This Mediterranean coastal town is the capital of the province of Alicante and belongs to Valencia. It is not a huge city, although it is the 4thmost populous Spanish province which currently has 320,000 inhabitants.
What to do and see in Alicante?
The city has an international airport located just 9 km away in the town of Elche, which has boosted its tourism development.
It is also one of the cities with the highest influx of tourists from all over Spain. Like all the neighboring municipalities of this province, Alicante has suffered great economic development through tourism and the arrival of thousands of tourists each year coming here for the sun, beach, its gastronomy and its long cultural legacy.
The first thing that catches the eye when arriving at this city is the stunning view of the Castle of Santa Barbara at the top of Monte Benacantil, overlooking the Bay and the city of Alicante. A castle that has witnessed the most transcendental moments in the history of the city. Becoming a symbol of Alicante, it is one of the biggest attractions of the city where you can explore its entrails visiting the different rooms, enjoying the Museum of the city of Alicante and one of the best views of the entire city.
Alicante’s cultural offering is huge, with lots of museums, churches and historic buildings. Prominent among all its assets is the Church of Santa Maria de Alicante, the building of the Central Market or the Cathedral of St. Nicholas as well the incredibly beautiful neighborhood of Santa Cruz at the foot of Mount Benacantil, with its steep, narrow streets surrounded by cottages colorful decorated with colorful pots and plants; one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city.
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As in all the Levantine coast, in Alicante is an exceptional climate, its winters are mild with almost no rainfall and hot summers. The average annual temperature is usually a balmy 20 degrees, which makes it an ideal destination in both winter and summer. With this privileged temperature it is not surprising that the alicantinos enjoy its beaches all year; fantastic beaches such as Playa del Postiguet Playa San Juan or Playa de la Albufereta, which are filled with tourists and natives during the summer season.
The city also has several parks and beautiful walks as it is on the Explanada promenade which is seafront in Alicante, with its beautiful floor figuring the waves of the sea that runs between rows of Palm trees, the El Palmeral Park with a lake wherewhere you can ride in boat and rowing, or sit relaxed to enjoy the sound of the waterfalls and recreational areas where have fun, it is an oasis in the city.
Opposite the city is Tabarca Island located 22 km from the coast. The largest island of the Valencian community and the only inhabited. With day trips from the port you can enjoy a nice stroll through this picturesque island and swim in its crystal waters.
It has everything you need for a perfect holiday, an incredible climate, Sun, beach, culture, a delicious gastronomy and its friendly people that will make us remember our visit this beautiful Mediterranean city.
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