Alicante

Alicante city breaks

Alicante combines cultural and historical attractions with warm golden sunshine – not to mention a striking coastline to match. Impressive galleries and a chic marina give this city a cosmopolitan atmosphere all year round, so you’ve got almost double the desirable boxes to tick off your list.

City by the sea

City by the sea

If you’ve come to Alicante to sunbathe, then you’d better get started. Alongside the city’s yacht-filled marina, you’ll find various beaches to sprawl out on. Smooth, honey-coloured sand leads to the sparkling blue waters tumbling out ahead. You’ll also be close to Explanada de España, a gorgeous palm-lined promenade that traces the waterfront.

Family fun

Family fun

If you’ve got kids in tow, you won’t be short of things to do. The Castle of San Fernando opens its doors to theme park-goers, with its free outdoor games that’ll excite all ages. Turn it up a notch and ride zip wires and conquer assault courses at Parque de Aventura. There's even a café-lined street that doubles up as a kids' playground.

Soak up the nightlife

Soak up the nightlife

The nightlife scene is incredibly varied, with plenty of choice for everyone. El Barrio used to be the old city centre and has retained its medieval charm, despite being packed with bars and live music venues. The marina’s perfect for al fresco dining with a side of harbour views.

Sercotel Suites Del Mar
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  • London Stansted, Thu 10 Jan 2019
  • 3 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 3 Adults, 0 Children

Sercotel Suites Del Mar

Alicante City, Alicante

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  • Stunning views
  • 450m from the nearest bus stop
  • 2.2km from Santa Barbara Castle
  • Close to shopping areas
  • Excellent transport links
Melia Alicante

Melia Alicante

Alicante City, Alicante

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  • Great for couples
  • Beachfront
  • 300m from Alicante Marina
  • Spa with indoor pool
  • Amazing sea views
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TRYP Alicante Gran Sol

Alicante City, Alicante

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Based on 672 reviews

  • Tallest building in Alicante
  • Close to the marina
  • Stunning view across the marina
  • Modern rooms
  • Great transport links
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Alicante Marina

Alicante Marina

Alicante

The large marina at Alicante comes alive at night, with a host of entertainment options. Here you can have a waterside cocktail then hit the nightclub dance floor. Or just take an evening stroll, and dine on...
Alicante Town Hall

Alicante Town Hall

Alicante

Admire the Baroque architecture of the 18th century town hall, and enjoy a packed programme of events in the square in front. There’s ice skating in winter and fairs and fountains in summer. Step inside the...
Castle of Santa Barbara

Castle of Santa Barbara

Alicante

One of Alicante' major attractions, Castle Santa Barbara is a great spot for coastline views. The castle has several levels to explore, with snack bars and outside tables. There's also a museum where you can...

Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

£2.20 / €2.50

24-hour tram card

£10.90 / €12.20

Three course meal

£26.50 / €29.70

Sightseeing
Along the marina’s promenades, you’ve got just about everything you’ll want. The glamorous port has plenty to explore, but don’t fret – Alicante’s brimming with art museums and historic buildings. The hilltop Santa Barbara Castle is one of the main knockouts, complete with sweeping coastal views.
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Eating and drinking
Alicante is the birthplace of tapas – the inventive cuisine served in small morsels, ideal for sharing. Enjoy Bohemian bars and arty cafés in the El Barrio district and keep it traditional with the tantalising Spanish savouries. But don’t forget to wash it down with a glass of sangria.
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Shopping
Head to Rambla de Mendez Nuñez to revel in some retail therapy. Check out all the international brands on the main shopping avenue of the city. Why not opt for a pit stop down Gran Via for a latte in the tempting Iberian cafés before another cash-splash?
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Getting around
Alicante has an excellent public transport network. Conveniently, it’s kitted out with a bus service that will connect you with many other resorts on the Costa Blanca and beyond, including Benidorm and Torrevieja. There’s also a streetcar system – better known as the tram – for quick trips.
31 December 2018 – Nochevieja
You can’t miss celebrating the New Year. But here, as the clock strikes, you’ve got to eat a grape on every chime. Then let the champagne flow…
End of February/beginning of March 2019 – Alicante Carnival
The city comes alive with costumes, parades and endless dancing roughly the same time that pancakes are flipped on Shrove Tuesday. The main thoroughfares fill with festivities.
19-24 June 2019 – Hogueras de San Juan
Flock to the castle for firework displays and a whole lot of cheer as summer kicks off. Eat, drink and be merry at this annual tradition.
Please note, the event dates above are just a guide and could be subject to change.
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