Things to do in Alcudia

May 24, 2019
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The township of Alcudia is located on the northeast of the island of Mallorca, between the bays of Alcudia and Pollensa and 54 km from the capital, Palma.

The city is known for its charming medieval old town with cobbled streets and walls. Outside those walls, you will find the ruins of ancient Pollentia, the largest Roman city on the island.

The following is a list of suggestions for visits during your stay in this beautiful town:

-       Roman city of Pollentia: The Roman ruins date back to the beginning of the first century B.C. are located behind the church of Sant Jaume, outside the city walls. The ancient city’s extension was approximately 18 hectares. The excavated space allows visitors to visualise an urban structure with parallel and perpendicular streets, a group of houses, a theatre and the forum area, where the most characteristic public buildings were located.

-       Roman theatre: Located approximately half a kilometre from Alcudia and built in the first century A.D. on the slope of a hill, the theatre still shows remains of its three basic elements: the cavea, the terraces, the orchestra and the stage. Its capacity was 2,000 people and in August, the theatre is currently used for theatrical and musical performances.

-       Medieval walls: This medieval fortification is the first ring of walls built in Alcudia between the 13th and 14th centuries. Jaume II ordered its construction to defend the city from possible invasions. The walls are reinforced by 26 towers six meters high and a moat. There are three entrances to the historic centre through the walls: Xara or del Moll, the Vila Roja, and Sant Sebastià or de Mallorca.

-       Renaissance walls: The second ring was designed under the reign of Philip II and completed during the reign of Philip IV. It had eight bastions, of which only the Sant Ferran bastion is preserved (currently the bullring).

-       Sant Jaume Church: Located in Alcudia’s historic centre and built over an old Gothic church that collapsed except for the baroque chapel of Sant Crist. It consists of a single nave made up of four sections covered by a vault and a dome. The new church is in historicist neogothic style and has a small museum. It holds a magnificent collection of Gothic altarpieces, among other religious ornaments.

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