Alicante Virgins - first Visit to Alicante?
The city of Alicante lies in the region of the same name on the Eastern Coast of Spain between Murcia & Valencia and is the capital of the Costa Blanca region.
The region of Alicante is serviced by an excellent International Airport (El Altet), 12 kms from the city, which is a short 2 hour flight from most major European Capitals (London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Zurich) and welcomes over 6 million tourists each summer to the 'White Coast'.
It has excellent transport links to the major cities of Spain via road, train and bus and from its busy harbour you can catch passenger ferries to Africa.
Alicante in a Nutshell
Alicante is a city of surprises. It offers its visitors shady palm-fringed promenades, impressive plazas built around cooling fountains and beautiful green parks that provide respite from the mid-day heat. Within the city and for miles to the north and south you will find white sandy beaches and quiet coves to while away the hours.
During the day you can explore palaces, museums and churches which bear testimony to Alicante's historical past as a major seaport. Whilst at night the city becomes vibrant and exciting, with wonderful restaurants and bars squeezed into narrow cobbled streets, just waiting to be explored. But the fun doesn't end there, you can experience Alicante's famous festivals, a legacy of its rich culture, heritage and tradition, which are held throughout the year.
And the final surprise? Well, it has its own fairytale castle, Castillo de Santa Barbara, situated high on the cliffs at Mount Benecantil which offers fabulous views over the sweeping bay and surrounding countryside.
So you see, whether you stay for a short break or a two-week holiday, in winter (avg. temp.16C degrees) or in summer, Alicante really does have it all.
Something for the Weekend?
With flights available to Alicante all year round, it's more than just a summer destination so why not take the opportunity for a quick break at any time of the year?
You can laze away your time on the beach, take a cultural walking tour around the city, calling in on museums and art galleries, or the more active can indulge in an impressive array of water sports. Perhaps retail therapy is more your style? Well you can shop 'til you drop in major stores, designer shops and the new shopping centre of Panoramis. Or how about hunting out those local handicrafts that will impress your friends when you return home.
And if you want a quiet break to replenish your batteries, then stroll along promenades, stopping off for a coffee under the shade of the palms. Sit by the marinas in the sea breeze and watch the sunlight dance on the water as you marvel at the expensive yachts, or have a leisurely lunch at one of the many fine fish restaurants.
At night you can visit the Old Quarter (also known as El Barrio), where, in its maze of narrow streets with multi-coloured buildings, you can eat in some of Spain's best restaurants and tapas bars, or enjoy the lively atmosphere of La Zona with its myriad bars and nightclubs.
Whatever your idea of a perfect break, Alicante can supply it all. And there is one thing you can be sure of…..you'll be back!
- Alicante is located on the East coast of Spain, in the province of Valencia.
- It was founded by the Greeks who named it Akra Leuke (White Peak), it was later captured by the Romans who named it Lucentum (City of Light)
- It is the capital of the Costa Blanca and the second largest city in the region of Valencia
- The city has a 900 meter beach
- The average summer temperature is 26 degrees and the average winter temperature is 16 degrees
- Alicante takes up an area of 201 sq. km/78 sq. miles and its population is 319,000 (2005)
- Time Zone; GMT +1
- Official languages; Spanish (Castilian) and Catalan (Valencian)
- Currency; Euro
- Electricity; 220V 50 Hz (European plug with an earth connection and two circular metal pins)
Recommended Must Sees:
The Promenade Explanada de Espana, the Port, Barrio de Santa Cruz (Old Quarter), Castillo de Santa Bárbara, El Palmeral Garden, Festival of las Hogueras, and San Juan Beach.
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