A brief history of Club MAC’s home town

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We love our corner of Mallorca, and regular visitors to Club MAC Alcudia will be familiar with the fabulous environment. From the sandy beaches to the interesting canals surrounding Club MAC, there is plenty to see and do. But how much do you know about the history of Alcudia itself? Here’s a very brief rundown of the best part of Mallorca – at least we think so!

Tourists love Alcudia

Alcudia is one of the most visited parts of the island and is the main tourist centre in the north of Mallorca. We are on the east coast of Mallorca and are happy to be part of a large community of hotels, resorts and guest houses that welcome millions of visitors every year.

Most of the hotels are resorts are in Port d’Alcudia, and along the beach which stretches 14km along the coast to Can Picafort. The Old Town is well preserved and has dwellings that go back to the 13th century. Surrounded by a medieval wall, the old town of Alcudia is well worth a visit when you’re staying at Club MAC.

History of Alcudia

The region that we now call Alcudia has had people living here since the Bronze Age. When the Romans arrived, the city started to appear in history books. They used the beaches at Playa d’Acludia to capture Mallorca in 123BC. A bit later they founded the capital town of Palma and the city of Pollentia. You can see the remains of the city today.

After the fall of Rome, Pollentia was attacked several times by the Vandals, and finally abandoned. The few people left went to build a new town called Pollenca and the original city was left in ruins. After the Moors invaded Mallorca in the 8th century, a farmstead was built near the ancient ruins of Pollentia. This was called Alcudia, which means ‘on the hill’ in Arabic.

Founding the town

In 1229, the King of Aragon, James 1, defeated the Moors and took over Mallorca. Several decades later in 1298, King James II bought the farm called Alcudia and turned it into the town. A church, a square and some houses were built the same year, as were the walls which were finally finished in 1362. The original town plans are the same as the old town you can see today.

In the 16th century, Alcudia came under attack by pirates and the population fell so much that it seemed likely the city would eventually be abandoned. In 1779, a decision was made to support and revitalise the town, and the harbour was built.

Alcudia in the 20th century

The first tourists started to visit Alcudia and Mallorca in the 1920s, although this didn’t do much to prop up the weakening economy. By the 1970s, it was accepted that the future of Alcudia relied on tourism and by the late 1980s, the old harbour at Puerto de Alcudia had become a major destination for European tourists.

Throughout the 90s construction continued, before measures were put in place to preserve the natural integrity of the region. It’s now all about relaxation and peaceful holidays, and the old town remains preserved and intact. Alcudia is now one of the most visited areas in Mallorca. If you’ve never been, make sure you book direct with us online for the best prices. We can’t wait to show you around!

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