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4.5/5Wonderful!(30 area reviews)
Spend the day sailing, windsurfing, golfing or swimming at one of the most popular beaches in the city.
4.5/5Wonderful!(282 area reviews)
A noteworthy feature of Alicante City Centre is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Alicante Harbour and Postiguet Beach.
4.5/5Wonderful!(131 area reviews)
Lively cabaret entertainment sets this seaside town apart from its neighbors in Alicante. Bask in the sun on the beaches and visit the tapas bars after sundown.
4.5/5Wonderful!(46 area reviews)
Unique features of Calpe City Center include the seaside views and bars. Make a stop by Arenal-Bol Beach or Peça Tower while you're exploring the area.
4/5Very Good!(1 area review)
Scenic coves, rock pools and beaches decorate this picturesque coastline. An ecological footpath leads to botanical displays and beachside cafés and bars.
Alicante, with its beautiful beaches, buzzing nightlife and perennial sunshine, has long been a favourite holiday destination. However, there’s much more to the province than sun, sea and sand. The city of Alicante boasts a historic harbour, the imposing Santa Barbara Castle and some informative museums telling the story of the city’s colourful past. It also has an excellent range of accommodation, including everything from budget B&Bs to five-star luxury hotels.
The province of Alicante is also the gateway to the Costa Blanca, with the beaches of Benidorm, another tourist hotspot, and quieter coastal towns, such as Calpe, within easy reach. Inland, photogenic architecture rises from lush palm groves in the ancient city of Elche.
Alicante is best known as a beach destination and it certainly doesn’t disappoint in that department. In Alicante itself, the main beach – and in many ways the focal point of the city – is Playa del Postiguet. This arc of golden sand is perfect whether you’re looking to laze beneath a sun lounger or get active with water sports such as sailing and diving. Benidorm also has some popular beaches, including Playa de Levante and Playa de Poniente. Wherever you decide to stay, you'll find a good selection of beach hotels in Alicante.
While the beach is what brings many visitors to Alicante, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the city’s beautiful Old Town. Just inland from Playa del Postiguet you’ll spot the imposing Mount Benacantil, on top of which sits Santa Barbara Castle. A fortress has been on this site since the ninth century, and today it offers spectacular views over the city. You can catch a lift to the top from opposite the beach, or if you're feeling energetic walk to the summit. There are several hotels near Santa Barbara Castle, including the Hotel Maya and La Milagrosa Bed & Breakfast.
You’ll also find the barrio of Santa Cruz, the prettiest area of Alicante, on the slopes of Mount Benacantil. Attractions in this part of town include the Museo de Belenes, a museum devoted to nativity scenes, and the grand Cathedral of St Nicholas.
Benidorm is another popular resort in Alicante Province where tourists enjoy soaking up the sun and relaxing on sandy beaches. Many of the hotels in Benidorm are large and luxurious resorts, with guests booking all-inclusive packages. If you’re looking for a great family day out while staying in Benidorm, head to Aqualandia, a water park with slides, pools and rapids. There are also a number of hotels near Aqualandia.
Beach lovers also stay in Torrevieja, with its pleasant promenades and long stretches of sand. Culture buffs, meanwhile, may prefer Villajoyosa, home to eye-catching pastel-coloured houses and the atmospheric ruins of a 16th-century watchtower. You can explore these towns and more thanks to our great selection of Costa Blanca hotels.
Head inland, west of Alicante, and you’ll find the charming city of Elche. Nature enthusiasts will like this area for its safari park and bird-watching opportunities. There are also great hiking trails and cycle paths, making it a top destination for an active holiday. Elche is famous for the Palmeral, a large forest of palm trees within the city. There are a number of hotels near the Palmeral, including Huerto Del Cura.
Yes – Alicante is a fantastic destination for family holidays, and that extends to the brilliant range of hotels. Many of the hotels and resorts have a kids’ club, so little ones will be kept occupied while parents enjoy some well-earned downtime. If you’re travelling with younger kids, it’s often possible to have a cot provided for your room. Family-friendly hotels in Alicante include Hospes Amerigo and Sol Pelícanos Ocas.
Can You Pay for Alicante Hotels on Credit or Debit Card?
Generally speaking, you’ll pay for your hotel on a credit or debit card when you book with Expedia. Sometimes, however, you might have the option of paying on arrival or checkout. At most Alicante hotels, it will be fine to pay on credit or debit card. However, as always when travelling abroad, bear in mind that banks may charge extra for foreign card transactions.
Generally, credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Alicante, but it’s always a good idea to have some cash as a backup, and for use in smaller shops and restaurants. The local currency is the euro.
Keen to explore more of southern Spain? Have a look at our selection of hotels in Seville. Alternatively, if you’d rather stay on the coast, look south of Alicante to the Costa del Sol, and check out our hotels in Torremolinos.