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.
The ancient town of Alcúdia, located about 5 minutes by car from the coast, is not to 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 marauding 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.
Alcúdia is a perfectly restored walled city on the site of a Roman settlement, with remains of Roman houses and an amphitheatre. This is a gem of a place, a maze of narrow streets enclosed by medieval ramparts that have been carefully restored as part of Mallorca's new tourist image. A couple of new boutique hotels have sprung up, and modern gastronomic restaurants provide a really interesting dining experience.
Located two miles from the coast, Alcudia 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. Traditional fiestas and fairs rub alongside classical music festivals, and it has one of the best markets on the island. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, explorable by car or by bicycle.