Quick Guide to Alicante
One of the major resorts on the Costa Blanca in Spain, Alicante has a delightful mix of Old Town sights and beaches. Summer holidays are usually all about relaxing by the Mediterranean, with perhaps one trip up to the top of Mount Benacantil - using the lift of course - to enjoy the view. But there are also plenty of cheap winter deals which will let you explore the Old Town whilst enjoying the milder weather on the Med.
To enjoy Alicante holidays at their finest visit for the annual Las Hogueras de San Juan festival every June. February's Carnival and October's Moros y Cristianos are also well celebrated here. If you want to visit for any of these in 2018/2019 you'll need to book your Alicante holiday package early to get the best deal, but at other times of the year you might be lucky and be able to bag bargain last minute holidays.
Fab holidays for:
Beach holidays, Package deal delights, Sun seekers
Did you know?
The Costa Blanca has over 200 kilometres of coastline, so you're spoilt for choice when it comes to finding some relaxing sands.
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How to get to Alicante
Because of its proximity to the stunning white-sand beaches of the Costa Blanca, there are many low-cost airlines and budget package holidays with cheap flights to Alicante. Flight times from UK airports varies between two and three hours. On arrival, there are variety of choices to get to your final destination. The Alicante airport bus takes about 40 minutes to the city centre but you can also opt for car hire.
What to do in Alicante
The major attractions in Alicante are the white sandy beaches and great weather. One specialist area is the coves of Caba, good for diving and for naturists who don't want those swim suit tan lines. As with most resorts on the Costa Blanca, there's a buzzing nightlife in Alicante. Unusually, the area also benefits from a night train, the "Trensnochador". The service runs from 9pm to 7am, ideal for serious clubbers.
Where to stay in Alicante
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to beach-based holidays as there are plenty of hotels in Alicante to choose from. You can base yourself in a variety of accommodation around the Costa Blanca, with popular spots including San Juan Beach, with plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes. For sightseeing, it's best to base yourself in the harbour area, which is also in close proximity to the beach.
Alicante For Families
With its natural beauty and myriad attractions, Alicante is a joy for the whole family! A must-visit is the Rio Safari park on the outskirts of the city. Kids can get up close and personal to animals from across the world, like the sub-African Black-crested mangabey - not to mention they can go swimming with sea lions! Children will also love the city views from atop Santa Bárbara castle. The building is a 9th-century Muslim fortification offering guided tours for visitors to get a better understanding of the rich history of the area. Be sure to grab a family selfie beside the metal sword-fighting knights!
Alicante For Couples
Couples will love a ride on the distinctive Alicante trams. You'll weave along coastal greenery, hills and quaint little towns and villages as you make your way along the scenic Costa Blanca coastline. The service is reliable, easy to navigate and cheap as chips!
The picturesque cobbled streets and multicoloured Spanish buildings of El Barrio, Alicante's historical centre, is the place to go for a couples' stroll. There are cheap and plentiful options for food and drink to cater to any budget, with plenty of fresh, locally produced food in market stalls to dip your nose into. The tapas are by far the best in the region!
When To Visit Alicante
Alicante weather is typical of Mediterranean climates. Expect July and August to be the warmest months of the year with temperatures often above 30ºC. This is the busiest, and most expensive, time to visit. For more bearable weather and lower tariffs, May and June and September and October can be best, with temperatures rarely going above the late 20ºCs.