Alicante, the capital of the Costa Blanca, offers the most varied landscapes and the most enviable contrasts. A cultural city with parks, gardens, nightlife and a centre old town with lots of businesses and services.

If you want to know where is Alicante, It’s a city located in the map, southeast of Spain, and its one of the three that make up the Valencian Community. It is a port city located on the Mediterranean coast and largely dedicated to tourism and services.  Contains unique coves to enjoy greater privacy.

As a big capital, you will find in it all kind of services and transport, prioritizing the Alicante airport (with cheap flights to Alicante), train station with cheap journeys from Alicante to other towns like Benidorm and bus station, among others.

The City Council figures its population around 330,000. Although, as all Touristic Cities, it has a lot of population that is not registered, especially foreigners.

 With a huge number of possible accomodations, Alicante is one of most chosen towns in the Costa Blanca to visitors and holiday trips.

Alicante weather

The weather forecast alicante is always pretty much the same. It has a warm semi-arid climate, with mild temperatures throughout the year and unusual rain, concentrated in the winter periods. The average annual temperature is always above 18°C.

What to see in Alicante

According to its size and relevance , Alicante has many places of interest. 

One of the most emblematic images of Alicante is the promenade of Spain, with a tiled floor decorated with a coloured and waved Mosaic.

A nice walk delimited by palm trees, which is normally very busy with its ice cream shops. From time to time they place a market with handmade products, original crafts and live music.

The seaport of Alicante is surrounded by another promenade and in the two docks we can find services such as the best hotels, restaurants, shops, cinemas, a huge casino, etc.

In the highest spot of the mountain, witnessing centuries of history, the castle of Santa Bárbara is a very famous monument of Alicante (it appears represented in the shield of the city), as well as the curious rocky formation at its feet.

El Barrio de Santa Cruz is one of the most typical neighborhoods of Alicante and not very known. When walking through its narrow and steep streets, between the colorful houses and the flowers adorning the facades, it seems that we move to another world, leaving behind the bustle of the city.

Visitors shouldn’t forget to peek the fantastic museums that the city offers. The MACA Contemporary Art Museum, located near the Town Hall; The museum of Fine Arts Gravina MUBAG, a highly recommended and free option, also near the Town hall; The Archaeological Museum of Alicante MARQ, with extraordinary exhibitions; The Exhibition Hall of the Fish Market, next to the west dock and located in a curious historicist building with magrebies elements, built in the early twentieth century, hosts numerous exhibitions; and the Museum of the City of Alicante MUSA which is located in the Castle of Santa Bárbara.

What to do in Alicante 

You will have infinite things to do in Alicante. 

The port is the busiest leisure area in Alicante and, in addition to restaurants, pubs and discos, hold a yacht club and a sports marina. Therefore, it becomes the most important touristic area and a reference place for evenings and nightlife in Alicante.

And speaking about leisure, you can not miss “el tardeo”, which consists in going out to take a snack, eat and continue the party dancing in the bars and pubs that exist in the area of Central market, passing through Castaños, all the way to the Plaza de la Montanyeta .  All of this before the sun goes down.

Every visitor, when enjoying Alicante, should not miss a visit to the Island of Tabarca, located 22 km from Alicante and 8 km from Puerto de Santa Pola. This island of 0.3km² is the largest of the whole Valencian Community and the only inhabited one (around 60 people).

Tabarca is a marine reserve, so if you are passionate about diving, this is your paradise.

 

Beaches of Alicante City

The beaches, port and promenade are very characteristic of Alicante and constitute the main hallmark of the City.   

The fine sands of San Juan beach in the north stretches 3 km to Cape Huertas which separates it from the popular Albufereta beach. In the south of the port lies Saladar beach.

The port area includes many possibilities and every type of marine activities, like sailing, diving and more.

The Postiguet beach is a very popular urban beach in summer, accessible and with all the necessary services since it is attached to the nucleus of the city, next to the Plaza del Mar, at the end of the Promenade of Spain.

 

The Fiestas in Alicante

  1. Without a doubt, the ones that stand out are its official parties, the "Fogueres de San Juan", which are celebrated from June 20 to 24 and are declared of “ International Tourist Interest “.
  2. The pilgrimage to the Santa Faz Monastery, almost five centuries old, is the other great Alicante party, being this more intimate and calm than the previous ones.
  3. Alicante Holy Week has not only the quality of beauty, but a personal accent. The rich conjunction of singing and the presence of manolas gives the town a special touch.
  4. And as a prelude to the previous ones, the Carnival where the participants show off Joy and fun.
  5. Finally we highlight other festivals such as: La Virgen del Remedio, Corpus Christi, Santa Cruz, Raval, Roig, San Antón, Tabarca, San Roque or the ones in the Barrio de San Gabriel.
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Gallery of Alicante


Old Town | Port, promenade | Castle: Santa Barbara



Tourist Information

Patronato Municipal de Turismo de Alicante
C./ Cervantes 3
03002 Alicante
Tel: +34 965 14 34 52
Email: turismo@alicanteturismo.com

 

Ayuntamiento Alicante

www.hogueras.org

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