Alicante – The city, which has more than 300,000 inhabitants, is the largest city on the Costa Blanca after Valencia. As a citytrip destination you will not see Alicante being praised much. Unfortunately, because Alicante is a fun mix of daily life in region of Valencia mixed with tourism.
With the Explanada España – Alicante has a pedestrian boulevard where the beach is among the best in the region with a city that has a great nightlife. It comes to mind that Alicante of all cities in Europe may have one of the best climates. Rain hardly occurs in the summer and even in the winter months it is often pleasant enough to enjoy wine and tapas on a terrace during the day.
The city of Alicante and the region is mainly associated with sun, sea and beach. However, there is much more than just good beaches; a beautiful harbor (Puerto Deportivo, certainly nice to walk around in the evening!), a rich history and therefore interesting sights and a fantastic festival culture in the summer. In short; there is something for everyone to find in the coastal city of Alicante.
The Costa Blanca is the reason that most tourists fly to Alicante all year round. There is a beautiful boulevard along the coast called Explanada de España. There are many terraces, nice shopping centers and also excellent beaches such as Playa del Postiguet (900 meters long). Other good beaches are located near Benidorm, a city northeast of the city of Alicante. You can come here by tram or by bus. Some beaches in Benidorm are up to 4 kilometers long, such as the Levante beach and the Poniente beach. From Alicante to the south you will find Santa Pola, a bay with a lot of fishing. There are also two important beaches here: Lisa and Tamarit. If you want to surf, you have to be here. Closer to the city of Alicante you also have San Juan de Alicante, or simply San Juan beach. 2900 meters long it runs from El Campello to Cabo de las Huertas.
Castle of Alicante and Basilica de Santa Maria
Yet a week of sun, sea and sand is actually a shame, there is so much more to do like visiting the castle of Alicante. In Spanish this is called Castillo de Santa Bárbara. At the top of the hill, this striking building rises above 166 meters above the city. The castle has a Moorish story, and that story can be found in the museum in the castle. The castle can be reached by Parque de la Ereta, or via Calle Jovellanos.
Even if you do not like castles and history lessons, the free castle is a must-see because of the fantastic view you have from there. If you like old buildings, you can also visit the Basilica de Santa Maria after the castle. It is the oldest church in Alicante, built on the remains of a mosque. Beautiful artworks are in the church.