Alcudia Majorca, read a brief history and guide for the town and resort of Alcudia.
History and Information for Alcudia
The charming town of Alcudia, located between the bays of Pollenca and Alcudia in north-eastern Majorca, Spain, is these days a popular tourist destination, though its history stretches back into the mists of time, and it is probably the oldest town on the island.
Originally a Phoenician settlement, Alcudia later attracted the attention of the Romans, who built the town of Pollentia which became the island's capital.
As the Roman Empire fell into decline Pollentia was sacked and destroyed by the Vandals (456 AD), and the Arab occupation of Spain and the Balearics, saw the construction of a fortress there in the 9th century, which they named Al-Kudia (On a Hill), hence the present name.
After the Christian reconquest by Jaime I in the thirteenth century, fortified walls were built, to defend the town from future attacks by pirates, some remains of these walls still exist today, though most of these are later replacements.
Alcudia grew in importance in the 19th century, and prospered as a significant trading centre, the main source of income over the centuries has been fishing and grapes.
These days Alcudia relies mostly on tourism for its economic survival, with the neighbouring Port d'Alcudia one of the major resorts on the island, its fine weather adds to the attraction.
Alcudia has a good range of hotels and also plenty of self-catering holiday accommodation.
Alcudia can be accessed via the Ma-13 (from Palma), the Ma-12 and the Ma-2220, it is about 60 km from the capital Palma de Mallorca.