Cheap flights to Alicante
Alicante, known as the ‘City of the Sun’ has become one of Spain’s tourism hotspots.Wedged between picturesque mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the city enjoys sunny weather all year round, which makes it an idyllic holiday destination at any time of the year.
Located along the world-renowned Costa Blanca, Alicante has a distinctly Spanish feel, from its traditional annual festivals to the winding streets of its historic quarter and its beautiful café and palm-lined promenades. Due to the city’s compact size it’s easy to get around on foot. Spend the morning shopping around Avenida de Frederico, grab some tapas in the Plaza de Montaceta for lunch, and spend the evening in the bars and clubs of the medieval El Barrio area. Or alternatively just lie back and soak up the sun on its miles and miles of pristine white sand beaches, just don’t forget the factor 30.
See the quaint old village of Finestrat in the mountains 16 kilometres behind Benidorm. It was given a Royal Charter in 1283 and was originally a Moorish estate. There are plenty of impressively carved wooden doors and cobbled streets.
The Costa winds down after the hot summer, so how about a shopping trip to take advantage of the exchange rate. La Marina Commercial Centre is a huge estate of shops, with la Galeria shopping mall offering outlets like Mango, Zara, and C&A. There are perfumeries, coffee shops, and jewellers, just the thing for an afternoon out with the family. Kids are catered for on a roof playground filled with rides and pizza bars.
La Marina shopping centre is just off the N-332 near Benidorm and boasts hundreds of high-quality retail outlets inlcuding Zara and Pull & Bear. There's a roof terrace packed with speciality restaurants and rides for the kids. alicanteturismo.com
Enjoy a day out in the Old Town of Benidorm, away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches. Eat at one of the regional bars off the pedestrianised street leading to El Parque de Elche and its doves or take a left up to the Mirador and ancient church of St Jaime.
Take a hike to the Puig Campana nature park, 15km inland from Benidorm. Indigenous flora unique to the area, wild orchids, and miles of rocky paths abound. alicanteturismo.com
Take the regular Line One train from Benidorm to Alicante. It's clean and comfortable, runs by the sea, and costs just 3.75 euros each way. Wander around big department stores and enjoy the winter sun.
Ask the desk at your hotel to arrange a self drive jeep safari into the hinterland of the sierras behind Benidorm. They'll have all the information you'll need for a cracking day out enjoying the countryside fauna and flora.
Pilot your own jeep in convoy into the interior to see old villages and the exotic flora that abounds in the mountain regions. A jeep safari worth experiencing. 4x4-routes.com/costa-blanca-spain/jeep-safari/alicante
- Belfast BFS to Alicante - £41.49, Oct >
- Bristol to Alicante - £37.49, Apr >
- Edinburgh to Alicante - £66.49, Oct >
- Glasgow to Alicante - £43.49, Oct >
- Liverpool to Alicante - £41.49, Oct >
- London Gatwick to Alicante - £34.49, Apr >
- London Luton to Alicante - £34.49, Apr >
- London Southend to Alicante - £36.49, Oct >
- Manchester to Alicante - £45.49, Oct >
- Newcastle to Alicante - £46.49, Apr >