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*
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.
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.
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.
The Mediterranean sea
Favorite thing: 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.
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.
Go to the castle, 'Castillo De...
Favorite thing: Go to the castle, 'Castillo De Santa Barbara'. You can take the elevator or hike up.
We stayed at a small hostel and had the only room with a balcony. At night we sat out on the balcony. When we looked up we could see the lights of Castillo de Santa Barbara.
Favorite thing: The beaches of Spain are fantastic and beautiful. The water is warm and the weather is mild. Alicante is the location of this picture. You can see the fortress in the background.
Fondest memory: The tapas bars, the people and the architecture.
- School Holidays
Maybe obvious...but learn some spanish
Favorite thing: Although Alicante hosts many tourists, there is a still a large percentage of people that do not speak or understand english. So it is advised (as is on most trips) to try and learn some of the local language.
There were several times on our trip that if no one spoke any spanish, there was going to be absolutely no communication with spanish people we needed to speak to.
Most people were very patient in trying to understand our broken spanish.
- Study Abroad
Altea & Albir
Favorite thing: Altea old town is on a steep hill which is full of tiny stepped streets and small artisan shops, & small boutique restaurants. Its perfect for a nice romantic break, passing the hours on a terrae with a jug of sangria in the warmer months.
Altea la Vieja is outside of the main town, and not ideal for staying in if you want to walk to places, similarly there is a hotel Cap Negret quite close to the town (about1km outside)but on the main N332 road with no pavement to walk on.
The lower part of the town is by the Port, where are a couple of hotels on the seafront, Altaya Hotel and the San Miguel (cheaper family run one).The seafront has lots of restaurants and a passeo which is lively in the summer months.
Albir is very flat, and more modern with no old town (the inland part of Albir is Alfaz Del Pi which has the old town. Albir is more touristy and very few spanish live there.It is possible to walk from Altea to Albir along the seafront, nice flat walk.
With the economic crisis setting in there are loads of rentals possible now as people can't sell their properties and so rent them out instead.
Check online for Costa Blanca News which is the local paper for rentals as well as agencies.
Fondest memory: Do take in the view from the old town in Altea which looks across the bay to Albir and Benidorm in the distance.
We have fond memories of turning up at our fabourite restaurant (Strombolis) and sitting ontheir roof top terrace at mid night watching the stars whilst sipping our sangria.
- Historical Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Favorite thing: Canalejas Park is a small peaceful shaded block in the Eastern portion of Alicante’s downtown area. One of the striking features of the park is a massive fig tree that is more than 100 years old.
- Budget Travel
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Favorite thing: Simon,
Hi there, i have a house very near to hear literally 5 mins away. There is a beautiful beach very near, La Zenia - all the beaches are linked so you can walk from one to the other. Plenty of bars and restaurants to eat. If you head up to villamartin golf club just past this there is a big plaza numerous bars and restaurant heres. Also 10mins drive away is Torrvieja beach isn't that nice, very built up but a beautiful park there for the kids. In Torrvieja there is a big shopping centre the Habernas, just facing this there is KFC etc and bars and restaurants at night they have trampolines, bouncy castles etc for the kids.
If you have a car San Javier is lovely to drive to, Guardamer Beach is beautiful and also their is a water spa somewhere in the mountains which is meant to be gorgeous kids are made very welcome.
Benidorm is 1hr 10mins away and you have the usual atraction here if you need anything give me an email I will try my best to help you. It is nice where you are going
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...
The seaside promenade
Fondest memory: A quiet moment at an outdoor café along the seaside promenade. Perfectly quiet in November - crowded in summer.