A blast from the past
Jutting out of Majorca’s north-east coast is the pretty port of Alcudia, half-adrift in the Balearic Sea. Its Roman past and traditional flair sets it apart from the crowd, with a lovely old town where Majorca’s modern trappings fall away. The cobbled streets snake between 14th-century walls, filled with little family-run shops and medieval churches.
Out on the coast, Alcudia’s beach is a real show-stopper. Several kilometres of powdery-soft sand shelves gradually into the sea, with calm, clear water ideal for kids and popular with snorkellers. Decorated with palm trees and bordered by a colourful promenade, the beach is Alcudia’s beating heart, with all sorts of kid-friendly eateries and souvenir shops. The glam marina is filled with fine-dining venues and laid-back lounge bars for a more sophisticated evening.
Flight time from the UK to Majorca is around 2 hours 15 minutes.
Transfer time from Palma airport to Alcudia is approximately 50 minutes.
Majorca starts warming up for summer around April, when the mercury climbs into the 20s and doesn’t stop until around July, which can top 30°C. You’re looking at around 11 hours of sunshine a day in midsummer, with bath-like sea temperatures. Things won’t cool off until October, which still hovers in the low to mid 20s.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.