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Alicante offers a charming blend of traditional architecture and cuisine, international galleries and museums, and fabulous beaches. The harbor city is located on the Costa Blanca, a 125-mile (200-kilometer) stretch of white-sand beaches that wrap around the Spanish Mediterranean. While many come to the Costa Blanca region to be pampered in its resorts, Alicante offers a more authentic Spanish experience.
Begin your Alicante visit with a bird’s-eye perspective of the area. Perched high above the city on Mount Benacantil is the Castle of Santa Bárbara. Walk, drive or take the elevator to the ramparts for commanding views of the town and harbor.
Below the fortress, explore the streets of Old Town, an area filled with art museums and historic buildings. The San Nicholas Cathedral is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish baroque architecture, while the Basilica of Santa Maria is the oldest active church remaining in the city. Visit Alicante’s civic heart at the Alicante Town Hall and admire lavish interiors that were once common in the region.
You don’t need to travel far to enjoy Alicante’s beaches. Follow the mosaic tiles of Explanada de España to reach Postiguet Beach, located at the base of Mount Benacantil. Or take the tram to Playa de San Juan’s sweeping bay for a day of sailing, volleyball and windsurfing.
Sample fresh produce and mingle with locals at Central Market. Head to Alicante Harbour, where the restaurants are renowned for seafood dishes, including paella and arroz negro, a rice dish blackened with squid ink.
Alicante is compact, with most attractions within walking distance from the historic city center. A growing network of trams and buses will take visitors farther afield. Even in the depths of winter the Mediterranean climate provides mild temperatures. Rain is particularly rare.
The harbor is a popular gateway to the city, with many visitors arriving by ferry and cruise ship. An international airport is located 20 minutes by bus from the city center. High-speed trains run frequently from Barcelona and Madrid.
Great hotel rooftop pool lovely other pool hardly ever gets the sun Great location
This was our first stay in Benidorm and my expectations were quite low but totally exceeded Great hotel in a central location but far enough away from the hustle of Benidorm. Staff very helpful and polite Breakfast was very tasty. Food and drink prices very reasonable. Management left a bottle of ...
Lovely quite location, beautiful surroundings ideal location for visiting surrounding little towns . We would recommend these apartments as one of the best we have stayed in in Spain.
Conveniently situated for city centre. Comfortable room pleasant and helpful staff
Great location for beach and old town. Hotel service and breakfast were great. Pool water very cold and its sadly not in sun post 3pm - but then beach very very near. No real area with comfortable seating which is a shame as poolside packed, there were a few couches in the door way but used by smokers ...
Great spot. Great location. But no Heater in the bedrooms. Would have been nice, since it got into the 30s at night.