What to visit in Alicante, Spain (with Map & Photos)

Alicante is a picturesque and elegant Mediterranean resort town located on the east coast of Spain. It is the capital of the province of the same name, part of the autonomous community of Valencia. The province belongs to the famous coastal resort region of the Costa Blanca, the city of Alicante itself is located in its center.

Alicante Spain
Alicante Spain

Alicante from A to Z: hotels, beaches, sea, entertainment and excursions. Bright photos and map. Reviews of tourists about Alicant, Spain.

Alicante, one of the main resorts on the Costa Blanca, traces its ancestry back to the fortified settlement of the Carthaginians. During the time of the Moors, it became a lively trading city, later - a major seaport. The tourist boom of the 1970s turned Alicante into a popular resort with beautiful promenades and modern infrastructure. Its symbol and main historical attraction is the medieval castle of Santa Barbara on Mount Benatanquil, which is called the "face of the Moor" for its bizarre outlines. Another Moorish trail is the Santa Cruz quarter with narrow streets, bright spots of flowers and the Gothic Church of Santa Maria, built on the site of an Arab mosque.

Alicante Spain
Alicante Spain

Still, the main thing in Alicante is the sea, the beaches and the Esplanade boulevard, covered with palm trees, with a line of cafes, restaurants and tapas bars.

Districts of Alicante


The historic center of Alicante lies to the west of Mount Benatanquil, surmounted by the Castle of Santa Barbara. Well-groomed streets, ancient temples, museums, a picturesque seaport, boutiques, luxury hotels, trendy restaurants, bars and cafes - there is something to do during the day and where to have fun at night. The epicenter of resort life is the Esplanade, a splendid promenade with a palm alley and a mosaic pavement made up of 6 million multi-colored marble tiles. At the foot of the mountain, the Santa Cruz quarter nodded - a quiet and almost deserted piece of the old, still Moorish, Alicante with low houses, wrought-iron balconies and narrow steep streets.

In the area of ​​Albuferet, 5 km northeast of the Historical Center, there are many residential complexes with their own swimming pools, green areas, playgrounds. Excellent transport links, supermarkets, prestigious private schools, clean beaches, modern sports and medical centers have made this area attractive to people with a high income.

Alicante Spain
Alicante Spain

To the east, Albuferet is adjoined by the Playa San Juan area with a row of multi-storey buildings lined up along a magnificent sandy beach 3 km long. It's no secret that many apartments here belong to our compatriots.

Alicante Accommodation


The best hotels in Alicante are to be found in the vicinity of the seaport and Postiguet beach. None of the hotels, even the most expensive, have their own beach, and their guests have to share public beaches with mere mortals. The undoubted advantage of the city is its relatively low prices. At the peak of the season, a room in a 4-5 * hotel can be rented for 160-220 EUR, in a 3 * hotel on the first line of the San Juan beach - for 135 EUR.

Regardless of the number of stars and other advantages of hotels and apartments, their proximity to the beach plays a major role in pricing.

Alicante Spain
Alicante Spain

Apartments and apart-hotels are the most numerous and demanded category of housing, making the resort attractive for holidaymakers with an average income. They are located in the city center and on the coast in close proximity to the beaches. In fact, these are apartments where you can cook food, wash clothes and live with home comfort. A large selection allows you to find a suitable option for both a young couple and a large family of 4-6 people. The cost of a weekly stay in an apartment during the peak season is from 300 to 1500 EUR, in the low season prices drop two to three times.

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