Alicante Travel Guide

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Alicante Things to Do

  • Beaches

    The basic sight of Alicante certainly is the sea. The beach is sandy. To bathe in April is still early. Therefore I have only admired an evening view at the sea. Lights of hotels and restaurants were romantically reflected in waves... You can watch my 4 min 26 sec Video Alicante part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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  • Castillo de Santa Bárbara

    Castillo de Santa Barbara is at the top of the White rock - Benancatil. Its height is about 160 m. The castle was constructed by Romans. Phillip II reconstructed it in the XVI-th century . It is possible to rise to the castle on a cable car. There is a small museum in the castle. There is a viewing platform at the top of the rock The magnificent...

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  • Explanada de Espana

    Explanada de Espana - palm avenue along the coast of Mediterranean sea. Many people consider it as the most beautiful quay in Spain. It is paved with 6.5 million marble floor tiles creating a wavy form. The Promenade extends from the Port of Alicante to the Gran Vía and ends at the famous statue of Mark Hersch. At the end of the promenade is a...

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  • El Barrio

    El Barrio the old quarter of Alicante lies at the feet of the Co-Cathedral of San Nicolas. This is a very lively neighbourhood at night. People af all ages go there to enjoy the numerous pubs, bars and taverns.

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  • Isla de Tabarca

    This is the only inhabited in the Community of Valencia. It is located at a distance of 11 nautical miles from the city of Alicante. The islands Lebante Beach has a lenght of 250m and is near the villige which is a historic and artistic monument. It can be reached very easy from the marina harbour of Alicante several times a day.

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  • Hogueras de San Juan

    If you come to Alicante in June, from 19 to 24, you will enjoy the Hogueras de San Juan, the main festival that takes place in the city. The hogueras are bonfires built with papier-machê. About 180 hogueras are built along the city. Also barracas are built, where groups of neighbors join for the celebration. Every day at 14:00 there is a mascletá,...

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Alicante Hotels

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  • Amerigo

    As the only five star in the centre of the city, the Amerigo is an accomplished affair. It has been...

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  • Melia Alicante

    Hotel Meliá is a good place to stay when you come to Alicante. It seems new as they really take care...

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  • Hesperia Lucentum

    I was stay at this hotel 4 nights in august 2007. The 4 stars is in fact 3+. The breakfast is...

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Alicante Restaurants

  • Friendly cafe, restaurant and bar

    Pikadura is a friendly restaurant and bar. The location is unique, on the Explanade, in front or the sea. The terrace is the best place to enjoy a meal or a drink; there are also some tables inside.The staff is very friendly, young people caring for the quality of the restaurant, preparing good cocktails and doing their best to satisfy their...

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  • Mediterranean cuisine

    La taberna de Tito is a small restaurant with a few tables inside, but most of the tables are outside, on the square behind the City Hall, in a nice environment. I have been a few times and I have enjoyed the dinners there. The Croquetas de Joselito (ham croquettes) are big and delicious, perhaps the best I’ve ever eaten. Also the “PeTito de...

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  • Andalusian style fritters

    This small tavern, very close to the Cathedral, is specialized in andalusian style fritters: fish, vegetables, shrimps, etc.Fritters are served in paper cones, so that you can also take away.We’ve been there a few times and all the specialities we have tried were delicious.They have two taverns else: at Bulevar del Pla, where the local is quite...

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Alicante Nightlife

  • Let the Night Flow

    El Vermell offers a vast variety of wines white, rosé, red, sparkling (local, spanish and international) as well as cocktails such as champaigne sangría. It's more a bodega than a regular wine bar, since they sell wine bottles besides the drinks. The atmosphere is relaxed: dim light, quiet moderate music. Drinks are usually accompanied by some...

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  • Tea Time

    Waslala is not the only tea shop in Alicante but it is the only one located in El Barrio (old town). The variety of teas, herb teas and rooibos teas is really large and every time I go in it's kind of hard for me to decide.The owners, Luisa y Pedro are hippie-looking and their treatment to the customers is warm and kind. Decoration is quite simple...

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  • This was a life-saver!

    Alicante gave us our first inklings of what was to become a recurring problem on this winter (with its short days) trip to Spain - it was just becoming light at 8 AM and going dark again by 6 PM. Combining this with the fact that we wanted to be out exploring during the daylight hours, we then usually had problems finding nice restaurants open in...

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Alicante Transportation

  • From Valencia to Alicante

    We drove to Alicante from Valencia by excursion bus. The distance is 180 km. It took us 2,5 hours.The current navigator gives us the following road way.Valencia1. Head north on Plaça de l'Ajuntament 22 m 2. Take the 1st left to stay on Plaça de l'Ajuntament 72 m 3. Take the 1st left to stay on Plaça de l'Ajuntament 110 m 4. Continue onto Av. del...

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  • Boats to Isla de Tabarca

    The island of Tabarca is a 1 hour boat ride from Alicante. We visited as a day trip in October 2013 and the following details were correct as of that date.Boat crossings to Tabarca are more frequent in the busier summer months, but were relatively infrequent in October. Boats operated by "Kon Tiki" leave Alicante twice a day and return to Alicante...

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  • Bus from Alicante airport to city centre

    During our visit to Alicante in October 2013 we used the C-6 Bus (operated by SuBus) to travel between the airport and the city centre.The following information was correct as at the time of our visit:Prior to our visit we had read the very important information that the C-6 bus operates from outside the airport's Level 2 (Departures)...

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Alicante Shopping

  • Alicante's newest Shopping Center

    Recently a new Shopping Center opened its doors. It has two floors full with shops like Zara, H&M, Springfield etc. There is also a whole restaurant section and 16 movie theaters from Cine Box.

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  • Children clothes and gifts

    Ninanino is a friendly shop where you can find children clothes and any kind of accessories. There are also bedclothes and cushions, etc. Everything is wholly handcrafted and hand painted. Fabrics are 100% cotton.Ninanino, in the center of Alicante, is the ideal place to buy a different and original gift. Dresses, t-shirts, bathrobes and towels,...

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  • Where to find quality at bargain prices

    It's an outdoor market in Campamor, near Plaza de Toros in the centre of the city. It's open from 8 to 2 on Thursdays and Saturdays. You can find foods that are fresh from the countryside, clothing, shoes, belts, artwork, suitcases, and half the population of the city. Check out the produce - there's always something in season. For gifts to return...

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Alicante Local Customs

  • The Best Fitness Centre in Alicante

    It's called Alisport, and is a complex of fitness machines, weights, tennis and raquetball, swimming pools, saunas, and also features a full jacuzzi, its own cafe, and tons of classes. Located a couple of blocks toward the Serra Grossa from the Gran Via shopping centre in Vistahermosa.

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  • Where cats play

    This is a town animals seem to enjoy because of it is calm and beautiful.Photo no1: Who is this stranger? Japanese, Chinese or Korean - hard to tell. But who cares?Photo no2: I sit down straight to welcome you. I cannot bow down like Japanese - my chin will immediately hit the ground.Photo no3: I am itchy. I cannot wait for doing this. Excuse me,...

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  • Cruces de Mayo (May Crosses)

    Santa Cruz is the name of the old quarter on the slope of Benacantil mount. On May 3rd, the feast day of the Holy Cross (Santa Cruz) is celebrated in the quarter and in the Santa Cruz chapel, on the top of the quarter. All the streets are decorated. Flower arrangements in the shape of a cross are made to adorn the streets.There are music and...

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Alicante Warnings and Dangers

  • Alicante Tram. Watch the schedule!

    We had been out the previous three nights in a row and stayed out until 3am or 4am in the morning. We would just waltz over to the nearest tram and make our way home without really thinking about the details. Then on a Tuesday night, after bumming around downtown Alicante, around 1am we decided to head home. We walked to the tram station and bam....

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  • A different sort of flower girl

    It was somewhat surprising to see on a recent visit how openly the second oldest profession was being 'advertised' in Alicante.During the daytime there always a few very ropey old tarts hanging around an area about a couple of streets back from the front, just to the south of the Ramblas area. I don't wish to cast aspertions, but it made 'Grab a...

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  • Valuables thefs in the Airport

    Abductions of laptops, cellphones and other expensive objects like cameras are very likely to take place in the Airport of El Altet. If you are going to come or leave from Alicante, bring every valuable item with you, use a good padlock or roll the suitcases in plastic before arriving at Alicante. Beware the hi-tech snatchers!

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Alicante Tourist Traps

  • Terra Mítica - On the verge of...

    Almost every politician here has had his pockets lined by keeping this place open. Not exactly confidence inspiring when you check out the rides. Go to the beach, climb a mountain, explore some archeological sites, go out on a boat ride, go to a pub - your money's better spent than keeping these rats in business and power.

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  • Not Safe, Not Legal Shopping

    The Explanada promenade is full of people offering cheap eye catching products and services. What out because most of them are illegal sellers and they won't hesitate to offer you any kind of products in a deplorable state. Some of them sell robbed stuff or fake DVDs. There are some others who, although they don't have a license, thay try to earn...

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  • Tourist Traps everywhere

    Tourism is a main industry for Alicante, and as such there are many places where tourists can get suckered in to payer higher prices because they just don't know any better. Across the road from the main beach, there are many restuarants, bars and cafes, these are all higher priced because most tourists hang out down by the beach. If you walk up a...

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Alicante What to Pack

  • 2 PIN ELECTRICAL PLUG

    If you happen to carry any electrical stuff like hair dryers or just a simple charger for your mobile telephone - you will have to take into account that the electrical systems admit only the 2 pin round plug as shown in the picture. If you are coming in from Britain you might want to buy an adapter to be able to use your stuff in Spain. It may...

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  • Pack light

    Bring an extra one to cart back some of the excellent food and clothing that can be found here. Or buy one at the mercadillo for 15 Euros to take stuff back with you. Sandals - probably better to pay Spanish prices here. Spain is still home to a thriving shoe industry and they're sold at very reasonable prices. The mercadillo has a huge selection...

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  • Spanish use two pin plugs !

    A fold up bag is useful to bring presents back. Either bring one or buy one here. If going out of season consider taking a small umbrella. They are expensive to buy in Spain. Also a waterproof coat. Bring your camera as there are a lot of things that you will want to keep a memory of. Digital cameras are less bulky than the SLR and you won't need...

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Alicante Off The Beaten Path

  • Maserof Inn Museum

    Between Jalón (Xaló) and Bernia mountain you will find a most unusual and interesting place to stop by.And old country house was bought and restored by the father or the current owner, who loved antiques and collected quite a lot of them in the house. Just to mention one, a nicely decorated and painted Sicilian cart. In the house, around the...

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  • Serra Grossa

    Also called Sierra de San Julián, it is near mount Benacantil, towards the north of the city. 161 m high, this is a nice place for a day trip. Climbing up is quite easy and the view from the top is excellent. to the south, mount Benacantil with Santa Barbara castle and the port of Alicante, to the north, Albufereta and Cabo de las Huertas.

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  • CALPE

    Located 67 km north of Alicante, the coastal town of CALPE, with its 13,000 inhabitants, is known for its beautiful beaches and its massive rock formation called the Penon de Ifach.Located in the Costa Blanco region of Spain, Calpe can be reached by the A-7 highway or the N-332 national road, the one we took.Calpe has two main beaches, the Cantal...

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Alicante Favorites

  • Canalejas Park

    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.

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  • Cabo de las Huertas

    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.

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  • Typical architecture

    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...

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