Alicante is often overlooked as a great destination for a Spanish getaway. Many people simply pass through Alicante, in favour of heading to the neon lights of Benidorm. Alicante is a city and port in Spain on the Costa Blanca. Mr ESLT and I spent a whole week there seeing what it had to offer and by the end of our stay we were more than pleasantly surprised.
Here are our Top 5 reasons why Alicante should be on your list of places to visit:
If lounging on a beach is your idea of heaven and your number one thing to do on a getaway, then the beaches of Alicante will not disappoint. With soft golden sand and warm crystal clear waters Playa del Postiguet is slap bang in the heart of the city. Perfectly located, with numerous bars and restaurants along its promenade where you can grab lunch or a quick snack or drink from in-between tanning yourself below the hot mediterranean sun. With a number of other beaches, including Playa del Coco, Playa de la Albufereta and Playa de la Almadraba, all of which can easily be reached on foot or by bus or tram, you will not be short of choice.
Living in England, our summers can often be a wash out; and some years we may only experience warm weather for a few days (if we are lucky). Therefore, getting away to somewhere with almost guaranteed sun between the months of April and October is often necessary. Alicante is perfect for those who want to enjoy an average August high of 26 degrees, a great climate for both exploring and relaxing. Even during the coldest month of year, January, you will still experience average temperatures of 12 degrees, making Alicante a year round destination, especially for those who like snow free winter breaks.
History & Culture
Alicante has a rich history with a number of historical buildings and museums to explore during your visit. One of the most dominant structures in Alicante is Santa Bárbara Castle a fortification which stands on Mount Benacantil and overlooks the city and offers great views of the beach and marina. The castle dates back to the 9th century and is now one of, if not, the main tourist attraction in Alicante. Alicante is also home to a number of museums, everything from the MARQ (museum of archeology) to the Museo de Arte de Siglo XX La Asegurada (museum of contemporary art) – basically something for everyone.
Fantastic Food (& Drink)
We love Spanish food and found Alicante to be the perfect place to eat it. As Alicante is quite a traditional Spanish city, we found a number of traditional Spanish restaurants, serving traditional Spanish cuisine. We enjoyed paella, tapas and of course (maybe too many) yummy churros. If Spanish delights are not your thing, not to worry, there are a number of international restaurants in the city centre too, meaning a great choice of food is available. Also, no visit to Alicante is complete without indulging in a jug of sangria or two (or ten), in fact Alicante was the first place Mr ESLT tried it (and fell in love with it).
The Spanish can really throw a party and it’s a good job, as Alicante hosts a number of festivals every year. Mr ESLT and I visited during Las Hogueras de San Juan which is a medieval festival which is held annually during the month of June and takes over the whole city. We witnessed jousting on horseback, parades through the narrow alleyways, lots of street food and nightly firework displays – the city really did come alive! We’d love to return to Alicante and experience another festival soon.
Did you know you can fly directly to Alicante from Liverpool airport? In fact, you can fly to a number of fabulous places, why not check out their Destination Guides for further inspiration!
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