Alcudia Town Gate


The old town of Alcúdia, in the north east corner of Majorca, should not be confused with the popular beach resort (Playa de Alcúdia) which is just down the road. One is an old medieval walled Spanish town, with a long history dating back to Roman times; the other is a haven for package holidays and sun-burnt Brits.

The centre of the well-preserved old town is largely pedestrianized and encircled by the old medieval wall. Full of narrow streets built in the traditional Mallorcan style, it is an incredibly picturesque and tranquil place to wander round for a couple of hours. Many of the streets are filled with interesting shops and restaurants serving authentic local food. If you can pick a time to visit when there are not hoards of tourists, the place has an unusually timeless feel, especially if you wander down one of the main residential lanes, which are so quiet you could almost hear a pin drop. If someone did drop a pin, this would probably be the only litter you would fine, as the old town is immaculately clean and well manicured.

There is plenty of evidence of Alcúdia’s long history to explore. As well as the 14th century wall, which you can follow almost around the whole town, there are also some ruins of the old Roman town, just outside the medieval walls. There is also a fine looking 17th century church, the Church of Sainte Jaime. If visiting on a Sunday or Tuesday, there is also a large outdoor market to browse round.

As well as being a great place to visit in its own right, there are a number of good walks that start from the town. Walking east from the town further along the peninsula, there are a small villages dotted along the northern coast with nice beaches; Playas de Sant Joan and Sant Pere in particular are worth visiting. There is also a big hill with way-marked trails if you fancy a more strenuous workout.

As mentioned, the more well known part of Alcúdia is the one that graces the pages of every tour operators’ summer sun brochures. Located to the south of the old town (about a 15 minute walk), the centre of the town extends along a main road running parallel to the beach. Full of bars, takeaways and designer outlet shops, it was a great place to visit for my fashion conscious teenage son, and to be honest, wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. Nevertheless, as I go on holiday to escape the British, it’s probably not somewhere I’d choose to stay. The beach though is gorgeous. I would imagine 50 years ago, before mass tourism, and the onset of mandatory beach clutter and crowds, it would’ve been one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Palma, Spain, Balearic Islands, Majorca
Soller, Spain, Balearic Islands, Majorca
Agios Stefanos And Kassiopi, Greece, Ionian Islands, Corfu
Alcudia, Spain, Balearic Islands, Majorca
Barcelona, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona
Bonifacio, France, Corsica, Southern Corsica
Calella De Palafrugell, Spain, Catalonia, Costa Brava
Corfu Town, Greece, Ionian Islands, Corfu
Santa Cruz De La Palma, Spain, Canary Islands, La Palma
Los Cancajos, Spain, Canary Islands, La Palma
Valle Gran Rey, Spain, Canary Islands, La Gomera
Cala Blanca, Spain, Balearic Islands, Menorca
Cagliari, Italy, Sardinia, Cagliari
Ibiza Town, Spain, Balearic Islands, Ibiza
Paxos And Antipaxos, Greece, Ionian Islands, Paxos And Antipaxos
Kefallonia, Greece, Ionian Islands, Kefallonia
Pula, Italy, Sardinia, Pula
La Maddalena, Italy, Sardinia, La Maddalena
Las Palmas, Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria
Malaga, Spain, Andalusia, Malaga
Skiathos, Greece, Sporades Islands, Skiathos
Puerto De La Cruz, Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife
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Pinarellu, France, Corsica, Southern Corsica
Mainland Orkney, Scotland, Orkney Islands, Mainland
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Agate, Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria
Santa Cruz, Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife
Alicante, Spain, Valencia, Alicante
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Seville, Spain, Andalusia, Seville
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