It’s easy to think that Spain is all family-oriented resorts, brightly-lit promenades and thumping nightclubs, with a few pretty beaches thrown in for good measure. Well, when you look between the resorts you’ll see that traditional life in Spain is still very much alive and kicking, with beautiful places like the old walled town of Alcudia quietly ticking away in the background and straddled by the better-known beach hotspots of Puerto Alcudia and, rather confusingly, the new Alcudia town!
Old town Alcudia itself dates back to the medieval period, and its fortifications held the purpose of defending its residents from unscrupulous pirates. You’ll have to travel some distance inland from the shoreline to find old Alcudia – many Majorcan towns were built a distance from the water during this period to help deter the pirates, but its location continues to benefit the town to this day as tourist development around the coast has had plenty of space in which to sprawl, without affecting the peaceful old town.
The Authentic Experience
That being said, old Alcudia is just a 2km stroll from great hotels around the coastline, making it easy to escape the crowds for a spot of culture during the bustling high season.
Set a whole day aside to explore the maze-like streets and ramparts of the old town, many of which have been lovingly restored, yet archaeological sites like the ruins of Roman houses and an amphitheatre have been left in their magnificently decayed state as a testament to the unforgiving nature of time.
The local tourist office offers plenty of sightseeing tours around old Alcudia, but it’s far preferable to just pick up a map and navigate the streets yourself. Along the way you’ll see that this part of Majorca is well on its way to being a cosmopolitan hotspot, with a small number chic boutique hotels and clothing stores lining the streets, as well as family-run Spanish restaurants and understatedly elegant bars.
These are the places to go if you want an authentic taste of Majorca on holidays to Alcudia – though you may find that the unspoilt charm of old town Alcudia is a secret that you’ll want to keep to yourself.