Alicante is the capital of the province with the same name and one of the top destinations demanded by tourists. A city dominated by the fabulous castle of Santa Barbara, which stands majestically on the hilltop of Benancatil at 200m high and is the symbol of Alicante, from where a beautiful panoramic port, the city, and the sea is observed. The blue sea, the long beaches of fine white sand, the friendliness of its people and a wide range of leisure and entertainment make Alicante an ideal place for a holiday.
Castillo de Alicante is one of the largest medieval fortresses that is preserved in Spain. Located on the top of Mount Benacantil about 200 meters high, the castle has for centuries overlooked the city and the bay of Alicante. Once you reach the top you will find that the castle is divided into 3 venues such as the turret, the Hall of Philip II and the Macho del Castillo where you will enjoy a large esplanade with pipes, turrets and a view of the stunning city.
Another of the highlights of the city is the beautiful Barrio de Santa Cruz located at the foot of Mount Benacantil and Castillo de and Alicante. A charming neighborhood where time seems to have stopped; its streets are narrow and bedecked with flowers and colorful carnation balconies. The neighborhood also offers viewpoints from which to enjoy one of the best views of the city of Alicante.
Mercado Central de Alicante is one of the most emblematic buildings of the city, built in 1911, it consists of more than eleven thousand square meters of fruit, vegetable, meat and fish stands. The market is a good place to take in the pulse of the city and enjoy the authentic atmosphere of Alicante.
In the old town of Alicante you will find the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria, which is nothing more and nothing less than the oldest and most emblematic religious temple of the city. A Gothic-style basilica built between the 14th and 15th centuries that certainly will not leave anyone indifferent.
Alicante is a real gastronomic paradise. How could it be otherwise? Fish and seafood, with the best garden produce and fine wines make up the wonderful cuisine of this land. The Alicantina cuisine has influences of the Valencian, Murcian and even Manchego cuisine.
Undoubtedly the most demanded dish by visitors is rice, cooked in over 300 different ways, such as Arroz a la banda, arroz con costra, arroz negro o “suquet de peix”.
In this region one of the most important sectors and engine of the economy is growing fruits and vegetables. Oranges, lemons, apples or pears and peppers, eggplant, tomato or melon are exported to the rest of Europe.
Not forgetting the famous Valencian Horchata, typical of these lands that during the summer is eaten throughout the Spanish state.
Alicante is a historical city that gives visitors a wide cultural offering, ranging from castles, churches, to many museums. Note the beautiful cathedral of Alicante, the Central Market in Gothic style, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Town Hall, as well as the beautiful old town surrounded by historical buildings and the picturesque Santa Cruz district with its cobbled and steep streets surrounded by white houses and hundreds of flowers reminding of the best Andalusian neighborhoods.
The Playa del Postiguet is definitely the most famous beach preferred by the Alicantinos. Located at the foot of Santa Barbara Castle, this iconic beach is 500 meters long and has a nice lively promenade that skirts it.
Playa de l´Albufera is an urban beach of 400 meters in length located in the residential area with the same name. The beach has good facilities including a lifeguard, rental chairs, umbrellas, showers and restaurants to eat something.
Playa San Juan is a huge beach over 3 km long north of Alicante. Along the great sand bank you will find a nice promenade running alongside with many bars, restaurants and terraces with a great atmosphere.
Isla de Tabarca is another recommended spot in the city of Alicante located 22 km from the coast. The island is 1800 meters long and is the only inhabited island of the Valencian community. Departures are made from Alicante and the journey takes 2 hours to reach the island. Once there, you will enjoy visiting the beautiful beaches, the harbor, the lighthouse or the Church. Definitely a good place to take the camera and take pretty pictures.
If you are in Alicante and what you want is to escape the bustle of the city, do not hesitate to visit the Parque Etrea. Located at the foot of Mount Benacantil near the district of Santa Cruz, we find this park that has become the green lung of the city. It's a pleasure to walk the trails, full of vegetation, fountains, remains of walls, an old tinderbox or the viewpoint .
No excuses for not visiting Alicante. This is a city well connected with good access either by land, sea or air.
Altet airport of Alicante is just 11 km from the center where you will find plenty of connections both nationally and internationally.
If you desire to reach the city by car it has two road access to Alicante. If you are coming from the coast, either from the north or south you should go for the N340 or AP7 toll road. If instead your route comes from the inside, your route will be the National 330.
Bus: If what you want is to get there by bus you have the bus station in the Muello de Poniente in the port.
When preparing a trip, finding accommodation is the first thing that should be done. Alicante, has for many years devoted to tourism both nationally and internationally so the range of accommodation is varied. On our website you can make a search to find your ideal accommodation; we have plenty of holiday homes, villas with private pools or apartments in Altea. Do you prefer an apartment in the center? Overlooking the sea? You choose!