When you visit my city, you...
Favorite thing: When you visit my city, you can go to the capital,and largest city of the province,ALICANTE,only 40 KM from Benidorm.Here you can find a lot of Hotels,Restaurants,Shopping Centres,and very good Beaches too!. This is a night view of ALICANTE'S HARBOUR.
Just by Benidorm you have...
Favorite thing: Just by Benidorm you have Terra Mitica, a theme park based on the ancient civilazitions of the mediterranean sea like the romans, greeks, egyptians... In each zone you have different kinds of rides, shops, restaurants. It has just opened this summer 2000. Its worth visiting and having a look.
Just 50km from Alicante is...
Favorite thing: Just 50km from Alicante is Benidorm. Its a very important tourist destination which is almost 95% occupied during the whole year. This gives you a dimension of what Benidorm is. Most of the tourist are from Germany and UK. Its famous for its beach and nightlife.
When in Alicante, please, walk...
Favorite thing: When in Alicante, please, walk through the north pier of the harbour. You will get a huge sight of the sea facade of the town with the palm trees, the most representative buildings and -of course- the castle on the top of the hill. I think you can hardly forget this sight
Fondest memory: The sea is a permanent presence in Alicante and is what any 'alicantino' will miss when far from Alicante
When you visit Benidorm, of...
Favorite thing: When you visit Benidorm, of course you should enjoy the worderful 2 beaches, Playa (beach of Poniente) and Playa (Beach)Levante. The water is warm, the beaches are huges, and the sand is white.
But there is some much to view..in Benidorm, you have plenty of shops that have so much thigs to buy..and they are open at night..you can go for a walk after dinner.
You have to visit Tera Mitica Park..it's very cool.
And near Benidorm, you have cities like Altea, Gaudalest, and Callosa d'En Sarriá.
For more information About Benidorm, Alicante and all Costa Blanca, visit the site www.costablanca.org
Fondest memory: Well my fondest memory is the view of Benidorm from the window of my Hotel. I stayed at Gran Hotel Bali, the hightest of Spain, and the of all Europe. Benidorm is a bay and the Hotel is situated at one end of the bay. My room is at the 26 floor..therefore I can see all the city and all the beach of Benidorm..is worderfull wake up at morning and has such a view.
And another thing that i would't forget is the temperature of the water in the beach..so warm.
Walk around the town.
Favorite thing: Walk around the town. I have a fascination for Spanish cities, always so much happening in there centers. Try sitting at the pavement cafe's and just watching the world go by or just walk around. Beware of traffic though, it can be treacherous.
Fondest memory: As with any Spanish town or city, it pays to just walk throught it, after seeing the main streets go and explore the backstreets. Many surprises will await you with the quaint architecture and daily life of the inhabitants.
Walk down the Explanada, the...
Favorite thing: 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).
Go to the Cosmopolitan bar...
Favorite thing: Go to the Cosmopolitan bar with karaoke every night hosted by Sandy, she is a very kool laydee and the bar staff are extremely yummy, I think there names were Graham and paul. Also stay away from those named Marcus, very bad idea. Had the best fun staying out with my pals until the early hours of the morning and chilling out on the beach when sobering up.
Fondest memory: Seeing lots of Chaffinch's and going to the castillo conde de alfaz. Also drinking like a very wet fish and enjoying sharing the great hodilay with my buddies.
El MontgóImpressive limy...
Favorite thing: El Montgó
Impressive limy clump of 753 m of altitude placed between Dénia and Jávea's plains. It connects with the End of San Antonio across the high platform of Them Plans. The flora is very rich, with more than 600 species between which it is numerous endemismos. The Center of Torrequemada's Information helps to know the high environmental value of the park. The ascension to the summit of the Montgó, from where it is easy to spy the island of Ibiza, is a very advisable excursion.
Fondest memory: Also it is possible to to visit a village that this near Alicante called Xàbia where from the top of the Montgó can be observed very nice landscapes as which it is in the photo.
spend hours and hours lying on...
Favorite thing: spend hours and hours lying on the beach.
Fondest memory: the weather! after living in London & vancouver for so long, I forgot places like this even existed! the heat is dry and warms you up like a fuzzy blanket. you must follow danielle's get-well instructions: 1. lay down on big comfy towel and mold the sand beneath to cup your buttocks just right. 2. after breaking a sweat from just lying there, rush madly to the clear, blue seawater and splash around. 3. haul your salty ass back to the comfy towel and roast yourself in the sun as if you were attached to a spit - roll over and over and over again. *repeat as necessary*
In Benidorm you must try cafe...
Favorite thing: In Benidorm you must try cafe called John and Jose's for a light snack and there is a Chinese restaurant just along the road on same side which is of a good standard
and incredibly cheap (£2 for 3 course meal honest ).
For really good food try various restaurants in the old town
Fondest memory: In Benidorm the beer is generally quite cheap when you stick to the local brew from the tap.
Travel approximately 60 miles...
Favorite thing: Travel approximately 60 miles North of Alicante to visit the unspoilt town of Javea (Xabia).
Fondest memory: As you leave Alicante Airport, the humid air from the sierras mix with the warm breezes from the sea to create an idealistic atmosphere for relaxation and contemplation.
You have now arrived in a city...
Favorite thing: You have now arrived in a city with three thousand years of history behind it. And in order to understand it and enjoy it all the more, we should consider not only its present but also its past, so as to delve a little more deeply into the idiosyncrasies of the city and its inhabitants.
The first settlements in the area were centred around the slopes of mount Benacantil, occupied today by the castle of Santa Bárbara, which combined the privileges of being close to the sea yet offering the protection of being high above the surrounding land. Although no definite remains have been found, historians are sure that the Iberians fortified the hilltop. Another settlement was located in the Benalúa area, where the Roman city of Lucentum was built, the predecessor of the city of Alicante today. Others villages from the same period have been located at the Albufereta and in the Serra Grossa.
With the arrival of the Moors, the present-day city was built under the protection of the castle. Alfonso, later to become the 10th, known as the Wise, conquered the city in 1246 for the Castilian crown, and in 1308 Jaime II incorporated Alicante in the Kingdom of Valencia. In 1490 Ferdinand the Catholic granted Alicante its City Charter, and 100 years later it was to become the natural port of Castile, propitiating a growing sea trade, thanks to which the economy of the area began to flourish and population grew considerably, with Alicante attaining the rank of Spain's third largest trading port.
Alicante has seen its share of wars and conflicts throughout the history of Spain, and due to its position on the coast, all attacks have been made from sea. In 1691, under the reign of Charles II, the French Armada bombed the city for seven consecutive days. Without so much as a breathing space, it became involved in the War of Spanish Succession (1701-14). It sided with the Bourbons and suffered the bombardment and destruction of the castle of Santa Bárbara by English troops. During the War of Independence (1804-14), known as the Peninsular War, it was the provisional capital of the Kingdom of Valencia while Valencia proper was occupied by Major General Suchet.
In the 18th century Alicante began to recover after the disasters of recent wars, but it was really in the 19th century when it started to expand considerably. With the arrival of the railway in 1858, its linkage to the centre of the peninsula guaranteed its leading role as a port, giving it the cosmopolitan air of a city facing the sea and welcoming maritime traffic. Today, Alicante is the second largest city in the Land of Valencia with a population of 261.255 (1991), a central location on the Costa Blanca, and now deriving much of its income from the tourist industry.
Harbour & Beach
Favorite thing: The harbour and beach in Alicante are rather nice. There are also also several boats trips on offer.
Favorite thing: And when evening comes go to Marina, sit down on a bench and look at the yachts, see the moon playing in the water and listen to the splashes of the boat dance...
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