Most famously home to one of the longest beaches in Majorca, Alcudia is where swimmers, beachgoers, and beach lovers from around the world come to walk kilometer upon kilometer of white sand beach that extends far back to the gorgeous Spanish horizon. Saddled with an old town laden with cobble stoned streets, delicious cafes, locally sourced wine, and historic Roman ruins that characterise the entire vibe, Alcudia’s holiday mentality was only recently introduced following a history that extends back to the beginning of time.
As part of its layout, Alcudia embodies a historic old town behind city walls where Romans used to host markets and barter with one another. On the outskirts of the city wall is the longest stretch of beachfront you will ever lay eyes on, equipped with hotels, bars, and a marina stacked with award-winning restaurants. On such a long beach, it’s easy for you to find a secluded spot and feel like you’re all alone on this piece of paradise.
Upon entering the two gates built following the conquest of King Jaime I of Spain, Alcudia is surrounded by 14th century walls, narrow cobblestone streets that can’t accommodate today’s vehicles, and bustling squares that have music venues, street performers, tapas restaurants, bars, and more. While there, be sure to stop at the parish church of Sant Jaume, with a Medieval belfry and rose window that characterise it as an incredibly cherished historical site.
After all of that, if you want to add a little natural adventure to your trip, there are day trips only 20 minutes away to the Parc Natural de S’Albufera, which is a huge nature reserve comprised of sand dunes, lagoons, paths, and trails for a good exercise adventure. Check out marsh frogs, tamarisk trees, and the beautifully scented local flowers.
Of course, as a Spanish region, there is obviously a yearly festival that takes place in Alcudia, and it’s known as the Sant Pere Festival. As homage to the patron saint of fishermen, there’s a sardine supper with hundreds of decorated boats right in the water. There’s also a fierce sandcastle competition, volleyball batches, and local costumes that end with a firework display you won’t want to miss.
When one thinks of Alcudia, they immediately think of the award-winning beach that is so beautiful and so long, you won’t know what to do with yourself. Try a new sun spot each day, stay by a resort, or go for a beach run that will provide you with never-ending views along the aqua blue waters. At parts of this beach, you can rent watersports equipment, like jet-skis, parasails, and more, providing adventurers with a new way to immerse themselves in the water. There’s also boat rentals and yacht rides you can take to really get a new perspective on the world-famous Alcudia beach.
If you're looking for something quieter, try the Playa de Muro, which forms part of a nature reserve that plays host to natural flora and fauna. There’s also the resort Ca’n Picafort where the water is clear and calm, so snorkelers can dive in and see what the water below them holds in store. In Ca’n, venture into town to secure your own watersport rentals, with paddleboards, rentals, beach umbrellas, and more up for grabs. It’s perfect for the beach adventurer that wants more than just simply sunning.
There is something for every kind of beachgoer when staying in Alcudia. Remember, on such a long beach, it can be hard to find shade and cover, which is why you want to prepare accordingly and take into account that Alcudia receives 300-days of hot sun exposure. Other than that, the paradise awaits you!
Dine at the Restaurante Jardin, known for its contemporary menu and tastes that outshine a variety of local establishments. Home to celebrity chef Macarena de Casto, request his personalised favorites as he curates a dinner and drink list that is completely out of this world. You can also try Ca’n Punyetes, which is all about the tapas. It’s so good that even locals make it a point to visit the tapas restaurant every month, mingling with tourists and travellers looking to know more about the local region.
Aside from the fine-dining, enjoy freshly netted seafood right at the marina, which contains a variety of seafood restaurants, equipped with yacht-looking views, and fresh options that will have you ordering plate after plate of seafood.
By day, sample local bites and tapas at the tiny squared markets, or prepare yourself for bargain hunting at the big Sunday market. Based on a haggling nature, it’s up to you to work your price down for local meats, cheese and drinks as you wander from stall to stall, feeling like you’ve gone back in time.
Although Alcudia is not known for its nightlife, there is still plenty to do and see when walking around a cobble stoned market square, or along a marina with views of the gorgeous sunset. If you’re looking for wine bars, wine tasting, or excellent cocktails made from local ingredients, you’re going to have no problem finding that kind of ambience as the sun goes down. If you want something more upbeat, that’s an option, too.
One of Alcudia's most famous bars, Linekers, is owned by Wayne, brother of ex-footballer Gary Lineker. Known for its large tropical and colorful cocktails, it’s easy to party the night away at an establishment like this one.
If you're less of a clubber, that’s ok, you can relax to local musical performances while you sip on Spanish wine. Try live music on Dollar Street, which can be found in all bars, restaurants, and even on the streets. Many street performances can be witnessed right in the old town squares, providing with you free entertainment until you’re ready to drift off to sleep.
Overall, Alcudia is for those not looking to club and dance on beaches with EDM artists until the midmorning sun. It’s more of a place to sit back, sip on elegance, and take in the relaxing grandeur that the region has to offer you.