WALL GATES

There are three gates providing entry to the historic centre of the town, located within the walled enclosure: the Porta del Moll (or Xara); the Porta de Mallorca (or Sant Sebastià); and the Porta de la Vila Roja.

Porta del Moll or Xara

This gate provided entry to Alcúdia from the north. It faces towards the sea, and this route leads to the Port of Alcúdia, the town’s main port (Moll del Port Major d’Alcúdia). It is formed by two towers and a rounded archway. Above the arch there is a small window. This entrance still conserves the gate as well as the mechanism that lowers it.

Porta de Sant Sebastià or de Mallorca

This gate is located at the entrance to the town when arriving from the capital, Palma de Mallorca. It consists of two side towers with a rounded archway in the centre that frame an impressive gateway with access via a raised bridge. The moat is still conserved to this day. On one side of the arch there is the sculpted coat of arms of the city dating back to the 17th century, and inside, also on one side of the arch, there is a small chapel that contains the statue of Sant Sebastià.

Porta de la Vila Roja

This faces north-west, and connected with the route leading to the port or secondary quay of Alcúdia (Port Menor d’Alcúdia), nowadays in Barcarès, situated around 800 metres from the port in the Bay of Pollença. In former times there was a wooden drawbridge and in the 19th century an imposing stone bridge was built to improve access. This bridge was rediscovered thanks to testimonies collected by the Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria (1847-1915) in his book, “Die Balearen”. The bridge that can be seen nowadays underwent meticulous restoration in 2004 and the gap that used to contain the moat is now an open-air amphitheatre, with capacity for 425 people that fully blends into its surroundings. Plays, concerts and other cultural activities take place here during the summer months. The gate has not been conserved, but there is an opening in the line of the wall through which the town can be accessed.

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