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Alcúdia, a town located on the northeast of Mallorca, is a splendid setting for nature lovers due to its 30 km-long coastline of varied landscape.

During Futur Alcúdia 92, the council declared Alcúdia,  Municipio Ecoturístico (Eco-friendly tourist township) , as a proof of the wish to protect and conserve the environment.

This declaration implies a higher commitment of Alcúdia Council in order to protect the environment in every field of productivity, which is proved by the great number of actions that are being carried out.

Alcúdia´s beaches (Majorca)


Platja Gran


Located in Puerto de Alcúdia, this fine white sand beach is 7-km long. It´s the largest beach on the Balearic Islands stretching along Alcúdia bay. A place where Romans walked about in their togas and the vandals anchored their galleys. Now we find an extensive range of facilities; in the water (windsurfing, water slides, sausage rides, parasailing, catamarans, sailing boats, pedalos…) and on the beach where you can find plenty of open air bars, public toilets and showers, sun beds and parasols and much more. It´s Alcúdia´s largest beach, the most accessible, the one with the widest sport and fun facilities and the safest one. The water flows calmly and deepens gradually.

We can divide this long beach in two sections: the first one starts at the marina. It has a two kilometre-long promenade until Ciudad Blanca. This is the main sport and fun facilities area. The second section stretches from Ciudad Blanca to Playa de Muro. Nature here stays more unspoiled. To this section come both those who look for a place to rest and those who want to enjoy some exercise. Sun chairs and parasols can also be rented in this peaceful section.

However, Alcúdia Bay boasts many other beaches belonging to the neighbouring councils of Playas de Muro, Can Picafort and Colonia de San Pedro. There are several Red Cross first-aid posts along the bay.

Natural Areas


Alcúdia is one of Mallorca´s most privileged areas in terms of natural enviroment. S´Albufera is less than 4 km away from Port d´Alcúdia, but there are other protected areas due to its natural interest. These areas are Puig de la Victòria, Punta de Manresa, S´Albufereta, Puig de San Martí and Son Fe.

Flora and fauna


Alcúdia has a large number of unique animal and plant species, many of which are protected but they can be seen in some of the recommended trips. This wide natural system ranges from protected animal species, indigenous trees, flowers and plants to underwater species.

La Victòria and la Punta de Manresa


The protected area of Puig de la Victòria is 1.198 ha. large. It is a very nice peninsula that divides the bays of Pollença and Alcúdia. It has a series of heights named: Puig de la Victòria (445 m), Puig des Romaní (387 m), Penya Rotja (354 m) and Sa Talaia Vella (349 m).

The coastline is very rocky with plenty of cliffs; on Pollença Bay side you´ll find some small beaches like S´Illot and in Alcúdia Bay you´ll find Coll Baix, a very interesting peeble beach.

It is also a high-value natural area due to its rich and extensive flora and fauna.

The prevailing vegetation is the magnificent pine groves, garriga and wild olive trees. There are plenty of cypress trees, rosemary and Mediterranean fan palms (palmito), the only European palms.

On the coast you´ll be able to watch sea birds like the seagull and the cormorant. One of our fauna most threatened to extinction species, the osprey (Pandion haliaetus), nests in this area. You can also observe several falcon species and other typical birds in the areas of pine groves and garrigues.

Penya Roja, which is named after its ochre reddish colour, constitutes an almost impregnable natural fortress. This was the site of a tower built in 1603, which later was deserted and replaced by Sa Talaia d´Alcúdia, the highest watchtower in Mallorca.

At a height of 200 m, just before arriving to Penya des Migdia (315 m) is located the old sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de la Victoria, which was restored in the 17th century.

Punta de Manresa


Not far away from La Victòria is the Natural Area of Punta de Manresa, which is a beautiful rocky area with many shallow coves.

The Roman conquest and occupation.

In the year 123 BC. the Senate of Rome organizes an expedition directed by Quinto Cecilio Metelo, which later got the name "The Balearic ", with the purpose of conquering the Balearic Islands and thus ending the piracy acts that were taking place along the coasts frequented by the increasing Roman sea trade.
The irruption of the Latin culture, not only in Pollentia but on the whole island, implied the incorporation to a unit of superior organization, the Republican Rome.

We have to suppose that the foundation of Pollentia was carried out at all times with the corresponding rituals of foundation, directed by the augur, and that their city-planning development was subject to a plan as the archaeological sources show. The result was a planned city, with neat streets, sewers and even drinking water provision. Pollentia reached its maximum development during the 1st and the 2nd century BC, with the construction of the Theater on the outskirts, next to the harbour.

From the 3rd century BC and together with the general crisis of the empire, the city starts a slow backward movement that ends up with its desertion in the early 5th century.

The Latin culture has left its stamp in the whole Mediterranean. Our language, the laws, the uses and customs that last until today are a good proof of it.

The City of Pollentia is an obligatory reference to understand the process of romanisation of the Balearics and constitute a únicum in the Balearic archaeology , which started already in the 18th century, with the first accidental find, to the present time with the excavation campaigns that are carried out every year in Pollentia site. These campaigns help us to know more about it.

 
The rise of Alcúdia, Islamic Al-Qudya (10th-13th century)

Although there were previous contacts, in 903 the Muslims settled down on the island until the arrival of Jaume I el Conquistador in the year 1229.

Isam Al-Jawlani was the first to be named governor and initiated the reorganization of the island. The urban life concentrated in the capital Medina Mayurqa, while the rest of the island was organized in districts populated with farmsteads and villages (rafales). It will be at this moment when the term Al-Qudya will first appear, associated to the district of Bullânsa, which stems from the old Latin word Pollentia.

During this period the agriculture bloomed thanks to new watering techniques facilitated by the use of the chain pump. Crops introduced by the Romans were recovered and new ones started like cotton and rice.
Medina Mayurqa became a very important trade centre that attracted traders from all over the Mediterranean. In the same way it was a center of cultural attraction where artists, poets, philosophers or mathematicians developed their activity.

The conquest by King Jaume I, creation of the Kingdom of Mallorca (Year 1229)

With the conquest of the island by the troops of Jaume I, also called "the Conqueror", a new stage began in which the sociopolitical basis, the language, the laws, the institutions and the customs that have marked the insular character until now settled down Ships from the catalan harbours of Cambrils and Tarragona set sail to Mallorca on the fifth of September 1229 and they went ashore on the 10th of September. It was not until the 31st of December same year when the Catalan troops entered the capital Medina Mayurqa.

Once established the new power, this begun to share out the land according to the King´s promises. The Llibre del Repartiment (1232) states this distribution of land that took place between the King and his direct vassals. The base of this distribution was the old division in Islamic districts that the conquerors had founded. The present borough of Alcúdia went into the King´s share.
In the year 1248 the papal bull by Innocent IV first records the Parish of Sant Jaume de Guinyent that later would be known as Sant Jaume d´Alcúdia. It is in 1282 when Alcúdia appears for the first time in a legal record.

In the reign of Jaume II, Alcúdia is granted the titel of Vila and initiates the process of construction of the Walls with the purpose of protecting not only Villa de Alcúdia but also the landing to the island from the North-east.

The construction of the Walls was a hard burden for the inhabitants of Alcúdia, who had to share their agricultural tasks and the fishing with the works of construction and vigilance. The works ended in the year 1363.

One of the main economic activities during the Middle Age was the growing of grapevine and winemaking for the export.The commercial activity through the harbour was significant. The fishing of chorale for the jewel elaboration constituted an important complement for the economy of many fishermen.

Water parks, lots of sport and fun


Water parks are one of the favourite playing grounds for kids. There you can enjoy slides, pools, wave pools, mini golf and much more, all kinds of fun to have an unforgettable family day. You can enjoy all these things in Alcúdia at Hidropark.

Those, who are looking for fun without getting wet, may prefer just enjoying themselves playing mini golf at the 54-hole super golf course

Cycle tourism


Throughout the winter, the leading European teams visit the Island because they appreciate its ideal conditions for training. Professional cyclists who have visited Mallorca have a highly favourable opinion of the Island. Alcúdia has a fabulous road network that will take you on tours through mountains and near beaches which you will never forget.

Mallorca Triathlon Highlight - Balearman International Triathlon or the Sa Trencagarrons, the cycling climb to the highest point on the island, are some of the competitions held in Mallorca.

Land sports


In Alcúdia you can practice a lot of sports such as: football, cycling, tennis, squash, paddle, basketball, volleyball, athletics, pétanque, riding and many more.

Other adventure sports such as trekking and climbing are becoming more and more popular among visitors.

Golf and mini golf


Mallorca is a paradise for golf lovers. And it´s not just we who say this. Golfers choose the island as their favourite destination for lots of reasons: the unique variety of its 19 golf courses, its relaxing Mediterranean setting, its leisure facilities, culture, gastronomy and, of course, its fantastic climate.

Alcanada Golf features a privileged setting on natural land and a construction-free site right next to the Mediterranean. You´ll be able to play your favourite sport throughout the year; our climate, hotels and facilities make it possible.

Many VIPS come to the island to practice this sport whenever they have time: Michael Douglas, Jack Nicholson, Benjamin Toschak, Johan Cruyff and Brigitta from Sweden.

If you like this sport, don´t hesitate and visit us. To take part in the tournaments, contact the clubs.

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