Alicante Guide

Alicante is located on the southern-eastern coast of Spain, the Costa Blanca. It is the capital of the Province of Alicante, and the second most important city in the Valencia district of Spain. Alicante is one of the fastest-growing cities in Spain and the second-biggest Valencian city, with an estimated population of 335,000 in 2009.

Considered as the ‘City of Light’, Alicante is enriched with a wide range of attractions for tourists and locals alike, catering for a wide range of interests. The Castle of Santa Bárbara is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe and it sits above the city, positioned on the Mount Benacantil. Visiting the castle is free and it offers some of the most wonderful sights of the city. Alicante also contains a number of delightful parks. El Palmeral Park is located on the southern fringes of the city, running from the Santa Bárbara castle. It consists of masses of palm trees, vibrant flowers, boating ponds, waterfalls, and even a biking circuit. The summer months sees musical and theatrical performances presented at the park. It is certainly worth a visit.

Alicante benefits from a Mediterranean climate consisting of mild temperatures and little rain, with average winter temperatures of 15 ºC and 33 ºC in the summer. This compliments its beaches as an ideal climate. The beaches of Alicante are very popular throughout the year, whose reputation is greatly due to the vast length of the Alicante and Costa Blanca coast. San Juan beach is 7km in length and the busiest of Alicante’s beaches. It is considered as one of Spain’s finest beaches due to its wide range of facilities, and even features an 18 hole golf course. Other beautiful beaches to visit are the Saladares - Urbanova beach, which at 1,600 meters in length is one of the longest beaches on Alicante’s southern coastline. Located in the residential area of Alicante, it does not attract as many crowds as San Juan thus providing a more peaceful experience. Postiguet beach is located in the city centre underneath the Santa Bárbara castle. Surrounded by palm trees it is highly considered due to its exceptional beauty. The Albufereta is a small beach which is popular with locals. It is as idyllic for water sports as it is for swimming; able to carter both needs. A mere 11 miles from Alicante, on the Mediterranean Sea, Tabarca Island can be found. It is the largest inhabited island in the Valencian community. Previously a military lookout for the Spanish monarchy in 18th century, it is now popular with tourists and its fish dishes are of the highest standard.

Alicante Airport is one of the busiest airports in Spain and is continuously expanding. It is connected with Madrid and Barcelona and many Western European cities, meaning getting to Alicante is easy.