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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.


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Melia Alicante €92
Reviewed on 13 Dec 2019
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Melia Alicante

Melia Alicante

Plaza del Puerto, 3, Alicante, Alicante
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    A great hotel with great staff & facilities. Our third stay there & won’t be the last.

    Hotel Areca €53
    Reviewed on 27 Nov 2019
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    Hotel Areca

    Hotel Areca

       
      4.3 of 5
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      great location near the Airport. Nice restaurant and Bar. Staff polite and understand english

      Sol Pelícanos Ocas €58
      Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019
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      Sol Pelícanos Ocas

      Sol Pelícanos Ocas

         
        4.1 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Excellent food, varied cuisine.Rooms looking a little tired, could do with updating.

        AC Hotel Alicante by Marriott €74
        Reviewed on 12 Dec 2019
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        AC Hotel Alicante by Marriott

        AC Hotel Alicante by Marriott

           
          4.1 of 5
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          Very nice and clean place. Everything was to a high standard.

          Hotel Helios Benidorm €48
          Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019
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          Hotel Helios Benidorm

             
            4.5 of 5
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            Very clean, very comfy beds, staff very friendly. Nothing bad to report

            Eurostars Lucentum €44
            Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019
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            Eurostars Lucentum

            Eurostars Lucentum

            Alfonso X El Sabio, 11, Alicante, Alicante
               
              4.2 of 5
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              Good - location is great Not so good - no tea/coffee making facility in room

              Hotel Sercotel Spa Porta Maris €85
              Reviewed on 15 Dec 2019
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              Hotel Sercotel Spa Porta Maris

              Hotel Sercotel Spa Porta Maris

                 
                4.2 of 5
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                Excellent location near marina lovely views good sized room and it was clean

                Eurostars Centrum Alicante €47
                Reviewed on 8 Oct 2019
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                Eurostars Centrum Alicante

                Eurostars Centrum Alicante

                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Spacious and comfortable Friendly front desk service. Hotel let me switch my room at the last minute.. Refrigerator in room. There is a supermarket right next door to purchase food items or toiletries. Restaurants and beach are close by as well as direct airport bus. stop.

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