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Welcome to Alicante – the friendliest city in Spain! Alicante past present and future. Different civilizations have passed through these lands, leaving their mark which can be seen in all corners of this emblematic city. All of this adds to the appeal of this modern city with a primary focus on tourism, but also a special interest in industry and commerce. Alicante, situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, offers not only a great variety of services but also a wide range of cultural activities, with its museums, its festivals and its nature areas, in particular the Island of Tabarca (Mediterranean Marine Reserve). Alicante’s well-known climate and beaches make this a perfect city for spending a few pleasantly relaxing days away from it all.
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Do and see
Santa Barbara Castle
A visit to the Santa Bárbara Castle is highly recommended. Perched on top of M­ount Benacantil, at a height of 166 metres, stands one of Spain’s largest mediaeval fortresses, providing great views of Alicante’s perfect bay. Visitors can access the castle via a lift.You can also reach the castle on foot or by car. Curiously, when viewed from El Postiguet beach, Mount Benacantil looks like a human face in profile which is known as“The Moor’s Face” and is one of the city’s most emblematic images.
Tabarca Island
A visit to Tabarca island is an absolute must for visitors. Boats from the company Kontiki depart from the marina in Alicante several times a day. The journey takes around one hour from Alicante. The route will give you the opportunity to enjoy the coastline. Try one of the traditional fish stews on the terrace of one of the restaurants. Also, you will find nice little bays to swim. If you decide to stay overnight on the island, there are also little hotels peppered along it.
Explanada de España
This maritime promenade runs parallel to the port, from the Puerta del Mar to Canalejas Park and is one of the most popular areas in Alicante. La Explanada de España is also known as the “Paseo de la Explanada”. The floor is decorated with 6.600.000 tricolour marble tiles forming a design with a carachteristic wave effect mosaic. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy these areas at any time of the year, thanks to the pleasant climate.
MACA Museum
Contemporary Art Museum “MACA”, housed in the city’s oldest surviving civil building. In the baroque style, it dates back to 1685 and is located next to the Santa María basilica. The museum has recently been re-opened after a year of a extension work in order to improve and enlarge its facilities in 4.700 m2, with the aim to house an important collection of 20th century art mostly comprised of works donated by Eusebio Sempere. Many different types of events also take place in this Museum
Central Market
This building contains some modernist features and was built between 1911 and 1912 The front of the building was designed by Enrique Sánchez Sedeño and on 25th May 1938, it was hit during the worst bombing suffered by the city of Alicante during the Spanish Civil War. All kinds of high-quality products can be bought at the Market, especially local fish and seafood, vegetables and fruit, as well as other typical local products.
Old Town Quarter
Back in the old town quarter, we recommend a route that includes a visit to the San Nicholas Co-cathedral dating from the 17th-century. The cloisters, however, are from the 15th-century (Herrerian Renaissance style). The Town Hall building is an 18th-century Baroque building. The Santa María Basilica, a gothic structure based on the mosque from the ancient town, dates from the 14th- and 16th-centuries and was completed with Baroque and Rococo finishes in the 18th-century.
Beaches
Alicante has a wide variety of beaches, from fine sand to rocky. Most of them are proud to hold the Blue Flag award. El Postiguet is the Alicante beach par excellence! Located in the very heart of the city. It’s a long sandy beach and is close to all types of services. The San Juan beach is the most famous beach, not only because it is the longest, but also because of the quality and cleanliness of its waters. Enjoy the sun and the sea, relaxing in the warm sand of one of Alicante beaches.
Bonfires of Saint John Museum
This museum (Museo de Fogueres) is dedicated to the most popular “fiesta” in Alicante and shows the "ninots," or wooden statues that have been "saved" - i.e., not burned every year - in a video room showing the best of this "fiesta", photographs, costumes, etc. This museum is especially nice for families with children!
Information
Airport
Alicante’s international airport is situated 11 kilometres south of the city and is called “Alicante-Elche”. It is one of the most important airports in the country, with direct flights to 19 destinations around Spain, around 80 in the European Union, and 12 destinations outside the EU, flying to a total of 20 different countries. Recently, El Altet international airport completed the expansion work that has been taking place in recent years, increasing its operating capacity by 122% in comparison with 2005. The new passenger terminal covers an area of over 333,500 square metres. The departure lounges are spread over 27,000 square metres, with over 7,000 square metres dedicated to shops. The parking facilities now have 6,740 spaces available for the new terminal. The cheapest way to get into the centre is by urban bus C-6. A single ticket costs €3,85. The bus departs every 20 minutes and it takes around 30 minutes depending on the traffic. A taxi costs around €18 with a journey time around 10 to 15 minutes.
Public Transport
There are city buses running to every district of the city, and Alicante’s suburbs. The central bus station offers regular connections with other towns in the area, as well as the main Spanish cities and European capitals, as well as Morocco (www.subus.es). Trams leave from the Mercado Central station in direction to San Juan beach and the coastal town of El Campello, Benidorm and also connect with the tram (narrow gauge train) service going up the north coast of Alicante, including Calpe and Denia. Due to the spectacular landscape along the way, the tram is loved and popular among tourists. The train is another useful method of transport. Thanks to modern trains, Spanish as well as European capitals can be reached easily and comfortably from the station located in the city centre. Coach Station: +34 965 130 700 Railway Station: +34 902 240 202 / www.renfe.es Tram: +34 900 720 472 / www.fgv.es
Airport Transfers
The best way to get to and from Alicante Airport is with hoppa. They provide a range of vehicles and are pre-bookable so you don’t need to worry about currency exchange, being over-charged or space for your luggage. Prices start from just £12.99.
Taxi
Easy to get hold of if you want to stop one on the street. Fare meters are used. In order to book a taxi, including taxis adapted for the handicapped, there are several local companies: Radio Tele Taxi +34 965 101 611 Taxi Área +34 965 910 591 Euro Taxi +34 965 240 707
Post
The central post office is open all day Monday to Friday from 08.30-20.30, and on Saturday from 09.30-14.00. Closed on Sunday.
Pharmacy
All chemists have a list of current emergency chemists. It is also published in all daily papers in the region.
Dentist
Dr J A Martinez speaks both English and Spanish.
Telephone
Country code + 34 Area code: 965 You have to dial the area code even when you are in Alicante.
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