Here’s a list of the 15 best things to do in Alcudia on Mallorca in Spain, along with famous landmarks, museums, and other points of interest.
Alcudia is one of the most popular places to visit in Mallorca and the town features a rich history dating back to Roman times and all the way to the Bronze Age. The surrounding area is also very picturesque with beautiful coves and beaches.
In this article, I’m sharing some of the best things to do in Alcudia as a tourist as well as interesting facts and places that shouldn’t be missed while visiting.
Platja des Coll Baix
This breathtaking cove is located in the north of the island, and its crystalline waters and lovely white beach are quite a sight to behold. The beach requires a bit of a hike to reach, but visitors will be rewarded with serenity as it’s never overcrowded.
Take the beautiful hike of about 30 minutes through the forest, before descending onto the beach. The hike begins in Alcúdia, from Calle Eclipsi, which runs into Camí de s’Alou.
Alcúdia was built inland, to protect it from pirate raids, and its gorgeous old town is tucked away in its center. It is a bustling historical area that is full of small shops, cozy alleys, and charming restaurants.
Don’t forget to go for a walk atop the city walls where you can get amazing views of the water and the old town itself.
Alcudia Beach boasts the title of the longest beach on all the Balearic Islands. It is also one of the most beautiful beaches in Mallorca, and the 14-kilometer-long sandy strip is easily accessed from the city promenade.
Perfectly maintained, the beach is sandy, white, and lined with amenities. There are plenty of water sports on offer, as well as boat rides that take off from the beach.
The Hidropark is the only water park in the northern part of Mallorca, and it features attractions for families, small children, and even older kids.
Hidropark has several waterslides, of course, but it also features a 54-hole golf course, bouncy gyms, trampolines, and paintball. It is open from May to October. The entrance to the park is less than €20 if you buy online.
Sa Bassa Blanca Museum
Headquarters of the Yannick and Ben Jacober Foundation, this museum has a mission to promote cultural development and respect for the environment. Opened in 1993, the Sa Bassa Blanca Museum combines art and nature in a unique rural location.
The building’s old water tank is an exhibition hall, featuring a permanent exhibition of 150 portraits of European children from hundreds of years ago, and the main building is designed by architect Hassan Fathy, an Egyptian architect that created a fantastical Moorish interior within the existing farmhouse framework.
Club de Golf Alcanada
The Alcanada Golf Club is a premium 18-hole course located 15 minutes outside of Alcudia. The club, opened in 2003, is owned by the Porsche family, and it is well-known for its gorgeous views across the bay of Alcúdia.
Anyone can play by booking ahead online. The course was designed by the famous Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and has been recognized as the best course in Europe by the magazine Golf Journal.
This small town is a sister town to Alcúdia and lies just three kilometers down the coast. The village’s beautiful port attracts many visitors, along with the beautiful beach, with its fine sand and calm waters.
This part of the town is also known as the place to go out at night in the evening, featuring loads of restaurants, bars with music, and nightclubs. This resort town is also where you go to catch the ferry to Menorca.
Just outside of Port d’Alcudia sits Parc Natural de S’Albufera, a natural park with a protected wetlands area. Over 1600 hectares of land, mostly made up of grasses and marsh, the park is a haven for birds.
You can see many rare migrant birds passing through or breeding. The name comes from the Arabic for lagoon, and the current wetlands have been in place for about 100,000 years. You can visit it on footpaths or by bicycle.
Cova des Tancada
Of all Mallorca’s coves, only five are open to the public, and Sa Cova Tancada is one of them. To reach the entry of the caves, you must hike about a mile.
And while the hike is mostly at an easy fitness level, the area leading down into the cave is very steep and you may need to use hands as well as feet. Be sure to bring a flashlight to explore the stalactites and stalagmites in the cave.
Ciudad romana de Pollentia
Founded in 123BC, the Roman city of Pollentia sits in ruins today despite being the most important city in the Balearic Islands in Roman times. Alcudia made the perfect location, positioned between ports for defense.
Visitors to the ruins can see the forum and the Roman theater, as well as a residential area. The theater is quite impressive, a stone semicircle dating back to the 1st century and the site of sports and entertainment.
Parroquia de Sant Jaume
One of the oldest churches on Mallorca, the Sant Jaume church and parish began construction in 1302. Unfortunately, it has undergone many renovations due to destruction and natural deterioration.
The oldest part visible now is the Santo Cristo chapel, dating back to the 16th century. The current church building dates to 1893, with a neo-gothic style, dedicated to the patron saint of Alcúdia, Saint James.
A 16th-century lookout tower on the highest peak on the Victoria peninsula of Mallorca, Talaia stands at 446 meters high. It is loved for its amazing views—you can see all the way to Menorca on a clear day!
A popular place to start the climb is at the Ermita de la Victoria, and the route around the Talaia is circular, so be sure to do the whole hike if you can.
The market in Alcúdia is one of the prettiest on the island, sitting right in the center of town on the Paseo Mare de Déu de la Victòria. It takes place on Tuesday and Sunday mornings every week, and it grows in size during the summer months.
The local market in Alcudia offers everything from food to handmade goods to clothing. Visiting the market is a fun way to visit the old town while doing some local shopping.
Beer Lovers Cerveceria
Beer Lovers isn’t just any bar—it is a craft beer brewery, where you can enjoy the beer brewed on the premises. The founders converted their family home into a brewery and Biergarten, and the beautiful historic building is well-preserved and maintained.
The Beer Lovers Cerveceria crafts several different microbrews, ranging from an amber ale to a double IPA. Their star beer is the IPA, Llop, so be sure to try a glass!
Make a day trip to Pollensa
Pollensa is just a 15-minute drive from Alcúdia, making it a great place to explore on a day trip. A town of 15,000 people with a long history that stretches back in time for at least 3000 years.
There is much to see, as the city has become an outpost for artists and creative types in the last century. Start in Plaça Mayor, to see one of the most beautiful churches in the area.
On the outskirts of the village, sits the Puig de Maria, a peak that holds the oldest monastery in Mallorca. Be sure to pick up an ensaimada at Ca’n Xim, one of the local’s favorites, as well as a Mallorcan handmade llengües fabric from Teixits Vicens.
Interesting facts about Alcudia
- Alcudia is one of the most visited destinations in Mallorca.
- The area has been inhabited since the Bronze Age.
- The festival of St. Jaume is celebrated every summer in Alcudia.
- Alcudia is the oldest city in all of the Balearic Islands.
- The name of the city is derived from Arabic, Al-Qudya, which can be translated as “The Hill”.
- During Roman times, it was known as Pollentia.
- Alcudia has been a popular tourist destination since the 1960s.
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