Raise your temperature
In the UK, the average winter temperature is between 2 and 7 degrees Celsius. With the mercury at these levels we tend to hibernate, choosing evenings snuggled by the fire in favour of bracing walks in the cold air. But it doesn’t have to be like this, the average winter temperature in Alicante is between 11.5 and 18 degrees Celsius, and that’s shorts weather.
Pack a t-shirt or two
Talking of shorts, the autumn/winter months in Alicante seldom require warm clothing. Layering is key at this time of year, so think shorts, t-shirts and a few long sleeved shirts and light jumpers. It’s usually warm enough to sit outside in the evenings, but having a light jumper or cardigan will keep the chill off once the sun goes down.
See the sights – without the tourists
Alicante is buzzing throughout the summer. With a flight time of less than three hours (from Newquay) and temperatures hitting 30oc, it’s easy to see why Brits flock there in July and August. Unlike other resorts in Spain, Alicante is a working port, so make the most of your visit and hit all the tourist hotspots. You’ll find most will be open all year, but out of season you’ll have more space to explore and a better chance to pick the brains of your local guide.
Indulge in Spanish seafood
When we think of Spanish food it’s all too easy to conjure up mental images of paella, but there’s so much more to the region than this famous dish. Sticking with the rice theme, arroz a banda is a popular choice among locals. Similar to paella, it consists of rice cooked in fish stock containing a mix of fish, potatoes, onions, garlic and saffron.
A particular delicacy is Denia prawns, which are said to have a delicate, sweet flavour. They can be pricey though, tipping the scales at €200 a kilo in the run up to the festive season. Grilled cod and eel dishes are also extremely popular, so consider stepping out of your comfort zone one night.
Take a tour
If you want to really get to know somewhere, the best thing to do is take a tour. Guides are often fonts of local knowledge and can provide you with an in-depth history of the area. There’s an abundance of tours on offer in Alicante, including options for cycling, walking and even gourmet food trips. Pick one that takes your fancy and enjoy learning some interesting information on the history of Spain.
Mosey around a museum
In the unlikely event of rainfall, a good go-to plan is to spend some time at a museum. In Alicante, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The Museo de Hogueras is ranked particularly well, you’ll notice its abstract figures and cleverly crafted sculptures. Lookout for the festivals held there throughout the year, different districts make effigies which are burnt at midnight, but the favourite is always housed in the museum.
Fly from Cornwall
You can fly direct to Alicante from Cornwall Airport Newquay with Ryanair twice a week, all year round.