With its 200 kilometers of beach and over 300 days of sunshine a year, it is easy to see why Alicante has become the perfect weekend getaway spot here in Spain. It is one of the major hot spots on the Costa Blanca in Spain, having a delightful mix of Old Town sights and beaches.
Here is our quick guide to have the perfect 24 hours here in Alicante, Spain.
How to get there
Alicante is very easy to get to by flight, with not only flights departing from most major Spanish cities but also from many international airports across Europe.
Alicante’s airport is only 12km out of the city centre. Bus C6 leaves from outside departures on the second floor every 20 minutes taking you straight into the city. It takes around 30 minutes and costs €2.75 one way. A taxi costs €19 and takes 15 minutes.
Where to stay
Alicante has huge variety when it comes to places to stay – from traditional, historic neighbourhood boutiques to luxurious seaside resorts offering ocean views.
$ Hostal La Lonja – Located 11 minutes walk from the beach, all rooms have an ensuite, and there is a choice between rooms with a bath or shower. A daily continental breakfast is served in the guest house’s dining room which includes fresh orange juice, coffee and toast or a pastry.
$$ B&B La Milagrosa – This bed & breakfast is in the perfect location in the old town of Alicante, beside the Santa Maria church and a 2 minute walk to the beach. It also has a beautiful terrace with stunning views of the Santa Barbara castle.
$$$ Hotel Sercotel Spa Porta Maris – This beachfront hotel provides rooms that all have a private terrace, flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a pillow menu. Rooms offer views of the marina or Alicante’s Bay. The suites also have a lounge.
What to do
Castillo de Santa Bárbara
Aliante has one of Spain’s largest medieval fortresses! Built in 400 B.C, this is the spot to get the best panoramic views over Alicante. If you aren’t in the mood for walking up to the castle, there is an elevator that you can take from the Avenue de Juan Bautista Lafora.
The elevator ride will cost you a small fee, and guided tours cost €3 EUR.
Explore the Barrio de Santa Cruz
This is the city’s old town where you will find Castillo de Santa Bárbara. The old town is well worth an explore!
Visit the Two Churches
In the old town you can find two lovely churches. San Nicolás, with its Gothic cloister, and Santa María, built in Baroque style – both stunning.
Head to the Island of Tabarca
This small island has no cars and only 30 inhabitants. It is the perfect place to go for some peace and quiet away from the busy tourist spots.
Sunbathe at Postiguet Beach
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