Alcúdia today, different zones and surroundings.
Alcúdia is today one of the most celebrated towns of Mallorca. It enjoys a privileged geographic location: it lies in the North-east of Mallorca, 54 km away from Palma, in a peninsula that separates the bays of Alcúdia and Pollença. In its more than 30 km of coastline are pretty beaches with fine sand, steep cliffs and secluded coves of great beauty. This heavenly place did not go unnoticed to the cultures that inhabited the east corner and whose legacy can be seen even today. The Alcúdia of today is a calm place, equipped with the most modern infrastructures, inhabited by very diverse people and altogether build up a calm surrounding, ideal for resting.
As Alexandre Cuellar puts it in his book Cafè de Plaça: "(...) We could say many more things of this extraordinary town; we could still dedicate plenty of praises because it really deserves them. Every year we find new excellences, every year it gets a bit deeper in our hearts, every year we love it more"
Alcúdia, the historical centre and surroundings
The historical city of Alcúdia is the core of the borough of Alcúdia. Inside the mediaeval city people have been living for centuries and still today it is one of the most important towns. It is certain that the walled Alcúdia has remained too small to welcome the demographic increase and the successive migrations that have followed with the development of tourism since the 70's.
Because of that Alcúdia has been expanding its borders. Gradually the farming land outside the walls has become building plots able to welcome the increase of population. The areas that have already been developed , Ca S'Anglès, S'Hort of ses Barreres, Ca Na Saloma, Ca Na Ferrera and Sa Pilota have made the walls of Alcúdia go forward in a figurative way.
Port d'Alcúdia, from the beach to Alcanada
The other traditional inhabited area of Alcúdia is the one called Port d'Alcúdia, that includes the area that goes from the Alcudiamar Marina to Alcanada. Its heart is located in the small harbour where fishermen have lived for centuries . Its present appearance has been changing lately, it has been modernized but without forgetting its humble origins.
In the 50's the traditional life of this place was altered with the construction of the thermal power station GESA (still its two towers can be seen) and of the adjacent village of GESA. All this promoted a strong demographic and labour increase that was followed by the extension of the comercial harbour.
Following the coastline towards the North we find Alcanada, a calm and exclusive residential zone of houses, that recently has often hit the headlines with the construction during the year 2004 of a 18-hole golf course.
Platja d'Alcúdia, the coastline until the Beach of Muro
Platja d'Alcúdia is the zone that most quickly has developed and the one that reckons to follow on the same pattern. Hardly four decades ago this area was nearly a waste land, consisting of a long beach, a zone of dunes and some farming land. With the tourist and real estate development has been built up a strong hotel industry that today has a capacity of nearly 30,000 beds.
This district stretches from the beginning of Platja d'Alcúdia until Platja de Muro. Besides the coastline, it includes the zones of Maristany, Lago Menor and Lago Esperanza. It is indeed in these two last zones where the tourist boom began and also where the first houses of the district were constructed. An upswing that is still on and affects hotels, off-site services and houses.
The residential zones that face North
This is the area that takes up most land on the map but that also is the least populated. The North district is made up by the zones of Son Fe, La marina, Manresa, Mal Pas and Bonaire.
The morphology is varied. For example Son Fe is located on the road from Palma to Alcúdia. It was traditionally a small village of farmers that now has been transformed into a valley with nice houses.
Manresa however is located near Alcúdia town, washed by the waters of Badia de Pollença. This population centre rose up with the 70's economic boom. People of neighbouring boroughs like Sa Pobla or Inca found in Manresa the place to build their second homes.
Not very far away we find Mal Pas, also on the North coast of Alcúdia. Its origin is recent and it goes back to the last decades. It's a place where rich people of Palma built their second homes. At the moment the inhabitants of this calm and beautiful zone are more mixed, due to the increase of foreign tourists (mainly English and German) that have chosen this place as their summer residence. The marina of Bonaire or e the Crocodile has given this area a greater category.