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Explore Alicante

Explore Alicante with Expedia’s Travel Guides to find the best hotels, flights, holiday packages and more!

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Why rent a car in Alicante?

Spain’s stunning Costa Blanca (White Coast) attracts more than 1.5 million visitors a year, and most head straight to Alicante or the nearby resort of Benidorm. But if you get tired of basking in the sun, it’s well worth getting off the tourist track and exploring by car. Think rugged mountains, charming fishing villages, traditional seafood dishes, even a pirate island – and, of course, beautiful sandy beaches which stretch for miles.

How to get to and around Alicante?

Both international and domestic flights land at Alicante International Airport (ALC). The sixth busiest airport in Spain, it nonetheless has a single passenger terminal, making navigation easy. All the major rental car names can be found in the Arrivals hall, including Avis, Hertz, and Europcar. Driving time to Alicante centre is just over 15 minutes via the N-332.

If you’re planning to rent a car later in your trip, very reasonably priced local buses run from the airport to Alicante centre, and intercity buses run to various nearby towns and cities, including Benidorm.

What brands are available?

Car hire brands available in Alicante include Avis, Europcar, Budget, Sixt and Hertz.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Alicante

The province of Alicante offers a remarkable diversity of landscapes and activities, and everything is within easy reach. Even if you don’t have much time to spare, you don’t have to drive far to see some amazing sights and get a taste of the authentic Costa Blanca.

Easily the most impressive sight within an hour’s drive of Alicante is the mountaintop village and fortress of Guadalest. Perched precariously on towering rocks, this white-washed collection of historic buildings dating back to the Moorish period is definitely worth spending a day to see. Kids will love it too, as they can explore the castle complete with dungeon and secret tunnel, while the views are stunning. It does get busy in summer, so arrive early. Driving time: 1 hour.

If you’re after small town charm combined with seaside adventure, head south to Santa Pola. This bustling fishing port is a great family destination. Explore the old fishing quarter or spend a day on the miles of beaches with safe, shallow water. Watersports are popular here, with kite surfing, sailing, jet skiing and more on offer. Or take a glass-bottomed catamaran out to the island of Tabarca, an old pirate haunt which boasts great snorkelling and swimming, a lighthouse, plus caldero - the island’s own famous fish stew. Driving time: 25 minutes.

For something a little different – and some respite from the heat – take a drive inland to the spectacular Canelobre Caves near Busot. This huge cave system dates back millions of years and features otherworldly formations (Canelobre is the Spanish word for candelabra), lit dramatically in bright colours. There’s a picnic area with views back to Alicante if you fancy an al fresco lunch, or head into the lovely village of Busot for more dining options – and to see the Moorish castle which towers above it. Driving time: 35 minutes.

Tips and tricks for driving in Spain

Driving in Spain is generally a straightforward affair, and most of its driving laws will be familiar if you’ve driven elsewhere in the EU – carry a warning triangle (which should be supplied by the hire car company), drive on the right, and don’t by any means exceed the 0.05% blood alcohol limit (one small beer or glass of wine). Do be aware that motorways tend to be toll roads, and charges can be steep; toll-free roads are preceded by an “E”. As for parking, the zones can be confusing. Blue zones generally have a two-hour limit during the day, and make sure you buy a ticket as parking fines can be substantial.

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