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The old town of Alcudia is 2km inland though the main resorts are on the western end of the Bay of Alcudia and spreading out along the Playa de Muro making some of the resorts a fair distance from the centre of Alcudia. In general the resorts of Playa de Muro whilst a little remote are newer and have a higher proportion of more luxury hotels and appartments. Many though are on the wrong side of a busy road - worth checking the exact location of your hotel before booking!
On the plus side the Port d'Alcudia and Playa de Muro resorts are generally neat and tidy, the beaches are a lovely 14km long bay with golden sand, plenty of watersports and a good scattering of beach bars and cafes. As well as the beaches there is an attractive harbour and marina.
The old town of Alcudia has been home to Phoenicians, Romans and Moors amongst others. It has magnificent medieval walls and the old town is entered by one of two ancient gates. Inside the town is pedestrianised and has narrow streets and a pleasant atmosphere. Houses date back to the 13th century giving the Alcudia a medieval feel.
To the north of the town is Alcudia's bullring.
If you want to learn more about its history and buildings there is a 2 hour guided walk on a Wednesday afternoon. See the tourist office for details. Market days are very busy in Alcudia and take place on Tuesday and Sunday mornings.
At the begining of July every year Alcudia celebrates the festival of Saint Jaume. During this 9 day festival the town is decorated and the festivities and pary atmosphere climax on the last night with the 'La Noche de Sant Jaume' celebrations with fireworks and an orchestra.
Places to visit near Alcudia
On the edge of town are the Roman remains of Pollentia - the capital of the island in Roman times. There is not much left but there is a good museum - the Museu Monografic and about a kilometer further on is a Roman theatre which is quite well preserved.
The scenery around Alcudia is very beatiful. Drive along the Peninsula de Formentor for some magnificent views or drive through the tunnel through Mont Fumat to the Cap de Formentor and more spectacular scenery.
South of Alcudia is the Parc Natural de S'Albufera, a wetland park which you can explore on foot or by bike. A series of hides allow you to look for some of the 200 species of bird which visit the park.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Balearic Islands guide.