The city of Alicante

Alicante currently has 330,00 inhabitants and prides itself in privileged climate with 19º of average annual temperature and 2,500 hours of sunshine a year, which have turned it into one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain.

It is the city of services with outstanding beaches and a cosmopolitan character. Visitors can enjoy its Mediterranean charm and numerous opportunities which the city offers. The marina of Alicante is one of the most thriving entertainment zones – the space open to the sea with a multitude of bars, restaurants, shops and leisure centers.

However, Alicante has much more to offer; discover our city and the routes we recommend.

Alicante Beaches

Some of Alicante’s best tourist attractions are its excellent beaches. Year after year, they receive the Blue Flag award by the European Union, which earns them well deserved international recognition as the best Mediterranean beaches. These are the following beaches:

  • San Juan beach
  • Calas del Cabo de la Huerta.
  • Almadraba beach.
  • La Albufereta beach.
  • Postiguet beach.
  • Saladares-Urbanova beach.
  • Tabarca.

Postiguet beach, San Juan beach and Tabarca

Postiguet beach is in the city of Alicante, at the foot of Saint Barbara Castle and next to the famous Explanada promenade. Postiguet can be distinguished by its fine, golden sand and calm waters. These qualities along with its easy access to the historical downtown make it one of the emblematic venues of Alicante. The beach has sports zones, like the beach volleyball court. A wide range of services, stalls with handmade goods, clothes, games, accessories and whatever else you can need while sunbathing are near the beach. Gómiz promenade is full of bars to have lunch, dinner or a quick snack.

San Juan beach is a paradise with its fine sand and transparent sea. It’s the most well-known beach of Alicante, often frequented by the city residents, who enjoy it all year long. This enormous sandy area extends from Campbello beaches till el Cabo de las Huertas. San Juan beach has areas for playing different sports, like beach volleyball courts, mini football goals and space for water sports, such as windsurfing.

Tabarca, the only inhabited island of the Valencian Community, is located eleven nautical miles from the city of Alicante, close to Santa Pola Cape. In fact, it is more than just an island, it is a small archipelago made up of La Cantera, la Galera and la Nao isles. It is approximately 1,800 m long and its maximum width is of 400 m. In the past, its coast was refuge for Berber pirates and the walls surrounding its urban nucleus have been declared a site of historic and artistic interest and a cultural heritage site.

It has coves and beaches with transparent waters and a picturesque sailing harbor.

Saint Barbara Castle

Saint Barbara castle is located on the summit of Mount Benacantil, at 166 meters of altitude. It is one of the greatest Spanish medieval fortresses, which overlooks the Alicante bay.
It is composed of three venues at distinct altitudes, which date from different periods.
In the highest venue (“La Torreta”) there is the Tower of Homage and the oldest remains of the fortress, which in their majority go back to the 14th century.

The middle venue houses the most important rooms of the 16th century, which are the Felipe II Room

o the Guard Building

o the Weapons Courtyard

o Queen´s Bastion

The lowest venue dates from the 18th century and it is home to the so-called Revellín del Bon Repós.

Historical buildings

Alicante is home to numerous historical, religious and civil buildings, which reveal a fascinating past, influenced by the history and proximity of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Alicante City Hall is a Baroque civil architectural work from the 18th century, constructed on the premises of the old City Hall by an architect Lorenzo Chápuli. Carbonel House is a beautiful edifice located in the emblematic Explanada and is one of the most peculiar buildings in the city of Alicante. The Alicante Central Marketplace displays details inspired by modernism, and the Main Theater`s principal façade in the neo-classical style. The Bullring of Alicante is one of the oldest and still open to public in the Valencian Community.

Religious edifices of Alicante are Saint Mary´s Basilica from the 14th century and Saint Nicolas Pro-cathedral, the Santa Cruz Hermitage and the San Roque Hermitage.

Santa Faz Monastery, a religious building in the Baroque style, is located five kilometers from the urban center of Alicante.

Alicante is home to numerous historical, religious and civil buildings, which reveal a fascinating past, influenced by the history and proximity of the Mediterranean Sea.

Elche

Elche is a unique Mediterranean city located in a touristy Costa Blanca region of Spain, in the Valencian Community, in the south-east of the Iberian Peninsula. It is within a 20 min journey from Alicante and 15 min. from the International Alicante-Elche Airport, which make the city well- connected with the principal European airports, ideal for students who want to learn Spanish.

It is a safe, medium-sized city, ideal for young students. On the other hand, Elche is big enough to offer a multitude of opportunities for both its inhabitants and visitors. Its population of 230,000 residents makes it the third most populous city of the Valencian Community, after Valencia and Alicante.

Elche is a city with rich past, which goes back to the 15th century. At the same time, it is a young city with vibrant and dynamic atmosphere. It has three universities: Miguel Hernández University (UMH), Cardenal Herrera University (CEU) and the Distance Education University (UNED), therefore it offers countless academic and leisure opportunities for young learners.

Elche has exceptional climate with mild winters and more than 300 days of sunshine, owing to its privileged location on the Mediterranean coast. The city offers a great variety of outdoors activities for both its inhabitants and tourists, which include mountain hiking, water sports and other sports disciplines to satisfy the needs of lovers of the outdoors. Moreover, there are numerous parks, open spaces and public sports centers, since the inhabitants are fans of all types of sports. As a result, the city has a multitude of sports facilities and holds many sports events throughout the year.

Denia

DENIA is a beautiful and welcoming city in the Alicante region, located on the Mediterranean coast between the cities of Alicante and Valencia. It is a modern and lively city with a 20 km long beach, where visitors can enjoy the sunshine, sports activities and delicious gastronomy.

Tourism in Dénia offers multiple opportunities.

We recommend ascending high in order to reach the Dénia Castle, the edifice with over 2,000 years of history, which carries on the legacy of different cultures that marked its territory. Currently, it houses the Archeological Museum, with four rooms corresponding to the Iberian, Roman, Muslim and Christian periods.

Dénia harbor can be divided into two parts: Les Marines (in the north) and Les Rotes (in the south)
In Les Marines, the visitors can enjoy the most famous beaches that usually attract many people. Services offered include the hire of windsurfing boards, watersports activities like sailing, towrope, kayaking, etc.

The southern part has a rockier scenery, with its coves, transparent waters and Montgó Natural Park as a backdrop. Our final recommendation is la Cueva Tallada (Tallada Cave), a spectacular cave between Dénia and Jávea, located in Cabo and Saint Antonio Natural Reserve, which is definitely worth a visit.

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