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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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MedPlaya Hotel Agir

MedPlaya Hotel Agir

Avda. Mediterráneo, 11, Benidorm
4.1
of 5, from 31 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Benidorm, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Benidorm City Hall, Placa del Castell, and Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana. Mediterranean Balcony and Elche Park are also within 15 minutes.

£39
El Plantio Golf Resort

El Plantio Golf Resort

Ctra Antigua Alicante, Elche km3 (A-79), Alicante
4.3
of 5, from 733 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

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).

£45
Hotel Helios Benidorm

Hotel Helios Benidorm

Avenida Filipinas, 12, Benidorm
4.1
of 5, from 55 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Casino Mediterraneo Benidorm, Benidorm Palace and Benidorm City Hall. Placa del Castell and Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£44
Palm Beach Hotel

Palm Beach Hotel

Calle de Oslo, 2, Benidorm
3.5
of 5, from 177 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Benidorm hotel is located near the beach, 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).

£33
Hotel Maya

Hotel Maya

Canónigo Manuel Penalva, 2, Alicante
4.0
of 5, from 845 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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.

£26
Alicante Hills

Alicante Hills

Glorieta Reino Unido 6, Alicante
3.6
of 5, from 628 reviews
4.0 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).

£61
Melia Alicante

Melia Alicante

Plaza del Puerto, 3, Alicante
4.3
of 5, from 1,894 reviews
4.5 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.

£94
Hospes Amerigo

Hospes Amerigo

Rafael Altamira 7, Alicante
4.5
of 5, from 994 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

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