It's one of the major destinations in the Costa Blanca, and a holiday in Alicante will certainly give you all the sun and sea you crave. From the bustling Playa del Postiguet in the heart of the city, to Playa de San Juan a few kilometres out, the beaches are among the best in Spain - perfect for windsurfing, scuba diving or just soaking up the rays. The city is overlooked by the majestic Castle of Santa Barbara, and culture-seekers will also love the gothic splendor of St Mary's Church. Regular festivals also make Alicante an exhilarating place to visit.
Given the popularity of Spain as a holiday destination, it won't come as a surprise to know that there are a huge number of direct cheap flights to Alicante. Carriers including Ryanair, Monarch, easyJet and Thomson Flights offer flights from a plethora of UK airports including Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, East Midlands, Manchester and London Luton. The average journey time is just over two and a half hours, and your gateway to your Alicante holiday will be Alicante Airport, which is situated just nine kilometres from the city itself.
Alicante has an extensive public transport system, with a train station offering services to major Spanish cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. The city is well serviced by buses and trams also operate along the coast and are a good way to get to various resorts. Saying that, if you're looking to explore well beyond Alicante and see some of the more out of the way sights in the Costa Blanca, you might prefer to hire a car in Alicante. If you do, ensure you book one ahead of your holiday, particularly if you're travelling during the peak Summer season.
Hotels in Alicante are plentiful, although you should bear in mind that the area does get extremely busy during the Summer monthsif you want to come then, you'd be well advised to book as far in advance as possible to ensure you get a good deal and the type of accommodation you want. If you can be flexible with dates, why not visit in the Spring or early Autumn? It'll still be warm, and you may well enjoy some discounts too.
If you want to save money while on holiday in Alicante, don't go for the obvious tourist restaurants, many of which can be found in the marina area. Instead, ask locals for tips and head into a little further out from the main hotspots, to find traditional Spanish restaurants where you can feast on tapas and traditional dishes like paella at far better prices.
Updated 15th May 2013
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posted by byoungThe entrance may not look up to much but behind the facade you'll find loads of paintings of Alicante itself throughout the centuries as well as some other rather fine works of art. A great spot for a cloudy morning.
posted by xcasteelThe oldest church in town, and the most impressive with its ornate Gothic style. I love it here and think it's the perfect drop-in place if you're feeling too hot and bothered and just want somewhere pretty to go and sit for a bit.