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39’ 50”.3 N, 3’ 8”.2 E
marina on mallorca
Alcudia nestles in the corner of the enormous Bay of Alcudia in the north-eastern corner of Mallorca.

Alcudia Old Town

The old town, named after the Arabic for "the hill", lies about a mile and a half inland. (Historical note: this is true for many of the towns in the Balearics. The ports were raided so often by pirates over thousands of years that the inhabitants built their cities inland, even though it meant hard toil carrying goods up from the port below.)

The old town is walled and picturesque, with limited vehicular traffic inside the walls. Alcudia is a working town, and although tourists do visit, it has not changed to reflect tourist needs as much as Puerto Alcudia. There are many good restaurants in the town square, and a range of shops.

There is a bustling market that takes place on Tuesdays and Sundays.

Puerto Alcudia

Puerto Alcudia is the tourist part of Alcudia. It has a wide sandy beach fronting a shallow bay which is popular with families with young children and a more active crowd, particularly kite surfers.

The marina is fully equipped, manned by very helpful marineros and very modern. There are good quality showers (although the hot water can run out late in the day, especially if many yachts have arrived in the afternoon), chandleries, maintenance firms and all the services a yachtsman would require.

The Paseo Maritimo runs along the front of the yacht pontoons and has a number of bars and restaurants. It is extremely relaxing to return here after a week's charter and sit overlooking the marina at the end of fantastic seven days's sailing.

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