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A beachside beauty in Majorca

Bringing together idyllic beach and an ancient old town, Alcudia holidays offer the best of both. At this charming resort on Majorca’s northern coast, you can expect ravishing views of the glittering turquoise sea, plenty of history and enough activities to keep the whole family happy.

Alcudia’s atmospheric old town is one of Majorca’s most beautiful. It’s steeped in history, having been inhabited since the Bronze Age. Echoes of the past can be seen today in its medieval wall and Roman ruins, while more recent culinary traditions are showcased at its many rustic Spanish restaurants. Hours can be spent exploring old Majorca, wandering its narrow, winding streets, browsing the market and feasting on tapas.

Then there’s Alcudia’s gorgeous beach that stretches from the marina – a sandy sweep fringed by rocks and palm trees, it’s the perfect spot for secluded sunbathing. The waters are calm, and great for snorkelling, and there are lots of cool beach bars and seafront shops as well. Not just a brilliant beach resort that the whole family will love, holidays to Alcudia offer a memorable historical hit, too.

Your Alcudia questions, answered

In July, Alcudia’s old town celebrates the week-long festival of St Jaume. There’s evening entertainment, plenty of Roman fancy dress and an impressive fireworks finale.
Yes. There’s a morning street market held regularly in the old town, where you’ll find produce grown by local farmers, fashion bargains and traditional crafts.
If you’re looking for some serious heat, come to Alcudia in July or August – although the area is cooled by the coastal breezes and the sea is only ever a few steps away. April to June and September to October are popular when the sea is warm and the beaches less crowded. But Alcudia is a mediaeval town, originally settled over 4,000 years ago, and it's steeped in history. With fewer tourists around, the winter months are ideal for exploring the many archaeological sites and the town’s beautiful architecture.
With warm, crystal-clear waters and a protected bay, the sea around Alcudia is a wonderful swimming spot. It’s calm enough for kids to enjoy, and for lilo-based floating, too.
As well as the beach in Alcudia itself and nearby Playa de Muro and Pollenca, you’ll find dozens of other beaches of all sizes and colours nearby. Many are ideal for snorkelling, with calm, warm, inviting waters with colourful fishes and octopuses hiding in the rocks. Alcanda is a pebble beach just a 15-minute walk from Alcudia. It’s a popular local activity to swim through the shallow waters to the island only 150 metres offshore. Or trek to beautiful Coll Baix, accessible only by boat or a steep coastal path.
Magaluf definitely takes Majorca’s crown when it comes to partying at night but Alcudia has a wide selection of bars and clubs to suit your taste, too. Head down to the port area to find a cocktail bar to start the evening, then into town for the chaos of clubs and karaoke. Dollar Street is a popular starting point. The Marina area is where you’ll find the high-end restaurants and chic, sleek bars. And, if you really want to go wild, in the height of summer there are party buses that travel back and forth to Magaluf.
Alcudia is widely regarded as one of the most family-friendly resorts in all of Spain. It’s a small, manageable town that opens out to three kilometres of white sand beach and shallow, safe swimming in a warm sea. Many of the hotels have families in mind, offering swimming pools for children and kids’ clubs that run throughout the day. There are all manner of watersport centres nearby, and there’s even a waterpark with slides, a wave pool and mini-golf.
It’s only 40 minutes by car between Alcudia and the island’s beautiful capital, Palma. It makes a perfect day trip if you’ve hired a car. A Gothic cathedral overlooks the bay of Palma and there’s a castle, a fortress and countless churches. The old town of cobbled streets is mainly pedestrianised. Narrow alleyways open onto vast squares full of cafes and terraces. Tree-lined Paseo del Borne is where you’ll find the high-end designer stores, or wander the streets to find one of the many markets that take place throughout the year.
There’s a market every Tuesday and Sunday morning in Alcudia; head into the central stalls to find unique handicrafts and art, pottery and jewellery. Another section is dedicated to local farm produce and is a wonderful opportunity to peer into a slice of traditional Majorcan life. Every evening in Port Alcudia, from June to September, there’s a night market in the pedestrian area. It’s set up with tourists in mind, so expect to find souvenirs and local crafts.

Best things to do in Alcudia

See some nature

Parc Natural de S’Albufera, a glorious wetlands area, is a great place to spot wildlife. This tranquil haven is home to sea daffodils, falcons, owls and frogs.

Saddle up

For a beach trip with a difference, explore Alcudia’s pretty bay Majorcan-style on a horse riding excursion. There are several ranches and farms to choose from.

Take a boat trip

Stroll down to the port and catch a glass-bottomed boat to Formentor. On the way you can gaze at the vibrant marine life and fish darting beneath the water.