DISTANCE FROM CENTRE
We’ve been raving about Alicante for a long time now, as one of our favorite destinations in Spain. Stay away from the huge overcrowded cities of Barcelona and Madrid; with plenty of access to beautiful beaches while still retaining a lot of old school charm.
Travelers will be dazzled by the rich beaches, the tidal pools that are worth hours of exploring, and other natural wonders for the summer months, but the city itself is also worthy of note: with its castle, its medieval quarter, and a very long waterfront will enchant all visitors and will make you wish you could stay longer; whether you’re there for a city break or a longer holiday vacation. Take the time to explore Alicante and we promise you won’t regre it.
Historic Old Town
The spacious old squares, the imposing cathedral, the bustling side streets and open markets; these are just some of the reasons we love staying in the Old Town of Alicante. Stick to the middle of the action here, where most of the best restaurants and bars are located. In traditional Spanish style, most of the hotels here are small boutiques, converted from old apartments or private homes and all will still boast that glorious feel for all visitors. We highly recommend checking out these smaller hotels, or even an bed and breakfast for your stay.
Postiguet Beach Area
If your holiday is all about maximum sun exposure, than you don’t need to go farther than this area of Alicante. Front and center on the beach in front of the city, Postiguet beach is one of our favorites to go to. In this area, vacation-goers should look at one of the modern resorts or beachfront hotels for their stay, so that every luxury is provided just a step away from the sand.
Elche, Torrevieja, Benidorm and Murcia
If the beach isn’t your thing (or you don’t want it to be for the whole of your stay) we recommend trying a step out of your comfort zone at some of these smaller towns for a wonderful taste of the countryside a little more inland from Alicante for some good hiking, wine country, and more. Try your hand for a private villa if you have a family or you’re looking for something romantic. Otherwise, the bed and breakfasts out there are to die for.
We love the beaches of Alicante for their smooth white sand and pristine look; their location being really close to the city so that travelers staying anywhere within Alicante have easy access is a pretty good reason to love the beaches here, as well. We recommend however, walking down the beaches until you find an area a little more private and less crowded; the restaurants and shops just off the sand will have a little more local flavor and more reasonable prices; well worth the longer stroll.
Spend a day exploring Santa Barbara castle for something off the beaten path; it’s at the top of a high point that gives all visitors a beautiful vista of the city and the beach below. Explore 16th and 17th century history, and take a photo of the girls at the top who are usually dressed in traditional garb and are always willing to give good suggestions to tourists.
If going fast is your thing, check out the Museo Volvo Ocean Race, the only museum in the world dedicated to the grueling and very dangerous sport of sailing. Tour some previous winners and hear some harrowing stories about the race that is considered “The Everest of Sailing.”
As with much of Spain, Alicante is lucky for having pretty mild and moderate weather year-round, with lovely warm summers full of sun. We highly recommend going in the summer in order to take advantage of the best of the beaches, but we also recommend that travelers visit in the late spring or early autumn; when the water and the beaches will still be warm, but much less crowded.
With the milder weather of late spring and early autumn, travelers can also enjoy walking around the city itself; without worries of being too hot and sweaty. With it’s sprawling layout, it’s a city that any traveler would love to get lost in; with the best restaurants and bars being the ones that are a little bit off the beaten path; waiting for the visitor who is brave enough and patient enough to find it.