Favorite thing: Fortunately there are still many houses built at the beginning of the 20th century that preserve the old style of the architecture in Alicante. The houses in the pictures are samples of this style. Notice the balconies, the miradores (closed balconies), the cornices, the color of the façades, the white doorframes…
After the civil war many houses had to be built again and also in the 60’s and 70’s modern houses were built that did not preserve the old style. The shape of the façades using modern materials become into fashion and the result was that the city lost part of its charm.
TERRA MITICA During your...
Favorite thing: TERRA MITICA
During your stay at Benidorm,you can spend a day at TERRA MITICA,second largest THEME PARK in Spain.Has five areas: ROME,GREECE,IBERIA,EGYPT AND THE ISLANDS.Enlarge to see the full size map.
Impressions from a brief visit
Favorite thing: Though I only spent 2 days in Alicante recently I have some recommendations.
First food... if you've checked the VT restaurant tips you'll maybe have noticed the 3 Lizarran tapas bars get a big thumbs up. My aunt and uncle live nearby and always head to a Lizarran when in the city. I found the city expensive so was glad to find a fantastic (but cheap) lunch menu at Mare Meua (see my Alicante page.) A general tip about tapas bars in Spain is DON'T be put off if there are loads of paper napkins all over the floor. It doesn't mean it's dirty just very popular! Staff are too busy to keep running out with a broom:)
The moorish Santa Barbara castle dominates the city and has great views. The marina area is pretty with lots of places to have a coffee or glass of wine but from what I saw being served the food looked a little average. The city beach looked fairly clean.
Tourist Info should give you details about the roman city being excavated at the end of the tram line. El Barrio is the small historic quarter with lots of bars and clubs. If you're looking for presents the Alicante region is the home of turron,a nougat traditionally eaten at Christmas.
One warning...I did see posters warning visitors about bagsnatchers and lack of police interest in the problem.
Cabo de las Huertas
Favorite thing: Cabo de las Huertas is a cape close to Alicante, to the north. There are small coves and rocky beaches still unspoiled. When I was a child, only a few houses were in this area. Now, housing development has dramatically changed this spot, but there are still some protected areas by the sea.
Spanish Dancing Lessons
Favorite thing: There are numerous places that offer spanish dancing lessons at a very low price.
I went to one bar in "El barrio" (pub/bar district) and got lessons for about one hour. We were taught the cha-cha-cha and the salsa (these are very difficult dances by the way)
The lesson was only 2 euros.
There are many posters around town advertising places that offer lessons
- Arts and Culture
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: Of the tours we took around the area I think I was most impressed with Guadalest. This is a village built on cliffs and there are some great views. But of course considering its location a short distance from Benidorm it’s pretty crowded.
Esplanada de Espana
Favorite thing: The true landmark of Alicante.
Amsing marble pavement, always cool even in hot summer days, rows of palm trees which give a saving shadow, fearless snow white pigeons play at your feet like kittens asking for bread, the sounds of traffic and fountain merged in a strange cacophony....
Feel Alicante, breathe Alicante...
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 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.
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.
Nice place, not many foreigners
Favorite thing: The food quality and service in the various restaurants is generally excellent. English speakers were relatively low in this town though most bar staff spoke English. It is worth noting that I found very few foreigners here, the vast majority were Spanish and it was a busy working town, not particularly a laid-back holiday destination.
Fondest memory: The place is very beautiful. The main 'strip' can be compared to Ramblas in Barcelona in that it is a wide tree-lined avenue. The beach front is very busy, traffic is heavy but pedestrian crossings are frequent and they MUST be adhered to. Sand and water quality is good and the sunbed / shade had to be bought though it wasn't expensive. Make sure to visit the best Chinese restaurant in the world here, on the main strip just on your left as you walk up from the front!
- Water Sports
- Castles and Palaces
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.
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
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).
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.