Alcanada, Mallorca, Things to do and see, hotels, beach
Alcanada is a small and quiet area on the northern edge of the well-known Alcúdia bay on the north coast of Mallorca.
Alcanada has great appeal for people seeking a quiet base but will be within reasonable reach of well-known amenities such as city life, beach and restaurants.
Things to do and see in Alcanada
Due to the excellent location, you have a great conditions for doing numerous outdoor activities such as bicycling, walking or water sports. Sports and physical activities are just some of the things to do in Alcanada, but there is also a treasury of cultural heritage to discover in the local area.
VISIT THE SA BASSA BLANCA ART MUSEUM
One of the main attractions in the local area, is the art museum of Sa Bassa Blanca. The museum offers a treasury of impressive collections of various art works. For example, there is the els Nins exhibition, a collection of portraits of royal children from the middle Ages, the SoKraTES hall featuring contemporary arts including a famous rhino skeleton in front of a carpet of diamonds. There is also the wonderful gardens featuring sculptures of animals, fables and playful designs, plus a scenic rose garden. You can easily spend a few hours browsing the many impressive collections at Sa Bassa Blanca, and it is too possible to have guided tours. Also, don’t be afraid to bring children here, they will enjoy this artistic and creative space as well.
VISIT THE VICTORIA HERMITAGE
On the opposite side of the peninsula from Alcanada, you will find the old medieval hermitage of La Victoria, which by the way is also the name of the peninsula. You can walk here, ride your bicycle or drive by car, but visit you must do. On your way, you will enjoy the scenic nature and meet Balearic wild goats while you ascend higher over the bay of Pollenca. At the hermitage, you can enjoy a refreshment at the restaurant or cafeteria along with the breathtaking panoramic views of the bay and the peninsula of Formentor extending on the opposite side of the bay.
VISIT THE RUINS OF THE FORMER ROMAN CITY OF POL-LENTIA
Another attraction in Alcúdia, is the excavation site and ruins of the former Roman city Pollen-tia. Info-boards will guide you around this huge site, and you will quickly see a city rise in front of you. As you stroll about inside, you will pass by the habitation areas, the forum, the burial sites, the palaces and the amphitheater, and, you will understand how life in a Roman city was like.
SEE THE OLD WATCHTOWER OF TORRE MAJOR
The medieval watchtower of Torre Major is situated just between Port d’Alcúdia and Alcanada, in the very corner of the bay. The tower used to guard the bay during the 16th century when pirate attacks were consistently going on. Along with a network of other watchtowers, Torre Major assisted in alarming the town of Alcúdia whenever a hostile ship was spotted in the bay. The towers communicated via smoke signals and flags, and the guards were simple peasants who had to work day and night while at the same time maintaining their regular jobs.
VISIT ALCÚDIA MARKET
The market in Alcúdia is one of the main attractions in this area. Every Tuesday and Sunday morning, the old town of Alcúdia is turned into a mecca of hundreds of stalls and stands. The streets are always crowded at the market, the haggling is going on everywhere you turn, scents and smells of fruits, delicacies and sweets mixes in the air and the atmosphere is vibrant. Visiting the Alcúdia market is also a great opportunity to get some sightseeing done, the old town offers a treasury of points of interest worth looking at.
ENJOY A DAY AT SEA
If you are visiting during the summer, one of the best things to do is a cruise around the beautiful coastline of the northern part of Mallorca. Several times a day, catamarans departures from the harbor of Port d’Alcúdia that will take you to all the hidden gems that other tourists won’t see. Enjoy a nice lunch or refreshment onboard, do sunbathing on the deck and jump in the crystal clear water when the catamaran anchors in the little lagoons and coves.
Alcanada is home to one of the most beautiful golf courses on the island, the Golf d’Alcanada. This stunning 18-hole course is situated on the gentle slopes next to the bay offering truly amazing views. Here, both experience beginners and pro’s are welcome, everyone is sure to find challenges and fun.
SPEND A DAY AT THE HIDROPARK WATER PARK
If you are traveling with minors or infants, then a visit to the Hidropark might be just what makes the vacation extra special to them. Hidropark is situated in Alcúdia, and the most family-oriented of all the water parks in Mallorca featuring fun slides, a water park for infants and a huge playground.
SWIM TO THE LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND
The small island on which the lighthouse of Alcanada is situated is a popular destination for swimmers and sun-bathers. When here, you have a soft grass underlay to rest on and almost no interuption from other people. From the island, you can also enjoy the views of the amazing Alcúdia bay that stretches impressive 14 km.
DO AN EXCURSION TO THE NATURAL AREA OF COLL BAIX
Coll Baix is a natural area found at the northern part of the peninsula where Alcanada is. Coll Baix is one of the hidden gems of the area, and only accessible by foot or by boat. The area consist of a deep canyon and a stunning cove of crystal clear water with a beach.
WALK TO SA TALAIA AND PENYA DES MIGDIA
Two of the highest points in the area are reachable by walking, both found on the same peninsula as Alcanada. These two places of interest offers the most breathtaking panoramic views of the bays of Alcúdia and Pollenca from their positions more than 400 meter above sea level. The difficulty of the walks is medium to difficult, however, very rewarding. Read about the old lookout of Sa Talaia or the old military base of Penya des Migdia.
Best places to stay in Cala Figuera
Hotel Seasun Far ****
Hotel Seasun Far enjoys a unique location on the Alcanada headland, right next to the water overlooking the entire bay of Alcúdia and over to the iconic lighthouse island, Illa sa Aucanada.
Platja de Alcanada
Platja de Alcanada is the main beach of this holiday destination. The beach has an underlay of gravel and pebbles leaving a feeling of a natural and virgin area, thus the beach does not offer any amenities such as showers, toilets, lifeguard, bins etc.
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