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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.


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Alicante Hills

Alicante Hills

Glorieta Reino Unido 6, Alicante
3.6
of 5, from 624 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this apartment is within 3 miles (5 km) of El Palmeral Park, Puerta de Alicante Shopping Center and Dinopetrea. El Corte Ingles Shopping Center and Panoramis Shopping Center are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Gran Hotel Sol y Mar

Gran Hotel Sol y Mar

C/ Benidorm, 3, Calpe
4.6
of 5, from 153 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Calpe City Centre hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Llavador de la Font, Cantal Roig Beach and Banos de la Reina Archaelogical Site. La Fossa Beach and Ifach Rock are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Magic Natura

Magic Natura

Partida Foia del Verdader, 1, Benidorm
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Benidorm, this lodge is steps away from Terra Natura and Magic Natura. Aqua Natura and Villaitana Golf Course are also within 1 mile (2 km).

The Bull and Bear

The Bull and Bear

carrer dels Molls, 17, Benitachell
2.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Benitachell, this bed & breakfast is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Javea Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of Morro Falqui and Arenal Beach. L'Andrago Beach and San Bartolome Chrurch are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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Melia Alicante

Melia Alicante

Plaza del Puerto, 3, Alicante
4.3
of 5, from 2,532 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Alicante, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Casino Mediterraneo and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Castle of Santa Barbara. Alicante Harbour and Museo Volvo Ocean Race are also within 5 minutes.

Magic Aqua Rock Gardens

Magic Aqua Rock Gardens

Calle de Bonn, 6, Benidorm
3.6
of 5, from 50 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Benidorm hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casino Mediterraneo Benidorm, Aqualandia and Mundomar. Cala del Tio Ximo Beach and Benidorm Palace are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Hotel Tanit

Hotel Tanit

Avenida de los Almendros, 1, Benidorm
4.2
of 5, from 32 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Elche Park, Malpas Beach and Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana. Placa del Castell and Mediterranean Balcony are also within 10 minutes.

Apartamentos Acuarium II

Apartamentos Acuarium II

Avenida de Juan Fuster Zaragoza, 3, Benidorm
3.0
of 5, from 25 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Rincon de Loix, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Casino Mediterraneo Benidorm and Benidorm Palace. Aqualandia and Mundomar are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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