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Alicante Holiday 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 £114
Melia Alicante

Melia Alicante

Plaza del Puerto, 3, Alicante
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 1,950 reviews
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    Located in Alicante, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Postiguet Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Castle of Santa Barbara. Alicante Harbour and Casino Mediterraneo are also within 5 minutes.

    Eurostars Lucentum £62
    Eurostars Lucentum

    Eurostars Lucentum

    Alfonso X El Sabio, 11, Alicante
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,386 reviews
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      Located in Alicante City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Central Market and Alicante Principal Theatre.

      Grand Luxor Hotel £110
      Grand Luxor Hotel

      Grand Luxor Hotel

      Carretera Benidorm a Finestrat, Benidorm
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 91 reviews
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        Situated near the beach in Benidorm, this spa hotel is close to Terra Mitica, Villaitana Golf Course and Las Rejas Golf Club. Also nearby are Terra Natura and Magic Natura.

        Hotel Bahía Calpe by Pierre & Vacances £71
        Hotel Bahía Calpe by Pierre & Vacances

        Hotel Bahía Calpe by Pierre & Vacances

        Avenida Valencia, 24, Calpe
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 365 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This Calpe hotel is located on the boardwalk, nestled on the beach a short distance away from Arenal-Bol Beach, Cala Manzanera and Llavador de la Font. Also nearby are Cala Morello and Banos de la Reina Archaelogical Site.

          Hotel Maya £63
          Hotel Maya

          Hotel Maya

          Canónigo Manuel Penalva, 2, Alicante
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 934 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated near the beach in Alicante, this hotel is close to Archaeological Museum of Alicante, Postiguet Beach and Castle of Santa Barbara. Also nearby are Plaza Mar 2 Shopping Centre and Lift to Castillo de Santa Barbara.

            Hotel Sercotel Spa Porta Maris £74
            Hotel Sercotel Spa Porta Maris

            Hotel Sercotel Spa Porta Maris

            Plaza Puerta del Mar, 3, Alicante
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 899 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Alicante, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Postiguet Beach and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Castle of Santa Barbara. Alicante Harbour and Museo Volvo Ocean Race are also within 5 minutes.

              El Plantio Golf Resort £58
              El Plantio Golf Resort

              El Plantio Golf Resort

              Ctra Antigua Alicante, Elche km3 (A-79), Alicante
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 785 reviews
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                Situated near the airport, in Alicante, this golf resort is close to El Palmeral Park and Puerta de Alicante Shopping Center. Area attractions also include El Corte Ingles Shopping Center and Panoramis Shopping Center.

                Magic Aqua Rock Gardens £87
                Magic Aqua Rock Gardens

                Magic Aqua Rock Gardens

                Calle de Bonn, 6, Benidorm
                   
                  5.0
                  of 5, from 3 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly hotel is located by the sea, close to Casino Mediterraneo Benidorm, Cala La Almadrava and Cala del Tio Ximo Beach. Also nearby are La Cruz Benidorm and Aqualandia.

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