Location: located in the North of the island, Alcúdia used to be the capital of the island in the Roman Empire. This is the reason why the town is surrounded by the ruins of the Roman city of Pollentia, dated 123 before Christ. Other sights are the Forum of Pollentia and the Roman Theatre, built on the outskirts of the city in the first century after Christ. It has also the Roman Museum of Mallorca and maintains its wonderful city walls. Just five minutes from the centre we get to the Marina located in the large Alcúdia Bay, surrounded by the best fish restaurants in the area, with a long white sandy beach and crystal waters.
Distances: 57 Km. to Palma, 39,2 to Manacor. Useful information: Town hall: Mayor, 9 07400 Alcúdia Mallorca Balearic Islands TEL 971 89 71 00 FAX 971 54 65 15 www.alcudia.net Police: Bastió de Sant Ferran, s/n Alcúdia Mallorca Balearic Islands TEL 971 54 50 66 Post office Av. dels Princeps dEspanya, 8 Alcúdia Mallorca Balearic Islands TEL 971 54 54 40 Ambulatory: Formentera, s/n Alcúdia Mallorca Balearic Islands TEL 971 54 63 71 Library: Can Torró Serra, 15 Alcúdia Mallorca Balearic Islands TEL 971 54 73 11 Sports centre: Via Corneli Atic, s/n Alcúdia Mallorca Balearic Islands TEL 971 89 15 93 Markets: Pça. de la Victoria Moll, Tuesdays and Sundays Holiday: Subida a la Victoria; 2nd July, San Jaime; 25th July, Santo Cristo; 26th July
The Roman city of Pollentia Pollentia now called in Catalan, is located outside the medieval walls of the historic center of Alcudia. It is one of the two cities, the other was the current Palma, founded by the consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus, Roman expedition leader who dominated the island in 123 BC The site covers an area of about twelve hectares and the set includes Portella residential neighborhood, where excavations have seen two different streets and houses, and the forum, public square and singular buildings have been discovered as the Capitoline temple dedicated to the imperial cult. From the third century a wall was built which retained one hundred meters. On the outskirts of the city, about ten minutes walk, you will find the Roman theater built in the late first century AD with a capacity for two thousand people. The Roman city began its decline from the fourth century AD, especially after the Vandal and Byzantine invasions.
Although the ruins of the city were known since the sixteenth century, the first excavations were not made until the early twentieth century, because much of the confusion with the name of the city as it was considered that the location of the former Pollentia had to match the current Pollença, neighboring town that has retained this name. Since 1957 a team led by A. Arribas, M. Tarradell and D. Woods made an annual campaign of excavations, sponsored by The William L. Bryant Foundation. During the work there has been significant archaeological discoveries, as a girl’s head in bronze or currencies that are conserved in the Monographic Museum of Pollentia. The findings indicate that this was a rich and refined town, connected and economically linked with Rome, Hispania and North Africa.
The Roman city of Pollentia is classified as a Cultural and as Historic preservation, along with the historical center of Alcúdia. Currently, reservoir management and the museum is run by a consortium of the city of Alcudia and other institutions such as the Consell de Mallorca. A few hundred meters from the site of the Roman city can also visit the Oratory of Santa Anna, dating from the thirteenth century.