The Charm of Alicante City
Combine white sandy beaches skirting clear waters of the Mediterranean with an historical old town, overlooked by a fortress built in medieval times. Throw some excellent shopping into the mix and you have only covered part of the resplendence of the city of Alicante.
Travelling to and around Alicante
A mere 15 drive from Alicante airport, the city can be a superb choice for a holiday. For those lucky enough to reside nearby, in places like the Orihuela Costa, it takes 40 mins by car though longer on the local bus service. Hop on a bus at Cabo Roig, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Punta Prima, Costa Azul connects many areas together. Have a great day trip or even better, a city break. Hotels and hostels are in abundance, together with self-catering options. Public Transport within the city is regular and reliable with tramlines running on the outskirts. There are also plenty of taxi ranks to be found. The hop on hop off sightseeeing bus with narration in six different languages is a great way to see the historic sights in the city. Save your feet for walking through the exciting shopping areas.
Stunning El Parque Palmeral on City Approach
Approaching Alicante city from the south along the N332, on the left you’ll catch a glimpse of El Parque Palmeral, where mature palm trees grow against a backdrop of luscious foliage. Free rowing boats, picturesque waterfalls hanging over lakes, pretty flowerbeds and walkways carved out especially for a stroll through this hidden paradise, give way to small playgrounds for the children to enjoy. A cafe, BMX bicycle track and five-aside football pitch are also among the facilities of this beautiful park.
Puerto de Alicante
Continue along the N332 and to the right you’ll see a beautiful marina, which has capacity for 740 boats of all descriptions and value. Some of them will take your breath away, but you could easily be distracted by the sight of a cruise ship arriving into the port beyond. Puerto de Alicante is a popular destination for cruise ships, not least because of the exclusive shops and delightful restaurants to be found through the Moorish streets of the city.
Esplanade de España
Exotic palm trees may catch your eye again on the left as the Esplanade de España reveals itself. This is a magnificent avenue of trees specifically planted to shroud a pavement of wavelike patterns. It took 6.5 million marble tiles to construct this clever path through the trees and it is a huge attraction in Alicante city.
Relax in one of the restaurants alongside the esplanade in true ‘mañana’ style, sipping your coffee of choice as you watch the world go by or simply listen to the music of a street entertainer nearby. Alternatively, stroll on through the palms, stopping at one of the street vendors for a light snack and refreshments.
The Old Town
After the Esplanade, to the left of a small roundabout, an archway denotes the entrance to the Old Town of Alicante . The heart of any Spanish city, the sheer essence of Spanish life down through the centuries, can be felt through the walls of the buildings of the old town. The splendour of the Town Hall, built during the 18th Century. in Baroque style, is evident before you even walk through its doors. Stroll through Barrio de Santa Cruz where the quaint houses are steeped in the history that emanates from this part of the city.
Castillo de Santa Barbara
Whatever else you do when you visit Alicante, allow time to spend at its amazing castle, Castillo de Santa Barbara Sitting 166 metres above sea level, on Mount Benacantil, like the crown of the city, this castle dates back to the 9th Century. Accessible by car from Avenida de Jaime II, there are also routes by foot, including through Parque El Erata or by a lift which can be accessed across from the Postiguet beach, which is close to the old town. The walking route, though steep, is a wonderful way to get views of the old town.
Booking a walking tour in the language of your choice is a great way to see the numerous places of interest in Alicante. There are free tours available, although it is expected that you leave a tip of some sort at the end of your guided tour.
Quite unusually for a city, Play de el Postiguet is a beach in the heart of Alicante, right smack in the middle of some of those wonderful sights already mentioned. In fact, while visiting the castle you can see the beach below. Descend in the lift and just walk across the road, lay your towel down on one of the sunbeds for hire and run into the beautiful clear waters of the Mediterranean sea. Nine hundred metres of this white sandy beach entices locals and tourists alike, whether to stroll, power walk along its promenade or sit at the bars and restaurants which overlook the beach.
Nightlife in Alicante
Whether it’s a quiet evening meal in one of the numerous restaurants offering a selection of gastronomy to suit every palate, a few drinks or a trip to the theatre , the city of Alicante has a choice of ingredients to mix together for your entertainment. The El Puerto and El Barrio areas are renowned for being lively while the chiringuitos on the beach often have party nights during the summer months. There’s something for everyone in Alicante. Dress to the nines, stay casual, anything goes, there’s just one expectation…enjoy yourselves!
So much more…
There is very much more to this buzzing city in South Costa Blanca, including interesting museums and galleries. You could make numerous return trips to Alicante, making new discoveries every time. Go for it!