Alicante or Alacant is situated on Spain’s Costa Blanca and is one of the country’s most visited tourist resorts. One of the reasons that Alicante is so popular with holidaymakers is that it has a diverse range of attractions. With a long beachfront, awesome nightlife and a quaint old quarter, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Alicante.
Alicante is served by Alicante Airport (ALC) which is situated 9km away from the city. The airport receives flights from a number of British destinations including Manchester, Birmingham and two of London’s airports. On average, a flight from London to Alicante will take just less than two and a half hours. There are 6 airlines which offer direct flights from London to Alicante and a return flight will cost between £40 and £80 depending on what time of year you go.
What to Do in Alicante
Undeniably, one of Alicante’s major draws is its beaches. One of the best sandy beaches is San Juan Beach. The beach is situated 7km away from the city and is connected by a frequent streetcar service. The beach is great for swimming and sunbathing. In addition, the beach has great amenities as it is lined by cafes, restaurant, bars and shops.
Alicante has a number of historical attractions that are certainly worth a visit. The most famous of Alicante’s landmarks is the Castle of Santa Barbara. The castle dates back to the 9th century and is situated on top of Mount Benacantil. Other landmarks popular with travellers include the Church of Santa María and the Cathedral of St Nicholas of Bari.
While in Alicante there are a number of great museums and galleries to check out such as the Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ) and the Fine Arts Museum. Situated in a former hospital, the Archaeological Museum of Alicante is an award-winning museum which explores the rich history of the area. The Museum of Fine Arts has a fantastic collection of artwork from the middle ages up until the early twentieth century.
When the sun goes down, there are still plenty of fun things to do in Alicante. The liveliest nightspot in the city is the Old District where you can find a number of clubs, bars and live music venues. Another nightlife area popular with tourists and locals alike is the port of Alicante. Here you will find a number open-air bars and nightclubs.