Whilst eating breakfast we watched two large cruise liners come into port but it was a rainy start to the day so the passengers wouldn’t being seeing Palma at its best. Our plan for today was to visit Alcudia situated in the north east of the island. We travelled by TIB bus who operate longer distance bus services across the island, buses depart from Palma’s Intermodal Train & Bus station at Playa D’Espana. Alcudia is 50 km from Palma and the journey by motorway takes one hour, stopping only once in Inca. Fares are inexpensive, costing only €5.30 per person for a single journey (return tickets are unavailable).
Alcudia is a medieval walled town on the site of a Roman settlement. Fortunately the rain stopped as we were wandering around and so we found Alcudia to be a delightful place with its maze of narrow streets enclosed by city walls which have been carefully restored retaining its original charm. We climbed the old stone steps onto the Roman walls where it’s possible to walk most of the way around the town and take in the views over the labyrinth of narrow stone alleyways as we strolled along (see feature photo).
A large weekly market was taking place Tuesday) and another is held each Sunday. The small town was bustling with activity and the market centred on the main square had more stalls set out along adjoining roads. I liked browsing the fresh produce and flowers but a large proportion of the market was given over to cheap tourist tat which wasn’t of much interest to us but seemed popular. There are lots of inviting cafes, bars and restaurants dotted around and we enjoyed a leisurely lunch of tapas in one of them.
On returning to Palma we wandered around the old town and stopped for drinks along the Paseo Maritimo (seafront) where we could sit and watch the yachts bobbing about in the harbour. It was certainly much busier in Palma with the two large cruise ships in port, it was just a pity that none of us saw much of the Mallorcan sunshine.
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