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Like much of the island, Alcúdia has experienced many different reigns, from Phoenicians to Romans to Vandals. When the Moors took control of it around the year 800, they built a fortress and named it Al-Kudia or "on the hill." Later, it became a center of trading and these days, it's a beautifully restored old town complete with ancient architecture, hidden gardens and delicious eateries.

Recent travelers used words like "quaint" and "lovely" to describe Alcúdia. Some recommended visiting on a Tuesday or Sunday when a market fills the old town, with vendors selling foods and handicrafts.

Alcúdia is located on the island's northeastern coast, about 35 miles northeast of Palma. You can reach it by bus (No. 351), but a car would likely be most convenient. While you're on this side of the island, pay a visit to Playa de Muro, which is backed by a bevy of shorefront resorts and equipped with sun loungers, restrooms and lifeguards. For more information, visit Alcúdia Old Town's website.

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