Nightlife in Alicante city
There's no low tourist season in Alicante city! Summer's balmy evenings are spent outdoors on the narrow streets and promenades, whilst winter brings a more intimate indoor scene. Whatever the season, good restaurants, lively bars, sophisticated clubs and live music are all on the menu for a memorable night on the town!
In summer the Esplanada offers an easy, carefree ambience where cafes, restaurants and tavernas tumble out onto the pavements inviting you to sit and stay a while. There's no better place in the city to start your evening, sit with an aperitif, watch the world go slowly by and muse over where to eat.
For sophistication, and elegance with a nautical flavour, stroll down to the port and Marina area. With its many bars, café's and exclusive restaurants, you’ll find everything you need for a wonderful evening out and the fine fish restaurants you will find here are a must to try. This area also has the attraction of the Panoramis centre situated on the far side of the marina near the harbour, but catch the little ferryboat that leaves from the corner of the beach to save you a walk! There you will find modern bars all individually designed intermingled with shops.
For a lively evening out the largest and most popular area is 'El Barrio'. Originally the old city centre, it has a great medieval feel with its narrow winding streets and multi-coloured facades. Full of charm, it's bustling with energy and packed with dozens of bars catering for all tastes. Located around the Cathedral of St. Nicholas of Bari you can find bars with everything from live music to art exhibitions.
Very close by, as the narrow streets climb upwards, you are taken into the area of Santa Cruz, dotted around the church of the same name. Again you will find a multitude of bars mixed in amongst the colourful houses with wrought iron balconies overflowing with geraniums. A high point of the summer season in Santa Cruz is the annual Jazz Festival held in July and August with live jazz music in many of the bars, look out for the posters as you walk around.
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For a more unusual night out seek out the 'ruta de la madera'. This literally means 'route of wood' and is so named because of the proliferation of wood used in the many bars and tabernas, some of which are like American wild-west saloons! Find it around the streets of Garcia Morato and Campos Vassallo.
However for fashionable nightspots where the parties lasts until dawn then 'La Zona' is the place to head for. Apart from the nightclubs, elegant bars and sophisticated restaurants with international cuisine also abound here. Find it at the back of the Esplanada.
Or, in the summer, how about catching the tram to beautiful La Playa de San Juan, backed with an array of restaurants and bars, it makes a nice change from the city.
Finally, if you are more inclined towards ballet, opera or stage plays then make sure you check out the programme of the Teatro Principal, Alicante's large theatre. Whilst in the summer months, down in the plaza del Puerto Viejo near the Marina, you can delight in an International Festival offering world-class recitals of classical music, ballet, theatre and jazz.
Alicante may not offer the large clubs with star-studded entertainment or famous DJ's that you can find elsewhere, but remember you are only a short distance from Benidorm where you will have a wealth of big-time clubs and shows to choose from. And don't worry about transport as you can take advantage of the Trensnochador ('night owl') a tram service that runs at night during July and August.
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