Stay in Alcudia or Playa de Muro in Mallorca?
If you should choose the lively Alcudia or the relaxed Playa de Muro when going to Mallorca depends on what you are looking for in a holiday.
If you are like me and appreciate privacy & want to relax then Playa de Muro is what you need to choose for your stay. But never make the mistake of not staying next to an operative bus stop. That’s what makes or breaks most of my holidays I’ve learned to realize.
The National Tourist Office is in Palma at Plaça Reina.
Playa de Muro
Playa de Muro has a good, clean beach, but it is often windy as it is not sheltered. There are dining options in Muro, but you will have to ask someone as due to the lack of a ‘restaurant street’ here like in Alcudia. Not either the great shopping opportunities, but Las Gaviotas is not far away and has some interesting boutiques. Basically, if you prefer a quiet area you should choose Playa de Muro. The hotels are often cheaper, so you could save a good deal and still stay less than 10 minutes away from Alcudia.
Alcudia & Puerto Alcudia
Mallorca’s longest beach is found in Alcudia and there’s a great number of restaurants and shops situated close to the water line. A great choice if you like being close to where the action is. The beach was shallow, clear, and calm; but the smell was nasty. I think it was coming from the motorized water vehicles, but I also think I saw a used diaper in the water. My tip is to bathe as far to the east as you can to get away from the rubbish that washes in.
Shopping is also good, especially if you are looking for (cheap) shoes. My favorite store was the shoe store Buades, where I fell for some crazy-United Nude-Lady-Gaga-like-shoes. Other than that there are several shops located near the beach and port, cheap bazaar type stores, more known stores like Mango, and even some designer stores in the side streets when you head towards Alcudia Old Town. In the Old Town is also where you will find the local market on Tuesdays and Sundays. You can buy greens, fruit, sweets, clothes, shoes, bags, and a lot of it is real leather. I bought a huge leather bag, and I bargained it down about 50 %, yet the girl who rented us bikes told me I had been ripped off paying as much as I did.
So, done with the shopping there’s the sightseeing left. Rent a bike and exercise at the same time! Me and my cousin Meline had lots of fun sitting in the cart on the back of the bike, although a bit bumpy. Thomas & Richard actually drove this thing (WITH US IN IT) all the way from Muro to the Old Town in Alcudia, and then back. Yikes. The Old Town of Alcudia is beautiful, with well-kept buildings now-turned-into-shops splattered around, and at the end there’s the St Jaume Church. Not exclusive to Alcudia, but you do get hold of more bars/restaurants selling Estrella beer here than in Muro.
Excursions are a possibility!
The bus will take you just about anywhere around Mallorca, and the trip is usually a pleasant sight for the eyes.
The largest ‘market’ selling leather good is held in Inca. Inca is known for its leather goods and its cellar restaurants. There is a pedestrian shopping area here with stores selling designer clothing, as well as interior stores.
Nicole de Vintage a Vogue – Exclusive vintage clothing shop selling pieces from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Designers include Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Armani and Miu Miu.
C/ Mercat 5, Pollensa // Source
Opening hours: Tues-Sun. 10:30-13:30 and from 15 May, also open 17:00- 19:00
The Alcudia Guide offers rating on each of these places mentioned, and I had good use of the site before my trip there.