Majorca’s beach resort Alcudia on the north coast of the island is popular with families who are looking for lots of beach time, sunshine and child-friendly facilities. A lively, modern hotspot, Alcudia also has historic connections with Roman and Moorish influences.Alcuida street | from Spanish Tourism
Whether you’re looking for good quality, affordable accommodation, safe beaches or plenty to do, you won’t be disappointed with Alcudia.
Getting there/getting around Alcudia
Alcudia is about 1.5 hours from Majorca’s Palma airport. If booking with a tour operator your transfers will probably be organised by them, otherwise there are local buses – allow at least 1.5 to 2 hours to get to the resort.
Getting around Alcudia is probably easiest on foot. There are local buses, but they can be irregular. You can also hire a car for the day to get around the island or hire bikes to cycle along the beachfront.
Beaches in Alcudia
This is the reason most people come to Majorca and particularly to Alcudia – it has a lovely, seven kilometre long, gently-shelving beach, which makes it a hit with kids and families. There are plenty of watersports, beach-side cafes and restaurants, thatched huts and sun beds available.
At the northern end of the beach is Porte D’Alcudia, an old fishing village. Restaurants and traditional, Spanish-style shops and cafés are nearby. You will find some excellent sea food restaurants, well-worth seeking out, hidden away in the back streets.
Sightseeing in Alcudia
Nearby is Albufera, a nature reserve, where you can visit pretty little coves, enjoy great views and spot local birdlife.
You musn’t miss the Alcudia Old Town with its historic homes, Baroque church St Crist and narrow, winding streets. Visit the Roman remains including the old theatre in this historic town, once the capital of Majorca.
Family attractions in Alcudia
Kids will love the nearby Hidropark, in Puerta Alcudia, which has loads of slides and swimming pools and watery fun. For golf fans, the park has a colourful course that is geared towards children as well as adults and is open from May to October.
Alternatively there is family-friendly El Laberinto Maze. For more serious golf courses, Alcudia has lots to offer. The newish Alcanada course is just outside town.
Day trips from Alcudia
Hire a car and take a trip around the island and explore some of Majorca’s beautiful towns such as Valldemosa and Sierra de Tramuntana and its stunning mountains.
Take a trip to the island’s capital Palma and see the amazing cathedral, designed by famous Spanish architect Gaudi.
Eating in Alcudia
Traditional Majorcan dishes are focused around pork, but there are delicious pastries too. Pork sausages can be tasty, and look out for white sausage and a local version of black pudding (botifarro). Majorcans also like to tuck into hearty vegetable soups, often made with paprika. Tumbet is a pie made with aubergines that vegetarians may enjoy.
For those with a yearning for good old home cooking, there plenty of cafes and restaurants, serving Brit favourites like Yorkshire pudding and fish and chips, near the beach. The old town is a good place to look for local cooking.
Nightlife in Alcudia
For Latin music or lazy nights out, Alcudia has plenty of places to chill out in. It has a choice of great British pubs, such as the Canny Lad, which serves a mean pint of Newcastle Brown Ale. There are cocktail bars, theatre bars and bars with live acts. You’ll be able to catch plenty of live footie in the bars here – the Spanish love football too. And if you are missing your team’s big match, chances are you’ll be able to see it shown in one of the British-style pubs.
But don’t expect huge, heaving nightlife, in Alcudia the accent is more on family fun. Finish the night with a delicious Spanish ice-cream cone on the walk back to the hotel.
Shopping in Alcudia
Wander in Majorca’s atmospheric markets and enjoy the hustle and bustle. The open-air stalls sell everything from leather handbags to fruit and veg. The best time to get there is early in the morning or at least before 10.30am.
Palma has a market on Saturday and the market in Alcudia Old Town is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Markets usually close around lunchtime. Stock up on Spanish wine and cheese to take home for great prices at local supermarkets such as Colber. Spanish high street fashion has made quite a hit in the UK with shops such as Zara, so you’re sure to find some great styles at great prices at the local clothes shops.