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Alicante

Experience the authentic flavours and historic architecture of this harbourside city in the heart of Spain’s Costa Blanca.

Alicante is known for its beautiful beaches and luxury resorts, but an authentic Spanish experience awaits just beyond the city’s Mediterranean coastline. Discover historic architecture, traditional Spanish cuisine and international galleries and museums within this harbour city. Alicante is located on the Costa Blanca, a 200-kilometre (124-mile) stretch of scenic Spanish Mediterranean east coast.

See wide-reaching panoramic views of the city from atop Mount Benacantil at the Castle of Santa Bárbara. The castle’s ramparts give unparalleled views of the harbour and city and can be reached on foot or by car or elevator.

Alicante’s Old Town lies just below the castle and features many of the city’s historic buildings and art museums. See the Basilica of Santa Maria, the oldest active church in the city, and the fine Spanish Baroque architecture of the San Nicolás Cathedral. Visit the Alicante Town Hall and admire the extravagant interior decoration.

Alicante’s famous beaches are just a short distance from the city centre. Intricate mosaic tiles lead the way along Explanada de España to Postiguet Beach, which sits below Mount Benacantil. Enjoy a day out sailing, windsurfing or playing volleyball on the wide Playa de San Juan bay, accessible by a convenient tram from the city.

Spend a morning at the Central Market mixing with the locals and trying fresh produce. Eat local seafood and authentic Spanish cuisine at the restaurants along the Alicante Harbour. Enjoy fresh paella or arroz negro, a rice dish coloured with squid ink.

Alicante’s compact city centre makes it easy to get around on foot. Most attractions are a short walk from the centre. A convenient network of trams and buses also operate in the area. Alicante’s Mediterranean climate means hot summers, mild winters and very low annual rainfall.

Reach Alicante by sea on one of the ferries or cruise ships that go in and out of the harbour. The nearest international airport is Alicante-Elche airport, located 20 minutes from the city centre by bus. A high-speed train service runs from Barcelona and Madrid.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Alicante?

A: Soak up Alicante like a local. Explore the best attractions of Elche with ease. Not only will a rental car make things simpler, it'll make them more fun too. Sure, you can travel around the major cities by bus and taxi if you need. But if you're venturing out into the region of L'Alacantí or farther afield, you should take a look at our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Alicante.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Alicante?

A: Your time in Alicante will likely begin by touching down at Alicante (ALC-Alicante Intl.). This airport has 3,250 international flights every month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Alicante?

A: Some of the most commonly booked types of accommodation in Alicante include villas, hotels and private holiday homes. You might also like to opt for one of the apartments. You'll have access to all of these property types when you book with Expedia.

Q: What does an Alicante holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: You can begin by selecting your car, flight and hotel. Lock in as little or as much as you want. Next comes the exciting stuff — booking fun activities and unforgettable experiences. With tons of options to choose from, organising your upcoming getaway in Alicante will be super easy.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Alicante?

A: A holiday package takes the worry out of travelling, and it can save you some serious dollars to boot. Hotels, Rental Cars, Activities — Expedia has it all. Bundle them up and start dreaming of what you'll do with all your extra spending money.

Q: What are the best things to do in Alicante?

A: Head to Cactus d'Algar, Ruta de Microvina del Celler la Muntanya and Parque de Canalejas if your travel itinerary includes Alicante. These attractions are a hit among travellers and locals alike.

Rio Safari Elche, Elche Arab Baths and Paintball Tactics Alicante are well worth exploring if Elche is where you plan on spending most of your time.

Lastly, get a taste of the local life in Torrevieja with a visit to Minigolf Las Salinas, Go-Karts Orihuela Costa and Al Hombre del Mar.




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