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The walls in Alcúdia, an artistic historical site

The strategic location of the "City of Alcúdia", which was already acknowledged and valued during the Roman period, involved risks due to its proximity to the sea. Therefore, King Jaume II designed a protection system, the walls, with a double purpose: to protect the townsfolk and to build a stronghold in the northeast of the island against attacks from outsiders.

The building period spanned from the end of the 13th century (1298) to the middle of the 14th century (1360). The walls consisted of a reinforced square structure of an average height of 6m with 26 towers distributed along the 1.5km perimeter, as well as a moat that has survived the passing of time. The walls, which surround the historic centre of Alcúdia, were declared a Conjunt Històric Artístic (Artistic Historical Site) in 1974 together with the remains of the Roman city of Pollentia.

Throughout history this walled town has suffered successive modifications. For instance after the Guerra de Germanía (1523) three new bastions were built: Xara, Vila Roja y Església.


At the end of the 19th century part of the walls collapsed and people claimed for protection of this architectural good. This effort would end in 1974 when the walls were declared particular Historic and Artistic Interest "Conjunto Histórico Artístico" .

Opening hours

The walled city of Alcúdia is permanently open

HOW TO GE THERE

By car, on foot, by bike:
The walls around the historic old town of Alcúdia.

Bus:
Autocares Mallorca to Alcúdia city centre
http://www.autocaresmallorca.com

Taxi:
Ask the taxi driver for Alcúdia centre
- Taxis Amics d´Alcúdia. Tel. (+34) 971 54 96 91
- Taxis d´Alcúdia. Tel. (+34) 971 54 97 66 & (+34) 971 54 98 70

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Cultural routes: Alcúdia historic centre

 
 

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