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Alcúdia

nice view in Alcudia north

Alcúdia lies on a peninsula between the bay of Pollenca and the bay of Alcúdia, on the northeast coast of Mallorca. It is an extremely popular tourist destination, especially on Tuesday and Sundays, which are market days, and people flock to the town to pick up supplies, and also to admire the views. Alcúdia's biggest attraction is its imposing medieval wall, which encompasses the former capital of Mallorca. Thanks to it, Alcúdia can be considered the most important medieval town of Mallorca. But the history of the place goes back even further, all the way to at least 123 BC, when this was a Roman settlement called Pollentia (the Mighty). The ruins of the Roman town were taken over by the Moors, who developed Al Kudia, or, the "city on the hill". The famous wall was built in the middle of the 14th century by King James I, as protection against pirate raids. Those difficult days in its history have left a clear mark on the picturesque streets of Alcúdia, and, thanks to these past civilizations, this bustling town is now one of the most beautiful places in Mallorca.

Alcudia puerta de la muralla

City Walls and Gates

The parts of the walls that are still accessible today were built back in the 14th and 17th centuries. The defensive lines of the time were dominated by the city gates – for the western part of the wall, there was the main gate, Porta Principal or Porta Sant Sebastian, and for the eastern part there was the Mill Gate, Porta del Moll and Porta Roja.

Alcudia Sant Jaume church

Church of Sant Jaume

The church of Sant Jaume is a harmonious Spanish Gothic building. It was built in the 16th century, in the neo-Gothic style, and has dominated the city landscape ever since. It is most famous for the huge and magnificent rosette on the eastern facade and the famous wooden crucifix “Santo Cristo”, which dates back to the 15th century.

Museu Monografic de Pollentia

The archeological museum hosts a wide range of particularly impressive finds from ancient Pollentia, the old Roman settlement. These include ceramics, theater masks, statues, models of the city, jewelry and household items made of clay and bronze. The oldest legal document ever found in Spain, which dates from the 10th century, can also be found here. On the road leading to Port d’Alcúdia you can find the most beautiful architectural monument of ancient Pollentia: a small Roman amphitheater from the 1st century, of which only parts of the stage and some rows of seats are still recognizable. Concerts and events are sometimes staged here even today.

Historic fort in old town of Alcudia

The Old Town

When you walk through the streets of Alcúdia, you can feel the city’s history coming back to life. The magnificent town hall, Casa Consistorial, can be found in the market square which is called Placeta de les Verdures. It was built in the Renaissance style and has a beautiful tiled clock tower. Around the town hall, houses built in the 16th and 17th century display their graceful silhouettes even today, while nearby, the cafes from Placa Constitució lure tourists to linger a little longer. The modern Can Torro library was organized in an interesting palace from the 14th century. Many small galleries and artisan workshops can be found in the narrow, mostly car-free streets of Alcúdia.

Ermita de la Victoria

The fortress church Ermita de la Victoria dates back to the 13th century. The sanctuary was built in the Baroque style. Today, the church houses a hotel. The restaurant Ermita de La Victoria, which is located a little higher up the hill, offers good food at reasonable prices, with the extra added bonus of the panoramic view of the Formentor peninsula.

little street in the old town of Alcudia

A Tip from Mallorca.org

Try fantastic Mallorcan cuisine in the restaurant Ca'n Costa in the old town of Alcudia, C / San Vincente, 14. Locality with flair and courtyard. Advance booking is recommended.
cancostaalcudia.com

information

Population: 18,327

Tourist Information

Alcúdia
Oficina Municipal de Turismo de Port d'Alcúdia
Passeig Marítim s/n
07400 Alcúdia
www.alcudia.net/
turismepm@alcudia.net
+34 971 547257
+34 971 547257