Alcudia, Mallorca (Majorca) Resort Guide to Hotels and Restaurants
Mallorca Resorts - Alcudia Guide
Alcúdia is well positioned as Mallorca's most popular North coast resort. It is approximately 60 km (32 miles) from Aeropuerto De Palma which takes approximately 50 minutes by hire car or taxi. The journey is one of the most trouble free on Mallorca with fine roads taking you right into the heart of the resort. A taxi from the airport, if your transfers have not been laid on, should cost you approximately €80, although be aware that this fare is often slightly increased when you are travelling with a large number of bags, or a travelling after 9pm. Alcudia is not as busy a resort as some others on the more popular south coast, but as a result of this is a resort very suitable for families with children and people that want a more relaxing get away. Not that Alcúdia is boring. During the summer it has a vibrant bar scene and a couple of night clubs nto tempt late night revellers. But it is the lovely beach and the invitingly shallow waters of Alcúdia bay that attract most holdiday makers to Alcúdia. The beach is 10 km (6 miles) long and spreads from Alcudia all the way to the neighbouring resort of C'an Picafort. Beach bars and cafes are never far away from this clean, sandy beach and all of the usual fun summer water sports (sailing, pedaloes, banana boats, jet skis) are available to entertain you on the busier sections as well as sunbeds and deck chairs.
Alcúdia old town lies a couple of miles inland from it's more modern resort centre. It would be a crime not to give the old town a visit during your stay as there is much in the way of history and culture to take in from its near 2000 existance as a settlement. The unmissable ramparts around Alcúdia old town date from 1298 and were built by King Jaume the second to protect the towns people from invaders. It may have worked then but thankfully it doesn't now! Alcúdia old town is lovely, with many fully pedestrianised and high walled, narrow streets that criss cross there way through the town centre. It is a most relaxing place to walk on a hot day, with much shade and pleanty of pretty squares with public seating, cafes and restaurants to sit and cool down. Sunday and Tuesday brings the market to the old town of Alcúdia. Mallorcan markets start early and are generally over by the lunchtime siesta so it is good to get an early start in order to see the market in full flow. The Sunday and Tuesday markets are virtualy identical so, unless you are mad for markets, you won't be missing anything if you don't go to both. A good way to explore Alcúdia is by bike. Cycle hire in the resort is a breeze and well worth the money. Take a ride to on the coast road going North from Alcúdia for some lovely views or along to the wetlands at Parc Natural de S'Albufera (see below).
Take the Ferry to Menorca
Visit a Water Park - Hidropark - Alcudia
One of the main tourist attractions in the Alcúdia resort is Hidropark, the best waterpark on the north of Mallorca. The park has numerous slides
and pools and is open for all of the summer season, from May 1st till
October 31st from 10.30 till 6.00pm daily. The prices are reasonable (if
you don't have too many kids!) at €17 for adults (over 12!) and €8
for kids under 12. The little ones, under 3's, can get in for free.
Parc Natural de S'Albufera near Playa de Muro
Parc Natural de S'Albufera is the most important area of wetland in the whole of the Balearics. Home to thousands of species of plant and rare birds, this 1,700 hectare plot was saved from destruction by Mallorca's overzealous developers when it became a protected reserve in January 1988. There is no car access to to the park. You can leave your car and access the park via bicycle at the Pont dels Anglesos on the Alcúdia to Artà Road in Playa de Muro. Entry is free but be sure to get a visitors permit at the reception and visitors centre. Opening times for the reserve is 9am till 6pm from April 1 to September 30 (in season) and from 9am till 5pm from October 1 till March 31 (out of season)
Play Golf on Courses Near Alcudia
Golf Alcanada: A wonderful 18 hole golf course 6km (4 miles) or 10 minute drive from the centre of the resort.