Sightseeing in Alicante
Alicante offers a wonderful mixture of Spanish city life, first class shopping, sumptuous cuisine and fantastic golf courses – not to mention stunning sandy beaches coupled with beautiful Spanish scenery! Besides its golden beaches, Alicante’s mountain-top castle is well worth a visit whilst you are in Spain so make sure you take your camera. Alicante is well known for its wine, as are the surrounding towns. The dry Spanish wines of Alicante come with a kick and are a great aperitif.
City Sightseeing in Alicante
To get fantastic views of Alicante city and its beautiful coastline take the lift from El Postiguet Beach to Santa Barbara Castle.
Art lovers should not miss a visit to the Museo de la Asegurada modern art museum, with works by some of the great Spanish artists Salvador Dali and Picasso.
To see the traditional side of Alicante take a stroll through the historic buildings and whitewashed houses set on the narrow streets of the old town.
The Spanish city of Calpe, north of Alicante airport, lies around its focal point of "the rock", a huge boulder which can be viewed right along the bay. Calpe’s mountainous surroundings ensure protection from the elements and therefore offer the guaranteed Spanish sunshine.
If you fancy exploring the famous rock you can either reach the summit via the tunnel, or take the more relaxed approach and catch a boat from the marina. This up-market Spanish resort is a great place to explore on foot or relax by the marina. With so much to see and do in this city, your holiday will certainly be a fun packed break in the sun!
Fun Seekers in Alicante
Alicante might well be the gateway to the promised land of parties, beach fun and neon-dripped clubs but a focus on tourism in the past couple of years is making the town of Alicante a fun-seekers paradise in its own right.
Alicante has one of the busiest promenades in the area and it has recently been renovated with a rather unique design. Slabs have been carefully placed to create the illusion of 3D steps, a rather mesmerising sight after a few chilled beverages.
This promenade is the perfect bridge from the bars, restaurants and shops to the beach. However, if it is uninterrupted nightlife you crave, then you really can't beat Benidorm.
If you're looking to party till dawn then Benidorm is definitely the place to be. Known for the best in Costa Blancan nightlife it's full of discos, clubs and bars to suit all tastes. Clubbers can dance all night whilst others enjoy the music from their seat with a cocktail or two. One of the most popular clubs is KM disco which attracts top DJs like Judge Jules and Brandon Block.
In Benidorm you don't even have to leave the beach to find fun. Levante beach boasts swinging bridges, diving boards, rafts and slides for the more adventurous types as well as a wet playground. Those wanting to keep dry during the day can release their inner speed demon on the go-karting tracks.
Amusement park Terra Mítica guarantees a fun day out for all. On the outskirts of Benidorm this park has Mediterranean themed rides. An equally fun, but much wetter time, can be had at Aqualand where daredevils can ride the Kamikaze slides or the Black Hole ride. This waterpark proves to be a popular day out for Stag and Hen dos too.
Top Tours in Alicante:
Excursion to Terra Mitica Park
Enjoy exciting rides and live shows on your excursion to the Terra Mítica theme park in Benidorm...
Jeep Tour of Costa Blanca Countryside
Take a jeep excursion to the picturesque countryside of Costa Blanca and see the Algar waterfalls...
Costa Blanca Catamaran Cruise
Sail in a catamaran and take in the beauty of Costa Blanca coastline on this excursion...
Costa Blanca Mountain Biking
Enjoy a sense of freedom as you ride a bicycle down the mountainside near Alicante...
Trip to Aqualandia Aquatic Park
Take a trip to the Aqualandia aquatic park in Benidorm and try out its exciting rides...
Family Fun in Alicante
For families and those wanting more relaxing entertainment the Old Town offers laid-back restaurants and people-watching on the promenade.
Beach Fun for the Whole Family in Benidorm
Benidorm also boosts two fantastic beaches. Levante Beach is the liveliest with a promenade lined with bars and cafes and swinging bridges, diving boards, rafts, slides and a wet playground further out to sea. Excellent life-guard and children's services are on offer to cater for all your family's needs. Pontiente Beach near the Old Town is a little quieter and less crowded than its lively neighbour, and offers safe swimming and activities for families.
Amusement Parks for the Whole Family in Benidorm
For a fun packed day out why not visit Terra Mítica, a giant amusement park located just outside of Benidorm? The five areas of the park offer visitors a truly Mediterranean experience with themed rides based on the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Greece, Iberia and Rome. Alternatively try Aqualand for a cracking day out at this fun-filled water park.
Alicante is certainly a popular destination for year round sunshine and fun for the entire family!
Romantic Breaks in Alicante
Alicante is known for its beautiful white beaches lined with luxury yachts but Spain's south east coast is also made up of quaint villages with whitewashed houses which make the perfect setting for a romantic stroll. Delicious tapas and Spanish wine can be enjoyed over a long summer evening in one of the many traditional tavernas.
Top Tips in Alicante
Sample Alicante's sumptious Spanish cuisine - With plenty of international cuisine on offer you have the choice to try something different. The traditional tavernas offer tasty local tapas if you fancy sampling some Spanish fayre. Or if you're the kind to keep the home comforts, there are plenty of opportunities for a Sunday roast in the resort.
During the summer months visitors to Alicante can take the Truitrén (tourist train) where you can hop off at many spots such as the sports marina or just stay on and enjoy the scenery. It runs during July and August and is one of the best ways to get around. For the rest of the year buses and trains offer regular services in Alicante and further a field if you fancy a bit more exploring and a scheduled bus also serves Alicante airport.
Shopping – Shopaholics will be pleased to find high street names like Zara and H&M in the city centre where prices may be lower than in the UK. For tourists wanting to bring something a little bit different back then leather, ceramics and woodcarvings are all specialities of the area and can be found in many shops.
- Please, thank you – Por favor, gracias
- How much? – ¿Cuanto es?
- Good morning/afternoon/night – Buenos dias/buenas tardes/buenas noches
- Excuse me – PerdonHow are you? – ¿Como esta?
- I don't understand – No entiendo
- Do you speak English? – ¿Habla usted ingles?
- I don't speak Spanish – No hablo espanol
- I would like… - Quisiera…
- Is there a bank/post office near here? – ¿Hay un banco/correos cerca de aqui?
- Do you have…? – ¿Tiene…?
- The time – la hora
- A double room – una habitacion con cama matrimonial
- Where is…? – ¿Donde esta…?
- The train station – la estacion de ferrocarril
- The bus station – la estacion de autobuses
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