The beating heart of the always popular Costa Blanca, Alicante is pure sophistication in the sun. For a city founded over 3000 years ago, it’s got no chance of being called stuck in the past. The various cultures that have occupied the city from the Romans to the Moors have left their mark with historical attractions across the city such as Santa Barbara. But away from the Old Quarter’s winding roads, there’s life in the old girl yet. Beach-lovers will adore the premium Mediterranean location where highs hit 30 degrees. And for those who prefer to wait until the sun sets to kick off their holiday, Alicante offers a legendary nightlife on the miles of Marina that goes until the early, early hours.
The party isn’t always kept in Alicante’s buzzing bars. If you’re travelling in February you might well find yourself in the three-week long Alicante Carnival. Spilling onto the streets it’s a whirlwind of music, dance and colour – so pack some fancy dress!
With mild winters and sun-filled summers, an Alicante holiday is ideal for perfecting a tan or catching the Mediterranean surf. If some heavenly sunbathing on the soft sand shores sounds far too relaxing, Alicante has some well-known hiking routes outside the city centre. The Serra Gelada Nature Park is a six-kilometre escape that rewards you wth the chance to see some wildlife up close. Whether it’s beach lazing, late night raving or something altogether more active we think you’ll love Alicante as much as we do.
The little jewel of the Costa Blanca, Albir is just a stone's throw from Alicante Airport. In Albir you’ll say adios to the busy beaches that are found across much of Costa Blanca. Instead, you get a great family holiday destination, where you get the stunning weather and classic Mediterranean views – but a holiday you can enjoy at a slower pace.
Denia is classic Spain. A walk down the marina sees fishing boats bobbing in the waters, and all the local restaurants serve rustic seafood treats that were brought in that morning. So if you’re done with ex-pat bars, we recommend Denia. Away from the seafront – and its 20 kilometres of Blue Flag beaches – you’ll want to head up the hilltop to the castle ruins the city is built around. The coast views make for great photograph moments, not that you’d forget the sight of authentic Spanish town melting into crystal blue waters.
Moraira is livelier than its cobbled streets and market squares let on. Spanish city slickers from as far as Madrid travel here for great dining options, brilliant bars and a lively resort. The blend of traditional and modern makes this town a popular pick for an upmarket holiday on your Spanish getaway.
Hiking Cala Blanca to Playa La Barraca
The trail winding from Cala Blanca to Playa La Barraca will take you around eight kilometres of scenic coastline. There are more challenging hikes out there, but this one gives you the best views in our opinion.
Santa Barbara Castle
Located on Mount Benacantil, Santa Barbara Castle's origins can be traced back to the 9th century. Dominating the skyline, it’s pretty hard to miss this castle overlooking the city from the rock it sits on. Equally unmissable are the ocean views when you get to the top.
La Granadella Beach
Proof that bigger doesn’t always mean better, this small beach is a secluded mix of relaxed sapphire waters and stunning cliff backdrop that we recommend you visit. Twice voted as Spain’s best beach – La Granadella is a hidden treasure worth digging up.
Explanada de España
It’s rumoured that the Explanada de España promenade has over six million of the distinct tricolour tiles that make it so visually stunning. And although we wouldn’t recommend you head there to count – we would recommend you head there to experience the beating heart of Alicante. Running alongside the city port and decorated with palm trees it’s a great spot to wander along, stopping off to enjoy a drink or some tapas, at any time of the day.
Costa Blanca cuisine
The cuisine of Costa Blanca centres around fresh produce and seafood. Paella is a great way to sample the local cuisine, but if you want something a bit different, the Arroz con Costra is a delicious option, think half paella, half casserole and all delicious and you’re on the right line. Horchata de chufas is an authentic local drink and an ideal accompaniment to any Spanish meal. The sweet drink is made from mashed chufas or tiger nuts and is sure to refresh in warm afternoons and long, balmy evenings.
The restaurants in Alicante serve some of the best seafood on the Costa Blanca. In many of the towns, you could watch the fisherman bring in a haul in the morning, and eat that same haul in the evening. Fresh doesn’t cover it.
An Alicante visit isn’t complete without sampling some local tapas, and nibbling on tapas treats is a great excuse to try a range of Spanish wines and beers in a truly Alicante atmosphere - it doesn’t get more authentic than that.
Alicante holidays are made for holidaymakers from all walks of life. From party animals to families of holidaymakers. With day trips to Valencia and elsewhere in the area as well as world-class golfing facilities, historic treasures, annual festivals, and of course unrivalled beaches, this is a vibrant and beautiful place to visit year-round.
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