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From: Tony Maniscalco
Date: 11-04-2011 12:00:00 pm
Subject: Walking In Spain - The Two Alcudias
By Tony Maniscalco
Walking in Spain, and specifically The Balearics, can make for a wonderful holiday, but sometimes it can be a little difficult to get off the beaten track. But with a little effort, it is still possible to find quieter and more traditional corners to explore. Alcudia, on the island of Majorca, offers one such opportunity.
Two towns become one
Going back to Roman times, the original Alcudia was a fortified town connected to a small harbour area about a kilometre or so away. Even as late as the mid-late 1960s, the area remained quiet and relatively unchanged over centuries.
As tourism increased, the port area became rapidly developed as the Alcudia Beach resort, aimed at a clientele preferring quiet charm and sophistication rather than the "dance until you drop" culture more prevalent around the bay of Palma. Over a relatively short period of time, Puerto Alcudia dwarfed its older neighbour and became the centre of local activity; however, this was perhaps no bad thing for Alcudia town itself.
Many visitors who come on a holiday to go walking in Spain choose to base themselves in Puerto Alcudia. It is a pleasant slightly international resort, which has some nice coastal walks on cliff paths that provide stunning scenery. If you enjoy a little more traditional culture, take the relatively short and gentle walk up to the old town. The terrain is flat and easy but, as always when walking in Spain, remember to take water with you, cover your head and avoid walking at peak heat times during the summer months.
The old town is an impressive site with its surrounding Roman/medieval wall, which you can walk around (it was heavily restored in the 1960s/70s). Once you enter the town through one of the gates, you'll find a charming mixture of architecture - ranging from Romanesque to Moorish and Mallorquin.
Things to do
Alcudia old town isn't somewhere that boasts breathtaking vistas or epic buildings and architectures. What it does have aplenty, though, is charm and a taste of local Spanish/Mallorquin culture - something that you'll appreciate if you are based in the more cosmopolitan port area. There are a multitude of ancient narrow streets packed with interesting shops and local stores. There's also a great caf? culture where you can sit and watch the world drift by as you sample a drink or two and possibly indulge in some tapas.
The old town of Alcudia has some delightful local shops and stores and the town has managed to stay distinctly 'in touch' with the surrounding countryside, so you'll see some wonderful local produce and craft. On Tuesdays and Sundays, the town hosts a market where you can see a wide variety of locally produced items, including lace. Remember though that market days can be very busy; traffic may be heavy with associated parking troubles - particularly in high season. If you're on a holiday walking in Spain, the last thing you will want to do is spend time sitting in traffic jams! Leave your car behind in the port and simply take a picturesque walk up the road.
Tony Maniscalco is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Join us walking South Africa to see scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices. We offer over 250 guided group walking holidays in over 65 different countries.
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