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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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Grand Luxor Hotel £74
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Grand Luxor Hotel

Carretera Benidorm a Finestrat, Benidorm
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 74 reviews
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    Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Terra Mitica and Villaitana Golf Course. Terra Natura and Magic Natura are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Melia Benidorm £64
    Melia Benidorm

    Melia Benidorm

    Avenida Severo Ochoa,1, Benidorm
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 543 reviews
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      This family-friendly Benidorm hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Benidorm Palace and Casino Mediterraneo Benidorm. Aqualandia and Mundomar are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Hotel Maya £46
      Hotel Maya

      Hotel Maya

      Canónigo Manuel Penalva, 2, Alicante
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 901 reviews
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        Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Archaeological Museum of Alicante and Castle of Santa Barbara. Plaza Mar 2 Shopping Centre and Casa de La Asegurada are also within 15 minutes.

        Melia Alicante £74
        Melia Alicante

        Melia Alicante

        Plaza del Puerto, 3, Alicante
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 1,932 reviews
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          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. Postiguet Beach and Alicante Harbour are also within 5 minutes.

          El Plantio Golf Resort £51
          El Plantio Golf Resort

          El Plantio Golf Resort

          Ctra Antigua Alicante, Elche km3 (A-79), Alicante
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 769 reviews
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            This family-friendly Alicante resort is located near the airport, 3.1 mi (5 km) from Puerta de Alicante Shopping Center, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Postiguet Beach and Castle of Santa Barbara. El Corte Ingles Shopping Center and Panoramis Shopping Center are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Hospes Amerigo £110
            Hospes Amerigo

            Hospes Amerigo

            Rafael Altamira 7, Alicante
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 1,052 reviews
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              Alicante Hills £29
              Alicante Hills

              Alicante Hills

              Glorieta Reino Unido 6, Alicante
                 
                3.6
                of 5, from 656 reviews
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                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).

                Eurostars Lucentum £57
                Eurostars Lucentum

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                Alfonso X El Sabio, 11, Alicante
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 1,338 reviews
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                  Located in Alicante City Centre, this hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Central Market and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Castle of Santa Barbara. Alicante Principal Theatre and Fogueres Festival Museum are also within 5 minutes.

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