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May 21, 2013

Alcudia Majorca A Brief History

Filed under: Balearic Islands,History,Spain — Tags: , , , , , , — needahand @ 5:23 pm

A Brief History of Alcudia Majorca – We have heard that the human occupation of Alcudia occurred in PreTalayotic period (2000-1200 BC). The talayots megalithic constructions that give name to the culture talayotic (1200 -123 BC) are found in the area. Of that still today we highlight the village of Son Simon. The Roman consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus joined Mallorca to the Roman Republic in 123 BC and founded the cities of Palma and Pollentia. The archaeological remains of the city of Pollentia, located a few meters from the centre of Alcudia, demonstrate the growing economic prosperity that the city enjoyed, stately houses, a theatre, shops and other public and private buildings are good examples. The barbarian invasions in the fifth century took Pollentia into a process of decay and destruction. The Vandals sacked the city between 425 and 455, suggested by evidence found in archaeological excavations. In 902, the Arabs conquered Mallorca and it was incorporated in the Emirate of Cordoba. In 1015 it became part of the Taifa of Denia. During Muslim rule (902-1229) Alcudia was called El Alqueria, which means the hill, and some names like Guinyent, Biniatria, or Gatamoix Alcanada are faithful witnesses of Muslim domination. After the addition of Mallorca in the Crown of Aragon in 1229, King James I divided the island into 8 parts, four were left to the monarch himself and the other four were for nobles who had helped in the conquest of the island. From 1298 construction of the first city walls began, which ended in 1362. The walls served to protect not only the town but also the north of the island. The town of Alcudia has a layout of medieval enclosures, conditioned by two walls that surround it. The streets are narrow and irregular, some buildings still have characteristic elements of the heyday of the city and are of great architectural value.  Alcudia today is a popular tourist destination, in particular the port area, where visitors enjoy the sunny weather and the fine beaches.

See maps of places in Majorca here: http://www.majorca.spayn.co.uk

December 8, 2009

The Search for a Majorca Beach

Filed under: Balearic Islands,Holidays,Spain — Tags: , , — needahand @ 7:14 pm

When considering taking a Majorca beach holiday, the most important factor to take into account will be the exact purpose of your visit. If you are looking for a Majorca beach with good water sports facilities, there are several beaches which would be perfect choices – Platja de Formentor, Cala Tuent and Platja de Sa Coma for example, all have first class water sports facilities. For families with children, looking for safe swimming, and sunbathing, the perfect white, sandy beach might be Colonia de Sant Jordi or Badia d’Alcudia. Naturists heading for Majorca will pick a more isolated beach such as Cala El Mago, one of 3 small coves at Cala Portals Vells. Whatever the purpose of your visit, you should have no trouble finding a Majorca beach which meets your requirements, to take a tour of the best beaches finding a Majorca car hire vehicle would be essential when making plans for your holiday, and booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

September 1, 2009

Can Picafort Majorca

Filed under: Balearic Islands,Holidays,Spain — Tags: , , — needahand @ 8:43 am

Once upon a time, just a small fishing village on the Bay of Alcudia in Majorca, the resort of Can Picafort is now a busy holiday destination, visited by a variety of nationalities. Located in the north of the holiday island of Majorca, Can Picafort boasts a long sandy beach and a pretty marina and has a good selection of bars and restaurants offering cuisines to cater for its cosmopolitan clientele. Popular with water sports enthusiasts, the Bay of Alcudia is especially ideal for windsurfing, there are also facilities for water-skiing and diving, and boat trips are available from the harbour and pedalos from the beach. Nearby attractions include the prehistoric burial site at Son Baulo (Son Real Necropolis), the huge Hidropark at Alcudia and the nature reserve at S’Albufera. The area enjoys a fine climate and Can Picafort weather is perfect for summer holidays and winter breaks. There are a number of hotels in the area and some privately owned rental accommodation should you wish to holiday in the resort. Can Picafort Map.

August 14, 2009

Mallorca Resorts – Alcudia

Worth visiting on a holiday in Mallorca is the northern town of Alcudia and its harbour area Port D’Alcudia. Less touristy than the southern resorts, Alcudia also has a bit of history to go with its 6 miles or so of coast and beaches. An old walled town, Alcudia was for centuries the target of pirate raids and many of its ancient fortifications can still be seen today, the sturdy church of Sant Jaume (Saint James) forms part of these medieval walls. In the busy Port D’Alcudia you will find fishing and pleasure craft along with Naval and commercial vessels, as this is still a working port, it is also where most of the tourist facilities are located including plenty of bars and restaurants where you can eat by day and party by night. Alcudia is a mostly quiet family resort though, and those seeking a hectic sun and fun holiday should head for the southern resorts such as Magaluf. Many do choose to holiday here however, and those that do are rewarded with the fine weather and a more peaceful and laid back holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the major package holiday resorts. Alcudia Map.

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