By Lisa on Jun 26, 2013 with Comments 4
This is a travel blog. But what if you don’t need to travel to discover new things, to find new places and to experience new adventures? What if it’s all right there on your doorstep? Get ready; today we are going for a stroll in my shoes in Alcudia; the delightful town where I live…
Today I went for a stroll in the old town: I left my house and passed the bar with the statue of the naked man on my way to the centre of old Alcudia, which is only a five minute walk from where I live. It was only 9am but there was already a table with old men sat around drinking hierbas.
Not familiar with the drink hierbas? Don’t worry, just step into my shoes and join me in Selva at the Hierbas Fair… Click here.
Puerta de Xara and the old streets of Alcudia
I arrived at the Puerta de Xara (also known as Porta des moll – meaning Harbour Gate – due to the fact that it was the old entrance from the port) just as Alcudia Market was setting up.
The market sellers were getting their wares ready for the influx of Tuesday morning tourists who would be arriving within the next few hours to part with much of their hard-earned at Alcudia Market. A few nodded to me as I walked through.
I strolled through the 14th century streets enjoying, as I always do, the typical townhouses with their deceivingly small façades and few modest plant pots outside, knowing that once inside these houses the rooms just go on and on until the interior courtyard is reached.
I passed Alcudia’s most popular bakery which, as usual, had a queue of bickering and chattering housewives right out the door, as they waited for their pan mallorquin (Mallorcan bread) to be cut. The smells of freshly baked bread and empanadas reminded me that I hadn’t yet had breakfast.
Can Torró, Alcudia’s Library
I arrived at Can Torró, Alcudia’s library, where I had to make a brief stop to return a book. The old townhouse has been a library since 1988 and is actually one of my favourite libraries. It is a privately run foundation and was founded by the German Reinhard Mohn, who was awarded the Prince of Asturias award in 1998 for Communication and Humanities and was proclaimed adopted son of Alcudia for his generosity to the community.
The library is three floors high and has a great sweeping staircase between the three, with temporary exhibitions of local artwork on the walls for people to enjoy as they head to their favourite section.
In the back there is a beautiful courtyard, as in many old buildings, where they host all kinds of events from predictable book signings and readings to wine tasting events and courses.
Coffee Time in Alcudia
After returning my book (it was about three weeks late but they never charge; I think they are resigned to the fact that Spanish have lateness in their blood) I walked to the next street to Sa Cisterna and stopped for a coffee.
Sa Cisterna is my favourite place for brunch in Alcudia, where the multi-lingual owner, Salvador, has all manner of Spanish and Mallorcan products on offer as well as a wine cellar down the spiral staircase.
If you haven’t already read about Alcudia’s best place for brunch, Sa Cisterna, click here.
Alcudia Town Hall
After my quick coffee I walked down the road and past the attractive 19th century town hall, which stands right in the centre of Alcudia Old Town just off the main square.
Known as Casa Constitutional, this is where the local council of Alcudia is based and was purposely built as a town hall.
The town hall is where processions, and local celebrations in Alcudia always finish up after having been around the town or from the port. One example of these processions in Alcudia is the Reyes Magos, or Three Kings, celebrated at Christmas.
Read about Alcudia and the Reyes Magos here.
It is a very attractive building, with the Spanish, Balearic and European flags flying from the balcony.
Iglesia de Sant Jaume
My stroll took me down the main street of Alcudia and to the church at the other side of the old town. This is the church of Sant Jaume (San Jaime in castellano or Saint James in English), named for the patron saint of Alcudia.
The church dominates Alcudia old town, standing higher than any other building and is even perfectly visible from Pollensa Bay.
The first church was built on this site in 1302 by King Jaume II, king of what was then the Kingdom of Mallorca. Another church was then built here in the 17th century, and the current neo-gothic structure is from the 19th century, with work finishing in 1893.
14th Century Walls in Alcudia
From the church I swung right and made my way down to the San Salvador Gate, the entrance directly opposite the Puerta de Xara but on the other side of the town. This was the main entrance gate to the town of Alcudia, from the road from Palma.
From this gate, you can go up the steps onto the top of the 14th century walls which were built to protect the town and completely encircled the town in those times.
Nowadays much of the wall has disappeared but there is still a decent walk on the walls on the side of the town that faces Pollensa Bay. And this is where I walked, enjoying the view of old Alcudia and of Pollensa Bay as I walked.
I passed a couple on the walls who looked like they were hunting for something in the thick ivy that covers the walls. I knew exactly what they were looking for and I had to smile to myself, knowing they wouldn’t find it.
If you want to know what the couple were hunting for, click here.
When I had walked as far around the walls as I could go, I walked down the steps and found myself opposite the bullring.
Did you know…
The bullring in Alcudia is privately owned but you can visit it. I don’t mean to watch a bull fight; I mean to discover some of Mallorca’s and Alcudia’s history.
You pay 2€ to go in and you can walk into the stadium, up the tiered stone seating and you can even look over the wall and see the bulls below.
You can spend as much time as you like imagining the great torreros or just enjoying the magnificent view of Pollensa Bay and the surrounding countryside.
Then you go to the typically Spanish bar area within the bullring, that has a very southern feel, where they normally have Flamenco music playing, and they will give you a drink. It’s all included in your 2€ entrance fee.
The Alcudia Xperience bus arrived and dropped off it’s load, reminding me what time it was: time for work. I looked around for my lift, and there was Michael in his van just pulling up with some clients who he had picked up to take to the office.
I jumped in and we set off toward the port to the office, leaving Alcudia old town behind us.
My stroll had been a short one, but I was only killing time as I was ready early for work and I thought I’d enjoy a little walk around my own town before it got busy with day visitors.
I hope you have also enjoyed this stroll around Alcudia with me and I hope that you will one day take the same stroll yourself and visit the attractive and historic centre where I live. Maybe you already have. What did you think?
Want to discover more Alcudia? Click here.
About the Author: Lisa, born and grew up in England, live in Mallorca, Spain... Have visited more than 20 countries, have twice as many to yet visit, love sharing experiences....