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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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Hotel Bahía Calpe by Pierre & Vacances

Hotel Bahía Calpe by Pierre & Vacances

Avenida Valencia, 24, Calpe
3.9
of 5, from 93 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Calpe, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Llavador de la Font, Banos de la Reina Archaelogical Site, and Cantal Roig Beach. La Fossa Beach and Ifach Rock are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£38
Hotel La Familia Gallo Rojo

Hotel La Familia Gallo Rojo

Carrer de Benissa, 9, El Campello
4.1
of 5, from 93 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of El Campello, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Campello Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ble and Hospital Universitari Sant Joan D'Alacant. Castle of Santa Barbara and Arena Alicante are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£108
Melia Alicante

Melia Alicante

Plaza del Puerto, 3, Alicante
4.3
of 5, from 841 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Melia Alicante sits between Postiguet Beach and Alicante Marina, close to the famous Explanada de España promenade, 100 meters from the historic center of Alicante and 300 meters from the shopping area of the city.

Gran Hotel Sol y Mar

Gran Hotel Sol y Mar

C/ Benidorm, 3, Calpe
4.6
of 5, from 43 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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

£32
Alicante Hills

Alicante Hills

Glorieta Reino Unido 6, Alicante
3.7
of 5, from 128 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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

£50
Hotel Areca

Hotel Areca

C/ Limon, 2, Elche
4.3
of 5, from 97 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Torrellano, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Paintball Tactics Alicante, Puerta de Alicante Shopping Center, and Manuel Martinez Valero Stadium. Cactus d'Algar and El Palmeral Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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