The port city of Alicante is the capital of the Alicante province and is home to the busy Alicante Airport. Due to this fact, many holidaymakers to the Costa Blanca never actually get to see the city as they are only flying into the airport and then travelling on to other destinations along the coast. This is a shame as Alicante has a lot to offer visitors and enjoys some of the best weather in Spain, making it an ideal destination even for a winter holiday. Dominating the city is the Santa Bárbara Castle, that sits atop Mount Benacantil with the picturesque L’Ereta Park lying on the foothills where visitors can enjoy panoramic views across the city and Mediterranean ocean.
There are good transport links, and being a port city, there are regular ferries to the Balearic Islands and North Africa. There is also a tram that runs to Benidorm and long distance trains to Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid. One of Alicante’s most striking features, and indeed one of the most beautiful promenades in Spain, is the wide palm lined Explanada de Espana, that’s ocean wave effect has been created using over 6 million mosaic tiles. It is a great city for walking, and aside from the promenade and L’Ereta Park, visitors can enjoy hiking trails that wind their way through El Palmeral Park. The park has an auditorium where, mainly during the summer months, live concerts entertain the crowds. There are also ponds and streams, picnic areas and playgrounds. The city offers a popular gourmet food walking tour where you can sample some of the delightful cuisine of the region including some excellent wines, and even a taste of one of the world’s oldest drinks, Horchata, made from tiger nuts and a favourite beverage of the ancient pharaohs.
Just north of the port is the city’s main beach, Playa del Postiguet that gets really busy during the summer months. For a more relaxed and less crowded beach, you can head northeast from the city to Playa de San Juan which is also larger and reachable by tram. Alicante’s nightlife is superb and there are hundreds of bars, tapas bars, restaurants and night clubs where you can enjoy an evening of wining & dining or dance till dawn. Great shopping can be found throughout the city, where you will find exclusive boutiques and large shopping complexes boasting some well known high street brands. In the Old Town you can visit the city’s Cathedral or take in a few tapas bars in El Barrio, a pedestrian area where locals meet up to enjoy a few glasses of wine and card games. Alicante is a popular destination for golfers and there are 5 excellent 18 hole courses within a short drive from the city.