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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.
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A: Get ready to start your amazing vacation adventure when you touchdown at Alicante Airport (ALC-Alicante Intl.). Operating 3,250 international flights each month, this is one of the top airports in Alicante.
A: From fancy options to those with fewer frills, you're not short on choice. Many visitors choose to relax and unwind in apartments. Other popular places to stay are villas, hotels and private vacation homes.
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A: You'll have tons of options — Cactus d'Algar, Ruta de Microvina del Celler la Muntanya and Parque de Canalejas are some you could start with. These well-loved attractions are located in Alicante.
If Elche is your next stop, you'll also want to visit Rio Safari Elche, Elche Arab Baths and Paintball Tactics Alicante.
Lastly, look no further than Minigolf Las Salinas, Go-Karts Orihuela Costa and Al Hombre del Mar if you intend to stay in Torrevieja.
Great location! Nice clean rooms and pool area! Food was very good! Plenty of entertainment!
Excellent location, with lovely staff, the rooms are well appointed with all you need, my only criticism is the cost of the breakfast, it is a fabulous spread they do, but far too much and far too expensive when there are 2 people staying 4 nights. Even with an offered discount it was still 19 Euros ...
Very good hotel very convenient to restaurants and bars have stayed before and will go back again
When I checked in it takes around 20 minuets the stuff was not expert, the room service when I ordered they bring me only the plate 😀 there is no spone and fork and and all the facilities , the water was disconnected 2 times, overall the price doesn’t worth it.