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Re: Beaches
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2012, 17:39:33 PM »
Simply The Best (Beach Destination)
The 25th best beach destination in the world and the only one in Spain to make the top 25. Therefore, the best beach destination in Spain. And the winner is?

Before I tell you, what would you consider are the criteria that amount to the best beach destination? A decent beach is obviously one. But otherwise?

Each to their own. One man's best beach is another man's acres of too much flesh gathered in one place. One man's best beach destination is another man's Blackpool transported to the Mediterranean. Identifying the criteria is a near-impossible task, and given this near impossibility the fallback position is one of hyperbolic, quasi-poetical criteria that conjure up images which may or may not be entirely accurate.

Trip Advisor has been fingered over its reviews. The British Advertising Standards Agency has made it change its system of classification. The agency might also be inclined to have a word with whoever it is who has been consumed by brochure-talkitis. This malady of the mellifluous strikes many in the travel world. And here is an example:

"Velvety white sand stretches along five miles in ..., making it one of the longest beaches in Majorca. Go for a quiet stroll around the quaint beachside fishing village or swim or snorkel in the electric-blue sea. Parts of the beach are a bit breezier, attracting windsurfers and paragliders galore. Interesting shops and ancient Roman ruins add to ...'s allure."

Actually, this doesn't make you want to vomit as much as some brochure talk. But is it entirely representative?

By now, you will probably have realised that the beach destination in question is Puerto Alcúdia; the Roman ruins were a giveaway, even if they aren't strictly speaking in Puerto Alcúdia (unless one includes those buried under the sea that can't be seen). You might have been confused, however, by the "quaint beachside fishing village".

I know Puerto Alcúdia very well. The word "quaint" is not one I would have ever considered to have described any of it. Fishing there is, but the quaintness of the port's fishing village is something that is lost in antiquity.

If this description is perhaps slightly questionable, what about the main photo that accompanies the text on Trip Advisor? I can't be certain, but I suspect that it isn't what most people think of when Puerto Alcúdia beach is mentioned. This is because it looks much like Alcanada, up the coast a tad, a part of Alcúdia certainly, but a very different place to Puerto Alcúdia. At least the sea in the photo looks "electric-blue", if I understand what electric-blue is, and to be honest, I don't.

But why should I worry? Is this not marvellous publicity for Puerto Alcúdia? Absolutely it is. Being voted the best by Trip Advisor for whatever it might be is a tremendous accolade. It is one that should be milked for all it's worth. By the town hall, for example. Will it, though? Probably not.

The trouble with Trip Advisor, however, is that it has been hoist by its own successful petard. It has become a sort of travel bible, dispensing wisdom to a faithful who follow its "word", even if this word is the collective scribing of holidaymaking apostles. Not everyone is, unfortunately, a believer.

Back to Puerto Alcúdia though. There is no doubting the excellence of its beach. It is a beach that has been awarded many a tribute in the past, and rightly so. But even its "five miles" and its, if you insist, "velvety white sand" are not necessarily everyone's criteria of the best. The photo on Trip Advisor might conform to others' criteria. The beach, not that you can actually see a beach, could even be "quaint", and quaintness could well be a criterion for "best". To find it, however, you would need to take more than a "quiet stroll".

And then there is the rest. That which isn't the beach. It is here that the Blackpool thing raises its clichéd head. "Alcúdia is like Blackpool." Ho hum. It's been said many times and it has been said of one part of Puerto Alcúdia. It has even been said on Trip Advisor. The comparison is a false one. Does anyone ever say Blackpool is like Alcúdia? No, I don't think so. And if the comparison can't work this way round, then it can't work the original way. It's not logical, Captain.

But best is best. And Puerto Alcúdia is the best beach destination in Spain. And you know something, I think Trip Advisor might even be right.

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Re: Beaches
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2012, 10:32:56 AM »
Well done Puerto Alcudia, not familiar with it myself, only ever seem to get as far the town but have seen lovely pitures of it, also Playa de Muro looks stunning, an a extension of PA.....maybe a even nicer spot?? It gets a big ten out of ten on this website:

http://www.thealcudiaguide.com/alcudia-guide-resorts.asp

Certainly some beautiful beaches around the Island, no doubt about that! :)

Our little Island, got a mention with St Brelades Bay coming in second best in the U.K., a lovely beach but for me acres of too much flesh gathered in one place (laughed at that Andrew :)) give me a nice quiet beach anyday, though St BB is magnificent in the shoulder months.

Nice article Andrew....enjoyed reading that. :)
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Re: Beaches
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2012, 11:21:00 AM »
Do try Alcudia's beach favie, even if its just for a lunch and a walk. Totally different feel to PP - more buzzy and touristy - but its not far to go to experience something different, and actually very pleasant!  :)
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Re: Beaches
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2012, 12:36:34 PM »
I will do one of these years Bella,sounds like a good plan. :)
Hubby always hires a bike when there, ideal for collecting the morning rolls etc. ;D
His way of keeping fit....and a break from driving, he has cycled out to Puerto Alcudia
a few times while I enjoy lying on the roof-terrace soaking up the peace and quiet with
a good book and did say it was nice.....maybe one year we will make that a tandem!! ;D

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Re: Beaches
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2012, 13:43:20 PM »
The thing about Puerto Alcúdia's beach is that it goes on for miles as the beach is uninterrupted except by the English bridge in Playa de Muro all the way to Can Picafort. As a result, there are different parts to the coastline, one - Es Comú beach in Playa de Muro - is "rustic". Quiet as there are only dunes and forest to the back of it. It's when you take the whole stretch of beach into account that it is understandable how it comes to be considered the best.

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Re: Beaches
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2012, 16:58:47 PM »
Also if you have a chance, do go visit out of season when the beaches are empty.
Really is nice to walk and so different when empty. ;D
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Re: Beaches
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2012, 18:23:18 PM »
 Puerto Alcudia beach is wonderful  :) We went to the beach for the first time last july  :) After delicious meal we walked for about half an hour in the moonlight on soft fine white sand   :) My husband always hires a bike and rides to Alcudia every morning has acold drink and returns for breakfast - except when he fell off into a wall to avoid car passing too close    :o) :o -  in fact he always hires his bikes from Alcudia as they were reallygood to him when he fell off   8) 8)   PP still my favourite     ;) > ;) ::) :o  Favie you have wonderful beaches on yr Island and on the lovely Anglesey our beaches are quite breathtaking  ;D especially in te winter  ;D our favourite for collecting shells for grandchildren and walkkng the dogs is Red Wharfe Bay  miles and miles with mountains and snow for the backdrop   :) wonderful world isn' it?    :)
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Re: Beaches
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2012, 21:57:31 PM »
"Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside
I do like to be beside the sea!
I do like to stroll upon the Prom, Prom, Prom
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Yes, some lovely beaches EmilyJo and love being so near the sea.....but we don't have the mountains like you, think that is why I fell in love with PP so much, just love the mountains that surround the bay! Miss my Scottish mountains I have to say! This is one of my favourite Beaches in Scotland " The White Sands of Morar".....would want it just like the picture...all to myself! ;D
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