Things to do in Alicante

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Alicante Attractions

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Places of interest in Alicante

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Alicante attractions

Alicante has something for everyone, so whether you’re planning to get active on a summer holiday, put a spring in your step with a romantic rendezvous, or pamper yourself with a leisurely winter trip, you’ll find plenty of attractions in Alicante to keep you entertained. Expedia makes it easy to book your flight, hotel and rental car in advance, making for hassle-free travel and freeing you up to explore the sights of Alicante.

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Top places to visit

1. Alicante Harbour

For many visitors to the coast of Spain, the Alicante Harbour is the first port of call. When most of Alicante’s maritime industry shifted to nearby Valencia in the 1980s, the city’s harbor precinct was redeveloped for the tourist market. Today, 80,000 visitors disembark at the harbor from cruise ships, ferries and pleasure craft each year. The area surrounding the harbor is busy most of the day, with locals and visitors alike strolling the promenade in search of the perfect restaurant or bar.
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Once a center of industry, Alicante’s harbor precinct is now home to some of the city’s best bars and restaurants, with views along the picturesque Postiguet Beach.

2. Castle of Santa Barbara

Perched 545 feet (166 meters) above sea level, upon the top of Mount Benacantil, this monumental fortification overlooks the city of Alicante and is one of the city’s major attractions. The Castle of Santa Bárbara is one of the largest castles from the medieval period remaining in Europe. It covers the entire summit of the mountain. Despite dating back more than a millennium to a period of Muslim rule in the ninth century, the castle has been expertly cared for and is almost entirely intact. Whether you have a passion for history or just make the trip for the panoramic views, no visitor to Alicante should miss the Castle of Santa Bárbara.
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Looming over the city center, this hilltop castle is the main attraction in Alicante and one of the largest castles in Europe.

3. Alicante Town Hall

Alicante’s historic town hall is one of the most recognizable buildings in the city. Also known as Ayuntamiento, the hall was built on the site of the former Casa de la Ciudad (town hall). The building’s two towers are 165 feet (41 meters) tall and loom over Alicante’s Old Town.
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Still the home of the Alicante civic life, this landmark structure is a superb example of 18th-century baroque architecture.

4. Central Market

The people of Spain are incredibly passionate about their food; it’s a central part of their daily lives. For many residents of Alicante, their day begins at the Central Market, an enormous fresh market in the heart of the city. Covering a huge area, the market has more than 200 stalls on two levels. Most of the wares at the market are fresh produce and meats; however, there are some non-perishable items, making it a great destination to pick up authentic souvenirs. If you’re heading to the beach or planning on climbing Mount Benacantil, a stop at the market on your way out of town is a great way to prepare an inexpensive and healthy picnic and get a taste for local customs at the same time.
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Pick up the ingredients for a picnic, souvenirs to take home or just a quick snack at this authentic local fresh food market.

5. Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art

Despite often being overlooked for the bigger galleries in Madrid and Barcelona, Alicante is home to one of the most important collections of 20th-century art in Spain: the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante, MACA). The MACA has been an important landmark on Alicante’s cultural landscape since 1977. Extensive renovations in 2011 saw the building overhauled to showcase its three permanent collections. With more than 800 works, the gallery is worthy of an afternoon-long visit and is a great way to escape the heat in summer.
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See art treasures by Picasso, Dalí and Miró, as well as works by big international names of the 20th century, within the walls of one of the city’s oldest buildings.

6. Casino Mediterraneo

Gambling isn’t the only reason to visit the Casino Mediterráneo in Alicante, although certainly gaming will provide a fun evening. Known for its support of the region’s artists and authors as much as its games, the casino provides a glamorous night out on the town, no matter the activity. Small but mighty, the floor never feels particularly crowded. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance that is occasionally punctuated by the victorious cheers of people winning large amounts.
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Lit up in neon lights in the middle of the marina, Alicante’s premier gambling establishment offers games and slots as well as a fine restaurant and art exhibitions.

7. Alicante Golf Course

Marked with a lake in the shape of an “S,” the designer’s initial, there is no doubt that Alicante Golf Course is a source of pride for both Severiano Ballesteros and the people of Alicante. Opened in 1998 to cater to both the increasing numbers of Spanish golf players and the many beachgoers looking for somewhere to play golf between dips in the sea, it now serves as a championship course that is also beloved by amateurs. Bring clubs or rent some and try the ingeniously designed challenges of the greens.
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The masterwork of Severiano Ballesteros, the great Spanish golf player and course designer, this golf course is designed for golf vacations, with an on-site hotel.

8. Placa de los Luceros

Placa de los Luceros (aka Placa dels Estels or Placa dels Cavalls) is among the most emblematic and grandiose plazas of Alicante. Admire its greenery and monumental fountain and immerse yourself in historic annual festivities. Placa de los Luceros is a traffic circle that intersects prominent commercial avenues at the edge of the Centro and Mercat neighborhoods. Laid out in the mid 1800s, it changed name twice before adopting its present title in the 1940s.
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Be part of flamboyant cultural celebrations and marvel at the artwork of an ornamental fountain at this square in central Alicante.

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