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Sierra Aitana, under a snow cover, from the beach
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accommodation in alicante
I would like to plan a holiday with my husband and 2 children, aged 8 and 11yrs to Alicante. I can get the flights, but have no idea how to get nice self catering apartment, walking distance to nice sandy beach for kids, with shops reastaurants nearby. Can anyone help?
thank you so much.
Re: accommodation in alicante
Yes, simply go on either Google/Yahoo..and type in low cost accommodations
and the choice seems endless, another useful site is e-Bay!or G/tree.
We have recently returned from a wonderful Holiday, in Tenerife. we came across
the Resort-Rentals site in Freeindex..co.uk..under Family Friendly Accommodations, certainly NO harm in taking a Peek!! Enjoy..
Re: accommodation in alicante
They are all nice in alicante, my goodness your spoilt for choice, the beach is all around you. Enjoy your holz....
Re: accommodation in alicante
I cannot help about the accommodation, but I’m sure you can rely on the advice of Barbara (Ranger49) and 1ncentives. But perhaps I can help you choosing the area.
There are some long sandy beaches in and around Alicante. From south to north, Urbanova, Playa del Postiguet (in front of Santa Barbara castle) and Playa de San Juan followed by Playa de Muchavista. In fact, they are the same one, but Playa de San Juan belongs to the municipality of Alicante and Muchavista, to El Campello. Between Postiguet and San Juan there are some small beaches: la Albufereta (sand) and some at Cabo de las Huertas (rocks). There are not beaches between Urbanova and Alicante, in spite of the long distance and what can seem looking at Google Earth.
Urbanova is too quiet during the winter, life returns in the summer. There are a few restaurants and cafes, one or two shops… The beach is large and has the advantage you don’t have to cross any road or street from the blocks to the sand. But this beach is very open; you have to be more careful of currents, especially with kids. There is only one bus line, no. 27, connecting Urbanova with Alicante city center. The frequency is about 1 per hour (sometimes it fails).
Urbanova is at 38º17’N 0º31’W aprox. Don’t confuse with Arenales del Sol, a few km to the south, that belongs to Elche and is not connected to Alicante by public transport.
Postiguet is not as long as the others and is very crowded in the summer. The advantage if you stay in Alicante is that you don’t need to move. Be careful with some people wandering, never leave your belongings – never take money or valuable things with you. Difficult to have a bath relaxed, unless you take turns. It's being like this for a long time but nobody has been able to solve this problem.
Playa de San Juan and Muchavista make a long, white sand beach. There are plenty of developments all along the beaches so you will probably find some offers there. They are very well connected to Alicante by bus (no. 21 and 22) and tram (lines 1, 3 and 4). Many restaurants, shops, supermarkets, etc. A bit lonely in the winter, changes completely from Easter.
Hope it helps.
Travel Tips for Alicante
Walk down the Explanada, the...
Walk down the Explanada, the Rambla and for shopping the Maisonnave Avenue. In summer, the three city's beaches are 'El Postiguet', la Albufera and San Juan (the best one from my point of view). The last one is outside the city centre sou you'll need to go by car or bus (bus number 23).
Finest beach without the crowds
Alicante city actually has what is surely one of the best beach in this neck of the woods, yet it is scarsely ever visited except by those who live in the city. This makes it a true gem during the weekday (except during the mid afternoon) as it's always quiet. Add to the fact it's absolutely massive by anyones standards, and you cant but wonder why the city isn't more popular with the package tourists from northern europe.
The one drawback is as a consequence of not being so busy, it also doesn't have all the cafes and bars lining it purveying cold drinks that others do. Be sure to put your towl towards the Puerta Del Mar end by the marina where there's a promenade nearby with shops. You can also head up intot he old town in search of cheaper supplies and shade too. But what a beach, spotlessly clean, broad and sandy. To get there it's an easy walk, or take any bus headed to Puerta Del Mar, or the tram.
Another beach worth checking out if you want more is the whole stretch of San Juan. Further out of town but with way less traffic (it's off the main road which is the centre beachs' biggest drawback) the beaches here literally run for miles, and have the tram hugging them most of the way they are easy to get to and from, and also have some nice little cafes along the length selling reasonable priced drinks and donuts, dont forget the nice donuts! And so uncrowded:)
A Great Find!!
This is a wonderful place! It's difficult to describe the decor..... possibly OVER THE TOP...'elderly' wildly dressed up mannequins are enjoying a meal as you enter. Loads of great and not so great art to look at as you enjoy the excellent food.
Like all the other locals, we went for the 10 euro lunch special (IVA included). I can recommend the crepes with roquefort cheese, pears and walnuts. We had good quality lomo for the main but there were loads of choices. I enjoyed the bowl I ate my dessert out of more than the food itself! (I asked and they are designer made from Paris!)
I get the feeling the owner is a minor celebrity in Alicante but it would take a few visits more to find out!
Santa Barbara Castle
Santa Barbara Castle is a medieval fortress on top of Mount Benacantil. It dominates the city and constitutes a landmark that is seen from far away. The castle offers the nicest views of Alicante's bay.
The upper fortress was built in the 14th century. The most important buildings (hall of Felipe II, guardhouse, Queen’s bastion) belong to the part of the fortress built in the 16th century. The lower fortress was built in the 18th century.
In front of El Postiguet beach there is a lift that drives visitors to the castle traversing the rock. The castle can also be accessed on foot or by car along the road on the north face of Mount Benacantil.
La Cara del Moro ("The Moor's Face”) is a characteristic image of Alicante. When you look at Mount Benacantil from the beach, it looks like a human face. This side of the mount has recently been under works to avoid rock detachments.
Art Exhibitions Near the Sea Shore
La Lonja is the building where Alicante fishermen used to sell their captures every morning. Uncontrolled fishing and overconstrucion are killing the Mediterranean and nowadays towns like Alicante get by thanks to tourism.
The building has an E-shape with two open patios and was formerly raised over an iron structure. It shows a historicist style and includes some nort-african details. It was created in 1921 and since 1992 it has been owned by the local government and a lot of different art exhibitions have been installed inside.
September to June, open:
Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 to 14:00 h and from 16:00 to 21:00 h
Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00 h and from 18:00 to 21:00 h
Sundays and festivities from 10:00 to 14:00 h
Closed on Mondays.
July and August, open:
Only Tuesdays to Saturdays from 17:00 to 22:00 h
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