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Alicante Tourism And Travel Guide
23.9° C / 75° F
March to May
2 to 4 Days
Alicante Airport (11 kms)
Alicante Renfe Station (6 kms)
Alicante continues to capture the imagination of visitors who visit its shores. Bordered by mountains on one side and the stunning blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea on the other, historically the city served as a key port for trade. Tourism in the city is booming throughout the summer and spring seasons, with the period between March and May being the most ideal time to visit. Autumn is when tourism tends to start dying down in the city. In terms of travel, the city is extremely well-connected with air travel being recommended for overseas visitors and travel by rail advised for local travelers.
Activities in the city range from exploring historic sites like the Santa Maria Cathedral and Santa Barbara Castel to museum visits to sampling some outstanding local Tapas and Paella at any of the numerous restaurants. This travel guide should provide you with more valuable insights into Alicante.
How To Reach
Flying into Alicante Airport is the recommended mode of travel for international visitors particularly. The airport is efficiently linked to most of the significant neighbouring Spanish cities.
Travel by road is time consuming but a cost efficient form of local transportation. The city of Alicante is well-connected by road to most of the surrounding towns and cities in Spain.
Alicante Station is located close to the city center and can be reached efficiently from across Spain and even from certain European cities. It is a highly recommended form of transportation to get to Alicante efficiently.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
Spring Season (March - May):
An ideal climate, loads of sunshine and light winds make spring the best and most highly recommended time to visit Alicante.
Summer Season (June - August):
Although summers can be quite scorchingly hot, the draw of the stunning city beaches means this season continues to be a popular time for toursim in Alicante.
Autumn Season (September - November):
Tourism is at its lowest during this season which might make it a welcome change for travel to Alicante as the temperatures are rather even and quite pleasant at times.
Winter Season (December - February):
Winters tend to get quite rough in Alicante, with heavy winds, rainfall and snow all a possibility during this time of the year. Hence, travel is not advised during this season.
Things To Do
Visit the Castle of Santa Barbara:
Tourists flock to this stunning hilltop castle to explore its history and soak in the stunning views, making it a must-do activity when in Alicante.
Esplanada De Espana:
A walk on the famous central promenade of Alicante is highly recommended offering visitors a chance to soak in the atmosphere of the city.
Visitors flock to this part of town, a beautiful little neighbourhood that has a variety of fantastic restaurants and cafes to spend the day at.
Spending the day lounging at the celebrated Postiguet Beach's white-sand is a massively popular activity and is the perfect way to unwind in the city.
Much like the city itself, the food scene is Alicante is rich and thriving with a variety of places serving delicious, locally sourced and affordable food options to visitors. A great place to start is the Central Mercado, which is an an absolute delight for visitors looking to sample some local cuisine at budget friendly rates. Visitors can sample some of the best meats and cheeses with wine here. The rice based Paella dish, Red Prawns, Cod Fish and Sausage with Beans are just some of the best dishes to sample. Most of the notable dishes tend to involve seafood owing to Alicante’s location as a port city. For luxury options the Quique Dacosta restaurant is not to be missed and has a whopping 3 Michelin Stars.
The city of Alicante is full of diverse and intriguing shopping options for visitors of all tastes and preferences. There are department stores as well as vendors selling handmade leather goods and accessories like wallets, bags, belts etc. Locally produced artefacts and clothes are also a big hit here and can be found on the Esplanada De Espana or the old town. Beachside markets also occur from time to time which presents another viable option for visitors with lower budgets. The city is famous for its locally produced leather items.