The old, walled town of Alcúdia is one of the prettiest on the island of Mallorca, with an enchanting medieval heart of winding streets and shady squares. The historic town is set a couple of kilometres inland from its former harbour, which has now been developed into the popular tourist resort of Port d’Alcúdia, famous for its superb beaches. All kinds of sports and activities are available in the area, including sailing, kayaking, hiking, golf and horse-riding, and there are plenty of family-friendly attractions such as water-parks and mini-golf.
Food & drink:
Alcúdia and Port d’Alcúdia attract huge numbers of international visitors, and boast plenty of restaurants with cuisines from around the world. Traditional local delicacies include the ‘ensaïmada’, a swirling, sugar-dusted pastry which is perfect with coffee for breakfast, while menus will regularly feature the wonderfully fresh seafood, as well as sausages and charcuterie from locally reared pigs. Classic dishes include ‘tumbet’, a sort of variation on ratatouille, prepared with aubergines, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and garlic, and the ‘frit mallorquí’, which consists of chunks of pork or chicken fried up in with offal, peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes.
Off the beaten track:
If you want to escape the crowds along the beaches, head to the S’Albufera nature reserve. These tranquil marshes attract more than 200 different species of bird, and have several peaceful walking paths. There are more great hiking paths in the area around Alcúdia, including some fantastic walks around the Victòria Peninsula just north of the town.