Alcudia begins in the pre-Talayotic period (2000-1200 BC), marked by the presence of megalithic constructions from the Talayotic culture, such as the Son Simó settlement. This prehistoric period laid the foundations for human occupation in the region, showing evidence of an advanced and organised society.
With the arrival of the Romans in 123 BC, led by the consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus, a period of expansion and prosperity began. During this period Pollentia (today Alcudia) was founded, becoming the first capital of Mallorca. This settlement, which can be visited today, symbolises a time of great development and wealth in the region.
After the fall of Pollentia due to the barbarian invasions and the subsequent Arab conquest in the 9th century, Alcudia entered a new era with the Christian Reconquest. In 1229, with the conquest of James I of Aragon, Alcudia re-emerged as a strategic centre. During the Middle Ages, the city was fortified with walls and defensive towers, becoming a key point for the protection and administration of the island.
How to get to Alcudia
Located in the north of Mallorca, Alcudia has a strategic position, on an isthmus that separates the bays of Pollença and Alcudia. It comprises a territory encompassing the town of Alcudia, Playa de Alcudia, Puerto de Alcudia, Mal Pas – Bonaire, Marina Manresa and Son Fe.
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It is easy to get to Alcudia by car, as it can be reached by motorway from Palma de Mallorca, the capital. Although all the municipalities of the island are connected to each other by public transport, the speed of the buses passing through the stops outside the capital is very slow, so we recommend that you go by car, especially in the case of Alcudia, which has such quick access.
Getting to Alcudia by car
The easiest way to reach Alcudia is by car, as you can take the Ma-13 motorway that links Palma with the north of Mallorca. You won’t get lost, it is very well signposted.
If you do not have a vehicle, you can rent a car, and for this we suggest that you always use a car hire price comparator before confirming your reservation. You will be able to compare and choose from all the companies available, according to your needs and budget.
Getting to Alcudia by public transport
You can find detailed information on how to get around Mallorca using the public transport network in these two articles:
🚌 Public transport in Mallorca: Bus, metro and train in Mallorca: lines, timetables and current fares. 🚕 Taxi service in Mallorca: taxi ranks, taxi companies’ phone numbers and fares for all locations.
If you choose not to arrive by private vehicle, there are different ways of getting to Alcudia by public transport, specifically by bus, as the train does not arrive. During the winter months:
- From Palma, take bus number 302 from the Intermodal Station, which is next to the Parc de Ses Estacions (opposite Plaza de España).
- From Pollença, Alcudia connects with line 322.
- If you are coming from the interior of the island, from towns such as Sineu, the quickest option is to take the train or bus to Inca, and there transfer to the bus line 302 from Palma.
- From the rest of the cities and towns in Mallorca, you must go to Palma and transfer to the 302 line.
Private transfer to Alcudia
🚐 If you want to get to Alcudia directly and without complications, you can also consider hiring the services of a private transfer. Simply enter your pick-up location and dates in the search engine and get the cost of the service instantly.
What to see in Alcudia
To visit all the proposed places to see in Alcudia, we recommend that you invest a full day, as the town and its surroundings have many attractions.
🆓 Not enough time to visit the walled city? If so, you can book this free tour of Alcudia and get to know the most important places in the old town.
We recommend that you book in advance, as the free tour in Alcudia fills up quickly in high season.
Streets of the old town of Alcudia
Alcudia has a network of extremely well-kept, narrow, irregular and cobbled streets with monuments everywhere in which you can breathe the medieval and Roman times and invite you to stroll through them and admire every detail.
The streets have a pleasant atmosphere that even invites you to talk to the locals. We recommend you explore them and pick up handicrafts and useful items to take home as souvenirs.
In the centre of Alcudia you will see facades that still look as they did on the first day they were opened, decorated with the utmost care, and Renaissance–style manor houses that once belonged to the city’s nobles and which still retain elements characteristic of their period of splendour and which are of great architectural value.
Walls of Alcudia
Alcudia’s privileged situation also had its negative side, and that was how exposed the city was to attacks by Turkish pirates from the Mediterranean, who dismantled the island on several occasions. For this reason, the king James II ordered the construction of the first walled enclosure. These walls served to protect the town and the entire north of the island.
The wall has 26 defence towers distributed along its 2 km perimeter, along which you can walk. This walkway is known as the Camí de Ronda and is 6 metres high, preserving two access gates, the Porta del Moll and the Porta de Mallorca, and the foundations of the Porta de Vila Roja.
In the 19th century, part of the new wall were destroyed, which is why in 1974 it was given the designation of Historic-Artistic Site to guarantee its preservation and conservation.
Gates of the Alcudia City Wall
The three gates of the wall of Alcudia were and still are the backbone that connects the town of Alcudia with the historic centre of the small town: the Porta de Mallorca or Porta de Sant Sebastià, on the road to Inca; the Porta del Moll or Porta de Xara, in the north-western part; and the Porta de Vila Roja, on the Barcarès road, of which only the stone bridge over which it was accessed has been preserved.
The foundations of the Porta de Vila Roja appeared in 2019. The builder in charge of the refurbishment of the second belt – the most modern, because it dates from the 17th century, as opposed to the first belt, which is medieval – discovered them.
After the discovery, the town council considered leaving the layout of the foundations of the modern wall visible, but the great urban modification that this would require meant that the idea was abandoned, but it was paved in a different way to the rest of the street.
Experts deduce that the Porta de la Vila Roja was an exit to the sea on the side of the Bay of Pollença.
Iglesia de San Jaime de Alcudia
The church of Sant Jaume is, without a doubt, one of Alcudia’s treasures. Jaume I commissioned its construction, although it had to be remodelled in the 19th century due to the collapse of the original church. The current one is neo-Gothic in style and has a rose window that will remind you of the one in Palma Cathedral, which we also recommend you visit.
Inside the church is the Baroque Chapel of Sant Crist, with a 15th century carving that is highly venerated by the people of Alcudia, and other chapels, where you can visit a museum of sacred art.
Oratorio de Santa Ana
St. Anne’s Oratory (Oratorio de Santa Ana) or Santa María de la Torre dates from the 17th century and is attributed to Diego Español Declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 2014, it is one of the best-preserved examples of a church on the island after the Catalan conquest in 1229.
It should be noted that the primitive church is built on levels from the Islamic period and the latter on levels from the Roman period (1st-2nd c. BC).
Ayuntamiento de Alcudia
The Porta de Mallorca of the Alcudia Walls connects with the carrer Major, the main street that runs through the historic quarter, full of shops and souvenirs, and which leads to the Alcudia Town Hall.
In Renaissance style (16th century) and with a large central tower topped by a clock on each side, the building is well worth a visit. Moreover, the town hall is located in the very centre, next to the liveliest area of the city, where you can take a break and sit down for a drink on one of its many terraces.
Roman city of Pollentia
The Roman ruins of the ancient city of Pollentia, declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1963, are located outside the walls of Alcudia and are open to the public. For us, it is one of the must-see places in Alcudia.
Stop and take your time, sit back while you contemplate and imagine what those days might have been like when the remains of today were a city full of life and growth.
You will be able to visit the Forum, where the centre of the ancient city was located; the Theatre, which is one of the small but unique in Spain, as it is set on a rock, taking advantage of the natural slope; and the residential area of La Portella, where the city’s residential area was located.
• Tuesday to Friday: 9: 30am – 6: 30pm
• Saturday: 9:30am – 11:30am
• Sunday: 9:30am – 2:30pm
With the price of the ticket you can also visit the Monographic Museum of Pollentia, which is located next to the church of Sant Jaume and has a collection of objects found in the ancient Roman city.
Museo Sa Bassa Blanca
Located in a nature reserve 7km from the centre of Alcudia lies the Museum Sa Bassa Blanca, inaugurated by the artists Ben Jacober and Yannik Vu. In the museum there are several permanent exhibition spaces, a sculpture park, a rose garden and an observatory.
The outstanding architectural detail is a Hispano-Moorish construction known as a ribat (fortified building). Moreover, if you are travelling with your family, it is a museum you can go to with children, as there are plenty of ways for them to appreciate art in a fun and entertaining way.
• Wednesday to Saturday: 10h – 18h
• Sunday: 10h – 15h
Admission: 12€. You can buy your advance ticket to the Museum Sa Bassa Blanca here.
What to do in Alcudia and its surroundings
In addition to its beautiful historic centre, the municipality of Alcudia has a wide range of activities to do, as well as a beautiful natural environment that invites you to relax on its beaches or to discover it by practising outdoor sports.
Puerto de Alcudia and Playa de Alcudia
The Port of Alcudia (Port d’Alcúdia or Alcudiamar) is, together with the old town, the most touristic area of the municipality and is where the second largest commercial port in Mallorca is located.
Along the promenade of Puerto de Alcudia you will find plenty of shops, bars and restaurants ideal for a relaxing stroll, a drink or dinner.
Furthermore, next to the port is the well-known Playa de Alcudia (Platja d’Alcúdia), awarded with the Blue Flag for its cleanliness and sustainability. Its large 3.5 km long sandy beach and shallow turquoise waters make it one of our favourite beaches to visit with children.
Other beaches in Alcudia
Playa de Alcudia or Sunwing, as it is also known, is not the only beach in the municipality. Alcudia is located on the north coast and therefore has many beaches if you fancy a dip.
In the urbanisation Mal Pas-Bonaire:
- Platja de Sant Joan
- Platja de San Pere
From Mal Pas-Bonaire in the direction to Port de Pollença:
- Platja de Morer Vermell
- Platja de Sa Marina
At the Cape of La Victoria:
- Platja de S’Illot
From the urbanisation of Alcanada, along the coast:
- Platja d’Alcanada
- Es Faralló
- Coll Baix
There are many ways to enjoy in the beach of Alcudia. One of them is simply relaxing in the sand reading a good book or doing nothing at all. However, if you have traveled to Mallorca looking for movement and adrenaline, water sports will undoubtedly be one of your best options in the north of the island.
The market of Alcudia, which is held every week in the historic quarter of the town, is one of the most unique and genuine markets in Mallorca, especially due to its location next to the walls and in the surroundings of the ancient Roman city of Pollentia.
This market is also one of the largest on the island and is held on Tuesdays and Sundays from 8 am to 1.30 pm. If you are in Port d’Alcúdia, you can also enjoy its weekly street market on Fridays from 8 am to 1 pm in the Plaça de Cas Vicari.
Items available at these markets include fresh local fruit and vegetables, other typical gastronomic products, handmade jewellery, leather goods and handicrafts. Toys, shoes and clothes are also available.
A product that is highly appreciated by visitors are the products made with Mallorcan de llengües fabric, with their characteristic and beautiful print, as they are endemic to Mallorca.
In the summer there is a night market (6pm – 10pm) on the promenade of Puerto de Alcudia, from the beginning of June until the end of September.
Natural Park of S’Albufera de Mallorca
If you like nature, very close to Alcudia, you can visit the Parque Natural de la Albufera, which is located in front of Playa de Muro and is the largest and most important wetland on the island of Mallorca.
It is an excellent place for birdwatching, with the presence of up to 303 species having been recorded, and is highly valued for its great wealth of fauna and flora. It is an ideal area for strolling or cycling and getting lost along its paths, as there are paths for cyclists in its interior.
The visit is free but you will need to request an access permit by calling 971-892250.
Cycling in Alcudia
Alcudia has positioned itself in recent years as a very attractive enclave for cyclists from all over the world, thanks to its coastal and mountain routes of different levels, as well as its easy access to the rest of the inland villages of the island of Mallorca.
If you like the idea of traveling to Mallorca for cycling, you should not overlook the idea of staying and moving from Alcudia. There are many cycling routes in the surrounding area, including the ascent to the Lighthouse of Formentor, a very demanding route of 80kms that runs along a route full of contrasts, with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, slopes, curves and cliffs.
Hiking in Alcudia
The surroundings of Alcudia also invite you to go hiking, with routes of varying levels of difficulty.
From the accessible route to the Mirador de La Victoria, where you will find the interesting 11th century Ermita de la Victoria, to the ascent to Sa Talaia de Alcudia, the great hiking route of the area, from where you will get breathtaking panoramic views of the northwest of Mallorca.
Do you like lighthouses? We have a weakness for visiting them on all our trips. If you also like lighthouses and want to discover the lighthouses of Mallorca, in Alcudia you can visit the Aucanada Lighthouse. From here, there is also another hiking route that will take you to the incredible Playa des Coll Baix, one of the beaches that we include in the top 10 of the best beaches in Mallorca.
Kitesurfing in Playa de Muro
The beaches of Alcudia and its surroundings are perfect for the practice of sailing sports, more specifically kitesurfing and windsurf, as the area takes advantage of the strong north winds blowing from the Menorca channel and as the beaches are sandy and shallow, the waves are not big.
Paddle boarding is also another sport that is very popular on calmer days due to the instability of the board, although the more daring also practice it on days with swell and rough seas and enjoy taking advantage of the waves to surf with these larger boards.
In case the plan fails in this area of the island due to the lack of wind and you want to practice these sports, there are other places in Mallorca such as Playa de Palma and El Arenal, Es Trenc and Sa Ràpita with a similar maritime orography that will allow you to practice them.
Wine tasting in Mallorca
If you would like to take part in a wine tasting in Mallorca, in the area around Alcudia you will have the opportunity to do something a little special: you can take a beautiful one-hour horseback ride through the woods of Puig de Sant Marti.
After the horseback ride you will arrive at the ranch and enjoy a unique taste of Mallorca with a selection of wines and cheeses and other local gastronomic products. A different experience to the usual plans in Mallorca that you won’t forget.
Festivities in Alcudia
The Port of Alcudia Cuttlefish Fair is a fair dedicated to the display of nautical products and the tasting of dishes made with cuttlefish caught in the Bay of Alcudia. It is held during the month of April and is one of our favourite fairs on the island.
The Alcudia Fair is held on the first weekend of October in the historic centre and is an agricultural, livestock, business, craft and gastronomic fair.
Restaurants in Alcudia
The old town of Alcudia and the Port of Alcudia have an infinity of restaurants serving all kinds of food, from Indian, Italian, Chinese, hamburgers or local Mallorcan cuisine. We recommend you:
- Merlet Restaurante Alcudia-tapas: if you are looking for a restaurant in the historic centre of Alcudia where you can eat well, we recommend the Merlet restaurant, a family-run establishment where they serve delicious tapas, made with good products and at a very reasonable price. However, bear in mind that it is one of the busiest establishments, so it is likely to be full at peak times.
- Ca Na Marcé: this restaurant in Puerto de Alcudia is our favourite for breakfast and for eating in the area. The food is spectacular and the service is very friendly, plus the place is beautiful and with that chic look that has been so fashionable lately. If you dare to try it, we especially recommend the tuna tataki, the ceviche, the rice with octopus and red shrimp, and the chocolate coulant. Whatever you order… please don’t miss the coulant. Let us know what you think!
- Lloyd’s Fish & Chips: this British restaurant run by a Welsh family is also one of our favourites in Port d’Alcudia. The fish & chips, their speciality, is the best in Mallorca, although if you prefer other options they have an English breakfast, an extensive menu of pies or the typical Sunday roast. It’s a simple and inexpensive place, don’t expect luxuries, but no less tasty for that.
Map of Alcudia
On this map you can locate the main visits and sights to see in Alcudia, as well as the restaurants we have recommended for you to eat at. By clicking on each icon you will be able to see which place it is.
Hotels in Alcudia
Alcudia stands out for being a town with a wide range of hotels, as well as being close to other areas such as Playa de Muro, Ca’n Picafort or Port de Pollença, which are also good places to stay in Mallorca.
In the specific case of Alcudia, we would recommend that you stay in the old town, within the walls, as there you will find many hotels with the charm that the beach areas do not have, as well as being able to enjoy the centre and its good atmosphere.
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