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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.


Guide to Exploring Alicante


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Melia Alicante €126
Reviewed on 21 Sep 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

    Great choices for breakfast. Helpful staff. Good English spoken. Pool only in sun in early morning and so cool but able to swim in. Great view of beach from room.

    Hotel Helios Benidorm €55
    Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019
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    Hotel Helios Benidorm

       
      4.4 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Was very clean and tidy only thing that let this place down was the entertainment really.... and the weather but its not the hotels fault although the life guard did tell us to get out the pool in the middle of a thunderstorm which made no sence as was wet anyway lol.

      Eurostars Centrum Alicante €67
      Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019
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      Eurostars Centrum Alicante

      Eurostars Centrum Alicante

         
        4.4 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        7th-floor rooms are noisy when someone is using the treadmill on the 8th floor (gym)

        Hotel La Estacion €40
        Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019
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        Hotel La Estacion

        Hotel La Estacion

           
          3.9 of 5
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          Was really good for a short weekend away with the lads, more family oriented but when ya have a few beers down you, you don’t mind and the beers cheep

          Sol Pelícanos Ocas €93
          Reviewed on 13 Sep 2019
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          Sol Pelícanos Ocas

          Sol Pelícanos Ocas

             
            4.1 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Love this Hotel, had two trips to Benidorm already this year in the same Hotel our 11th visit to Sol Pelicanos Ocas. Staff always very attentive, pool is amazing just a shame about the smokers who will drop their "butts and ash" where it drops and not in the ash trays as provided. Pool always very ...

            Hotel Playas de Guardamar €41
            Reviewed on 23 May 2019
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            Hotel Playas de Guardamar

            Hotel Playas de Guardamar

               
              3.5 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Only problem was a very squeaky bed

              Palm Beach Hotel €60
              Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019
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              Palm Beach Hotel

              Palm Beach Hotel

                 
                3.8 of 5
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                Great only stayed one night but a lovely hotel Clean easy to find

                Melia Benidorm €77
                Reviewed on 4 Sep 2019
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                Melia Benidorm

                Melia Benidorm

                   
                  4.2 of 5
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                  We upgraded to the Level. Room was bigger and the services and amenities were also better. It's worth the extra money

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