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For those who have not visited Majorca before, Playa de Muro, which if only to confuse things is also written as Platja de Muro, is a relatively new resort development that lies at the centre of the magnificent Bay of Alcudia.
Generally speaking, the transfer time for the 60km journey north from the Son Sant Joan International airport is around 1.1/2 hours, however, for those visitors who chose to pay the additional cost for a tour operators coach transfer, you should be aware that at least one of the major tour operators is known to make prior stops at nearby Alcudia before making the short trip along the coast to Playa de Muro.
For most people visiting the resort for the first time, this unscheduled island tour isn't really an issue, as it gives them an early opportunity to get their bearings, along with a general feeling as to what the area has to offer visitors, although it may effectively add another 45 minutes to the already lengthy journey time.
If however, you have been to Majorca before, and feel that after already spending the last 5 hours or so either sitting in an airport departure lounge, or cramped Boeing 757, you now wish to take the most direct route to your chosen accommodation, there is always a multitude of taxis waiting outside of the arrivals hall.
Although these taxis do all operate on a fixed price basis, typically charging around 75 euro - 80 euro for the journey to Playa de Muro, this "fixed price" can, and often does, vary slightly depending upon the number of suitcases, the time of day or night of the journey, and of course the number of passengers carried.
Although we've said this on many occasions, it is nevertheless worth repeating again here, as a very general rule taxis on Majorca do not normally carry child seats, so therefore very small children will have to sit on their parents knees for the journey.
If this is a cause for concern, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you, and clearly specify at the time of booking that a child seat is needed for the journey. Pre-booked taxis are often a little more expensive, although as with all things in life, you only get what you pay for.
For those independent travellers who wish to pre-arrange for the collection of a hire car from one of the numerous agencies that operate out of Palma, making the journey by car is relatively straightforward. Although a slight complication certainly worth mentioning for those making the transfer by hire car, is that in recent years the local Government on the island has re-numbered most of the roads on Mallorca, so please make sure that you have an up to date map before setting out!
The basic route for this journey for those wishing to drive, is from the roundabout leaving the airport grounds take the 1st exit onto the Ma-19 Autovía de Levante heading west towards Palma, before then joining the Ma-20 Circunvalación de Palma.
As the Ma-20 arcs around the northern outskirts of the city, keep a sharp lookout for exit 3B signposted towards Inca/Port d'Alcúdia/Son Castelló.
From here the fast Ma-13 Autovía de Palma - Inca heads north past the industrial town of Inca, where shortly after just outside the village of Crestatx, it becomes the Ma-13a Carretera de Inca - Alcudia.
Continue along the Ma-13a, and at the roundabout, a short distance before the outskirts of Alcudia Old Town, take the 1st exit onto the Ma-3460. A few hundred metres after this roundabout turn right onto Ma-3470.
Continue along the Ma-3470 to the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto the Ma-3433 Camino de Can Blau which takes you past the Muro General Hospital. At the junction with the Ma-12 turn right and complete your journey into Playa de Muro.
A more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
Although S'Albufera has not been developed, the growing demand for tourist accommodation has seen the resort of Alcudia expand ever eastward towards C’an Picafort to the point where Alcudia and Playa de Muro have effectively merged to become one large tourist development.
Whether a dividing point between the two resorts now actually exists it a matter of some considerable debate, however, when asked what is the difference between Alcudia and Playa de Muro the reply of a leading tour operator was recently quoted as “around £200 a head for the fortnight!.
In all fairness, Playa de Muro does have a larger number of 4 and 5 star hotels, which would account for the additional costs, however, the tour operators are also very keen to promote the resort as being a little more upmarket, and somewhat more exclusive than nearby Alcudia.
Although many of the tour operators market the resort as being conveniently placed for journeys into Alcudia, in reality, Playa de Muro is quite remote, and some considerable distance from the centre of Alcudia. Walking between the two resorts would take the best part of 1/2 a day, and would take you along the busy Ma-12 northern coast road. As you approach Alcudia there is a "dedicated" cycle lane, although even this has to be shared with taxis, and other locals who cannot be bothered with the formality of using the main road.
Making this journey by public transport is sometimes very difficult too. Buses are often full, especially so on market days, and taxis are almost non-existent when you need one. If however you are determined to make use of public transport, the local bus operator Autocares do in all fairness run a number of routes that pass through the resort en route to either C'an Picafort or Puerto Pollensa and beyond.
If you do venture beyond your hotel grounds, the original old town of Alcudia, a further 2 miles inland from the coastal development, is certainly well worth a visit, with parts of the town dating back to around 1300. What visitors may not realise however, is that it was the Phoenicians and Greeks who first settled here, closely followed in the 2nd century BC by the Romans, who made Alcudia the capital of the island.
Visitors to the old town today enter the narrow streets through one of the two gates that were constructed, along with the impressive city walls, after the conquest of the island by King Jaime I of Spain. The best way to fully appreciate this side of Alcudia, is to take the 2 hour guided walking tour that is organised by the local tourist office every Wednesday starting at noon.
The warm shallow waters of Alcudia Bay make Playa de Muro very popular with families with young children, and many of the hotels here have the added benefit of a direct beach front access. The beach is without doubt a major attraction to this resort, with almost 8km of fine, clean sand, offering visitors a wide variety of water sport and other facilities to suit all tastes and abilities.
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