The capital of the Costa Blanca, Alicante is a gateway to the region’s sunny beaches as well as a cultural city in its own right, with 3,000 years of history
Nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean, the city has enhanced its traditional architecture and heritage with a new harbour complex, clean beaches, parks and gardens. Alicante has remained quintessentially Spanish, with museums and monuments to match its lively bars and restaurants.
Things To Do Hit the Beach: Alicante has a long, impressive sea front, including its beaches, port and promenade. Urban beaches include San Juan, probably Alicante’s most popular, with watersports, an 18-hole golf course and special facilities for the handicapped; local favourite Albufereta; and Postiguet, located at the foot of the magnifi cent castle and surrounded by palm trees.
Eat Up: Alicante’s cuisine is characterised by its local ingredients. Seafood paella is a speciality, using fresh seafood like king prawns, crayfi sh and squid, as well as the hearty pork stews typical of the inland region. Desserts might include turrón (a kind of local nougat), Valencian oranges or ice cream. Local vineyards produce reds, whites and rosés to accompany the cuisine.
Get Sporty: With year-round mild weather, a coastline and a mountainous backdrop, Alicante can host all kinds of outdoor pursuits. Skydiving and paragliding is one way to get a view of the coast. There are many sports above and below the water, including jet skiing, windsurfi ng, sailing, kayaking and scuba diving. And for those who prefer the terra fi rma, there are options ranging
from jogging along the beaches and picturesque promenade or hiking and horse riding in the mountains.
Hit The Town: Bars and clubs open at varying times throughout the evening and often stay open until 5am, as is usual in Spain. Alicante’s bars are scattered around the city. The port area is particularly lively; Postiguet and San Juan host beach parties in the summer, the narrow lanes of El Barrio are fi lled with bars of all varieties and Explanada’s clubs cater for all music tastes. Alicante’s neoclassical theatre provides a platform for ballet, opera and theatre activities.
Shop ‘til You Drop: From modern shopping malls to local markets, Alicante has plenty of opportunities for
Push the culture: Older couples may not have considered the Costa
Blanca for culture – dispel the myth of Brits abroad and mention the many museums, gastronomy and proud local culture
Night Owls: Young people will love the mix of nightlife with the
chance to get off the beaten track in the mountains and enjoy the myriad activities on offer
Learn in the sun: Some may want to get something more than a tan
out of their holiday. Lots of schools offer Spanish language courses
Peaceful: Families will appreciate the relatively
low-key nightlife, compared to nearby resorts like Benidorm, and the clean beaches
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