An expensive place, ideal for families. Read on to hear about my stay with my family and I can tell you what to do and not to do.
Having just returned today from Majorca where we had a great first week of weather and an overcast but very humid 2nd week, we all had a great time.
We travelled 2 adults 2 children one 6 years and one 7 months, we did all inclusive as it was the cheapest at the time of booking and we were delighted that we did as we found Alcudia very expensive.
I would suggest to anyone travelling with an infant to bring as much as you can for them, baby formula can be bought nearly everywhere, Cow & Gate is huge and so is the price, ready made cartons were double the price as were jars of food, we did find one shop that sold the big box of Cow & Gate for €19.00, the cheapest we seen. Nappies are a horrendous price, at €10 for 24 this was double the price than Ireland where you can get 56 at €10.59 for certain brands, funnily enough Pampers was cheaper than their own brand but still expensive. The cheapest wipes were €2.90 for 72 pack, Swimming nappies €15 on average, some places did have them for €12. Jars of food €1.90 for one, I was glad that I had brought as much as I did and only had to buy wipes, the prices were scandalous.
Any toiletries you can bring , BRING WITH YOU, shower gels €3 for one bottle, shampoos were all averaging €9 some own brands you could get for €5 like Spar own brand. Sun Creams all the same price as Ireland, the average price was €20 for the likes of Amber Solaire. You could buy Spar own brands for about €5 upwards (not sure if these were any good) we went to the main street and priced all the creams in the duty paid shops and chemists and perfume shops and got a Spanish one for €9 in a spray bottle, I was annoyed I didn't bring any more of the Buy one get one free they were doing here in Ireland before I left.
Chocolate is so dear, naturally imported bars will be dearer but even the local chocolate and own brands were so dear, jelly sweets and lollies were all from €5 upwards, crisps were the same, we did manage to find a shop that sold crisps for 3 a pack (large pack).
Eating out, well all I can say is I am so glad we did all inclusive, we ate out one night in a steak restaurant on the main street in Alcudia and the total cost was €59.90 for 2 adult meals and 3 drinks, our 6 year old got his meal free, we had garlic bread for starter and steak, or should I call it a pork chop, we did ask for well done but got it back red, we sent it back and got it back pink, we ended up eating it in the end and we had 3 cokes , we nearly died at the price, back here in Ireland you can get 3 courses for €22 in many of the top Hotels.
Alcudia is catching on that people on holidays will pay money so the prices have been definitely upped, we have gone 5 times so far and this year is definitely the most expensive, we hadn't been to alcudia in 4 years and we were so surprised at how run down it has become, it doesn't seem much money is going back into their tourists spots.
If we are to go back which we most likely will we will definitely stick to all inclusive, we had a fantastic Hotel 'Hotel Marte' and we will only return to Alcudia if returning to this Hotel.
Also medicines are much cheaper there, we left without calpol and got the Spanish equivalent for €1.10 'AMAZING '! prescription also for €4 which is normally €26 here in Ireland.
Cigarettes, if travelling from Ireland they had in Dublin Airport 400 for €50, we thought they might be cheaper in Majorca and waited, everywhere sells them for approx €35 for 200, some brands are €30 but nothing is cheaper, not even the Spanish brands. The alcohol is dirt cheap in the supermarkets, it is cheaper to drink alcohol and smoke than it is to eat.
Palma airport, definitely leave your perfume shopping till the airport, I priced my perfume in Alcudia 75mls of JPG and it was €55 there, it's about €70 here in Ireland if not more and I got it for €40 in Palma airport. I noticed the cigarettes were more expensive than Alcudia itself. Chocolate was a bit cheaper but not by much.
Anyone going you have a great time and enjoy yourself :-)