The medieval town of Alcúdia is the island's largest tourist hub in the north. Located on a peninsula that separates the bays of Pollença and Alcúdia, it boasts a beautiful medieval centre as well as an authentic local atmosphere which draws in tourists all year round.
Alcúdia is a perfectly restored walled city on the site of a Roman settlement with remains of ancient houses and a theatre. The maze of narrow streets enclosed by medieval battlements has been carefully restored as part of Mallorca's new tourist image.
Located about 5 minutes by car from the coast, Alcúdia should not be confused with the beach resort of Port d'Alcúdia. Many of Mallorca's oldest settlements were built several miles inland to provide protection against prowling pirates, while their port and coastal areas were only developed in more recent times as tourism became a major source of income for the island.
Alcudia actually provides a real contrast to the more touristy beach resort of Port d'Alcúdia. With a wealth of history and charm, this town offers visitors an authentic Mallorcan experience. From its big weekly market through to traditional fiestas and fairs and classical music festivals, the town puts on a whole host of cultural events. The boutique style hotels and first class gastronomic restaurants that have opened in the area mean the town is becoming more attractive for those keen to immerse themselves in a wholesome Mallorcan experience whilst visiting the island. It is also surrounded by beautiful countryside, explorable by car or by bicycle.
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