Good to know about Alcúdia!
Alcúdia is a municipality and township of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. It is the main tourist centre in the North of Majorca. It is a large resort popular with families.Most of the hotels are located in Port d’Alcúdia and Platja d’Alcúdia along the 14 km long beach that stretches all the way to Can Picafort. In Alcúdia the old town is well preserved with houses dating back to the 13th century. The old town is surrounded by a medieval wall.
In the 1920′s the first tourists began to visit Mallorca and also Alcúdia. This was in a very limited scale and the economy of the village stayed weak. In the early 70′s it started to be clear that the future of Alcúdia would be in tourism. 15 years later the old harbour of Puerto de Alcúdia had developed into a major resort for European tourism. In the 90′s the construction boom calmed down and several regulations were put in place to secure the quality of the resort. The focus is on visitors searching for both relaxation and activity. A golf course has been constructed and both bicycle and hiking trips are commonplace. The old town has been preserved and pedestrianised. It has now become one of the most visited villages in Majorca.
Alcúdia Main Sights
The old town has a 14th century wall and it is possible to step up on the wall and follow it almost all around the village. There are remains of a Roman town just outside the medieval town walls, in front of the Church of St. Jaume, belonging to the ancient city of Pollentia. There is also a small Roman theatre. North of the Town is a bull ring from the 19th century.
The old town also host a marked both on Sundays and Tuesdays all the year. Inside the walls there are several popular restaurants and bistros famous for good home-cooked food in small settings. In Port d’Alcúdia most of the restaurants are located around the marina. Most of these restaurants are only open in the tourist season.
Further north and west are some coves and beaches ideal for sunbathing, swimming or snorkeling. The beach at Alcúdia is c. 14 km long and stretches as far as C’an Picafort. Alcúdia joins on to Playa de Muro which is home to S’Albufera; a natural park that is very popular with birders.
Alcúdia is celebrating the festival of St. Jaume every summer. It goes on for nine days at the beginning of July. Before the festival starts the town is decorated and each street picks out a theme for that years look. During the festival several traditional evening festivities are arranged in the old town such as the Night of the Romans where the streets are full of locals dressed in traditional ancient Roman dresses. There are also out-door theatres, sport tournaments, exhibitions and the traditional bull-fight. The fiesta is finishing with La Noche de Sant Jaume, a fireworks display and philharmonic concert by the old walls.
Every three years takes place the Triennial of Sant Crist, a religious procession where the population slowly walks barefooted through the town in silence, for several hours. The origin of this procession dates back to 1507. According to tradition, the image of Sant Crist sweated blood and water, thus putting an end to a drought. The next Triennial is in 2013.
Alcúdia is home to one of Europe’s largest hotel complex’s, Bellevue. With 8 swimming pools and 17 apartment blocks the complex is set in 150000sq m of gardens.