Alicante

Alicante city breaks

Alicante combines cultural attractions with warm golden sunshine – not to mention a cracking coastline. Impressive galleries, a palm-lined prom and chic marina give this city a cosmopolitan atmosphere. There’s also some top-notch beaches to kick back on when you’ve had your fill of sightseeing. Speaking of which, stick Santa Bárbara Castle at the top of your list. Old churches, leafy parks, artisan shops – you can squeeze all these in too. And it's a foodie fave. Weave your way through El Barrio’s cobbled streets, pull up a stool at a teeny tapas joint and you’ll soon see why. Rock up at night and you’ll find it buzzes well into the early hours too. 
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. Outdoorsy types have the beach, the sea, the parks... while history buffs should check out the marvels at MARQ Archaeological Museum. And everyone will love the sky-high delights of Santa Bárbara Castle.

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.

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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...

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Spanish

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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 street of the city – Maisonnave Avenue. Why not opt for a pit stop at the Gran Via Shopping Centre 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.
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