The town of Alcudia has become a real hub within the Bay of Alcudia in Northern Majorca. Every Tuesday and Sunday tourists pour in particularly to visit the bustling market on these days, which offers a selection of clothes, handicrafts, ceramics and fruit and vege. Alcudia itself has a large old town surrounded by a low wall. This is an attraction to many who come to wander around the charming narrow cobbled streets and relax in the many cafes and restaurants. You'll find a few souvenir shops in Alcudia too! Transfer time from Palma airport is only bout one hour and 40 minutes, and Alcudia is increasingly a favourite with families who prefer the quieter pace, the pleasant beaches and the many bars, shops and cafes along the Bay of Alcudia. The nightlife has a more laid back, family friendly feel, and the beaches have warm shallow water in Alcudia Bay, most convenient for families with young children. The beaches within the Bay of Alcudia are a key attraction here, with fine, clean sand with a varied menu of water sports and other facilities. You're guaranteed never to be far away from a bar or restaurant, again most convenient for family holidays in Majorca.
There is a little religious museum in the church of Sant Jaume in Alcudia well worth a look. The building dates from the 13th century, but was reworked in a neo-Gothic style in the 1880s. Roman history abounds around the Bay of Alcudia, (the Romans made Alcudia the capital of the island) and you'll discover lots of information about the Romans in Alcudia in the Museu Monografic de Pollentia with things like coins and tombstones unearthed in excavations which have been going on since the 1920s.
Check out the 17th century shrine, situated about 4 and a half miles outside of Alcudia. You'll find a few Virgin images here, and the shrine called Ermita de la Victoria, situated on the road from Alcudia to Cap d'es Pinar (you can't unfortunately enter the Cap as it's a military zone!). Park up for the shrine after passing some small beaches, in a large marked car park. A good time to go is the 1st and 2nd July when the Mare de Deu de la Victoria extravaganza is celebrated. They whoop it up with bunyols which are potato doughnuts, and mistella which is a superb Mallorcan alcoholic drink. There's live music and so forth. Many join one of the many superb walks out from Ermita into the hills and the peaks of Penya Rotja and Talaia d'Alcudia.
You're certainly not short of good restaurants, bars and cafes in this area. Many are located along the beaches, but you'll find some great ones in the old town in Alcudia as well! Check out Es Convent (website link to the right). Lots of lovely fish here, plus some imaginative combinations including a blueberry sauce!
The mix of traditional tourist resort amenities adjacent to one of the most varied eco-systems in the Med, S'Albufera nature reserve, is a little weird. Increasingly development in this area is a most sensitive issue (see S'Albufera nature park's website for details). The beaches along the Bay of Alcudia, particularly around Can Picafort and Colonia de Son Serra are most pleasant, and kept in very good order, with clean promenades and so forth.
Nightlife in Port d'Alcudia is certainly the main centre in the north for after hours entertainment. The discos are more laid back up here though, and have a more Majorca family leaning in contrast to South Majorca resorts such as Magaluf and Palmanova. Many of the hotels and self catering apartment complexes around the Bay of Alcudia offer Mallorca all-inclusive family holidays, which means much of the entertainment is based within your holiday complex. Perfect for families.