Alcudia Majorca Mallorca Travel Destinations Spain

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Alcudia is a quiet town in the north of Majorca which is popular with day trippers from nearby resorts. Its compact centre has managed to escape the charm destroying scourges of mass tourism and makes for a pleasant place to wander, even if the list of memorable sights is short.

The town is two miles from the coast and was settled by the Phoenicians around the seventh century BC when they were using Majorca as a staging post in their Mediterranean trading. The Romans made it the Majorcan capital after their successful invasion in 123 BC and named it Pollentia, meaning 'power'. Following its destruction by the Vandals in the sixth century, the town was rebuilt by the Moors and named after the Moorish expression 'alcudia' meaning 'on the hill'. Meanwhile the new settlement at nearby Pollença took over the disused Roman name.

The town has an atmospheric centre with narrow streets surrounded by a crenellated wall. The original walls were erected in the 14th century after King Jaume of Aragon captured Majorca from the Moors. However, they fell into a state of decrepitude and it was not until the 20th century that reconditioning work returned them to their glory.

The walls contain 26 towers, the most famous of which is the stocky Porta de Moll with its two emblematic palm trees. The walk around the walls makes for a decent stroll, and every Wednesday a midday walking tour is organised by the tourist office.

The Roman remains are not quite what you might hope for. There are some crumbling bits of stone marking the site of what might be Pollentia's forum, but you're reliant primarily on your imagination to picture the shape of the old settlement as much of the stone has been removed over the years. Interpretations of what you do see are available in the single roomed Museu Monogràfic.

The best Roman building is the 2,000 seat auditorium, the Teatre Romà, which is a few minutes' walk south of town and is the only surviving Roman theatre on Majorca, as well as being the smallest amphitheatre in Spain.

The Ca'n Torro library, sited in a 14th century mansion, hosts exhibitions and concerts, but for more populist entertainment, you should head to the nightspots down at the port.