Located on the southeastern coast of Spain, Alicante is a scenic destination known for its wild nightlife and beautiful beaches. This historic seaport town is truly Mediterranean, with views of rocky mountainsides and pristine blue waters. Explore castles and old world markets, relax on the picturesque beaches, and enjoy this Spanish paradise!
Where to Stay
Accommodations in Alicante range from quaint family-run hostels to modern luxury hotels. There is something comfortable and unique for every taste and budget. A luxury hotel in a former Dominican convent, Amerigo successfully blends old and new with its sleek and contemporary decor. Convenient to several local sights, this luxury hotel will provide you with everything you need for a relaxing escape.
If you are in the mood for a more rustic experience, consider the old world charm of Les Monges Palace. This hostel features well-appointed rooms with unique and interesting decorative touches. Not only is the staff friendly, but so are the rates. Tryp Gran Hotel is hard to miss; it is the tallest building in Alicante, and can be seen from every vantage point. It is centrally located, close to local points of interest, has a very helpful staff, and is reasonably priced.
Where to Eat
In Alicante, the Mediterranean diet dominates the cuisine scene, and it isn’t hard to see why the people of the region live longer, healthier lives. Fresh seafood and locally grown organic meats and produce are featured prominently on the menus. Cerveceria Sento is a local hit that features authentic Spanish and tapas selections, prepared perfectly on the grill. A large wine cellar makes available a wide selection of wines to accompany your meal.
At El Albaicin, you can fill your belly with good tapas at a reasonable price. And at Alma Del Sur is a cozy tavern that offers traditional Andalusian fritters, a local favorite. For a hearty and delicious breakfast, Depincho is a well-kept (and hidden) secret, but well worth the trip!
What to Do
There are plenty of sights to see and places to explore in Alicante. Centuries-old architecture dominates the landscape, offering fascinating lessons in the history of the region along with the beautiful sights. Sun bathe your cares away on the gorgeous Mediterranean beaches, and don’t forget to enjoy the rowdy night life that Alicante is known for!
The crown jewel, and a must-see on a trip to Alicante, is Castillo de Santa Barbara, one of Europe’s largest medieval castles. Explore the grounds and enjoy the panoramic views from stop Mount Benacantil.
Explore the fascinating museum, from the ancient artifacts at the Museo Arquelologico Provincial to the impressive collection of art in the Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina. Wander through centuries-old churches, notably the Concatedral of San Nicolas de Bari and marvel the Gothic style of the Basilica de Santa Maria.
When to Visit
It is easy to understand why Alicante is such a popular destination, especially among European tourists. The climate is ideal for visiting any time of year, with sunny skies and comfortable temperatures. The summer months are the busiest season for visitors, and hotel and airline rates are higher June through August. April and May are lovely, less crowded, and more reasonably priced alternatives for visiting.
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