In 1229 the city of Alcudia was officially named as such by King Jaime I. Only about 70 years later, his successor, King Jaime II, began building the city wall, which is still partially standing today and was completed in 1362. Parts of the city wall can still be walked on today. Within these city walls is the old town with its many small shops, restaurants, cafes and private houses, as well as the town hall. The city walls formed the most important strategic protection of the city of Alcudia and the entire north of Mallorca at the time.
Archaeological remains of some talayots (such as burial mounds) can be found in Alcudia. Particularly noteworthy is the Poblado de Son Simó (Village of Son Simó). In the old town of Alcudia you can still walk the many small medieval streets, recognizable by their narrow and irregular nature, which run directly behind the city walls. Near Alcudia is the town of Pollença, which merges almost seamlessly with Alcudia, and here too there are many archaeological buildings worth marveling at: stately homes, a theatre, various public buildings, etc.
The port of Alcudia was used economically early on. In the middle of the 14th century, however, operations were almost stopped due to the plague, which was brought to Alcudia by ships and rats docked there. This minimized the population of Alcudia drastically. However, in the 18th century, around 1779, the port resumed its international trade and Alcudia's population increased again. Yellow fever also came to Mallorca in 1870. Here, however, the city walls of Alcudia proved very helpful, protecting the residents and saving them from the worst.
As in Cala Ratjada, the tourism boom in Alcudia started in the 1970s. Large parts of the Albufera wetland, which is now a nature reserve, had dried out completely and fell victim to the construction boom. Later, in the 1980s, there was another big economic boom, many new hotels and apartment buildings were built along the beautiful and long coast area, so today there are almost 30,000 overnight accommodations.
How to get from Cala Ratjada to Alcudia?
The easiest and most comfortable option for the whole family to come to Alcudia together is a private chauffeur who will pick you up at the hotel or your apartment. Gone are the days of high prices or language difficulties. You can book these private transfers directly through our website.
A Taxi from Cala Ratjada to Alcudia costs around €55. As this tariff changes at least once a year, we recommend that you double-check the prices with your hotel and have the taxi driver confirm it before you travel.
From Cala Ratjada there is a direct connection to Alcudia. In the summer months from May to October, the public bus line L446 runs several times a day to Alcudia without you having to change again. Here is the currently valid bus timetable: http://www.tib.org/portal/web/ctm/autobus/linia/446 The price per person and trip is €7.20 (as of August 2015). The journey by bus takes about 1 hour. However, inquire in good time about the possibility of returning by bus, including where the bus stop is.
The quickest way to get to Alcudia is by car. You can rent a vehicle directly from the hotel, or of course online, but this can be difficult at short notice in the high season if you have not reserved it in advance. We therefore strongly recommend renting a car in advance directly from the provider or from one of the most popular websites for comparing prices for rental cars in Mallorca, such as Car HireMallorca.com to book, where you will always find the best offers from the various providers in Mallorca. You then choose Cala Ratjada as the place of acceptance and off you go. The journey takes about 50 minutes. Parking spaces can be found in front of the city walls of Alcudia.