Alicante

General Information

A historic Mediterranean port

Alicante has more to it than meets the eye! Great culture, sandy beaches and lots of things to see and do, not the mention the entertainment! Top tip for great views over the city head to Castillo de Santa Bárbara. The popular resort of Benidorm is a short transfer away around 30 minutes.

Shopping

Most of Alicante’s mainstream shops are clustered around the Rambla de Méndez Núñez and the Maisonnave area, but if you’re looking for a true taste of local life then head to the Merdaco Central on the Avenida de Alfonso el Sabio. This is where local traders hawk their fresh produce, and it backs onto a pretty little square full of flower stalls. Local street markets Campoamor, Carolinas and Benalúa y Babel take place on Thursdays and Saturdays, while the Town Hall Square hosts a Sunday morning flea market of epic proportions. Visitors with fashionista leanings should pop into bargain shoe shop Botticelli (Avenida Maisonnave 9) or indulge in a spot of window shopping at Plaza Mar 2 Shopping Centre (Avenida de Denia 1).

Food & Drink

A combination of cosy tavernas and beachside cafés dominate the food scene in Alicante, with tapas the main cuisine of choice. La Taberna del Gourmet (Calle San Fernando 10) serves up some of the best tapas in the city, but you’ll find a more contemporary menu at El Portal (Calle de Bilbao 2). Alicante’s coastal location makes fresh seafood an abundant commodity – classy Restaurante Dársena (Muelle de Levante 6) takes full advantage of this availability with its incredible paella and fish dish selection. For a tasty budget lunch, head to Ibéricos (Calle Gerona 5), which does fabulous Iberian-style sandwiches as well as a good tapas selection.

Events

Alicante Carnival

Hotels

Gateway to the Costa Blanca and party capital of the Valencia region, Alicante is defined by its delectable white-sand beaches. Most visitors consequently choose to base themselves within an easy stroll of the sea, and the city’s best hotels jostle for space along this coastal strip. Five-star Hospes Amérigo (Calle de Rafael Altamira 7) combines a central location and easy access to the beach with a rooftop spa that has panoramic views over Alicante Cathedral and Santa Bárbara Castle. A little further from the town centre but even closer to the sea, Meliá Alicante (Plaza del Puerto 3) overlooks the harbour and attracts visiting yachties from all over Europe. Hotel Bahia (Calle de Gravina 16) is more basic, but still has that all-important coastal location.

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