Alicante Province

Valencian Community
Alicante Town Hall featuring a city, heritage architecture and a square or plaza

Visit the historic port city of Alicantefor an authentic Spanish experience and some of the best beaches in thecountry. The city offers a charming mix of traditional cuisine andarchitecture, international galleries and museums and fantastic beaches. It’slocated in the CostaBlanca, which rather describes its coastline of white sandy beachesthat sit on the Mediterranean Sea. Although many people come to the CostaBlanca to indulge in the resort lifestyle, Alicante can also provide a moreauthentic Spanish experience.

Begin your visit to Alicantewith an incredible view over the city. High above the town, sitting on top ofBenacantil Hill, is the Castillo de Santa Bárbara. You can reach the summit onfoot, by car or by lift and enjoy the views from the walls.

Under the fortress stretch the streets of the OldCity. The Casco Antiquo is an area full of art museums and historic buildings.The Concatedral de San Nicolás de Bari is considered one of the finest examplesof Spanish Baroque architecture, while the Basilica de Santa María is theoldest church in the city, and it is still used today. Visit the administrativeheart of Alicante, Alicante Town Hall and admirethe rich interiors that were once commonplace in the region.

To enjoy the beaches of Alicanteyou don’t have to go far. Follow the mosaic tiles of the Esplanada de Espana toreach the Playa del Postiguet, at the foot of the Benacantil. Or take the tramto the vast bay of the Playa de San Juan for a day of sailing, volleyball andwindsurfing.

Taste fresh food and join the locals at the MercadoCentral. Visit the Port of Alicante, where the restaurants are famous for theirseafood dishes. Make sure you try the paella and arroz negro, a rice dish thatis made with black squid ink.

Alicante is a compactcity and most attractions are within walking distance of the historic centre,while an ever-growing network of trams and buses will take you to the moredistant destinations. Even the depths of winter the Mediterranean climateprovides mild temperatures and it rarely rains.

The port is a popular gateway to the city and manyvisitors arrive by ferry or cruise ship. The nearest international airport isjust 20 minutes away by bus, and there are regular high speed train connectionsfrom Barcelona and Madrid.

Popular cities in Alicante Province

Alicante
Alicante

Reasons to visit

  • Alicante Harbour
  • Castle of Santa Barbara
  • Central Market
Benidorm
Benidorm
Benidorm has long been known as popular beach holiday destination, attracting thousands for its sun, sea and sand. Benidorm is just a short 30 miles from Alicante International Airport, making it an easy destination to reach, no matter where you’re coming from.

Reasons to visit

  • Aqualandia
  • Mundomar
  • Terra Natura
Elche
Elche

Reasons to visit

  • Palmeral of Elche
  • Santa Maria Basilica