Gateway to the throbbing Costa Blanca
There’s more to Alicante than meets the eye. Take 7,000 years of history. One of Europe’s largest film studios. A truly historic port. And, of course, its world-famous coastline. There are many reasons to come... and once you’ve been, many reasons to come back.
|Time zone:||GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||2 hours|
|Holiday type:||Beach, Summer sun, City break, Winter sun|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 18░C (24 hour average)
Rainfall: 394.1mm a year
For the price of just a few euros, take the lift inside Mount Benacantil to the ancient (and much fought over) Castle of Santa Barbara for a breathtaking sunset view of the city and the sea.
Must eat at:
Nou Manolin has been serving-up a reputation for fresh local dishes for over 30 years. If you’re coming in a larger group and want to make a night of it, the restaurant also has four private rooms.
Must be there for:
Around the time of the summer solstice, you’ll be lucky if you’re in town for its most important festival, The Bonfires of St. John, when the locals display a particular fondness for amazing pyrotechnics.
If you can, stay at the Hospes Amerigo Hotel. A beautifully converted former Dominican convent bang in the centre of old Alicante, it’s chic and contemporary, with a stunning rooftop swimming pool.
You can now reach as far as Benidorm on the clean, modern and safe Alicante tram system – a new section to Denia is currently being built.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Spain.