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Welcome to Alicante

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Alicante is a port city on the Costa Blanca in the south of the Valencian Community in Spain. It is a city of two halves with historic architecture and skyscrapers side by side leading to vast stretches of white sand beaches that reach out into the Gulf of Valencia. The best way to experience the city and its attractions is to hire a car and we have some great options available, with cheap weekly car hire rates and great deals for day hires too. Whether you need something sporty, affordable or luxurious - we have it all.

 


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Alicante - The facts

 

  • Alicante is a popular stop off for cruise ships in Spain

  • One of the largest film studio’s in Europe is based in Alicante - Ciudad de la Luz

  • The locals speak Spanish and Valenciano - which is similar to Catalan

  • The climate in Alicante is typically Mediterranean with beautiful hot summers, easy mild winters and very little
    rainfall

  • The local food consists mainly of rice dishes, fresh fruit and vegetables but there is also a special drink named
    Horchata which is an iced almond milk - perfect for those hot summer days

  • The Romans affectionately referred to Alicante as Lucentum which translates to “City of Light”


Alicante - A Short Guide

 


Alicante is the kind of city that you can visit year around and expect great weather. The summers are hot with temperatures in the 30s in summer months and even the winters see temperatures no less than 16 degrees. It’s an easy city to reach as it has it’s own International airport with all kinds of airlines flying there including budget options like Easyjet, Finnair and Ryanair. If you’re already in the country then you can easily drive there, taking in the Spanish countryside as you do, or you even take a train from Cities like Barcelona and Madrid - and though the journeys vary between 3 to 5 hours, you’ll find the trip pleasant, filled with some incredible views and interesting stop offs on the way. 


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If you decide to stay in Alicante’s old town, then most things in the centre, including the many churches, castles and cathedrals are accessible on foot, but you’ll need a car to reach the things further afield such as the Castle of Santa Barbara which can be found on top of the Mount Benacantil and affords incredible views over the city and harbour. Other attractions of historical importance in the area include the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts in the old town which is free to visit, the avant-garde Archaeological Museum of Alicante which is fascinating if you’re interested in the history of Alicante including information on Alicante from the Stone Age through to the Roman eras, and the Castle of San Fernando. 


A must see in Alicante is the Tabarca island - which is a little town in of itself. There are no cars on the island, but there are numerous little restaurants and bars, with a sleepy Spanish atmosphere abundant throughout and there are accessible beaches, but these are less attractive then others in the area - so perhaps save your swimming time for these. There are of course a number of beaches here, many of them within walking distance of several major hotels. Some of the beaches worth mentioning include Playa del Coco which still has a working harbour, Playa de la Albufereta which is towards the north of the city, Postiguet beach which is a white sandy beach which is one of the most populated - you can play a variety of sports and enjoy a friendly atmosphere, and finally Playa de San Juan that along with being home to seven kilometres of white sand beach also plays host to a 18 hole golf course and on the side of the beach closest to Alicante city - a number of small restaurants and bars that are ideal for light lunches and breaks from the sun.

 


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If you’d like to get into the party spirit, then a visit to the city during the Las Hogueras San Juan festival in July is a real must. You’ll see huge and elaborate monuments constructed throughout the city during the festival that are then burned and proceeded by fireworks every night for a week on the beach. Another great festival is the simply named Carnival that has a series of open air concerts - so you can enjoy music and dancing but not lose sight of the wonderful weather, and parades of costumed revellers parading the streets, enjoying local foods and wines as well as local music and acts.

 

The old town of Alicante is something of a maze of small stoney streets and back alley shops offering everything from unusual trinkets and clothing to the typical tourist traps with magnets and other memorabilia, you’ll also find some great little restaurants and, providing you don’t get lost, a wonderful view out over the city. For excursions outside of the city - a car will very much be your friend and help you avoid lengthy walks up hill and full public transport options. We have some great offers for Alicante and the rest of Spain and we would recommend a convertible if you’re a couple which is the perfect way to explore both the countryside and the city with the sun on your back and the wind in your hair.


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