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The streets of Alicante


The Costa Blanca’s attractions are many and enduringly popular, but there are some Spanish treasures on this coast that remain largely undiscovered by tourists. Norman Miller heads off the beaten track in Alicante.


swish new airport terminal has made Alicante the gateway to Spain’s Costa Blanca resorts. While the attractions of Benidorm and Calpe are well-known and well-loved by many visitors to this coast, fewer are familiar with the cultural riches Alicante has to offer. The town’s history stretches back to the creation of the Carthaginian settlement of Akra Leuka around the time of Hannibal, and to a Roman city named Lucentum. The ruins of the latter sit two miles from Alicante’s centre today, and can be reached by tram or bus to La Albufereta. If time is short, or you want an entertaining and easy introduction to the city’s ancient past, the city’s award-winning MARQ archeological museum brings the area’s rich ancient history back to life.


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