A Family Trip to Alcúdia, Mallorca
A historic, palm-fringed town on the island of Mallorca, Alcúdia has been a hit with vacationing families since the first tourists arrived there, suitcases in tow, in the 1920s. In the 70s it experienced a major boom, and has since thrived from a tiny fishing village to a bustling resort with tourism as its principal economy, and over one million visitors annually. So what is it that makes this little idyll so worthy of attention?
When you’re looking after a young family, every penny is a prisoner. Fortunately, the Balearics are a popular destination for people looking to save money on their getaway, and plenty of competition usually equates to cheap holidays. The main strip offers price-conscious restaurants and bars, geared around offering family-friendly entertainment, and accommodation is very affordable.
It’s a natural beauty
S’Albufera Natural Park lies just to the south of the town, a protected belt of dunes and wetland which is home to a whopping 271 species of birds. While it’s free to visit, a permit is required which must be applied for in advance. Especially with older children, exploring the 12 kilometer trail by bike can make for a rewarding day’s excursion. There are also horse trek tours through the mountainside that will delight equestrians.
You can discover the vestiges of an empire
The principal Roman city of Pollentia (Roman for ‘power’) was founded in 123BC, and its site is still being excavated. Visitors to the area can explore the forum, theater and living areas which were constructed in prime vantage of the bay. Then, visit the Pollentia Monographic Museum to view the many artefacts that have been recovered so far.
The beach is blinding
White sands and clean waters make this 14 kilometer strip of beach a treat for visitors. Hire a sunbed for four euros, or enjoy drinks in one of the many cafes that fringe the waterside. Tour the bay and nearby coves in a glass-bottomed catamaran, or hire a kayak and chart your own path through the waves.
Natural beauty, adventure and history make Alcúdia a jackpot location that’s easy on the wallet. With its extensive range of entertainment options for kids old and young, it might just be the star attraction of the Balearics for family vacations.