Alicante Costa Blanca

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Alicante is the provincial capital of the Alicante region.

First the town is situated in the middle if the Costa Blanca.
At the North of Alicante is Northern Costa Blanca  with  city’s  Benidorm, Valencia, ….
At the south of  Alicante is situated Southern Costa Blanca with towns like Torrevieja and Orihuela.

Weather

Of course Alicante has a Mediterranean Sea climate. because the influence of the Sea. As a result hot summers and mild winters. Indeed  it rains only  about 20 days each year, so there are more than 300 sunny days or 3 000 hours of sunshine per year.
The average day temperature from march till October is around  25 degrees. Even in winter the temperature are good, but if you want to stroll for the evening , it is better to bring a jacket .

What to see.

Then the town is  best known for its Mediterranean Sea harbor and his airport  El Altet ( El altet Airport ).
But the city  is not only the place, where most of the flights in El Altet airport are landing.
Besides the important airport, the  town is self is full of attractions, museums, parks, bars, restaurants. All of them are suitable for every one.
Indeed the town is beautiful and attractive , and not only a place to start your sunny holiday.

First off all the town is famous for its wonderful boulevard with palm trees and the beaches.
During a scroll, it’s very nice to drink something in one of the many little bars and nice restaurants. The best of it is that most of  them are at the old harbor and in the city. The place to be for a real Spanish “tapa”.

As  you take your time to visit the town ,you will  discover a town plenty of huge plaza, parks and the many shops in the shopping streets.

In Alicante there are eight kilometers of sun-baked beaches and blue azul Mediterranean seawater .

The next best the night life in “El Barrio”, a district of Alicante.
Equally important , the town provides a nightlife until the late ( or early) hours for locals and  tourists.
At the past the original name of Alicante was ” Lucentum” . This is translated as ” City of Lights”.

Alicante Cultural.

Castillo de Santa Barbara.

The highest attraction is the “Castillo de Santa Barbara” or the Castle of Santa Barbara.
On top of the hill is the location of the beautiful castle. As a result the Mount Benacantil gives an astonishing view on the city.

 

Castillo de santa barbara Allicante

Castillo de santa barbara Allicante

“El Castillo de Barbara”  is one of the largest medieval fortress of the Costa  Blanca. It is also an important land mark on this Spanish coast.
On the top , inside the castle there is a museum of the city of Alicante.
Of course the museum introduce you to different historical Spanish quests throughout the centuries.
From below at the beach, you can even  the view and see a see a part of the castle. The part is in the shape of a head known as the ” Moors head”.
At the past on the slopes of the Mount Benacantil have been found remains of the Bronze Age, Iberian and Roman influence. But the origin of the Castillo de Santa Barbara is in the late 9th century with the Muslim occupation.

Take your time to visit the castle, the easy way with an elevator. Or the more beautiful way, walking a path with amazing sea view and panorama over the city.
Open :Daily from 10.00 till 19.00.
Bank holidays: from 10.00 till 14.00.
Closed on Monday.
Last lift up 18.30
Last lift down  at 18.45
Entry : 3 €

Adress : Avenida de Juan Bautista Lafora 6 03002 Alicante

Castillo de Fernando 

In addition a part of the Castillo de Barbara, is the Castillo de Fernando. It was built against the foreigner advances.
In brief it is not so impressive. To sum up the ornate doorway and the parts of the Castillo de San Fernando are still worth to see.

Basilica de Santa Maria .

Next the “Basilica de Santa Maria” or the St Mary basilica. This building  was built between the XIV and the XVI centuries. As a result that the basilica is an example of the Gothic style in Alicante. Because of this , It is one of the most important attraction of the town.
In particular it is nice to known is that it has been constructed over the ruins of a Moorish Mosque.

Reminder
Most of the museums are closed on Mondays and for the famous Spanish Siesta which is mostly from 14.00 till 17.00.

Next some other points of interest at Alicante .

The town Hall of the Ayuntamiento.

Indeed all  the Spanish town have an important building in their center, the town hall or “Ayuntamiento”. A very nice building to admire.
Behind the Santa Maria  and nearby  the La Explanada park.
In fact the town hall has twin towers of 35 meters height.
Next  at the  “Ayuntamiento” there is an interesting instrument to discover . Indeed a standard for measuring ,  a small disc to measure the correct  height above the sea level in all other parts of the Spanish Region.

Isla de Tabarca.

One example of a nice family trip is a boat trip . One of the to do attractions with good weather is a trip to the island of Tabarca. The island is located  on the front off  the coast of Alicante.
Near the harbor there are several companies who are sailing to the island Tabarca. As you can see on other webpage : a nice trip for the lovers of scuba diving and snorkeling.

Beaches.

The most important  the  beaches in Alicante  has been awarded  with the Blue Flag.  The beaches are long and open, ideal for swimming and sunbathing even with children.
In front of the beaches, there are a good selection of water sports, shops, bars and restaurants.
As a result that in summers season it become crowdy.

The Marina.

In short, the Marina is the meeting place of tourists. The place to be . Naturally  you can enjoy the  luxury and admire the beautiful yachts and  boats. Side by side the Marina  there are shopping centers, fine restaurants and excellent bars.
In brief, the Marina offers a luxury ambiance which reflects in the higher prices for the food and drink facilities.
So go for a nice walk, and enjoy the Spanish life style.
The Marina is located close to the  Zone de Levante.

Parks.

If you take you time, there are also a lot of parks in Alicante to discover.
The nice things about the parks is, that most of the time they offer all sort off activities.
For instants some times there is  music, often dance. Furthermore an open air exhibition.

Palmeral Alicante

Palmeral Alicante

While the oldest park in the town,  is the Canalejas Park.
In the park you can find sculptures  of lions and dogs, children’s play zone , fountains and a map of Spain in stone.

canalejas park Alicante

canalejas park Alicante

Like wise another nice park in Alicante  is ‘El Palmeral’.
On the edge of the city you can find the ” Palmera”  what  means the  palm trees.
At sum, El Palmeral park has hundred of palm trees, beautiful waterfalls and “zen” lakes.
The Palmeral park is open the all day, from 9 to midnight.

Connection.

Alicante is well-connected by train, bus and trams (also at night).

The coaches are managed by Alsa, the company  which rides all over Spain.

In the future Alicante will be connected to High Speed rail network which should decrease the travel time between popular destinations like Madrid (normally 4 hours).

Tip for sailors :  The iconic Volvo Ocean Race.

Since 2008 Alicante is the home of the Volvo Ocean Race, the world toughest race for sailors.
The best is that the town will host the stop in October, over the edition 2017/2018.
The edition will be in Spain in the autumn of 2017.

Volvo Ocean Race Alicante

Volvo Ocean Race Alicante

The  race is the example of months mental and physical roller coaster. Days and nights of speed, storms and adventures.
During eight months the sailors Race over the oceans around the world.
It will be the fourth time the town is the opener of the action since the Ocean Race set up his permanent headquarter in the harbor of Alicante.

In the past for example, there was a full week of action before the Ocean Race set out for Cape town.
As a result there’s is plenty of things to do before the start of the Ocean Race.
There is a great tapas and paella buffet . Just follow the smell  when you are walking on the Esplanade.
As you can see  it is not only a breath-taking moment where the boats leave Alicante harbor.
Naturally the start is not be missed. For many sailors it is superb sporting event.

Update :

Organizers have revealed that the start in Alicante will be  22 October 2017.
This edition of the race will include 10 stages, taking 12 countries.
To sum up, after leaving Alicante, the racers will visit Lisbon in Portugal, then race to Cape town, Melbourne and Hong Kong, Before setting out for Guangzhou in China.
Then the race will go to Auckland, Itajai, Newport, Cardiff, Gothenburg and finally finishing in Holland  in the Hague.

Volvo Ocean Race Museum.

There is also an exhibition which explains why the Volvo Ocean Race is so iconic.
More specifically areal and panoramic views. In the first place is it an example of the skills and talent of the racers.
While a team of 25 photographers  capture superb shots. As a result a report of every drop of blood , sweat and tears on board.
The Museum offers a family friendly tours trough the history of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Naturally they use multimedia  with games, video and a simulator of the race. After all is most prestigious race around the world.
Indeed  the Museum give you a view of the legends  of the race,  the technology, the equipment.

More sports news in Alicante : the return of the Vuelta.

Once again, the town of Alicante will be on the route of the famous ” Vuelta” cycle race in 2017.
With this Vuelta attracting the top of the cyclist of the world, Alicante hoops that the residents and the tourist will have the change to see the famous riders as Alberto Contador or Chris Froome.

Alicante Vuelta

Alicante Vuelta

As a result, an audience of 5 million people will watch the race. And this promotion will be seen in more than 50 countries.
So, welcome Vuelta to Alicante !

 

 

 

Life as a fisherman in Alicante

Fishing tourism is one project in Alicante.
Professional fleets of older or traditional crafts to carry out activity’s.
More specifically this means that they can have small groups of tourists on board of their ship.
Small groups of interested people who want to known nearby the experience of professional fishing. The tourist cab spend a day of the life of a fisherman. Even help participate in bringing in the fish to the  harbor and auction.
Everything is on board. So you can enjoy a wonderful day fishing at the Costa Blanca.
Some offer a half day , others a full day fishing trips. Everyone is welcome.From novice to experienced fishers.
Enjoy a great day fishing in Alicante.

TRAM of Alicante

30 years of transporting passengers with 100 million passengers.
This landmark figure is celebrating his 30 birthday.
Currently, the TRAM operates 5 lines with 69 stations ans stops.
Now it is  modernizing its line with Benidorm.
The old Tram have now a greater comfort and a higher speed . And also a reduction of breakdowns and delays.

Alicante TRAM

Alicante TRAM

Guide covering Alicante.

A series of 7 themed guides  about the Alicante  are find online.  The guides covers  the landscape, the sea, the wetland, the forest…
This easy reading guides give you  details for walking, scuba diving, cycling, climbing and of course  tours of the  salt history. Besides they are  available in English.

So Alicante is  a destination worth coming back to.