The Mediterranean sea
Unlike Joan Manel Serrat, I was not born on the Mediterranean. But I have become addicted to its salty scent, its energy, the stories about old civilisations told by its waves, its sunsets...
Alicante is a city that is blessed by the sea, and she knows how to take advantage of her distinguished neighbour.
Due to its mild, inviting...
Due to its mild, inviting climate, Alicante has an easy, carefree nightlife all year round, although the summer season obliges it to continue into the wee hours of the morning.
There are many places to have a drink or a bite to eat around town, but we can particularly recommend the old city centre, known as El Barrio. You'll find bars, cafés, taverns, cervecerías, pizza joints, mesones... each with its own style and personality, where the music never stops, from salsa to jazz, not to mention rock, sevillanas and others.
The 'modern' zone (between Alfonso El Sabio and the Explanada) offers other types of entertainment, with elegant pubs, restaurants with famed cuisine, discotheques and dance salons, all with the most sophisticated of décors, where the nightlife is no less enthusiastic than elsewhere. In Summer, enjoy the nightlife in the Playa de San Juan.
Moraira Beach and the Mediterranean Sea!
We were anxious to reach a quiet spot along the Mediterranean coast, so headed east toward the distant headland of Cabo de San Antonio about 90 km away (thanks to a tip by VT-member "LoriPori"). We wanted to stay as close to the coast as possible so stuck to the N-332 National highway instead of the A7/E15 divided highway. I only had a large Michelin map of the entire country which showed the San Antonio area as being almost deserted with a few roads linking its major towns. Consequently, I was quite surprised at how built up the area was once we turned off at Calpe onto the even smaller highways. Houses covered all the hillsides and the area is actually quite heavily settled but still very pretty with the rugged coastal hills giving good views out to the Sea.
Eventually we came to the town of Moraira and its little beach - so beautifully done up that we simply had to stop. It was very enjoyable to get out and walk down to the Mediterranean for the first time on this trip - the last time I had been on its shore was at Tunis, Tunisia in 1974 while returning from my job in Zambia! We got out to enjoy the sunshine and sound of the waves as our vacation officially got underway! A very relaxing spot with only a couple of other people around as we wandered down to the shore and at least got our hands wet in the Mediterranean Sea. We were smiling as we left to continue our drive to Cabo de San Antonio.
The Saint John Bonfires; Les Fogueres
Every year - since at least 1822 - Alicante celebrates Saint John with bonfires in the streets (and in the harbour) celebrating this way the arrival of the summer solstice!
Since 1929 the "fallas" (a special kind of bonfire) has been an extremely important part of the celebration of this festival (see the pictures for this tip!), and a huge tourist attraction in Alicante.
A few years later the more than thirty bonfires appeared with the complement of “Barraca”, a limited place set up in the street and adorned with an allegorical door to access in. That place called “Barraca” contained the night festivals and it was possible to enjoy the wonderful Alicante gastronomy in there.
As years have passed, the number of Bonfire Committees has amounted to nearly ninety, distributed across all the city areas, the same way as Barraca Committees, with more than seventy, and being more than ten thousand the people participating in our celebration.
"Les Fogueres" of Alicante has been declared National Touristic Interest, and later also International Touristic Interest, today Alicante Bonfires are also Official Celebrations of the city of Alicante.
Parque de Canalejas
This park is the continuation of the Explanada, but it is completely different. In this case, big hundred-year-old Ficus cover the promenade and offer a very good shade. There are decorative fountains in both ends.
When I was a child there used to be there some swings and a circuit of bumper cars, but they don’t exist anymore. I must say that it is not a good place to stay in the evenings.