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Discover another Mallorca; here in Alcudia
As the capital city of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca’s international airport marks the starting point for most holidays. Many then head straight to the nearby party resorts of Arenal and Magaluf where sand, sea, sun and sangria are high on the enjoyment menu. Head in the other direction, though and it’s a different world. Just 40 miles from the airport and in the north west of Mallorca, lies the region’s increasingly popular main resort of Alcudia. From here, there is the opportunity to relax, explore and sample life in the real Mallorca.
Alcudia offers a really tasty alternative
Locals in the Alcudia region are quick to emphasise their use of fresh seafood from the surrounding Mediterranean waters; plus vegetables, almonds and tomatoes from the local farm land, thus making those national and regional dishes extra special. Start the day the Mallorcan way with Ensaimada, a traditional sweet cake that’s readily available in cafes and in many Alcudia hotels. Later, Panada deserves a top score in the meat pie category. Then, resist, if you can, Pa amb Oli. This local bread is a mouth-watering accompaniment to other dishes, or, even better, just by itself. Sangria is an intoxicating mix wine, spirits, fruit and ice; no two are the same, so it’s an enjoyable exercise finding your own final preference! Sangria is an essential accompaniment to those Tapas (‘Little Bites’) choices. These tasty tasters of calamari, meats and sauces are part of the Spanish way of life and are a regular menu feature in the local bars and hotels in Alcudia. They add real flavour to the Alcudia experience.
Alcudia has thrilling choices for all
There are many B&Bs, apartments and hotels here, in Alcudia. Wherever you stay, the resort’s attractions are easily accessed. The glorious beach, for instance, underlines the town’s growing popularity as a family favourite resort. Then, a couple of miles away, there’s the Old Town with its shaded cobbled streets surrounded by the medieval town wall. The latter was initiated by King Jaume in the 14th century when he captured Mallorca from the Moors. There’s a walking tour every Wednesday, but for Roman remains, those on view in the one-roomed Museo Monográfico de Pollentia are more impressive. Finally, from your hotel in Alcudia, it’s a short walk to the Ferry Port and to some enticing excursion options. The region’s Es Coll Baix beach, for instance, can only be accessed from the sea! Alternatively, stretch those sea legs a little and embark on trips to the neighbouring island of Menorca, or even to Barcelona. A holiday in Alcudia is a voyage of discovery.
Birds of a feather in Alcudia
Bird watchers flock to the Alcudia region, drawn by the Osprey and species of ducks and other birds at the nearby Albufera Nature Reserve. The winding, steep roads, cliffs and Mediterranean backdrop attract similar numbers of cycling enthusiasts. The Alcanada Golf Club is one of the musts for visiting golfers. What about the kids? Well, Hidropark is to the back of the town’s residential area. There are six sensational slides and two pools here; plus trampolines. There are also 54 hole mini-golf courses for kids and adults. After that and for some peace and quiet, go in the direction of the Old Town and to the secluded beach of Platja de Sant Pere. Main features here include the crystal clear waters and stunning views of the peninsular of Formentor. Rested and refreshed, bargain hunters then make a beeline for a whole range of goods on offer at the bustling Tuesday and Sunday markets in Alcudia town.
Festivals, fiestas and all that jazz
Throughout Spain and specifically the island of Mallorca, festivals, fiestas and processions take place virtually every month of the year. Particularly popular in the town and with detail available in every hotel in Alcudia, is the Sant Pere Fiesta. Held towards the end of June, the spectacle involves processions of fishing boats in honour of the fishermen’s patron saint. Then, during early July, there’s Festes de la Mare de Deu de la Victoria. This is the annual pilgrimage to the church above Alcudia. It descends into a hugely enjoyable programme of singing, dancing, eating, drinking and general celebration. The second day is more solemn with - and probably accompanied by more than a few sore heads - a procession followed by Mass. Alcudia’s own jazz festival is staged in September. During the year, the island’s celebration themes range from fireworks, staged battles and traditional dance to rock concerts. Many low season festivals centre around Palma and other resorts, so some travel will be necessary.