Alicante, one of the largest cities of the Costa Blanca. This attractive city has a coastline of 218 km and 330 days of sunshine per year. Alicante is situated between Benidorm (45 km) and Torrevieja (50 km). This does not sound bad, right? Alicante did not steal his Spanish charm. The friendly people, the delicious food, the colorful houses and the green parks make this city very pleasant to stay. You will not have a shortage of culture or history, but you can also enjoy the many restaurants and vibrant.
Alicante is also the perfect place to discover other popular destinations such as Benidorm (45 km), Valencia (160 km) or Calpe (70 km).
Explore the old part of Alicante
1. La Explanada de España or “Rambla de Méndez Núñez”
In the old part of Alicante, near the marina, is the famous and colorful promenade ‘Explanada de España located. This promenade contains 6.5 million marble tiles, forming a wavy pattern and referring to the waves of the Mediterranean. Around the promenade are several restaurants and bars, where you can quietly enjoy a fresh juice under one of the many palm trees. Depending on what time you walk along the promenade, you will be overwhelmed by different impressions. In the morning, everyone is going for a cup of coffee and enjoying the sunrise. In the evening, the promenade is beautifully illuminated and the upbeat music creates a romantic atmosphere.
2. Benacantil with Castillo de Santa Barbara
Our personal highlight of Alicante is ‘Benacantil‘. The skyline of Alicante is defined by the 166 meter high mountain Benacantil. Castillo de Santa Bárbara was built at the top, which was used as a prison until 1962. At the top of Mount Benacantil you have a beautiful view over the city, which is certainly impressive at sunset or sunrise! You really donot have to walk all the way up if you want to enjoy the view over the city. Those who would like to visit the ruins of Castillo de Santa can take the lift.
Parque de la Ereta is a green zone of 7 hectares with different fountains and nice restaurants. Perfect to relaxing in a green environment!
3. “El Postiguet” beach
One of the most popular beaches in Alicante, El Postiguet beach. This beach is located in the old part of the city, near the Explanada de Espana and so very easily accessible. El Postiguet is almost 1 km long and has several restaurants and bars where you can go for some refreshment. Given the central location, this beach is quite popular among tourists and locals. During the high season you better arrive on time to get a good place, because it can get very busy!
4. Mercado Central
Those who would like to mix with the locals or want to organise a good picnic, should definitely visit Mercado Central. The day of a local, living in Alicante, starts with a visit to the market. This ‘food catherdral‘ contains more than 200 stalls on 2 floors. You will find here all kinds of fresh products such as fish, meat, vegetables and fruit. This market felt more local and authentic for us compared to La Boqueria in Barcelona. There is a chaotic typical Spanish atmosphere, which certainly has its charm. Just enjoy the people rushing by who are looking for the right fresh ingredients.
Practical: Mercado Central is open every day, except Sundays, from 7.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and Saturday until 3 p.m.
5. Museum of Contemporary Art
Those who like art need to visit the ‘museum of contemporary art’. This museum contains art of the 20th century and contemporary art.
Practical: Museum of Contemporary Art is open every day, except Mondays, from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday to 2 pm.
We stayed at the Tryp Alicante Gran Sol Hotel, which is located in the centre of the old part in the city. It is one of the highest skyscrapers in the center of Alicante. Very easy to orientate because you can see the building from almost everywhere!
We also visited Benidorm, you can read our experience and highlights here