The water is turquoise, but not just your normal shade of
teal. It even matches the often unbelievable guidebook cover photo of
Mallorca’s waters. I have one of those moments where I realize that sometimes
what you see is truly what you get. At least it is in northeastern Mallorca.
After a bus ride from Palma traveling just 54 kilometers,
you too can believe what you are seeing in and around Alcúdia, one of the
Balearic Island’s most visually attractive destinations. The area affords
travelers with over 30 kilometers of coastline with sandy beaches, cliffs,
coves and that surreal water. However, don’t let this area’s guidebook image
blind you from the delights of the historic old town of Alcúdia. It might be
shades of sandstone rather than turquoise, but Alcúdia could make the guidebook
cover shot too.
Pass Through The
Porta de Mallorca: Imposing and standing guard on Alcúdia’s old town, you must
arrive to the city center in style. The Porta de Mallorca is not only a
national monument, but it looks positively medieval. The gate once connected
the city with the Ciutat de Mallorca highway. Once you pass under the arch
unscathed from boiling oil or arrows as invaders no doubt faced, you can stroll
Carrer Major. The thoroughfare is lined in shops and cafes.
Scale Alcúdia’s Medieval
Wall: What makes Alcúdia so intriguing might be its built in, time-tested
medieval wall. Designed by King James II, the walls were intended to protect
the town in the 14th century. Alcúdia’s defense system still
impresses with its 26 towers along a 1.5 kilometers perimeter. The Medieval
Wall of Alcúdia was even declared a Historical and Artistic Monument.
Conquer the Church of
Saint Jaume and the Parish Museum: The Church of Saint Jaume appears as
though you must conquer it to understand it. Standing right next to the city
walls, the structure was once a fortress forming part of that defense system.
By 1870 however, it had long fell into disrepair. It was torn down and blessed
with a Neo-Gothic style. The main appeal is the church’s façade with its
sculpture of Saint Jaume, the large yet delicate rose window and the Alcúdia
coat of arms. The church is also home to the Parish Museum with a collection of
Visit the Roman City
of Polléntia: Just south of Alcúdia on the way to its port you will find
the Roman city of Polléntia. Covering a space of around 16 hectares, the
ancient site invites visitors to step back into the past of the area. Polléntia
contains several different excavations including the Houses of Portella. One of
the most notable is the Els Do Tresors House with its preserved floor plan
around an atrium. With the layout of the streets and the Roman wall from the
third century A.D. in view, you can step a little bit further into Alcúdia’s
story. Polléntia is also home to the forum and the Roman theater from the first
Hit the seas on a
boat from Port d’Alcúdia: While you could spend a great deal of time
exploring just Alcúdia, you shouldn’t neglect the Port d’Alcudia. From here,
you can head on a variety of nautical excursions around the Badia d’Alcúdia and
the Badia de Pollencia. Many can take you to beaches you can only reach by
boat, inviting riders to stop for a swim. The seas can be choppy at times, so
if you need to find dry land and a good meal, pause at the port for some fresh
fish. Restaurant Miramar is one of the oldest establishments in the port
specializing in seafood since 1871. Then again, you could do as I did, forever
snapping shots of the waters in and around Port d’Alcudia to document that it
isn’t the work of Photoshop at all.
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