Located in the middle of the Costa Blanca by the Mediterranean sea, this port town has adapted to the modern day with a well-developed tourism industry and famous nightlife scene with parties rocking well into the morning. It is a dynamic, lively, friendly and year-round bustling city that still manages to keep its charming natural appeal with lovely beaches, parks, waterfronts and promenades, historical architecture, traditional roots and exciting cuisine.
Resorts and tourist lures aside, Alicante’s history dates back some 7000 years and has seen the rule of many Mediterranean civilizations, including Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs, each leaving their unique historical and cultural traces in the area, which adds to Alicante’s unique eclectic character. Besides the mighty castle on the hill overlooking the city, Alicante has a fair number of beautiful historical gems to show off and museums to let you in on it’s story.
To no surprise, one of the greatest appeals of Alicante is the weather – the area is spoiled by semi-arid climate, meaning long, hot summers and mild winters. That just adds to the attractiveness of Alicante’s pristine blue-flag beaches, which range from fine and soft-sanded to rocky. Get some excellent beachtime fun at El Postiguet or head to the excellent San Juan beach – the longest beach around with exquisitely clean water. The surrounding area is also rich with some stunning natural landmarks and reserves, including Mata and Torrevieja lagoons, Santa Pola salt marshes and palm groves in Elche.
Alicante is also known for great golf courses. If you have never played before, you might as well give it a shot and never get bored with the excellent surrounding views.