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 as Benidorm, Calpe, Denia, Valencia, ….
At the south of Alicante is situated Southern Costa Blanca with towns like Santa Pola, Torrevieja and Orihuela.
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 in Alicante.
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”.
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.
“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 is with an elevator.
Or the more beautiful way, walking a path with amazing sea view and panorama over the city and the port .
Taking the path you also can admire the old barrio of Santa Cruz. This is the old quarter of Alicante.
Opening hours Castle
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
The old quarter of El barrio de Santa Cruz
In this part of the Alicante you can discover the oldest en the most authentic quarter of the city. With little streets and flowers everywhere. There are some very old houses with authentic charm. The streets are narrow and very attractive for photographers with their nice white houses .
In the old quarter there is an old chapel dating from the 18th century.
The old area is popular for tourist . So you can find also many ( tapa) bars and little restaurants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The daily Central marketplace or Mercado central.
Every market is the place to be for fresh food and good quality. So also the Mercado central of Alicante.
The market is very famous with the the locals. There are nearly 300 stalls selling fruit, bread, fish , meats , pastries, flowers and typical food of the region.
Some stalls have a family tradition from nearly more than 100 years.
You will love the many colors and tastes of the market.
There are two floors . The ground floor is the place to be for meat cheese, ham. The underground is the selling place for fish, fruit, vegetables, pastries, bread .
Of course, nearby there are bars and little restaurants.
Nearby is also the floral market.
The market is open from 7:00 till 14:30 from Monday till Saturday.
We think that the Mercado central is well worth a visit because it is a nice way to learn the real Spanish way of life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips for trips
If you are staying in Alicante you can easy go to the popular Benidorm with his many family attractions parks. Read more on our page Benidorm. It is a hour drive.
Nice to see are also the waterfalls of Algar and Guadalest. It is a countryside trip. But worth the trip to the ancient villages and the refreshing waterfalls.
Furthermore the Orihuela Costa is also nice to visit. This part of the Costa Blanca is the favorite place for the golf players.
Casino Gourmet Alicante
There is a new meeting place for the loverss of gastronomy : Casino Gourmet Alicante. In the old Casino there are several bars and restaurants . You have the choice between the Spanisch and the International Gastronomy.
If you want , you can chose for “pintxos” the tapas from San Sebastian in North Spain.
Or the jamon of Trevelez of South Spain.
But also taste the sweet temptations of the Spanish kitchen. Or the kitchen from Italy or Mexico. The hamburgers are made on the grill.
So after renovation the casino has a new destination .
As you can see, there are lots of possibilities in the city.
It is nearby the crystal blue sea, a lively center , a beautiful beach promenade and many shops.
So, Alicante is a good holiday destination worth coming to.