Located on Spain’s Costa Blanca, the port of Alicante is home to long, sandy, Mediterranean beaches, palm-lined promenade, historical city centre and lively nightlife.
Due to its position on the Mediterranean coast, Alicante has mild to hot weather all year round, and has a particularly dry winter with only around 11.2 inches of rain per year.
Temperatures average at about 11.5C from December through to February, although it can reach highs of 20 C in these winter months. Autumn and Spring are slightly more balmy with temperatures averaging at 16.5 C in March to April and October to November, with highs of up to 25 C.
Of course May to September is when the temperature truly rises, with sunny days of temperatures between 18 and 30 C.
Beach meets city
The colourful marble-laid promenade connects the old-town to the seafront. It is palm-lined and perfect for a stroll with coastal views and the ambience of relaxed city life.
For a day by the sea, Postiguet beach’s golden sands are very close to the old town giving it plenty of choice for lunch, and brilliant views of Santa Barbara. Albufereta beach is Northwest
of the city, the small bay has rocky areas and palm trees – a popular spot amongst the locals.
Finally, Alicante’s most famous beach, San Juan stretches from the fishing village of El Campello to the headland of Cabo des la Huertas with fine sand and Blue Flag status waters.
For a day trip, take a boat further from the city to the Island of Tabarca. It is the only inhabited island in the Valencia region and is just 11 miles from the shore of Alicante. Boat trips run regularly to the island which allow you to meander the streets, discover the rich history and stop off at one of the many bars and restaurants.
City of History
From the quaint, narrow streets of Alicante’s old town to the beautiful buildings, make sure you delve into the history of the town.
Hike, or take a lift, up to the top of Mount Benacantil and you’ll find the ruins of one of Spain’s largest medieval fortresses, Castillo de Santa Barbara, which provides magnificent views of the bay of Alicante.
Peruse the old town and discover one of the most striking buildings in Alicante, Casa Carbonell, said to be constructed upon the orders of a textiles manufacturer.
The baroque style town hall, Ayuntamiento, erected in the 18th century, is adorned with decorative features such as the barley-sugar columns. Nearby, you’ll find the 17th century church of San Nicolas se Bari, plain on the outside with an impressive interior.
Finally, Santa Maria Basilica is the oldest church in Alicante and its highly ornate interior is definitely worth a visit.
Get out on the water
Alicante is the perfect year-round destination for water sports such as jet skiing, sailing, snorkelling, surfing and fishing. Equipment is readily available for hire throughout the year which you can take out on your own, or book in for a lesson to get some local knowledge.
Lunch is the big meal of the day here and it is usually served from two in the afternoon. The Valencia region is famed for its rice and Alicante is home to many rice dishes similar to paella, enhanced by the region’s fresh seafood.
Dinner is usually a light snack or tapas which you’ll find in plenty of the bars around the town.
After a relaxing day strolling the streets and enjoying the beaches of Alicante, the city becomes alive during the evening. From bars, restaurants, ice cream parlours, events and clubs, there’s something for everyone all year round.
The buzz starts around the city centre where you’ll find pubs and restaurants with outdoor seating in the Santa Cruz District. A short walk away around the Rambla and Gabriel Miro
Square, you’ll find a full range of nightclubs, cars, ice-cream parlours and restaurants.
A Mediterranean city wouldn’t be complete without sea front nightlife, and Alicante doesn’t disappoint. Head to the marina and beaches to find bars and various entertainment venues.
Find twice weekly flights to Alicante all year round from Cornwall Airport Newquay with Ryanair.
Book now at www.ryanair.com.