No matter what you are looking for in a vacation destination, rest assured Alicante, situated on Spain’s Costa Blanca, has something for every age and ability. From the sparkling waters, golden beaches, and hiking, to the colorful nightlife scene, promenades, and history, Alicante has it all.
This Mediterranean port city is the capital of Spain’s fourth largest province and attracts tourists for its agreeable climate, serene beaches, and ample recreation activities. One of the city’s most popular attractions is Castillo de Santa Barbara. One of Europe’s largest medieval fortresses, the castle sits atop the hill overlooking the city and was constructed by the Moors in the 10th century.
Interested in more history or archaeology? Head over to the MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum. Find pre-Roman sculptures and ceramics in the Iberian room or explore the museum’s collection of Roman pottery and jewelry. Of particular interest are the displays that highlight the city’s medieval history when Christian, Jewish, and Islamic cultures co-existed.
If playing beach volleyball or catching some rays is more your speed, you’ll love Postiguet Beach You don’t have to travel far, Playa del Postiguet is right near the old-town. The water is shallow and the view of the dominating Castillo from the water is splendid. If you’re looking for a more secluded beach experience, head to one of Alicante’s many Blue Flag beaches—Saladar Beach to the south or Playa de la Albufereta to the north.
If the beach isn’t doing it for you but you’re still looking for a piece of paradise, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elche Palmeral is a must! The largest palm grove in Europe is filled with 200,000 treesand it’s really a spectacular sight.
After a fun-filled, or perhaps a relaxing, day exploring what the city has to offer, do like the locals do and take a family stroll along the Esplanada de España. The promenade is crafted of beautiful marble waves that is lined by palm trees and market stalls. Also, the best place to start your evening in the city, the Explanada is bursting with cafes, bars, and restaurants and is a great place to grab an aperitif and soak up the essence of Alicante.
Thinking of extending your stay in Spain? Check out the following posts:
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- One day in Cordoba
- Things to do in Majorca
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