Cheap Vacations Alcudia
Alcudia is a popular tourist resort, with lots of beaches, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops, as well as preconceptions of high rise, tacky tourism and a home from home for British holiday makers. Yes, Alcudia does have the usual local chippies, lively bars and obligatory water park, yet lacks the rowdy 18-30 type groups and offers decent nightlife, superb food and is very family orientated. For a decent, inexpensive holiday where entertainment is available at all hours, children can play safely and all the locals are friendly, Alcudia is a great choice.
Be more than a beach bum
There is plenty to do by day and night, with the spectacular beach of Alcudia Bay the main attraction and offers warm, shallow waters and fine, clean sand, ideal for families with young children, and the variety of water sports from scuba diving to banana rides and other facilities provides lots of options for fun filled days. However, historical interest is also abundant with the ancient old town and Roman ruins of Pollentia city, set within the medieval wall surrounding the city. Wander the narrow winding streets and old stone buildings or take the 2 hour guided walk, organised by the local tourist office. Take a boat trip, visit Inca’s busy Wednesday market, although Alcudia market on a Tuesday and Sunday may be a more enjoyable experience, or explore the area on an excursion, with “No Frills Excursions” offering enjoyable trips, great value for money and friendly and informative reps. The bull ring is free when no events are on and the large, busy marina is touristy yet slightly more sophisticated for those who like expensive cuisine and designer shopping.
From beach balls to beach bars…
The bars around the port make for a great evening and a more typically Spanish experience is to be discovered in the Old Town. The new town and Bellevue complex area set the scene for a more lively night out and Mentra Disco is great for dancing into the early hours. No bar will refuse children entry and The Queens Bar offers a quiz night, kids entertainment and karaoke, with kiddies cocktails even available (non-alcoholic of course!). Other popular haunts include Sandras, Cheers and Linekers, with a plethora of other bars to explore whilst enjoying a few Sangrias along the way.
Great value top nosh
A wide variety of restaurants are readily available in Alcudia, with most catering to the British palate and offering something with chips! Many restaurants offer great value deals and Bodega d'es Port comes highly recommended, serving up high quality food and bargain deals for 10 Euros, including wine! Other top quality eateries include Pepes, Rancho Chico, El Jardin and Garlanda and Rodaman's on Mexico Rd is a little gem run by a Spanish couple and a third of the price of other restaurants. If you’re after a quick bite, Pago Pago kebabs on the main strip are delicious and for a special moment, Bistro Mar provides a beautiful setting at sunset with views over the harbour. The better restaurants are mostly in the harbour area, where diners can find some great Spanish, French and seafood restaurants in a beautiful setting.
Bargain shopping to barter for
The town of Alcúdia and Puerto Alcudia offers lots of shopping opportunities, selling local crafts, jewellery, leather goods, souvenirs, cosmetics, fashion and well priced alcohol and tobacco. The markets are great for leather goods, such as belts and handbags and the Big Banana Shopping Centre in the harbour is ideal for alcoholic bargains, as well as Supermarket Colber in Pere Mas i Reus, close to the Bellevue complex. Other shops of interest include Chess, for t-shirts, clothes and unusual gifts and Agata, selling fascinating mineral stones. Fashionistas will also enjoy browsing the high fashion boutiques in the harbour.