Many Mallorcan towns are filled with lovely architecture and beautiful landscapes, but none more so than the charming medieval town of Alcúdia on the north side of gorgeous Mallorca. This restored walled city, once a Roman settlement, boasts ruins aplenty. You can admire them all from our Alcúdia holiday rentals.
The first known settlers were the Phoenicians and Greeks in the second century BC. The Romans followed and helped build sewers, streets, and fortifications. The town thrived under Moorish rule and the 1492 Reconquest brought more improvements including the wall around the city. Today, Alcúdia is a mix of old and new world, with a distinctly medieval vibe. Our Alcúdia holiday rentals will let you explore this town at your leisure.
Things to Do in Alcúdia
Entering the old town through one of two gates, you're immediately transported to a bygone era. The Portal de Moll, with its two square towers, rises up to greet you as soon as you enter. The first stop on any itinerary is the Pollentia Alcúdia, a Roman ruin and the only one of its kind on the entire island of Mallorca. Stroll through an amphitheater, forum, and the remnants of ancient houses.
Hidden away from the main thoroughfare, you'll find the La Fundación Yannick y Ben Jakober: Museu Sa Bassa Blanca featuring contemporary paintings, sculptures, and a beautiful rose garden exemplifying the Balearic Islands. For some supervised splashing and fun, take the family to nearby Hidropark to enjoy myriad water slides and pools.
Beaches in Alcúdia
With its exquisite location on the bay, you'll find several great beaches to relax at during your stay in Alcúdia. Playa de Sant Joan is a small, shallow beach perfect for young children. Playa de Aucanada features a small bay but plentiful golden sand. You have to trek a bit to get to Playa Coll Baix but, it's well worth the effort due to its breathtaking views and secluded nature.
Another beach worthy of a visit is Alcanada Beach, which features a rugged stretch of coastline with shimmering turquoise water and a lighthouse adding to the ambiance. There is no development at this beach, so you'll enjoy peace and tranquility with few people to bother you, though a small town nearby provides amenities such as food and snorkel equipment, should you desire it.
Day Trips from Alcúdia
The north side of Mallorca features wonderful coastal towns and sleepy hamlets you'll want to explore. You'll find the largest contemporary art museum on the island in lovely Andratx. Sóller sits between the mountains and the sea and offers a modernist museum with works by Picasso and Miro. Pollença has several museums as well as cloisters. Just a short distance away, the cultural town of Inca features excellent shopping and dining, and scenic Selva offers a quiet refuge. Palma de Mallorca, home of the island's largest airport, is only 40 miles away if you crave nightlife and high-end shopping.
Historic yet eminently charming, Alcúdia is one of the top destinations in the exotic country of Spain. So why not book one of our Alcúdia holiday rentals today?
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