An open to the sea, cheerful and cosmopolitan city in which is very easy to enjoy. Castles, churches, museums, spectacular beaches along with a wide range of cuisine and entertainment. Discover our favorite spots, our list of Highlights in Alicante for a complete and unforgettable visit.
Top 10 Highlights in Alicante for a perfect trip:
Castillo de Santa Barbara
You cannot miss paying a visit to Santa Barbara Castle, icon of the city of Alicante majestically overlooking the city and the Bay of Alicante. An authentic experience that you cannot miss, so you must travel through its many rooms and learn about the history of this fascinating castle and the city of Alicante. From the top you can enjoy the best views of the city. It is certainly one of the highlights in Alincante. You can also visit the Museum of the City of Alicante, explore its more than 10 rooms full of archaeological sites, exhibitions and photographs. The museum is open daily from 10 to 2:30 p.m. and from 16 to 20h.
Visit Isla de Tabarca
On the Island of Tabarca, opposite the city of Alicante we can make a one day trip on one of the ships that sail from the port of Alicante. The crossing takes 1 hour or so, and upon arrival you will enjoy a protected marine reserve where you can swim in its fabulous beaches, diving and tour the small island. A good choice for a different day with the whole family.
Barrio de Santa Cruz
Barrio de Santa Cruz is the old town and a must for any visitor. Its steep, narrow streets with old houses decorated with colorful plants make this area a magical place. Strolling through the steep streets and discover its corners is a pleasure for the senses. It also has different bars and restaurants to make a stop and enjoy a good wine or a good tapa. Do not forget to get close to the different viewpoints of the district to enjoy one of the best views of the city. You can not miss it, it is one of the main Highlights in Alicante.
If you want to disconnect from the hustle of the city there is nothing better than Ereta Park. Located above the legendary district of Santa Cruz there is this wonderful park with over 7 hectares of gardens, green areas, fountains and restaurants. It is a place to walk, relax where also enjoy spectacular views of the city of Alicante from its many viewpoints.
The Alicante Central Market is is the perfect place to take the pulse of the city and soak up the popular atmosphere of Alicante. Located in the heart of the city on the Avenida Alfonso X el Sabio, we find this beautiful modernist building built in 1921 with 11,000m2. It is a pleasure for the senses going over 200 stands of meat, fish, fruits and vegetables. Some of your Highlights in Alicante will be the Central market if you are interested in cuisine or just want to enjoy every day of citizens of Alicante and learn a little more about their way of life
Basílica de Santa María
You cannot leave Alicante without visiting the Basilica of Santa Maria, the largest and most emblematic religious temple town located in the old town. A few meters from Playa Postiguet you will find the Basilica with its imposing towers and its beautiful baroque facade. Day or night this area will bewitch and surprise you at every step, its plenty of restaurants, museums and shops invite you to get lost.
Volvo Ocean Race
The Volvo Ocean Race has as its starting point the port of Alicante in early October. For a few days visitors can enjoy these wonderful giants of the sea that run during the race through 11 ports in 10 different countries. In the port of Alicante an atmosphere of celebration and joy is experienced during these days.
Playa del Postiguet
Located at the foot of Castillo Santa Barbara near Paseo de Santa Barbara, El Postiguet beach is the favorite beach of all alicantinos. If you visit the city in summer do not miss the fabulous atmosphere that prevails at this beach. A large sandy area of 900 m with good services and facilities, as well as many restaurants and bars where you can taste delicious dishes. Another amazing beach of Alicante is Playa de San Juan, a huge, beautiful, beach with a lot of activities and leisure offer.
Paseo de la Explanada
One of the internationally best known and Highlights in Alicante is the Explanada promenade. Throughout its 500 m long and 4 rows of palm trees, it is one of the most charming areas of the city with plenty of bars, restaurants and terraces next to the port. A real hive of activity both day and night.
Strolling through Parque del Palmeral
Located at the beachfront, in the south of Alicante, we find this beautiful and relaxing park with hundreds of palm trees between roads and water areas with waterfalls. The Palmeral Park is a very large park ideal to go with children as there is a play area with playground, a lake where they can mount on a rowing boat, areas for sports and even board games. Every Sunday there are usually performances. It is a perfect place to spend a fun afternoon with family or with friends.
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