On Mallorca’s north western coast, Alcudia has much to offer the holidaymaker, especially those with families. We’ve had holidays there a couple of times in the past and loved it so we decided to write a top 10 things to do in Alcudia from our experiences. We hope you find it useful and if you have any other tips, please feel free to comment below.
1. Alcudia Beach
One of the main reasons for cheap holidays to Alcudia is the beach. We all love a good beach! Alcudia beach was recently named Spain’s best beach according to the world’s largest independent travel review site, TripAdvisor.co.uk which says it is the ideal family friendly beach resort. TripAdvisor combed through the reviews submitted by the 20 million members who use the website to come up with the lists as part of the website’s ‘Traveler’s Choice Awards.’ The curving bay is packed with facilities and offers water sports which is the next reason why Alcudia is a popular holiday resort.
2. Water Sports
Kilometers of beach locations as well as crescent coves give a range of wonderful water activities including banana boat rides, jet skis, wind-surfing, kite-sailing, water-skiing, canoeing and scuba diving. Sailing and catamaran boat hire is available from the harbour.
3. Water Parks
Enjoy a change from the beach and take the family to cool off at the resorts’ very own waterpark, the Hidropark Majorca. A variety of slides, shutes and wave pools offer fun for all the family and provide a great day out in the summer months. A giant mini-golf centre sits right next door to the park.
Never overlook to pay a visit to the area shops for quite a few fantastic shopping in Alcudia. Get your travel credit card set for a genuine buying extravaganza. Alcudia is filled with area stores and a lot more. Several outside markets present their merchandise such as lace and leather.
5. Exploring on foot
Explore the rocky coastline with any of the water excursions. North Majorca is filled with delightful walking and hiking terrain, especially in the mountainous north-west, where the Tramuntana range lies. Escape the beach and venture out on the many paths and trails in the area leading to wonderful countryside, full of hidden villages and monasteries, accompanied by spectacular views.
6. Horse Riding
If riding stables bring a sparkle to your eyes, there are excellent riding stables in Alcudia and the area has some perfect leisurely rides along the coast to treks through the countryside. Exploring Alcudia on a horse is an excellent way to relax and discover the real Majorca. The mountainous trails and paths through olive groves and lush woodlands are perfect for exploring on horseback, and give visitors the chance to experience the natural beauty and charm of the area.
Following a couple of hours of sunbathing, tourists may wish to head into town for something to eat. Alcudia has some of the best seafood in all of the Balearic Islands. Tapas and wine is an option that is a great way to people watch and fill up on great Spanish food.
Whilst on holiday in Alcudia, those who feel sporty enough might want to test their hand at a multitude of sports offer. Alcudia has a purpose-built tourist centre, with facilities for tennis and squash, go-karting and cycling. The resort is home to one of the best 18-hole golf courses on the island, in a picturesque setting with wonderful views.
9. Boat trips
The port offers a range of boat trips, from days out to quiet coves to fishing charters. Relax and explore the coastline, enjoying the sights on a glass-bottomed boat, and find secluded spots to drop anchor and take a dip. Recommended is a trip to the Formentor promontory, with some stunning views.
10. Day trips
Alcudia is ideally placed for touring the north coast of Majorca, with plenty of day trips available. Wander round the Old Town of Alcudia, full of history and tradition, or take to the hills and visit the little towns of Lluc, Arta or the Old Town of Pollensa. The historic capital Palma is a short drive, and offers an elegant harbour, and a wealth of fine dining, shopping and cultural attractions. We recommend checking out these places of interest:
Banys Arabs (Arab Baths)
Dating from the 9th century these original baths date back to Moorish times in Majorca. Located in Palma they are open 9am – 8pm in the summer months and there is an admission charge.
Castell de Bellver (Bellver Castle)
A 14th century castle in Palma which now houses Palma History Museum.
Le Seu Cathedral
This outstanding Gothic cathedral occupies a commanding position overlooking the sea at the edge of Palma bay. There is an admission charge to enter the Cathedral but it is well worth it.
Soller mountain train
An original Victorian train which travels from Palma to Soller across the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. Admission fee includes a trip on a historic tram from Soller to Port Soller to complete the final leg of the journey.
Village where English writer Robert Graves lived until his death in 1985. His home has now been converted into a museum.
One of Majorca’s finest towns where Chopin spent a winter.
S’Albufera Natural Park
A wetlands conservation and wildlife reserve very near to Alcudia and easy to get to by public transport.
Coves del Drac
Last and certainly not least, located in Porto Cristo are Covers del Drac underground caves. Lovely and cool down there when you want to escape the midday sun in the summer months and awe inspiring spectacle not to be missed.