Alcúdia is an historical walled town in the north of Mallorca and has the distinction of having been the capital of the island during the Roman occupation. Its strategic position, on a peninsula between the bays of Alcúdia and Pollensa, made it the Phoenicians’ choice for a settlement, but that disappeared when the Romans arrived and built their island capital Pollentia. Evidence of the Roman occupation exists today and you can visit the remains of the Roman amphitheatre (the only example in Mallorca) and Pollentia city – a short signposted- walk from the town centre. There is ample parking space close by.
You can enter compact Alcúdia old town through its imposing gates, stroll around the picturesque narrow streets – and even walk along the top of some of the restored town walls, taking in the views. The old houses within the walls date from the 16th to 18th centuries and a number have been turned into shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants, so this is a lively area – particularly on market days Sunday and Tuesday. A good spot for lunch or dinner within the old walled town is Osteria El Patio – serving authentic Italian cuisine. This welcoming restaurant has a front terrace and an attractive rear enclosed garden.
Sample the best of Bologna in the charm of Alcúdia old town. Osteria El Patio offers a winning combination of delicious Italian food, in a warm atmosphere. […] Osteria El Patio – buenisimo!
Alcúdia’s museum houses an interesting collection of Roman artefacts and ceramics.
On the opposite side of the main road from Alcúdia old town is a large modern auditorium, built in 2000, which offers a varied programme of entertainment – including the annual Alcúdia Jazz Festival concerts in autumn. It’s also available for conferences, with the necessary facilities for such use, and is accessible for wheelchair users. Another attraction that’s definitely worth visiting is the Yannick and Ben Jakober Fundación – home to the fascinating ‘Nins’ collection of paintings of children from the 16th-19th centuries. It’s a short drive deep into the countryside, following the ‘Fundación’ signs from Alcúdia old town.
If, after a visit to this foundation, you’re looking for something to eat or drink, La Terraza at Alcanada is a family-owned restaurant right by the sea, serving Mediterranean cuisine with a modern touch. Their lobster paella is a much-requested culinary treat.
Wondering where to eat in Alcúdia? La Terraza, right next to the sea, has both a restaurant and a bistro, both highly commendable. […] Restaurant La Terraza
Port d’Alcúdia is the largest resort on the north coast and its sandy beach stretches some 10km south from the marina and the island’s second largest commercial harbour – from which a ferry service operates to the island of Menorca. The Ma-12 from Port d’Alcudia leads along the north coast road to Artà, passing the wetland nature reserve of S’Albufera (a must for birdwatchers) and the popular and lively beaches and resorts of Can Picafort and Playa de Muro.
Golf fans visiting the area of Alcúdia and Port d’Alcúdia will find an excellent 18-hole course, with spectacular bay views, at Alcanada, and numerous other opportunities to enjoy sporting activities.