Alicante is located on the eastern coast of Spain, along the Mediterranean Sea. It has a population of around 330,000 people and is situated in the southern part of the autonomous region of Valencia. Alicante is a rapidly-growing city with a majority of its economy coming in from the tourism industry. Although the official language for the entire country is Spanish, many locals in the region of Valencia speak Valenciano.
The weather in Alicante is typically pleasant, with an average temperature around 18 C (64 F). The climate in the region can vary, however, because of the dual proximity of both the Sea and mountains.
From Alicante it is possible to reach many of Spain’s large cities by car or public transport within a matter of 4 or 5 hours. Also, near to the city you will find several tourist hot-spots, such as Benidorm and Denia. These resort cities are home to some of the best beaches on the Costa Blanca, but also draw the most tourists during the high season.
Alicante has a deep, rich history which can be seen throughout the city still today, but it is also a lively, modern city. Alicante is also home to one of the most famous festivals in Spain, Noche de San Juan (Night of Saint John). The festival lasts for one week and there are many spectacles of firework shows and live music.
Alicante has a diverse population from the North-African Moroccans to the South-Americans, Spanish as well as a steady influx of tourists.
The busy marina and harbour offers ferry destinations to Alger and Oran in Algeria.
Alicante has what is known as a Mediterranean climate which means long hot summers with very little or no rainfall, and cool sometimes wet winters.
Alicante is known for the Santa Barbara castle, the Santa Barbara Castle is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe with far reaching views across the city.
It has many green areas, famous promenades and a beautiful marina. The most famous promenade in Alicante is known as the La Explanada de España. It stretches around the marina, this elegant boulevard with its 6.6 million red, black and cream tiles.
Make sure you visit the local market selling fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other locally-made goods and produce – market day in Alicante is on a Tuesday and Thursday.
Alicante is also blessed with many beautiful beaches.
Playa Postiguet is within walking distance from the town centre and is popular all year round both with locals and with visitors. The promenade goes along the full length of the long beach and is flanked by palm trees. Good facilities, golden sand, life guards, beach bars and nearby restaurants.
Playa La Albufereta is a picturesque small bay a couple of miles up the coast from the Playa Postiguet. It has white, fine sand, a beach bar, life guard in high season, and offers water sports and leisure platform and is very near to the main road.
The Cala de la Palmera and Cala Cantalars both form part of the Cabo Huertas rocky cape which reaches out into the deep blue Mediterranean sea which has crystal clear water and is ideal for snorkeling.
The Playa de San Juan is Alicante’s longest and best beach, stretching along for more than seven kilometres of fine white sand with excellent facilities and life guards during the summer months.
It has beach bars, restaurants along its long promenade and a play area for children. This beach is very popular during the summer months so come early.
Just north of San Juan there is the Playa Muchavista which offers the same services and facilities but isn’t as busy in the summer months.
El Campello’s main beach is the Playa Carrer La Mar consisting of small bays with both pebbles and sand. It has a lovely promenade with bars and restaurants. Ideal for families it also has a play area.
The Playa Almadrava is a small sand and pebble beach with no services, life guards or facilities.
The Playa Agua Amarga is situated on the southern side of Alicante and can be seen from the coastal road linking Alicante and the airport.
The Playa Urbanova on the south side of Alicante is framed by apartment complexes and has all the facilities and services. This beach becomes very busy during the summer months and is frequented by the locals and tourists.
The Playa Arenales del Sol is one of Alicante’s finest beaches has dunes and fine white sand is popular with young people with many bars and restaurants close by.
With the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean lapping against its sandy shores, Alicante is understandably a popular summer and winter resort destination on the Costa Blanca. The sunny locale was named Lucentum (the “place of light”) by the ancient Romans who settled here.
Visitors are still drawn by the pleasant climate and seaside setting. From every angle, the coastal views are sensational, especially from the hilltop Castillo that presides over the city. Tourists enjoy a combination of leisure and cultural attractions.
Popular pastimes include sunbathing on the sandy beaches, strolling along the waterfront promenades, and visiting historic monuments and fascinating museums with renowned archaeology and fine arts collections. Alicante has many high-rise buildings and hotels for tourists to choose from, and luckily, lush gardens and elegant palm-fringed boulevards break up the urban sprawl.