L’Alcudia is a small Valencian town set between the Mediterranean Sea and the Caroigo Massif, with a typical Mediterranean climate: mild winters and summers.
The town was founded by Catalan squire Peire de Montagut in the 13th century. Its name came from the Arabic word “al-Kudiya” (the alter). In the 15th century, it was granted town privileges by King Alfonso the Magnanimous. In 2022, L’Alcudia (L’Alcúdia) will celebrate the 770th anniversary of its town charter.
Previously, L’Alcudia was exclusively engaged in agricultural production, and over time this town has changed. In the 19th century, mulberries and cereals were the main products produced in the fields of L’Alcudia; the arid regions were dominated by olive groves and carob trees. In the middle of the 20th century, a process of economic transformation began in the town, as a result of which, in addition to traditional agricultural activities, various companies were established: from the mechanical industry to woodworking. At the beginning of the 21st century, there is a balance between agricultural production, industrial production, and the service sector.
In contrast to the rest of the Valencian towns, L’Alcudia does not celebrate Falles or have Moorish and Christian festivals; instead, the most popular holiday is Easter. Paella and a wide variety of rice dishes are the highlights of the local cuisine, in addition to the “carabassa santa” (pumpkin sweet, typical of Easter).
Useful information about L’Alcudia
Area: 24 km² / 9 sq mi
Elevation: 32 m / 104 ft
Coordinates: 39° 11′ 40″ N, 0° 30′ 15″ W
Languages: Valencian, Spanish (Castilian)
L’Alcudia is located on the right bank of the Margo River, about 32 km (19 mi) southwest of Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, and 305 km (189 mi) to the southeast of Madrid, the capital.
Where to stay: Best Hotels in L’Alcudia, Spain
I visited L’Alcudia completely unplanned – while on holiday for a week in the nearby town of Carlet, I decided to take a long walk around the area early in the morning. Walking through the olive and persimmon plantations, I came to L’Alcudia unexpectedly and stayed in the town until the evening for getting to know it better.
L’Alcudia is a non-touristy city, but you can also see historical sights and other interesting things in it: stylish attractive doors, impressive windows, gorgeous door knuckles, or beautiful ceramic tile murals.
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