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Alicante City Guide

Visit the historic port city of Alicante for an authentic Spanish experience and some of the best beaches in the country. The city offers a charming mix of traditional cuisine and architecture, international galleries and museums and fantastic beaches. It’s located in the Costa Blanca, which rather describes its coastline of white sandy beaches that sit on the Mediterranean Sea. Although many people come to the Costa Blanca to indulge in the resort lifestyle, Alicante can also provide a more authentic Spanish experience.

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

Under the fortress stretch the streets of the Old City. 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 examples of Spanish Baroque architecture, while the Basilica de Santa María is the oldest church in the city, and it is still used today. Visit the administrative heart of Alicante, Alicante Town Hall and admire the rich interiors that were once commonplace in the region.

To enjoy the beaches of Alicante you don’t have to go far. Follow the mosaic tiles of the Esplanada de Espana to reach the Playa del Postiguet, at the foot of the Benacantil. Or take the tram to the vast bay of the Playa de San Juan for a day of sailing, volleyball and windsurfing. 

Taste fresh food and join the locals at the Mercado Central. Visit the Port of Alicante, where the restaurants are famous for their seafood dishes. Make sure you try the paella and arroz negro, a rice dish that is made with black squid ink.

Alicante is a compact city 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 more distant destinations. Even the depths of winter the Mediterranean climate provides mild temperatures and it rarely rains. 

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

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Alicante?

A: If you're staying around the centre of Alicante or Elche for a couple of days, maybe not. But if you're going to stay longer and want to head out into the region of L'Alacantí or farther afield, go for it. Nothing beats the freedom that you have with your own set of wheels. With our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Alicante, finding that perfect ride is easy.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Alicante?

A: Get ready to start your amazing holiday 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.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to 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 holiday homes.

Q: What does a holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Convenient flights, nice hotels and a car to drive around in — and that's not all. We also have a huge selection of experiences and adventures. Browse what's on offer and start creating your ideal holiday.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Alicante?

A: Book a package deal with Expedia. It's that easy. Hotels, Flights, Rental Cars, Activities — put together what you need for your Alicante escape and watch the savings add up. It's time to plan the holiday of your dreams (and save yourself some dollars at the same time).

Q: What are the best things to do in Alicante?

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.




Guide to Exploring Alicante


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