ALICANTE

Alicante city is an important seaport in the province of the Valencian Community. It is famous for its year round temperate climate, excellent gastronomy, and numerous annual festivals.

Alicante is centrally located on the shores of the Mediterranean. It is ofcourse well known as the closest big city on the Costa Blanca for it's Airport, handling literally hundreds of thousands travelling to the bright lights and popular beaches of Benidorm! The airport serving Alicante (Alicante-Elche) is the fifth busiest airport in Spain, based on it's volume of passengers, it is the main airport serving not only the Valencia region but Murcia too.

Alicante is perfectly located to receive tourists from all over the world. As situated on the mainland, it provides easy access by land, air, or sea! You'll find each year, more and more International cruise ships docking in its impressive marina, allowing passengers on a mediterrean cruise a full-day visit. The Port of Alicante itself is full of shops, bars, restaurants, and ice cream parlours.

The quayside promenade, lined with 4 rows of tall swaying palms, runs parallel to the beach, past the “Puerta del Mar” right along to the “Canalejas Park.” This emblematic walkway is made up of six and a half million black, white and red marble tiles that form a mosaic to represent the gentle waves of the Mediterranean. Strolling through the esplanade is mandatory if you visit the city.
Another main attraction that draws many people to Alicante is its wide variety of beaches. Year after year they continue to receive the international prestigious recognition from the European Union and are presented the “Blue Flag” awards. San Juan Beach, Calas de Cabo de la Huerta, Playa de La Almadraba, La Albufereta beach, Postiguet beach, Saladares-Urbanova beach, Tabarca Island and since June 2016 you can now also enjoy the Aguamarga beach, a beach especially adapted for dogs.

One of Alicante´s lesser known hidden jewels, is the small island of Tabarca. It is the only inhabited island in the Valencian Community and is situated 22 kilometres off the coast of the city. From our office in Benidorm, you can buy tickets for boat excursions over to the island. The boat departs from the port of Benidorm and goes to the port of Tabarca. Once there, you can spend the day in peaceful, unspoilt surroundings, taking time to enjoy the natural award winning beaches and famous local seafood cuisine.

Tourism is a very important part of Alicante, therefore it continuously strives to offer an abundance of activities for everybody from all walks of life.

Due to its proximity to the sea, the famous Mediterranean gastronomy can be enjoyed by sampling locally caught fresh fish and seafood, signature rice dishes, and of course fine wines! The typical rice dishes in this area should not be confused with the rice of Valencia, (Paella). Two of the most traditional and savoury rice options would be “Arroz con Consta” or “Arroz a Banda.”

The province of Alicante has a wine production with its own denomination. It obtained the qualification of Denomination of Origin in the year 1957. The two autochthonous grapes in this area are the monastrell and the muscatel.

An emblematic place of interest is the Castle of Santa Barbara, perched on the top of the Benacanntil Mount. From here you can take in the breathtaking views of the entire bay and the surrounding areas.

If you decide to visit Alicante and want to enjoy some of its annual festivals, you cannot miss Hogueras, or as they are known in the Valencian dialect – Fogueres, which take place each year in March. They were declared as an International Tourist Interest in the year 1984.

If shopping is more your thing, Alicante has several shopping centres, one of them (Gran Via) even has a two storey Primark! Meanwhile in the city centre you will find the most well known Spanish department store, El Corte Inglés. This is a world leader in large department stores, and for the last 70 years has maintained its outstanding policy of customer service. You could say it is Spain’s equivalent to John Lewis!

If staying in Benidorm and want to visit the city, pop into the RESORT CARE office and ask for info on day-excursions, or ...alternatively you could hop on the local train or public-bus.

 
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