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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!