A Bright and Charming Costa Blanca Hotspot: Alicante

 

 

 

 

Outstanding tourist destination in Mediterranean Spain.

Alicante is part of the Valencia community, south of the city of Valencia, with its coasts washed by the Mediterranean Sea. An acclaimed beach travel destination with noisy youngsters, palmtrees, discos, yacht ports and a great deal of restaurants...

It's among the preferred target destinations of nordic and western European visitors especially.

Let's see what you can obtain if you travel last minute to Alicante!


 

Alicante Factsheet

 

Population: 334.418 (in 2010) in City

Local language(s): Spanish

Other widely spoken or understood languages: -

Country, State: Spain, Community of Valencia

Voltage info: 230 V, 50 Hz - Plug type: C, F

Time zine: CET (UTC+1)

 

 

Getting There & Away


By Plane

Alicante's Airport is just 11 km (6.8 mi) from central Alicante and is served by a large number of low cost airlines. Although, the low cost carriers are not the best place to search for last minute flights, they should be kept on file, just in case... Plenty of conventional carriers and flag carriers operate flights to Alicante's airport, check with them in August, September and October, that's the best time to find late fare cuts on their sites!


By Road

It's best reached from north (Valencia direction) or from south (Málaga direction). There are very good quality roads, but might get a bit jammed during mid summer, when the big crowds of vacationers flock the area.


By Rail/Train

Renfe trains connect it with Madrid and Barcelona.

Some commuter trains also take passengers to nearby Murcia, another beautiful city, but more inland, in a mountainous area.


A modern tram system is under development and it already connects with nearby cities, among them Benidorm.


By Ship/Boat

There are regular ferries to Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca - you could pay a visit to Mallorca from Valencia cheaper than if you'd fly right in to the islands!


See & Do


Castle of Santa Barbara

Situated on top of Mount Benacantil, at 166 m, it overlooks the city of Alicante. This is the most prominent attraction the city.

The views are beautiful, although the fortress not overall impressive.


The Ports and the Beaches

Alicante has one of the most beautiful ports in Spain. Modern yachts float anchored in the specially-constructed areas, where you can admire them.

The beach life is pleasant, lots of sunny hours (excellent weather during spring and summer, but also in September), even in October (although, a bit cooler, some rain might occur).

Great restaurants are located along the coast.


Luceros Square

Nice square with traditional Spanish architecture.


Archaeological Museum of Alicante

It's a great place to see Roman era artifacts and old Spanish, Arab, but even stone age objects.

For those passionate about ancient history...


Eat & Drink


Don't miss traditional Spanish paella, perhaps you might want to try sea food specialties, fish is also popular.


Otherwise, there are plenty of pizzerias in Alicante.


Forget fast food, if you're in Spain, consider the more healthy, lighter seafood-based specialities.


Getting Around


It's overall a small city and pleasant to walk around in. You won't need any means of transportation, only for getting around in Alicante. But, if you want to explore the area, visit nearby cities, consider renting a car.


When to Visit Alicante at Last Minute?


April and early May, as well as September and October have the best prices during the warm period. Not too many tourists arrive, the weather is a bit cooler, sometimes too cold for the beach, but could still be warm enough most of the time. Depends on your luck!

Last minute offers are plentyful during these months. Hunt for the offers on Alicante and you might be in for cheaper hotel rates.


June through August is the high season, when large crowds arrive and prices on just about everything soar.


Travel Risks


Bag snatching, car theft and pickpocketing is occurs in Alicante. Be extremely careful when taking any objects at the beach, don't leave unattended belongings and it's best if you attend them yourself!

 
 
 

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