March – May
LCY → PMI
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Taxi: 53 £GBP (40 min)
Bus: 14 £GBP (120 min)
Located on the sun-drenched north-east coast of Majorca (also known as Mallorca), Alcudia holidays are favourite. And it comes in two-parts. Inland there is the medieval old town – much loved for its charming history where bustling markets, shops, restaurants and cafes fill the streets beyond its historic walls.
Then there is the coast. Here, the long stretch of beach flanked by lush green scenery backs on to a modern and bustling town centre and comes complete with bars and restaurants, hotels and a marina – all-in-all there is 7 kilometres of stunning white sand. For family holidays, the resort features aquariums, water parks and farms all nearby and they are enough to keep the kids happy all day, every day.
The Blue Flag sands of the beach at Alcudia run from Ca’n Picafort, another resort, to the laid-back Playa de Muro, which is part of a nature reserve, to the resort city’s marina. Due to the clear and calm waters it is a popular destination for snorkellers. At the town end of the beach, there’s a raft of watersports on offer and plenty of waterfront bars and cafés.
A way to start a tour of Alcudia’s old town in dramatic fashion is to enter through one of the two gates built after the island was conquered by King Jaime I of Spain. Once you’re on the other of the 14th-century walls, you’ll find narrow cobbled streets that lead to busy squares packed with boutiques and pavement cafés. Also worth checking out on holidays in Alcudia is the rose window and medieval belfry of the Sant Jaume parish church.
Temperature: A summer average of 25 degrees Celsius.
Best time for holidays to Alcudia: Alcudia is a year-round destination, with long and warm summers and very mild winters.
Summer in Alcudia is long and warm with temperatures hovering in the mid-20s degrees Celsius from May to September. Most rainfall occurs in autumn and spring, however they are still good times for Alcudia holidays because of slightly cooler temperatures. For a peaceful holiday without the throngs of tourists and holidaymakers, visit Alcudia in winter, the weather is still pleasant with quite mild temperatures between December and March, with the occasional light rain shower.
Alcudia is set apart from other beach resorts by the fascinating old town; this medieval settlement is packed beautiful old churches and stunning architecture. Relax on the award-winning Blue Flag beach on your holidays to Alcudia; these golden sands are a paradise for sun worshippers, whether you’re into watersports or just soaking in the sun. For families Majorca’s best attractions are right here, including a fantastic water park, the island’s best aquarium and, of course, there are the beaches.
Just a 20 minute bus ride away is Parc Natural de S’Albufera, a giant nature reserve consisting of lagoons, sand dunes and plenty of walking trails. A hike here brings you up-close-and-personal with tamarisk trees, marsh frogs and the heavenly scented sea daffodil. There are also a lot of observation platforms and areas where you can indulge in a little bird-spotting seeing the purple heron and the moustached warbler.
Aside from the beaches and the old town, Alcudia features a raft of things to do. A good option for Alcudia holidays is to pay a visit to the vibrant market, situated in Alcudia’s old town and haggle your way to victory with the locals.
Wander the atmospheric old streets before paying a visit to the Roman settlement of Pollentia, dating from 123 BC it served as the original capital of Majorca. Alternatively, climb the steps to the top of the 14th century walls for fantastic views of the bay of Pollensa and the old town.
For something involving a little more energy, Alcudia’s waterpark – Hidropark – promises a wet and wild time, while in Bellevue (the tourist capital of Alcudia) you can indulge in an action-packed go-karting session.
A boat trip from the port of Alcudia promises to be visually stunning: There are two to choose from, a four-hour trip leaving at 12pm or from two two-hour trips that leave at 10am and at 1pm. You’ll get to enjoy the stunning scenery of the dramatic north coast passing the bay of Alcudia, Es Coll Baix and Formentor (on the four-hour trip only).
Another must see on holidays to Alcudia is the Caves of Drach, these world-famous caves feature largest underground lake in Europe.
Hire a bicycle and enjoy a ride around the easy to negotiate flat cycle paths and stop to admire the birdlife. Don’t forget to take a camera.