Time travel in Alcudia

March 30, 2016
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For anyone from Palma, reaching Alcudia means having traversed the island from one end to the other, but let´s face it, only 57 kilometers of highway separate these two populations, both of which were major cities during the Roman domination. Located in the northern part of Mallorca, Alcudia borders the municipalities of Pollença, Sa Pobla and Muro. It has a population of 20,000 inhabitants and its highest point is the mountain of La Atalaya, with an altitude of 445 meters.

The tour that we propose to you today will be a trip back in time to attend the major historical milestones that collaborated in Alcudia becoming a main city in Mallorca.

The Talaiótica period:

Although there is evidence that suggests that there were already settled populations in Alcudia during the Pre-Talayotic period (from 2000 to 1200 B.C.), the majority of evidence date back to the Talaiótica period, characterized by the presence of large megalithic structures called Talaiots. In Alcudia there are reminiscences of several Talayotic settlements, the most important of these being Son Simó.

To get there we recommend that you ask for directions when you´ve arrived to Alcudia, since it is a place found in the middle of nowhere, and we would only be able to provide you with the coordinates. In addition, we think that you could be interested in an overnight stay in a rural accommodation, Agroturismo Son Simo, located near the site.

The Roman period:

It was in 123 B.C. when the senate of Rome organized an expedition led by the consul Quinto Cecilio Metelo to conquer the Balearic territory. In addition to expanding the conquered territories, this expedition had another purpose. Rome wanted to end the piracy that was taking place in the Mediterranean waters, waters in which the Rome exercised maritime trade. So, Baleares was included within the confines of the Roman Republic. This historical introduction brings us to one of the places most visited on the island: the ancient roman city of Pol•lentia. Which in its day was a Roman city with all of the amenities that that time allowed (roads, water supply, sewage systems, buildings, theater, forums, etc.). Recognizable vestiges still remain that make them the most important archaeological sites of Mallorca.

Practical information:

What: Roman city of Pol•lentia.

When: from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 to 20:30; Sundays from 10h to 14h. Mondays and Holidays closed.

How much: between 2 and 3 Euros per person. (Admission entitles you to see the Monographic Museum of Pol • lentia also).

Where: Av. Prínceps d’Espanya s/n. Alcúdia 07400.

What: the Monographic Museum of Pol•lentia.

When: from Tuesday to Friday from 10h to 16h; Saturdays and Sundays from 10h to 14h. Mondays and holidays closed.

How much: between 2 and 3 Euros per person.(Admission entitles you to see the archaeological site of the Roman city of Pol•entia)

Where: C/ Sant Jaume, 30. CP: 07400. Alcúdia.


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