Onshore: Alcudia Port & Old Town.

Onshore: Alcudia Port & Old Town.

When choosing a cruising yacht, it is said that most people will spend more time at anchor (or in port) Rather than at sea sailing. As our guests start their bareboat charter in Majorca in Alcudia & Pollenca one 2019 client has asked about our home port. A change from the usual:  places to visit, hazards and “will I find a berth in August?” (Answer yes usually, with the right approach).

Alcudia comprises the “Old Town” (Moorish) set between Alcudia & Pollenca bays –  a great lookout –   and the port comprising the commercial /ferry dock & Marina Alcudiamar: our charter base. Next to the marina the famous white sand beach runs for miles with various resorts & quiet spots around the bay.

We first discovered the gentle shelving beach (sometimes Ok for windsurfing & kiting) as a beautiful and safer alternative to the Canaries & Caribbean for children to run amok. With lots to do for all tastes & budgets there is; in season both “greasy mile” & up market bucket & spade.

The working port Alcudia will throughout the year see a mix of Spanish people and other nationalities visit for work & leisure, enjoying the shops, café’s & restaurants that surround. Some on some off the water – very much a real place with real people.

Alongside some very decent “tourist” & family restaurants sit local bars, café’s, (great for a P’amboli or bocadillo and a “Cana”  “Copa” or “Cortado”) & 2 good Tapas bars Ramon’s & personal favourite C’an Punyetes.  Overlooking the local fishing boats & speed boats that comprise Pantalan 1 & 2 of Alcudiamar (the other side to the superyachts) are several very decent bistro/ restaurants. Maybe the best are without “come inside” ropers.

Round towards the Ferry terminal (Easy to Menorca, Barcelona) Bodega Es port (Identified by staff in full length white aprons) is very good for both fish & game local style, its also pretty reasonable for what it is. Onwards & 3 more sedate restaurants as you approach the ferry reputedly very good for fish & meat.

For a very special evening La Terraza at Alcanada is a 6-euro taxi away and fine establishments can be found at Denia & San Vincent.

For determined clubbers the area is short on St Antoni style clubs, some taxi to Palma but most find other distractions – it’s a beautiful place with beautiful people after all.

OR just drop the hook in a quiet Cala.