Just because the lush and lush city of Alcudia is only 24 square miles (60 square kilometers) which has no influence on how many of these beautiful ports and ancient cities in the lower islands, can offer holiday makers.
You can find it, as the Romans did, in northern Mallorca about an hour or so from Mallorca, the capital city of Palma. Of course it doesn’t have drunken Magaluf nightlife – fortunately. Instead it is home to beautiful landscapes, lots of heritage (history books cite Bronze Age populations), beautiful family-friendly beaches and sensational art destinations that call for discoveries.
Explore the old city of Alcudia
The Moors arrived there in the 9th century and lived for 300 years. They named this ancient hilltop city “Al-Qudya” which means hill in Arabic.
They were defeated by King James I in 1298. But King James II designed the quadrangle-shaped fortress of the 14th century. The 6m high walls are still intact and make beautiful walks giving a rooftop rooftop and private terrace. 1.5 km in length is decorated with 26 towers and two gates – Porta de Xara and Porta de Mallorca – which have been declared as National Monuments.
Medieval wall in the Old City
They almost surrounded the dense old city whose ancient winding streets were surrounded by sandstone architecture that looked most beautiful in the golden afternoon sun. Inside there are various old-fashioned shops and restaurants.
Ajuntament d’Alcúdia (City Hall) in the area of Calle Mayor
You are bound to pass the white whitish Ajuntament d’AAlcúdia (City Hall) and its beautiful golden clock tower in the Calle Mayor area.
Alcudia has a family-friendly beach
Alcudia has an unusually wide soft sandy beach on the Platja d’Alcúdia and is one of the longest on the island. This is ideal for young families because the beaches around here have convincing shallow waters, especially by Playa De Muro. But it also offers hidden coves and impressive cliffs that feature 14 km along the journey to Can Picafort. For children, there is a fun themed water park on the water’s edge, go-karts, and crazy golf.
Roman city of Ciudad de Pollentia
Located close to the Bahía de Pollensa and Bahía de Alcudia, and close to the old city of Alcudia are the remains of the Roman capital of the Balearic Islands. It was called Ciudad de Pollentia (which means city of power, a name that gives insight into how the Romans viewed themselves).
It has been years of excavation to uncover extraordinary ruins covering 12 hectares from the 1st century BC. Most are easy to distinguish and each segment has an information board to help juices the imagination bring up a visual of what might have happened.
Founded by Quinto Cecilio Metel the city consists of three segments: the residential district – barrio de La Portella – where you can see several streets and buildings at the time, the 100m segment of the city walls and the Forum.
About 15 minutes away on the outskirts of the Roman city is a Roman theater. Yes, this is a long journey but as an excitement, you can see some green land and beautiful wild flowers along the way.
Roman Theater in Alcudia
The Romans loved the theater and the theater’s capacity of up to 2,000 people was proof of that. Test the acoustics, you will be impressed with the sound. Or climb the stairs to the top for a very Instagram photo. Be careful, depending on the time of year, mosquitoes linger here, so it’s still useful.
The entrance fee is 4 euros per person (children are free) and gives access to museums located elsewhere in the city. Just follow the red Roman symbol painted on the sidewalk from the site entrance to the monograph museum next to the church.
Museo Sa Bassa Blanca
For art lovers, the Sa Bassa Blanca museum is the culmination of Alcudia and its own destination. However it is transported far outside the city so you will need a car to get there.
It has its roots in the 70s when artists and collectors Ben Jakober and Yannick Vu acquired a farmhouse. With the help of Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy, they turned it into a spacious and impressive Hispano-Moor building with attractive white domes, tiled floors and doors and a courtyard with several garden styles with lush mountains in the background and views of the sea. the outside.
Even though they no longer live there, this beautiful building makes an attractive nose. Full of curiosity and various collections of modern and contemporary art and 50 portraits of key photos of 20th and 21st century artists. One room is dedicated to statues by Meret Oppenheim, Antoni Miralda, Takis and Alan Rath. The entire room is also dedicated to the creation of Dam Vu Cao, Yannick’s father
On the top floor, there is a room whose ceiling is amazing and even has the name – “The Mudejar”. It was made in 1498, and is a sensational example of ancient Balearic craftsmanship.
There are several underground galleries that include portraits of royal children and exhibits that are very thought provoking in the Socrates gallery of Space and Time. Oddities like giant golden dolls, Swarovski’s 10,000 sparkling crystal dance shoes and curtain act as a backdrop to the fossil skeleton of a Siberian wool rhino who is sure to raise curious eyebrows.
The gardens are very beautiful and created with extraordinary inspiration. There are often granite animals such as hippos, rams, elephants, and strange octopus, all created by two artists. This is their personal safari.
Rams, white pearls and black granite
Rams, white and black granite
There is also a tree of hope made by Yoko Ono where the branches are marked by the personal hopes and expectations of visitors.
After 15 minutes climbing to what was once a military observation point, above the Gulf of Alcudia leads to three large pillars and a large human statue, Figura, on the roof of the Observatory. Inside is a strange installation Aquarium by Ben and Yannick. In effect, this is a confusing mirror space.
There is a sliding fee scale depending on what you want to visit and if you want to tour. It starts from 10 euros.
Places to eat
Restaurante Mirador de la Victoria
Find Mirado de la Victoria on the coast road of the La Victoria peninsula in the midst of fragrant pine trees. Enjoy local specialties such as Frito Mallorquin (sauteed meat with vegetables) and Fish a la Mallorquina and paella which are absolutely delicious. The beautiful natural view of the sea and the mountains outside are very spectacular
At the 19th century Miramar Restaurant, you can eat indoors or outdoors on a terrace overlooking the fishing harbor. Alcudia Mediterranean cuisine includes fish, seafood and meat, and wine cellars.
Restaurante el Jardin
At the restaurant designer Restaurante el Jardin, your background is a bumpy white wall and one or two statues by Yannick Ru. Run by Dani and Macarena del Castro – Macarena has a Michelin star so you can expect fine dining here which changes with the seasons.
There are several airlines that fly to Palma including Jet2.com which offers flights from several locations in the UK.
If you have a car, you can go to Alcudia without problems. From Palma take the MA-13 highway.